Heba El Sewedy

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Heba El Sewedy

Founder of Ahl Misr Foundation

Heba El Sewedy is the Founder and Chairwoman of the Ahl Masr (People of Egypt) Foundation, Egypt’s first ever non-governmental organization that specializes in caring physically and psychologically for burn victims. She is a descendant of a famous and leading Egyptian dynasty in the industry of cables and electronics, as her father Helal El Sewedy is one of the founders of the El Sewedy Electric Company in Egypt and Saudi Arabia, originally established in the 1960s.
She is an Egyptian humanitarian who is a prominent figure in the public life of Egypt and was recognized for her many initiatives and saving thousands. Some people refer to her as “Mother Teresa” of Egypt and “Mama Heba.”

At the beginning of the 25 January Revolution, El-Sewedy took to the streets to see firsthand the needs of the injured who were falling by the dozen. Although she avoided the media and for years shunned publicity, she is widely credited for treating thousands of Egyptians. She was dubbed the “Mother of Egyptians.”
She also took responsibility for treating approximately 4,000 injured victims from Libya along with looking after the families of those who lost their lives. In 2013, she founded Ahl Masr, a non-governmental organization mandated for social development in Egypt. Through its dedicated and diversified team, Ahl Masr has quickly risen to prominence to become a unique and effective organization, helping hundreds of burn victims all over Egypt.
El Sewedy is also an investor and socially minded entrepreneur with a strong vision to reform the Egyptian healthcare sector. Currently, she is a major shareholder in the EL Sewedy Electric Group.
In 1994, El Sewedy earned a Bachelor Degree in English Literature from King Abdul Aziz University, Saudi Arabia. After graduation, she founded the Arabian French Textiles Company.

Hanan Abdel Meguid

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Hanan Abdel Meguid

Chief Executive Officer of Kamelizer

An icon in the Middle East internet world, Hanan Abdel Meguid leads Kamelizer, a Cairo-based venture that aims to accelerate and energize the startup scene, leveraging her more than 25 years of experience in the technology field.
Such expertise together with the desire to sustain and grow talent led to Abdel Meguid’s involvement in the establishment of various communities and projects that promote growing Egyptian talent, as well as inspire young developers and promote knowledge sharing outside of business.

Prior to this, she was Chief Executive Officer of OTVentures, a fully owned Orascom Telecom subsidiary founded to lead the digital world in the online and mobile spheres and operating across more than 17 countries, from 2010 until 2014.
Abdel Meguid has been a successful serial entrepreneur since the earliest days of the internet, serving as a mentor for incubators such as Flat6labs, Tahrir2, and Google’s Ebda2 initiative.
In 1996, Abdel Meguid joined LINKdotNET, largest internet solutions provider in the region, where she as Chief Solution Officer contributed immensely to the company’s success and growth, becoming a “star” company and an Egyptian start-up success story. She went on to become the CEO of LINKdotNET’s software development spin-off firm, LINK Development, now Egypt’s foremost software and services company and international player in the software development domain.
Abdel Meguid is an active member in many academic and business alliances and associations, including being elected as Workgroup Chairwoman for the Egyptian Information Telecommunications, Electronics and Software Alliance (Eitesal), an independent industry body. She is also a member of the ICT Core Committee Board of The American Chamber of Commerce, member of Advisory Board of the American University in Cairo and of Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA), the Egyptian Government’s IT Industry Development Authority. In addition, she is a member of the Information Technology Academia Collaboration (ITAC) and on the Board of Trustees of the Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre (TIEC), the Egyptian Government’s Center to incubate and stimulate technological innovation and creativity.
During her fellowship, Abdel Meguid studied factors that contribute to the success of entrepreneurial ecosystems; explored how to leverage technology and community to build cloud-based healthcare systems; and studied how Code for America can be adapted to Egypt.
Abdel Meguid received her Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the American University in Cairo in 1988.

Dr. Hala El Saeed

Dr. Hala El-Saeed

Dr. Hala El Saeed

Egypt’s Minister of Planning and Economic Development

Dr. Hala El Saeed was appointed as Egypt’s Minister of Planning and Administrative Reform on February 2017. Moreover, Dr. El Said has been appointed as Minister of Planning and Economic Development since December 22nd, 2019, in addition to continuing her mandate on some files related to the administrative and institutional reform process, as well as the comprehensive supervision on the formulation, implementation and updating of the Egypt’s vision 2030.
She was the first elected female Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Political Science in 2011 and Cairo University’s Deputy President for Scientific Research and Exterior Relations in 2013.
El Saeed has proudly served as an advisor to the Governor of the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) and as Executive
Director of the Egyptian Banking Institute (EBI) for 8 consecutive years, during the period from 2003 to 2010.

She is a Board Member of of the Central Bank of Egypt and of many research centers, including the Center for Economic and Financial Research and Studies (CEFRS), Cairo Demographic Center (CDC), and the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology.
El Saeed has a pioneering role in the public sphere as she is a Board Member of Qalaa Holdings Scholarship Foundation. She also served as a Member in some civil society organizations, like “Our Children Our Future” Foundation, the advisory committee of the “Masr Ta3maal” program, Nahdet el Mahrousa, and the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP).
Moreover, El Saeed has led the project of the first national census for SMEs access to finance, in the period between 2009 and 2011. In addition, she has authored several research papers and articles covering financial sector, international finance, financial markets, privatization, and economic reform.
El Saeed has organized and participated in more than 80 conferences, symposiums, and workshops in the same fields. She holds Ph.D. with highest honors in Economics from the Faculty of Economics and Political Science at Cairo University.

Hala Elkhatib

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Hala Elkhatib

Executive Director of the Egyptian Tourism Federation

Hala Elkhatib has been appointed as the Executive Director of the Egyptian Tourism Federation since October 2016.
Prior to this, she was the Information Advisor to The Minister of Tourism and the Official Spokeswoman for the Ministry. She was also the General Secretary of the Hotel Facilities Chamber. She worked for many years in several international organizations and hotel chains.
In 2013, Elkhatib was elected as a Board Member of the International Hotel and Restaurant Association (IHRA), becoming the first Egyptian woman to obtain this position since IHRA’s inception in 1869.

In 2017, Elkhatib was elected as a Board Member of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
Elkhatib graduated from the faculty of Mass Communications at Cairo University. She received Master of Business Administration and MBA in Communication and Media Studies from London Business School.

Hala Bassiouni

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Hala Bassiouni

Group Treasury Director at Ezz Steel

Hala Bassiouni has joined Ezz Steel as Group Corporate Treasury Director since January 2015. She has more than 30 years of experience in corporate banking, covering areas of corporate finance, retail banking, risks, and restructuring.
She is also Non-Executive Board Member of the Egyptian Arab Land Bank (EALB) since September 2017.
Prior to this, Bassiouni was the Chairperson of the Egyptian Mortgage Finance Association, then joined the Egyptian Housing Finance Company (EHFC), the first private sector housing mortgage finance company in Egypt, in May 2004, shortly after its inception, to eventually became its Managing Director.

She has helped in creating the EHFC’s manuals and starting its operations. Before joining the EHFC, Bassiouni worked with Egyptian Gulf Bank for almost eight years in several capacities, ultimately heading the Credit Risk Department. Previously, she worked with the Egyptian American Bank (currently Crédit Agricole Egypt) for almost seven years in various corporate banking assignments.
Bassiouni also held the following positions: Co-Chair of the Real Estate Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Cairo, Certified Trainer at the Mortgage Bankers Association, and a Member of the Consultancy Committee designed to study all mortgage impediments and provide technical consultancy and proposals to the Egyptian Financial Supervisory Authority (EFSA).
Moreover, Bassiouni has ranked number 52 on Forbes Magazine’s 100 ‘Most Powerful Arab Women for 2014’ list.
Bassiouni holds bachelor’s and master’s degree in Economics from the American University in Cairo (AUC). She is AUC’s Dean’s Strategic Advisory Board (SAB) Member.

Ghada Wali

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Ghada Wali

Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

Ghada Wali, Former Minister of Social Solidarity and An advocate for Arab Women’s Rights in the region, also serve as Director-General of the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV). She has over 25 years of experience in integrated development management.
Prior to this, Wali was Secretary-General of the government entity Social Fund for Development (currently the Mirco, Small, and Medium Enterprises Development Agency) between 2011 and 2014. Under her leadership, she managed to secure funds worth around $700 million from donor countries.
She has been a key member of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Egypt, where she occupied the position of Assistant Resident Representative and headed up the poverty reduction and job creation portfolio starting since 2011.

Prior to the UNDP and NCW, Wali was a Board Member of the Consumer Protection Agency, the first government body for consumer protection, which was created in 2006. She was also Program Director of CARE International, a non-governmental organization that works on poverty reduction in Upper Egypt.
She was also a representative at the National Council for Women (NCW).
Ghada Wally had worked as Microfinance and Institutional Development Advisor to the Chairman of the Egyptian Financial Supervisory Authority (EFSA). She was Chair of the Nasser Social Bank, the National Authority for Social Insurance, National Center for Social and Criminological Research, and Fund for Drug Control and Treatment of Addiction (FDCTA), as well as Vice Chair of the Egyptian Red Crescent Society
In September 2018, Wali received the Public Health Champions award by the World Health Organization’s (WHO) in recognition of her remarkable efforts for the health sector in Egypt.
Although she is not a part of the Ministry of Health, she significantly influenced the health sector in Egypt. Wali believes that poverty and health are inseparable, asserting that Ministry of Solidarity’s vision is protection, care, and poverty reduction, which will directly affect these two sectors in Egypt.
Wali received her BA from the College of Languages and Literature at Colorado State University, USA, in 1987 and her M.A. in Humanities from Colorado State University, USA, in 1990.

Ghada Darwish

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Ghada Darwish

CEO of DEM Consulting & Managing Director of PIZA Industrial Supplies Co.

Ghada is a Mechanical Engineer with almost 20 years of experience in development of public and private industrial and energy projects representing international engineering companies, equipment suppliers and EPC contractors (sugar, food processing, energy and renewable energy). Furthermore, Ghada worked for more than 10 years as government relations and communications expert for environment protection, water & wastewater treatment and corporate governance projects, funded by EU, OECD and UN agencies.
Ghada leads a 50 years old family business representing an international network of equipment suppliers and partners supplying steam boilers, steam turbines, steam line accessories and process equipment to sugar industry along with food processing, starch and glucose industries.

The company also supplies bio-gas generation plants (from a well-known Italian group) as a waste management solution to sugar industry, dairy and poultry farms as well as other application.
Over the past two years and till present, Ghada has been working as country representative for the SECI Energia SPA part of the Italian Gruppo Industriale Maccaferri (1.4 billion-euro group) for their 100 million US$ investments in 3 utility scale PV plants in Egypt (Benban, Aswan Project) under the government FIT program and for development of IPP projects in Egypt.
Since 2011, Ghada partnered and took active roles in Egyptian and International companies active in the field of energy saving (industrial and institutional application covering lighting, chillers and steam and water saving), construction, development and O&M of PV plants, and also owns a company specialised in Energy and Renewable Energy consulting.
In 2015, Ghada was selected one of TOP 50 Women shaping the Egyptian Economy and part of TOP50Women forum, was board member and vice chairman of the Egyptian Junior Business Association and currently the secretary general of Benban Solar Energy Developers Association (management of Benban – biggest solar park in the world – project developers’ issues with government, lenders, and all stakeholders) and also board member of Egyptian Independent Power Producers Association representing the solar energy sector on the board.

Ghada Abou El Fotouh

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Ghada Abou El Fotouh

Vice Chairman, Board Member and Marketing Director – Aboul Fotouh Automotive Group

Ghada Abou El Fotouh is Board Member and Marketing Director of Aboul Fotouh Automotive Group. She has managed to increase the market share of the company in Egypt and to make her agency dealing with a number of global car brands. As a result, the group’s sales in Egypt reached more than 180,000 cars manufactured locally from various models including 37,000 locally produced Esperanza.
Abou El Fotouh has recently succeeded in getting a partnership with GB Auto and the Chinese company

“Chery International”, through which she would supply Chery products to authorized distributors under GB Auto umbrella.

Dr. Fatma ElGoully

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Dr. Fatma ElGoully

Head of Corporate Communication at Banque Misr

Dr. Fatma El-Goully was appointed Chief Corporate Communication Officer at Banque Misr in 2006. She has over 20 years of experience in marketing, public relations, corporate communication, and management.
She is also Board Member at the Egyptian Media Production City (EMPC) and Banque Misr Foundation for Community Development.
Prior to joining Banque Misr, El-Goully held several managerial positions in different industries, such as pharmaceutical, banking, and communications.

She was the former Director of Marketing and Corporate Communication for National Societe Generale and Misr International Bank (MIBank), and Head of Marketing Communication at Novaritis Swiss Company.
She has also experience in leading firms such as Bristol-Myers Squibb and Raya.
El-Goully has been exposed to diverse training and personal development programs, in addition to earning an MBA in Business and Marketing Management in 2005, a Master of Philosophy in Corporate Communication in 2009, and a Doctorate of Business Administration in 2013; all were from Maastricht School of Management, Netherlands.

Dr. Faiza Abu El Naga

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Dr. Faiza Abu El Naga

National Security Advisor to Egyptian President

Faiza Abu El Naga is currently the National Security Advisor to the President of Egypt. She is called the iron woman; previously, she was the Minister of International Cooperation. She has been in the spotlight for the past 30 years for her wide international and political relations abilities.
Abu El Naga is the first woman in Egypt to hold the Ministry of International Cooperation post in November 2001. She had been in the ministry till the 25th January revolution. She was on the top 25 strong woman list by “Foreign Policy” magazine, while being ranked as the “US enemy” by the New York Times newspaper when she was chosen as the national security advisor to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Abu El Naga had started her diplomatic career in the 1970s; her first mission abroad was being in the membership of the permanent mission of Egypt in New York, US. And in 1987, Abu El Naga had joined the Egyptian defense team, headed by the Ambassador Nabil Elaraby.