Yasmina Abou Youssef

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Yasmina Abou Youssef

VP for Procurement, Marketing and Communications for Shores Hotels – an Egyptian hotel management chain.

Ms. Abou Youssef is also an active philanthropist and social entrepreneur. She is currently spearheading a comprehensive development project in Istabl Antar.
Ms. Abou Youssef is leading Tawasol Egypt initiative where the products designs are inspired by traditional Egyptian arts and crafts, and they areall hand-made using locally sourced materials and the perfect Egyptiangiveaways.
Tawasol products are made by women living in slum areas and informal settlements in Cairo in Istabl Antar, Ezzbet Khairalla, Batnel Baraa and Mokattam. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of our products are given back to these low income families that made them,either as artisans’ wages or to help sustain community development projects.
In addition to the Istabl Antar initiative, Ms. Abou Youssef is one of the founders of Fathet Kheir (FK), an Egyptian NGO established in 2000 to assist the families living in Al Hadaba Al Wosta in the Moqattam area.
Ms. Abou Youssef has been also very active during her university years.She led a literacy initiative in May 1997 providing English and Arabic courses to AUC’s maintenance personnel, security guards, lab assistants and drivers. Student, faculty, staff and alumni gain volunteer experience as teachers and learn the importance of social responsibility.  while at the same time helping AUC staff acquire language skills that will last a lifetime.
Ms. Abou Youssef graduated from the American University in Cairo(AUC) in 1999 with a Bachelor& degree in Integrated Marketing and Communication (IMC). She was a member of the Folklore Dance Troupe,and the Model United Nations program and Model Arab League. And now the mother of Baheya and Ghalia.

Yasmine Armanious

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Yasmine Armanious

CEO, EVA Cosmetics

Yasmine Armanious is now the CEO of EVA cosmetics co. Yasmine is a pharmacist graduated in 1999. She started her career in the research and development where she contributed in formulating some of the best selling products.
She started her career in EVA in 2007, she held a managerial position in supply chain then Leading Eva co. operations after that a board member in the industrial chamber of pharmaceutical and cosmetics.
In 2009,  she became Board member of export council. She then appointed the CEO of EVA cosmetics And board member of EVA group of companies.

Thanaa Afifi

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Thanaa Afifi

Head of Marketing and Sales, Group GB Auto

Mrs. Thanaa has achieved many successes and professional achievements in Ghabbour Motors Group.
The agent is a group of brands such as Hyundai, Mazda, Geely and Chery, since joining the company and not only during 2018.
The  Gabbour Auto Group is  one of the leaders in the Egyptian automotive market, and Afafy is the most prominent Contributors maintain this progress and peak market sales.

Saneya Elnimer

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Saneya Elnimer

A Pioneer of Special Educational Needs in Egypt

Saneya’s journey with special needs began when her youngest daughter was born with a rare congenital heart condition that kept her at hospitals for weeks at a time. During these long stays, Saneya would frequently volunteer around the hospital and began to gain experience in parenting a child with special needs and received training to enable her to manage her daughter’s condition and nurture her development. It is then that Saneya began viewing the world through a different lens and appreciating the importance of the role Special Educational facilities provide.
Soon after graduation, Saneya settled in London, UK with her husband, where she had her three children. When it was time to move back to Cairo in 1993, the search for a school capable of providing for her daughter’s unique needs began but to no avail.
It became clear that the only way to sustain the kind of caring and nurturing her daughter needed, was to finally make her dream come true and to set up a special needs school.
The Continental School of Cairo opened its doors in January 1994 to 13 students with Special Educational Needs, making it the first school in the Middle East to cater for students with Learning Difficulties. Over the course of the next 25 years, The Continental School has grown to include a reputable Inclusive British International School as well as a National School serving more than 1500 students.
Saneya Elnimer received her schooling in the city of Alexandria at the  E.G.C. She then went on to complete her University studies at Ain Shams University and graduated from the Faculty of Commerce with a degree in Business Administration.

Sabah Mashaly

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Sabah Mashaly

Chairman of the Egyptian Electricity Transfer Company (EETC)

She started her career in Cairo University then she moved to electricity sector since 1989 until now.She joined the minister office since 2001 and she has been promoted till she finally became first undersecretary for developing performance and political communication.
Mashaly is a board member of the General Authority for the Economic Zone of the Gulf of Suez.
She is a board member of the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company, Egypt Regulator, and the high council of Egyptian Engineers Syndicate. Moreover, She is a member of many International Electrical Associations like CERED, Sigre, IEC, in addition to, she represents North Africa region in the AFSEC organization.
She has been graduated 1986, Cairo university, faculty of engineering. She also graduated from Harvard Business School and Military Nasser Academy as well.

Sara Hamouda

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Sara Hamouda

Research Analyst on SDGs/Agenda 2063 and Regional Coordinator for North Africa Region at the African Union Secretariat for Peer Review Mechanism

Ms. Hamouda works as a Research Analyst for the Agenda 2063 and SDGs and acts as a focal point for the North Africa region. Earlier, she worked at the Cabinet of the Minister of International Cooperation in Egypt as a Senior Economic Researcher in charge of cooperation with the Arab & regional financial institutions, and China from 2008-2015.
She also received a trainee-ship program at the European Investment Bank in Luxembourg from 2017-2018, of which she provided policy analysis and research regarding the EIB role outside the EU, especially in the southern Mediterranean region in various issues such as migration, donors’ relations, and economic resilience in the neighboring countries.
Academically, she has a diversified background in Political Sciences, Development, Peace studies, and European Union affairs. She holds a MA of Arts in International Development from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul, a Diploma in Peace promotion and disarmament from the University for Peace and Vienna Center for Disarmament and a Bachelor’s in Political Sciences from the Faculty of Economics and Political Sciences, Cairo University. She is also an alumnus of College of Europe in Warsaw.

Sherine Sabry

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Sherine Sabry

Knowledge Management Officer, North Africa Middle East – Unilever Mashreq

Sherine Sabry is a leader in Knowledge Management, Training Management Development, promoting projects for Sustainable Development for the Persons with Different Abilities (PwDA), and Executive and Life Coach.
Having spent more than 25 years in Unilever company Sherine has experience across a variety of roles across Egypt, Morocco, UAE and KSA as Knowledge Management Officer for the North Africa Middle East and Sustainable Living Plans Projects Lead.
This experience reflects findings from Sherine’s ongoing development into the powerful since behind two main areas: Knowledge Management process and execution globally, by focusing to implement a learning organization and by driving positive mindset towards the managing work for the various Persons with Different Abilities issues including: empowering them to be enrolled in the workforce by creating a real dynamic job opportunities to help them be economically independent and have productive lives in the workforce, mindset change by impacting on the normal society towards PWDA, commitments to diversity and social inclusion in the professional field.
In 2017 Sherine has been identified as one of Unilever Global Heros in recognition of her leadership for the disabled persons sustainable development projects and how to transfer their lives to be productive. She has also created Unilever Mashreq sustainable plan board.
In 1993 Sherine possessed years worth of experience as Office Manager to the Unilever North Africa Middle East and Turkey President. She was then recruited by Unilever Arabia as their Management Development Assistant for three years in Dubai.
Sherine has also worked as the Personal Assistant to the Egyptian Minister of Industry and Foreign Trade for one year.
Prior to Unilever Sherine spent 6 years with the Arab Maritime Transport Academy as the Executive Personal Assistant to the Dean of the Academy and was provided an international assignment to Germany for the Assistant Development Manager position at the Wirtschafts Hochschule Bremen.
Sherine was a past board member at the MENA and Arab African International Women’s Forum Maritime Forum.
Sherine is certified as: Knowledge Management Manager (CKM) by the International Knowledge Management Institute – USA, and Executive & Life Coach by Optimistic Spark Mentorship program from the Academic Accreditation of North America.

Rania George

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Rania George

CEO LUNA Perfume & Cosmetics

Rania has been the Ceo of Luna perfume and cosmetics since 2015. she is also the Vice Chairman of Luna group, which consists of Luna Co. for Industrial Investment , S.A., Luna Co. for Flavors & Fragrances, Ltd, Luna Co. for Food and Chemical Ingredients, free zone , S.A.A, and Egyptian Luna for Trade , Free Zone ,Zarqa , Jordan Ltd.
She worked as the Assistant of the Department of Performing and Visual Arts at the American University in Cairo from September 2000 to January 2001. in addition, she worked in carrying out Architectural / interior design & Presentations as well as the working drawings for many reputable corporate commercial and residential projects including architecture interior and landscapes design and in addition in project management.
Rania holds bachelor degree from Faculty of Fine Arts- Helwan University, Department of Architectural Engineering and received her  Masters Degree in Architectural Designing at Faculty of Engineering,Cairo University.  she also attended Private Label Manufacturers Association’s Executive Education  Program 2007 , ” PLMA” , Amsterdam.

Mona El Helw

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Mona El Helw

Chief Commercial Officer, Palm Hills Developments
Ms. El Helw leads the company’s global sales and marketing operations. She started her career in investment banking and portfolio management working for Delta Securities (ajoint-venture with ABN AMRO), HC Securities and interned with Morgan Stanley, New York. During her tenure, she held progressively senior positions which included heading portfolio management operations, overall responsibility and oversight of corporate teams, management of all strategic matters, investment strategy, sales & marketing, as well as client relationships.
Ms. Mona holds a Master of Business Administration from the American University in Cairo – in conjunction with Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University in the United States and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics degree from the American University in Cairo, Egypt.
She holds several diplomas in sales coaching, marketing, investment banking, technical analysis, leadership skills and customer care.

Merit El Sayed

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Merit El Sayed

Strategic Planning & EPMO Head – aaib, Business development & strategic projects implementation

Merit developed an early interest in Strategy, Economics Research and Transformation. She launched her career working in different industries from Telecommunications, Automotive and Banking respectively, where she has a collective solid experience of over 18 years.
By making an industry leap to Banking, her track record has been nothing but exemplar.
Merit was the driving force for major initiatives in the Bank which supported the Bank growth into a financial group for the past decade.  Additionally, she spearheaded the Strategy write up for AAIB as well as downscaling the Bank to address the most under-served market segment in Egypt – the Micro Entrepreneurs being the first bank in the industry to do it.
She is a graduate of the American University in Cairo, where she received her bachelor degrees with High Honors in Business and Economics ’01. She obtained her Master’s in Business from Edinburgh Business School and is currently a PhD candidate in Paris ISM.