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List of Copts

This is a list of prominent Copts. For saints, please refer to Coptic Saints.

Being an integral part of Egypt's history, the Copts, the Christians of Egypt, have shared in all aspects of life and had many contributions to the Egyptian political, professional and spiritual activities.

It should be noted that a Copt is a native Egyptian Christian or any Christian with Egyptian origin. Therefore, this list also includes those individuals of Muslim or other backgrounds who converted to Coptic Orthodoxy or any other branch of Egyptian Christianity.

Actors and directors


  • Farid Stino فريد استينو
  • Fayez Sarofim فايز صاروفيم, Billionaire Houston Financier
  • Onsi Sawiris أنسي ساويرس, Founder of Orascom Corp.
  • Naguib Sawiris CEO of Orascom Telecom, Richest man in Egypt, owner of Weather Investments
  • Ragai Stino رجائي استينو
  • Hani Iskander Founder of The Knowledge Group & Business Accelerator Ltd. Australian IT


Clergymen and theologists

  • Pope Cyril VI قداسة البابا كيرلس السادس, the 116th Pope of Alexandria
  • Origen أوريجانوس one of the world's most influential early Christian scholars
  • Fr. Matta El Meskeen ابونا متى المسكين, controversial priest
  • HH Pope Shenouda III قداسة البابا شنوده الثالث, the current Pope of Alexandria

Social activists

  • Nonie Darwish , Egyptian-American writer, public speaker and Anti-Islam activist. نوني درويش
  • Nermien Riad , Founder and Executive Director of Coptic Orphans, a non-profit organization founded in 1989 with the goal of the long-term development of the physical and intellectual well being of children in Egypt.
  • Wahba Ghaly وهبه غالي, winner of Union Square Awards to Grassroots Activists in New York and the founder of MENTORS An organization promoting Human Rights aspects for the Middle Eastern community in NYC


  • Alfy Fanous الفي فانوس, Prominent Civil Engineer; Pioneer in Coastal Engineering
  • Hani Azer هاني عازر, Leading Civil Engineer
  • Michel Bakhoum ميشيل باخوم, Prominent Professor of Structural and Consulting Engineer
  • Nabih Youssef نبيه يوسف, Leading Structural Engineer
  • Ramses Wissa Wassef رمسيس ويصا واصف, Architect, Winner of Agha Khan Award
  • William Selim Hanna وليم سليم حنا, Minister of Housing; Prominent Structural Engineer
  • Yousry Y. Azmy يسري يوسف عزمي, Head of the Department of Nuclear Engineering at NC State (effective June 1, 2008)

Historians and Coptologists

Journalists and writers


Painters and artists





  • Sir Magdi Yacoub مجدي يعقوب, Leading Cardiothoracic surgeon ; Knight
  • Naguib Pasha Mahfouz نجيب باشا محفوظ, Pioneer in Obstetric Fistula; Father of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Egypt


  • Emad Wagih عماد وجيه - The first coptic cadet who awarded the medal of martial duty 2006.
  • Meriam George - مريام جورج Miss Egypt 2005.
  • Mariam Amin مريم أمين - TV presenter in ESC and Dubai TV.
  • Mohammed Hegazy - First Egyptian Muslim convert to Christianity to seek official recognition of his conversion from the Egyptian Government. محمد حجازي
  • Anthony Hanna - Prominent and Well-Known media personality in Sydney, Australia. His presence has been made on radio stations and newspapers alike.
  • Fathia Nkrumah - wife of Kwame Nkrumah the first president of Ghana

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