Rana Adawi

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Rana Adawi

Co-Founder & Managing Director of Acumen Holding Ltd

Rana Adawi is the Chairperson and Managing Director of Acumen Asset Management and Co-Founder of Acumen Holding Company, She has over 22 years of experience in the field of investment in securities with major regional and international investment banks.
In 2010, Adawi participated in the formation of the Acumen Holding Group with a paid up capital of EGP 30 million. The holding company is followed by three companies: Acumen for securities portfolios management, Investment Fund Management, Acumen Securities and Acumen Beltone Real Estate Investment.

Adawi has been Head of Asset Management since its establishment and also achieved successive successes, including managing the investment funds for Misr Elkheir Foundation, Bank Audi’s investment fund, portfolios of public and private institutions as well as portfolios of individuals with Solvency.
The company has maintained the first position in terms of performance of investment funds starting from the company’s management of funds from 2012 until now. Misr Al-Khair Fund won the first position in three
consecutive years until 2014 and the Izdihar Fund of Bank Audi reached the top position in 2015.
Moreover, Adawi previously served as the Chairperson and Managing Director of the Egyptian Group for Financial Portfolios Management at EFG Hermes, Where she was responsible for managing the largest local investment
funds in Egypt. The total assets under her direct management exceeded EGP 5 billion, and local equity funds managed by her were in the top positions till the third consecutive.
Adawi graduated from AUC in 1993 with a bachelor degree in Economics and Business Administration with a degree of supervision.
Adawi has been awarded the “Best Asset Management CEO-Egypt 2018” by UK Leading International Finance Magazine.

Nora Ali

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Nora Ali

President of Master Travel Agency

Nora Ali is a former Chair of the Egyptian Tourism Federation and a President of Master Travel Agency. Before that, She was the Vice-President of the Chamber of Tourism Companies and Travel Agents. She has graduated in 1977 from the American University in Cairo.
Ali’s career path started by working as a Program Manager and Organizer in Cairo Transport Company from 1977 to 1987. Then, she moved to work in Abercrombi & Kent Company from April 1987 to 1992, and reached to work as Vice Chairperson of Operations. And from the period of 1992 to 2003, Ali had worked as a Managing Director at South Sinai Travel Group.

Since 2003, Ali has contributed to the establishment of Master Group Company for Tourism Investment, with its foreign partner of DER Touristic– Group, the third largest tourism group in the world.
And in the field of public work, Ali is the Chairperson of Hurghada Environmental Protection and Conservation Association – HEPCA and a Member of Hurriya Association for the Rehabilitation of Addicts.

Nevine Sabbour

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Nevine Sabbour

Head of Business Strategies and Finance Group at the Arab African International Bank (AAIB)

Nevine Sabbour is Head of the Strategy and Finance Group at Arab African International Bank . She has played a major role in the bank’s expansion plan in the Egyptian market and has recently contributed to the bank’s success in acquiring the Canadian Scotia Bank’s loans and deposits portfolio in Egypt.

Remembering Nevine Lotfy

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Remembering Nevine Lotfy

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer at Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB) – Egypt

The late Nevine Lotfy held the position of Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer since 2002 at Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank – ADIB Egypt, which was previously Al Watani Bank.
She had led a transformation process in compliance with the Sharia law and strengthened the bank’s position by placing its customer’s requirements as top priority.
Lotfy has had an experience that extends to more than 30 years in the banking career with diverse knowledge in the Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs), Retail Banking, Credit Risk Management, and Capital Market sectors.

Before joining Al Watani Bank, had held many positions at Citigroup in the Europe, Middle East and Africa, the most recent one was the Operations Manager, Managing Director, and Head of Credit Affairs post. She had joined the banking sector in March 1976 worked as a Financial Analyst at Citigroup, in its branch in Cairo.
She had got her Bachelor degree in Political Science at the American University in Cairo.

Nevine El Tahry

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Nevine El Tahry

Founder and President of Delta Investment Holding Company

Nevine El Tahry is Chairperson of the following companies: Delta Shield for Investment, 138 Pyramids for Project Management, and Delta Inspire for Project Management. She has an experience of more than 35 years in the capital markets and businesses field.
El Tahry has begun her career path by working in the National Chase Bank (CIB currently) in 1980.

In 1994, she established several companies related to the money market; such as Delta Shield designed to provide consultancy to the family businesses companies, and Delta Inspire to offer support for SMEs. Additionally, she manages 138 Pyramids Company that offers financial support.
Moreover, El Tahry was elected as the first woman to join the board of directors of the Egyptian Stock Exchange (EGX) from 1997 to 2003. She had served as Board Member of several companies both in the public and private sectors.
El Tahry had also worked as a Representative Office Manager and as a Member of the Advisory Board in the Middle East for the Royal Bank of Scotland Group (previously EBN Bank).
She has earned her bachelor degree in Economics from Faculty of Economics and Political Science at Cairo University in 1980. She is also an alumna of London Business School and Harvard Business School.

Nevine El Messeery

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Nevine El Messeery

Former Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Ahli United Bank

Nevine El-Messeery was the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Ahli United Bank (Egypt).
She acquired a special status with Bahraini Group officials for her position on the Arab world level.
Since her shifting from CIB to Ahli United Bank in 2010, Messeery has sought to apply an expansionary strategy, in which she had increased the bank’s capital to two billion pounds.

El Messeery was chosen among the Forbes list of the most influential women in the Arab world for several years, mostly recently in 2018; she was chosen based on the big successes and the qualitative shift that she has done for the Ahli United Bank of Egypt under her leadership. As a result, she is considered to be one of the most influential women in the Egyptian economy in general and in the banking sector in particular.

Nayera Amin

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Nayera Amin

Non-Executive Board Member of the Housing and Development Bank (HDB)

Nayera Amin’s appointment to the board of the Housing and Development Bank (HDB) in July 2017 represents just the latest accomplishment in her distinguished career.
Prior to this, Amin has been the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Piraeus Bank Egypt for about seven years before its acquisition by Al Ahli Bank of Kuwait.
Amin started her career by joining Citibank in lat She has also held a number of discussion sessions in coordination with development organizations concerned with the economic development file in Egypt.

For 25 years, Lamloum has gained a lot of experience in the management of associations and projects, and has served as Operation Director at the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt for ten years. She has also worked as Executive Director of the International Economic Forum of Egypt, part of the World Economic Forum, for 10 years.Furthermore, Lamloum served as Executive Director of a Canadian International Development Agency-led project.Lamloum holds a Bachelor of Communications degree from the American University in Cairo and a Diploma of Management from the University of Delaware, USA. She also obtained several specialized certificates from the American Society of Association Managers.e 1976 and stayed there for a staggering 31 years, during which she obtained an MBA with a focus on international business and marketing from the American University in Cairo (AUC) in 1981 and considerably moved up the bank’s ranks. She then moved on to become the Chief Business Officer of Bank Audi.
She is an AUC School of Business alum and Dean’s Strategic Advisory Board (SAB) member. Since graduating with a bachelor’s in economics from AUC in 1976, Amin has become an authority in the Egyptian banking industry through her hard work and dedication.
Her latest appointment as Non-Executive Board Member of HDB is not just likely to be the latest exciting chapter in her stellar banking career, but also adds another board role to her résumé.
Indeed, as a School of Business SAB member, Amin is among a select and socially diverse group tasked with facilitating networking, identifying strategic opportunities and fostering development within the School. While she won’t be involved in much of the day-to-day processes, her new position will have her utilize her wealth of experience to play a role in the Housing and Development Bank’s long-term strategies.
Amin has long been — and remains — an example to follow for women in Egypt and around the Middle East throughout the years, continuously bucking many gender trends in the region through her stern work ethic and thirst for success. All in all, she is one of lively examples of the influential leaders and responsible professionals who call AUC School of Business their second home.
Moreover, Amin was named in the Forbes’ List of the Most Influential Women in the Middle East for 2016.

Nadia Lamloum

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Nadia Lamloum

Executive Director of the British Egyptian Business Association (BEBA)

Nadia Lamloum has been working as the Executive Director of the British Egyptian Business Association (BEBA) since 2008. Lamloum has tremendous experience in management, leadership, along with organizing national, regional and international conferences. She has a vast network of contacts with government, private sector and civil society representatives in Egypt, the US and worldwide.
Lamloum is immensely knowledgeable about economic issues relevant to Egypt at the national, regional, and international levels. She has liaised with government and civil society representatives in Egypt and the US to tackle issues of common interest and conflict.
Moreover, Lamloum organized and participated in more than 20 annual missions to the United States and other trips to Africa on behalf of the private sector aimed to promote the COMESA conferences in Egypt, the Middle East, and Europe.

She has also held a number of discussion sessions in coordination with development organizations concerned with the economic development file in Egypt.
For 25 years, Lamloum has gained a lot of experience in the management of associations and projects, and has served as Operation Director at the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt for ten years. She has also worked as Executive Director of the International Economic Forum of Egypt, part of the World Economic Forum, for 10 years.
Furthermore, Lamloum served as Executive Director of a Canadian International Development Agency-led project.
Lamloum holds a Bachelor of Communications degree from the American University in Cairo and a Diploma of Management from the University of Delaware, USA. She also obtained several specialized certificates from the American Society of Association Managers.

Nabila Makram

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Nabila Makram

Minister of Immigration and Egyptian Expatriates Affairs

Nabila Makram Ebeid has been appointed as the Minister of Immigration and Egyptian Expatriates Affairs in September 2015.
Makram studied Political Science at Cairo University, graduating in 1991. The Minister joined the diplomatic circuit and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1993. She worked as Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs in 1995. In 1997, she was the Third Secretary in the Egyptian Embassy in Brazil, and the Second Secretary in the Egyptian Council in Chicago in the United States in 2004.
She continued her diplomatic work as First Secretary at the Egyptian Embassy of Rome, Italy in 2007. She also represented Egypt as Vice-Consul at the Egyptian Council in Dubai in 2013.

With efforts to achieve constant connections with the Egyptians abroad, the Ministry of Immigration has been returned after 20 years, during the governance of former Prime Minister Eng. Sherif Ismail.
Since the first day of her appointment as the Minister of Immigration, Makram is constantly holding permanent meetings with the Egyptians abroad to solve the obstacles that they are facing. She is also stressing on the elimination, with international efforts, of the illegal immigration and children immigration to Europe problem.

Mona Zulficar

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Mona Zulficar

Founding Partner of Zulficar & Partners Law Firm, Non-Executive Chair of EFG Hermes

Mona Salahuddin Zulficar is Non-Executive Chair of Egyptian Financial Group-Hermes Holding Co. – EFG Hermes and Founding Partner of Zulficar & Partners Law Firm.
As a Founding Partner and Chair of the Executive Committee, Zulficar oversees the operations of the Zulficar & Partners’ six departments; specialized in assisting clients in various practice areas.
A practicing attorney for more than 30 years, Zulficar is a specialist in major financial, industrial, and commercial transactions and has negotiated, drafted, and concluded all the major contracts required by some of the most important joint venture businesses in Egypt.

Zulficar involved in major restructuring of companies, M&A transactions, and was particularly recognized for handling ground breaking and precedent transactions, such as the largest transaction in the history of the Middle East relating to the sale of Orascom Building Materials Holding SAE to Lafarge, for approximately $13 billion in addition to $2 billion of assumed debt. Most recently, she led the team responsible for the first successful PPP Project in Egypt.
She has played and continues to play a key role in drafting new legislation and developing existing economic legislations as an Adviser to the various governmental entities and as Member of the national drafting committees on many important laws, such as the new Telecom Law, the new Capital Market Regulations, the new Special Economic Zones Law and the new Banking Law regulations.
Furthermore, Zulficar has also been appointed as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Central Bank of Egypt and is directly involved in the ambitious Egyptian institutional and regulatory reform program of the banking and finance sector.
Complementing her professional activities with a commitment to community activism, Zulficar has been an active advocate for human rights and women’s rights in Egypt and internationally. She has been elected Member and Vice Chair of the UN Human Rights Council Advisory Committee and she is also a member of the National Council for Human Rights in Egypt. In 2009, she received La Légion d’Honneur from France’s former president Nicolas Sarkozy for her significant professional role in concluding landmark commercial and financial transactions between Egypt and France and for her achievements in the field of human rights.
Zulficar obtained her Political Science and Law degrees from Cairo University and Mansoura University and an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Zurich. Her working languages are Arabic, English, and French.
In December 1994, Zulficar was selected by Time Magazine as one of the 100 Global young leaders of the 21st Century. She also received CEWLA Award for her unique role in the issue of equal right to divorce law (Khul) by Law No. 1/2000, in 2003 and UNDP Award on the occasion of celebrating International Women’s Day in Cairo, 1995.
Zulficar also received Cairo Governor Award 2000 for defending women’s rights, in addition to the Awards of Assiut Governor and the President of Assiut University, in 1999 and 2000 for her key role in establishing the Cancer Hospital in Assiut University.