Dalia Sadany

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Dalia Sadany

Founding Chair of ASDA & IAD President

Dalia Sadany is an award-winning Egyptian architect and interior designer with extensive background and experience in Design-Build turnkey solutions. Sadany started her multidisciplinary design studio in 2006, winning 12 awards in 9 various fields of design in a span of 4 years, from interior design, arts and crafts and furniture to urban, landscaping and building structures. She specializes in Corporate Design with projects in Egypt and the Middle East.
In 2014, Sadany was elected President of the International Association of Designers (IAD) in Italy. She was the first female and Middle Eastern to be elected for this position. A year later she established ASDA Sustainable Development Association (ASDA), Egypt’s first nonprofit design hub, responsible for developing several cultural initiatives like Cairo Design Biennale, Future of Young Egyptians (FYE), Face of Egypt, and Egypt Educational Design Initiative.
In 2013, she founded the Future of Young Egyptians (FYE), an initiative that provides career building advice to undergraduate architecture and design university students. She also founded Building the New Egypt, an initiative aimed at spreading awareness of the importance of design in enhancing society as well as developing projects that contribute to improving Egypt’s architectural design landscape.
Sadany was ranked 12th in A’ Design Award Global Designer placing her in the highest echelon of designers in the Arab World in 2014.

Anissa Hassouna

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Anissa Hassouna

Member of the Egyptian Parliament

Anissa Hassouna is Member of the Egyptian parliament and Former Executive Director of Magdi Yacoub Heart Foundation. Earlier, she was a Political Advisor to the Chairman of the Information and Decision Support Centre of  the Egyptian Cabinet.
Hassouna was also the Director General of Egypt’s International Economic Forum and Assistant General Manager at Misr Iran Development Bank. Moreover, she is the Founder and Chairperson of Enlightened Egypt Foundation, which promotes the values of citizenship and gender equal rights.
She is also a Founding  Member of Think Tank for Arab Women, the Forum for Arab Citizenship in Transition Democracies, the Front  for Protecting the Freedom of Creativity & Expression, and the Arab International Women’s Forum in London.
She is also a Member of both the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt and the British Egyptian Business Association (BEBA) in Cairo.
Hassouna, who writes regularly on public affairs, is the first woman to be elected on the Board of the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs, where she held the position of Treasurer, Secretary-General. She is currently the Vice-Chair of the Council. In addition, she is a Member of the Executive Council of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs that won the Nobel Prize in 1995. She is Member of Global Women, USA, 1000 Women for Peace, Switzerland, the Consultative Board of the Arab Thought Foundation in Beirut, Lebanon.
In 2014, Hassouna was named on the annual list of the renowned Arabian Business & CEO Middle East magazine as one of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Arab Women.
Hassouna holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science. She started her career as a Diplomat with the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs followed by the League of Arab States. She lectured at both the Diplomatic Institute, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Banking Institute of the Central Bank of Egypt.

Amany Shams Eldin

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Amany Shams Eldin

Sub-Governor for Banking Operations – the Central Bank of Egypt

Amany Shams Eldin has been Sub-Governor for Banking Operations at the Central Bank of Egypt since 2016. She began her career by working in Bank of America after graduation from the Faculty of Commerce at the Ain-Shams University.
At Bank of America, Shams Eldin served several positions for 14 years until she became Senior Manager for Banking Operations, enabling her to lead a group assigned to introduce the SWIFT system to the Egyptian banking sector.
Since 1994, Shams Eldin had been working in several Egyptian banks such as BNP Paribas Egypt, the United Egyptian Bank (currently the United Bank), and Bank Audi.
Shams Eldin participated in the restructuring and automation of two banks operating in Egypt.