Marie Louis Bishara

Fashion Designer and Partner, Bishara Group, and President of the Readymade Garment Export Council


 Marie Louis Bishara, Egyptian Fashion Designer, President of “The Readymade of The Garment Export Council”  partner and one of the owners of the textile Bishara Group.

Marie Louis studied Fine Arts and Graphics at the Fine Arts University in Cairo. Followed by her fashion studies in France where she obtained her certificate in Fashion Design and Textiles from the french school Esmod Guerre LaVigne. She received training in several French couture houses such as Cacharel, Dana cote D’azure working for Balmain and Mugler fashion lines.

In 1989 Marie launched her first exclusive ladies wear line in her first showroom exhibition in Cairo. From 1989 to 2007 Marie Louis presented thirty-four Prêt a Porter and Haute Couture fashion shows in the beautiful Egyptian old palaces and historical sites, aired on national and international television. In 2007 she was invited by the President of the French Syndicat des createurs et des couturiers in Paris to present her collections on the official calendar during the Fashion Weeks in Paris to date. She was also invited by the Johannesburg Fashion week in South Africa as a guest of Honor to present her 2008 Summer Collection, ongoing fashion shows, and international exhibitions like premiere vision, etc… and in Tunisia during the Cartage Fashion week in 2010.

Sylvia Menassa


Sylvia Menassa

CEO of the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt (AmCham)

Sylvia Menassa is the Chief Executive Office of the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt. Prior to this position, she was the Operations Director as she followed up the implementation of the AmCham’s programs worldwide, including promoting Egypt’s trade relations with the United States as well as the policies enhancing the private sector business environment.

Menassa has joined the AmCham in 1990, and since then she played a key role in coordinating all high-profile meetings between Egyptian and U.S. officials and businessmen.

Before this, Menassa received her PhD in Biophysics from Georgetown University. She was a professor at the American University in Cairo.

She earned her master’s and bachelor degrees in Chemistry and Solid State Science from the American University in Cairo.

Yasmine Kamar


Yasmine Kamar

Business Director at Koudijs Kapo Feeds

She began her career working at HSBC’s corporate banking department handling accounts in the oil, gas and steel sector. She then started her journey with start-ups as a financial analyst at Flat6labs, Egypt’s first start-up accelerator. In which she succeeded in supporting early stage start-ups raise funds from various angel and institutional investors for over EGP2 million.

In 2014, she joined her family business (KAPO Group), working with the group’s Dutch-Egyptian joint venture “Koudijs Kapo Feed” in the agricultural feed industry. During 2016- 2017, she spearheaded the launch of a USD10 million fish feed factory targeting Egyptian fish farmers in Kafr El Sheikh, Sharkia and Behera. As of 2018, the factory is now making EGP 80M+ in revenue and has become profitable in less than 3 years.

Kamar was recognized as one of the “Top 50 performing Women in Egypt” under the auspices of former Egyptian Prime Minister, Sherif Ismail and Amwal El Ghad in 2017.

After which, she was selected by the U.S. Department of State as one of 30 women in the Sub-Sahran and North African region to represent Egypt in the “African Women’s Entrepreneurs Program” part of the U.S’s International Visitor’s leadership program.

Lastly, in 2018 Yasmine was named as a “Distinguished Young Alumni” by AUC, being the youngest to receive the award since its inception.

Yasmine Kamar graduated from the American University in Cairo (AUC)class of 2011, with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Finance and a minor in Economics.

Yasmine Mowafy


Yasmine Mowafy

CFO and investment banker

Yasmine Mowafy holds the Chief Financial Officer position at Emaar Misr and was a former Head of Financial Sector at Beltone Financial Bank. She has been working in the banking sector since the late 90s.

Yasmine Mowafy began her career path as a Financial Analyst in 1999 at HC Securities & Investment until she reached the Vice-President position.

Then, she joined Pharos Holding For Financial Investments in 2007 to hold the Director of Investment Banking Department position.

And in 2011, Yasmine Mowafy served as a Regional Portfolio Manager who is responsible for funds and managed portfolios in the Middle East and North Africa. She was also a Director of investment banks at Beltone in 2013.

Yasmine Mowafy earned her Bachelor degree in Economics and Business Administration in 1998 and her Master’s degree in Economics in 2006 from the American University in Cairo.

Suzette Ibrahim


Suzette Ibrahim

Former Assistant President – Petrojet Business

Suzette Ibrahim is the Assistant President of Petrojet Business Specialist, who oversees manufacturing, equipment and engineering.

Suzette has long experience with Petrojet, a 35-year-old company. She joined the Marine Management Division in January 1981, and held several leadership positions including Head of Marine Management in July 1996.

She was Director of Contracts and Bids Management at the Maritime Administration in December 2000 and later became Assistant General Manager of Contracts and Bids at the Maritime Administration in April 2002.

In March 2003, Suzette Ibrahim assumed the position of Assistant General Manager of Planning and Follow-up at the Maritime, Administration and Director General of Planning and Follow-up in the Department of Marine Affairs in November 2007 until she became Director General of the Maritime Administration Branch in 2015.

Suzette Ibrahim has contributed to the company’s growth and business growth by contributing to the development of an ambitious strategy that enabled the company to capture and implement more strategic projects to support the country’s plans to achieve high growth rates in the coming period.
It has also contributed to the implementation of several marine manufacturing projects in previous years, the latest of which was the Abu Qir marine platform, which started its loading work during the last few months.

Suzette Ibrahim received a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from Alexandria University in 1980.

Shereen Allam


Shereen Allam

Founder and President of Awtad

Born in Alexandria, Egypt and studied business administration in the American University in Cairo and graduated with highest honors. Worked in the corporate world for five years in various positions and resigned her last post in the United Nations to start her own company.

Baby Boom a design, manufacture and distribution company of baby’s clothes was born in 1990.

It was born in a garage with three machines and 2 workers and when sold in 2001 it had 150 machines, 200 workers, 250 retail shops and one private store.

One week after selling this company she established with her husband a printer cartridge recycling company to support the environmental movement and to make sure that garbage is reduced and reused in her country. 

This was a new topic with many challenges and she took them on and managed to convince within two year 250 national and multinational organizations to collaborate with Ecotek to recycle their cartridges. Within the next five years she added to their company line of products around three international brands in the field of computer accessories and virtual computing.

In 2008 believing in the power of the people in Egypt she established an NGO, AWTAD, and moved on to improve the environment supporting the economic empowerment of women and youth. Today AWTAD is supporting young start up entrepreneurs, women in their quest for economic freedom, artisans in their fight to break the glass ceiling they live under and youth in finding their path.

In 2013 she established a new company called JEZOOR to work with young entrepreneurs to stand tall during the first three years of their incorporation to ensure that the survival rate of startups is on the rise. It also offers simulations and trainings on behavioral change and breaking stereotyping in Egypt and managing teams.

She is a business woman, mentor, consultant, designer and dreamer of making things happen for others as much as for her.

Shahira Diab


Shahira Diab

General Manager of La Poire

Graduated from the American University in Cairo in 1998 with a bachelor degree in Economics, she then joined La Poire-the food service side of the family business.

La Poire is a market leader in the food service and retail sectors in Egypt. Shahira assumed the position of General Manager of La Poire in 2002 reporting to the board of directors.

She lead the turnaround of the company, growing the company from a pastry chain of 20 shops to well-rounded food service and retail group of companies, with coffee shops, catering services and convenience stores.

Currently La Poire Group operates 150 retail points all over Egypt as well as 2 production facilities all supported by over 4,000 employees.

Shahira also successfully attended the EFG-Hermes Finance and Investment Appraisal course in 1998 and, is a graduated from IMD’s MBA program in 2008 in Lausanne. 

She also attends yearly management courses in both Harvard and London Business Schools.

Shahira has been a member of the YPO (Young Presidents Organization) Cairo Chapter since 2007 and served on its board for 2 years.

Sahar Farahat


Sahar Farahat

Senior Executive Vice President at Egypt Kuwait Holding Co.

Sahar Farahat holds the Chief Executive Officer position at Egypt Kuwait Holding Co. She was the first woman to serve as a Finance Director in the company until she reached the Executive Vice President position.
Sahar Farahat worked in several positions in many major companies, she had worked at Egypt Kuwait Holding Co, one of the leading companies offering investment services, until she reached the Chief Executive Officer position.
She also worked in BMHEA Hazim Hassan company for Accounting and Auditing and started as an auditor in 1983 until she reached the Audit Manager position in 1999.

Sahar Farahat has many experience in various fields in the banking, industrial, construction, commercial and tourism sectors. She graduated from the Faculty of Commerce, Cairo University.

Reem Asaad


Reem Asaad

Vice President, Middle East & Africa at CISCO.

Reem Asaad graduated from the University of Houston in Texas in Computer Science and Information Technology. After working for fifteen years in the US in information technology & financial services in companies like AIG, etc., Asaad returned back to Egypt and joined Raya Holding in 2005. In a few years, she held a number of multifaceted positions in Raya Holding as IT Director; responsible for group corporate strategy, including Infrastructure and Solutions Investments; Corporate Communications Director heading the Investor Relations, Marketing and Corporate Communications departments; Corporate Secretary of the Board of Directors; and Chair of the CSR committee.

Asaad is currently the CEO of Raya Data Center. Asaad’s leadership took Raya Data Center from a division within Raya Corporation to a full line of business making Raya Data Center one of the leading colocation and data center service provider in Egypt, delivering enterprise-level offerings from simple virtual hosting to sophisticated ERP applications, email solutions, disaster recovery, security and storage services, and cloud-driven platforms. Raya Data Center operates 3 fully-redundant data center facilities in Egypt featuring the highest professional standards ISO 27001, ISO 20000, ISO 9001, ISO 22301, and OHSAS 18001. Reem was instrumental in the commercialization of the data center by determining the “go to market” service model, market positioning and sales strategies.

Asaad is a part of the new generation rebuilding and redefining Egypt. She was ranked #32 in Forbes Middle East as one of the top 100 most powerful Arabic Women 2015 and ranked #38 in Forbes Middle East as one of the top 100 most powerful Arabic Businesswomen 2016. She has been called upon to represent Egypt at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 2012; GRI Global Conference in Amsterdam, Holland in 2010; and at the United Nations Global Compact in New York, US in 2008.

She has an extensive network of leadership in Egyptian economic associations and is currently Co-Chair of the American Chamber of Commerce ICT Core Committee 2015, 2016 and the Chair of the Telecom Division of (Eitesal) – Egyptian Information, Telecommunications, Electronics, and Software Alliance. She is a Steering Committee Member in (EBNI) Eitesal Business Nurturing Initiative (IOT Incubator)

Rania Sabsouba


Rania Sabsouba

Head of Media Relations & CEO Office at the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt.

Ms. Rania Sabsouba is the Senior Media Relations Officer at AmCham Egypt in addition to her role as Assistant to the CEO. Ms. Sabsouba is responsible for media coverage related to all AmCham activities, ensuring a positive and comprehensive coverage of all AmCham efforts. Over the past 10 years Ms. Sabsouba developed and maintained positive relationships with Egyptian and foreign journalists. Ms. Sabsouba is also in charge of coordinating the annual media delegation trip to Washington DC, known as the AmCham DoorKnock Mission, where she organizes press meetings with AmCham leadership, designs the agenda for meetings with key stakeholders including the IMF, World Bank, State Department, Think-Tanks and other stakeholders.

In addition to her role as Senior Media Relations Officer, Ms. Sabsouba is also in charge of the Business Visa Program unit at AmCham Egypt, where members are offered expedited U.S. visa processing through this unit.
Ms. Sabsouba joined AmCham Egypt in 1998 as a team member at the AmCham Business Studies and Analysis Center, before joining the office of the CEO in 2004 as Assistant to the CEO.