Alexandra Kinias from STEM to GEM

Alexandra Kinias from STEM to GEM

Alexandra’s journey started in Egypt with STEM and has taken her to the US and GEM (Gender Equality Matters). She is screenplay writer, novelist, women rights advocate and a freelance market research consultant on Egyptian women’s issues. Her passion for movies, books, art, travel and women issues and empowerment is reflected in her writings and advocacy.

Kinias graduated with a BSc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alexandria in Egypt. She pursued her passion for writing after she moved to America. She studied creative and screenplay writing and took fiction writing and critique classes with a writing coach. Her English self-published fiction Black Tulips, is inspired by her life growing up in a male dominant society.  Her Arabic book, Cleopatra and her Sisters, is a satirical collection of stories about women’s relationships in Egypt. ​​​

She co-wrote the movie Cairo Exit, a drama about a forbidden love affair between a Coptic Christian woman and a Muslim man. The movie was censored in Egypt, yet received international recognition and was screened in Tribeca, Dubai Film Festival and Washington Arabian Nights Festival. It also won best non-European Film in the Independent European Film Festival. Her screenplay “Leila’s World” was short listed among best 10 screenplays at RAWI Screenplay Lab in Jordan.

Kinias is dedicated to gender equality, in Egypt and around the world. In the age of social media and cyber connectivity, Digital Advocacy has become a powerful and influential tool and as effective as on-site advocacy. With that in mind, and capitalizing on the growing power of social media, Kinias founded Women of Egypt Initiative , a Green Social Digital Advocacy platform with over 425,000 global followers that aims to empower Egyptian women and reinvent the advocacy movement by bringing into focus important issues and positive change. Building on that success, Kinias also founded Women of Egypt  online magazine to spread the message. With only a small group of volunteers and a lot of hard work and dedication, Women of Egypt (WOE) has become an international platform and the voice of Egyptian women often quoted and sought by media and organizations around the globe.

She also gives presentations about women’s issues and status in Egypt to American audiences. She works as a fiction writing coach and content editor. Her articles are published in various newspapers, magazines and blogs in MENA and the U.S.