Rana el Kaliouby

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Rana el Kaliouby

CEO and Co-Founder of Affectiva

Computer scientist, technologist, entrepreneur and business leader, Rana el Kaliouby believes that “humanizing technology gives us a golden opportunity to re-imagine how we connect with machines, and, therefore, how we connect with each other.”
Co-founder and CEO of Affectiva, the pioneer of Emotion artificial intelligence, el Kaliouby invented the company’s award-winning emotion recognition technology. The Emotion AI platform combines facial expression and tone of voice to infer how a person is feeling, using deep learning and the world’s largest emotion data repository of more than five million faces, analyzed from 75 countries.

Prior to founding Affectiva, el Kaliouby was a research scientist at the MIT Media Lab where she spearheaded applications for facial coding to benefit mental health, autism, and other research areas.
el Kaliouby is one of few women leading a disruptive AI company. A Muslim-American and passionate advocate, she frequently speaks in press and on stage, about innovation, women in technology, ethics in AI, and leadership. Fortune Magazine recently included Rana in their 2018’s 40 under 40 list. She also received Smithsonian magazine’s 2015 American Ingenuity Award for Technology.
Moreover, el Kaliouby is a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum and a Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics.
el Kaliouby received a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the American University in Cairo and a PhD in Computer Science from University of Cambridge.

Ragaa Fouad

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Ragaa Fouad

Vice-Chair of the New Urban Communities Authority (NUCA)

Ragaa Fouad is Vice-Chair of the New Urban Communities Authority (NUCA) for Planning and Projects. She has more than 37 years of experience in the Housing sector.
Fouad started her career by working f the Technical Office of the 6th of October Development Authority in 1981. Then, she served as a General Manager in the NUCA’s Planning and Projects Sector in 2010.
Moreover, Fouad held several positions in NUCA, including Assistant Vice Chairman in 2012, Head of the Central Administration for Investor Affairs in 2014.
She was also the Head of the Development Sector for New Alamein City Project in 2015.

She has contributed in developing 28 new cities and participated in preparing partnership projects with the private sector.

Passant Fouad

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Passant Fouad

Associate Director of External Communication at Juhayna Food Industries

Passant Fouad joined Juhayna in 2015, heading the Media and External Communication, responsible for 5 major departments/disciplines; Media, Sponsorships and Activation, Public Relations, and Corporate Social Responsibility, Call Center, and Factory Visits.
Her solid experience in Media and Marketing Communication include 7 years in the Telecommunication Industry with regional marketing positions in Motorola and Nokia International where she was Head of Marketing.

During her time with Nokia, Fouad was responsible for developing marketing strategies for North and East Africa as well as 360-degree campaign planning and execution. She later moved to MediaCom as the acting GM for 2 years where she further developed her understanding of regional media.
In 2010, Fouad moved to JWT where she led media representation for the Egyptian Tourism Authority in 32 Arab and international markets. She acted as Global Coordinator for the Egypt Economic Development Conference (EEDC), orchestrating the work of four multinational agencies and functioning as the main link with government and/or involved ministries.
Fouad holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the American University in Cairo (AUC). She also received an MBA in Marketing and Operation Management from the AUC.

Pakinam Kafafi

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Pakinam Kafafi

CEO of TAQA Arabia

Mrs. Pakinam Kafafi is an energy expert who has been operating with TAQA Arabia since 2006. She is taking pride in having an exceptional 24 years of track record of accomplishment advancing to leading Egypt’s largest home grown private sector Energy Distribution Company. As TAQA CEO, Mrs. Kafafi undertakes managing the strategic policies of TAQA Arabia, through an amalgamated leadership ability, influencing skills and in-depth energy industry expertise to deliver on the group’s targets, objectives, and profit uplift amidst aggressive economical and market challenges.
Taqa Arabia’s grew under Mrs. Kafafi’s management installing in the Power Sector a capacity of over 1,000 MW. Also, establishing 54 fuel stations (including 7 CNG stations) connecting more than 1 million household gas customers through a distribution network in 8 governorates in Egypt.

Moreover, under her leadership , performance had excelled and increased by 15% sold electricity, gas residential customers by 43% and oil station by 40% in the year 2014/2017 along with the MDs to grow its turnover from EGP 1.8 billion in 2014 to EGP 4.14 billion in 2017.
The social responsibility dimension was not absent from the plans of TAQA Arabia under the management of Mrs. Kafafi as the company has been committed to community endeavors as part of its corporate social responsibility program, the company upheld this tradition by contributing to Habitat for Humanity Egypt through a fruitful American Chamber of Commerce fundraising event. The main goal of Habitat’s work in Egypt is to build and renovate homes for 10% of Egypt’s impoverished citizens by 2023. To this day, the foundation has successfully built more than 20,000 homes for over 100,000 people who would otherwise find themselves homeless.
TAQA Arabia’s helping hand doesn’t stop there. It also contributed to Dar Al Orman foundation; an organization that improves living conditions and development in villages struggling with poverty issues. It also continues to provide gas to mosques and churches and residential customers at a reduced price and sometimes completely free of charge. In addition, the company has also funded the building and equipping of an eye clinic in Suez that provides constant medical care to the entire community as a means of boosting the public health initiative.
The employees of Taqa Arabia under Mrs. Kafafi have also been highly evaluated and cared for. The company has been working to safeguard the health of its valuable employees and customers while minimizing the effect of its activities on the environment. The company’s QHSE departments ensure the utmost compliance with health, safety and environmental standards while maintaining the company’s view of achieving a zero percent rate of defective operations, accidents and zero environmental hostility.
Despite a challenging and ever-changing investment climate, the company has not laid off in 2011 any of its employees, who hit 3,400 in number. On the contrary, it focused on training programs in effective crisis management and related fields and continued to uphold its commitment to technical training across each of its business arms.
It’s worth mentioning that prior to joining TAQA Arabia, Mrs. Kafafi built her career at EFG‐Hermes, where she rose to the position of vice president of EFG‐Hermes Investment Banking. She had successful accomplished many privatizations and acquisitions in Egypt at that time then she joined GENCO in 2003 were she held the position of Strategy and Investment General Manager at Gas & Energy Group (Genco), after moving to TAQA when Genco was acquired in 2006.
In 2016, Mrs. Kafafi was chosen to be one of the Top Fifty Women performing in Egypt. She is also a long standing member in the American Chamber of Commerce and the British Egyptian Business Association (BEBA).

Nourtan Abdeltawab

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Nourtan Abdeltawab

Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

Nourtan Abdeltawab is an Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at Cairo University. She has graduated from the Faculty of Pharmacy at Cairo University and received a scholarship at one of the U.S. universities and got her PhD degree.
Abdeltawab has earned the L’Oréal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science among the Top 15 Researchers for her studies on the effects of heredity on the three-dimensional treatment of hepatitis C in Egypt.

Nihal El Megharbel

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Nihal El Megharbel

The Urban Policies, Governance and Legislation Program Manager, UNHABITA

Nihal El-Megharbel is currently the Urban Policies, Governance and Legislation Program Manager, UNHABITA, Egypt Program.
Dr. El-Megharbel was the Vice Minister of Planning, Monitoring and Administrative Reform, for Monitoring. She was also the Deputy Minister of the Minister of Planning, Monitoring and Administrative Reform, for Economic Affairs. El-Megharbel was an Expert, at the Arab Planning Institute in Kuwait.

She was the director of the Local Administration Reform Unit, Ministry of Local Development. She was also a Principal Economist in the technical office of the Minister of Trade and Industry.
She was a Principal Economist at the Egyptian Center for Economic Studies, and the Studies and Policy Support Unit Manager at the Industrial Modernization Center. El-Megharbel has authored publications on local economic development, competitiveness, labor market policies, industrial policy, corporate social responsibility, SMEs, and rules of origin in trade agreements.
El-Megharbel was a lecturer at Cairo University and the French University. She earned her Ph.D. from Cairo University and her Masters Degree in the American University in Cairo.

Nermine El-Tahri

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Nermine El-Tahri

General Manager Banking Reform Division –Central Bank of Egypt

Nermine El-Tahri, Joined the CBE in May 2016 since then she has been leading the CBE SME initiative with the local banks, private & public sector entities, local & international organizations and governmental ministries.
Nermine returned to Egypt from the United Kingdom in 2007, shortly thereafter, she joined Banque du Caire as General Manager of Business Development and Marketing.

During her tenure she has successfully contributed to the banks unsurpassed portfolio growth and profitability by revitalizing and launching new pioneering products, optimizing the existing infrastructure, maximizing employee effectiveness and enhancing customer satisfaction.
The previous decade, Nermine worked for American Express in the United Kingdom as Vice President Franchise Markets responsible for Business Development across the EMEA for the Global Network Services group, where managed Joint Venture partnerships in Switzerland, Belgium and the Middle East, Independent Operator relationships in Denmark, Norway, Turkey, Israel, Greece and South Africa.
During 1990-1995 Nermine worked for Citibank Canada, from 1986 – 1990 the Financial and Marketing Analyst for Xerox Egypt and 1983-1986 Financial Analyst for The Egyptian Financial Group in Egypt.
Throughout her career Ms. El Tahri achievements have consistently been appreciated and recognized. She is the recipient of numerous diverse Global & European Awards by American Express for Business Development & Transformation, Outstanding Performance, Innovation and Customer Commitment. Nermine was granted the CitiTops Excellence Award in 1991 for Citibank Canada and Excellence Award in 1986 from Xerox Egypt.
Nermine holds a BA in accounting and business administration from the Cairo University, equated from the University of Toronto. In her teens she was a member of the Egyptian national Junior Tennis team and her activities are confined in the realm culture, education and social responsibilities.

Nagwa Emad

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Nagwa Emad

Founder of Media Waves Company

Nagwa Emad is a renowned marketing and communication expert with more than 25 years of professional experience in Egypt, the Gulf States and England. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature and is a certified trainer from Hotel & Catering Institute in England.
Nagwa‘s work experience includes projects with Mondelez International, Google MENA, Vodafone Egypt , AIG and many other multinational companies: Thus becoming an expert helping multinationals succeed to go local.
Nagwa also worked closely with government entities such as Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, Ministry of Tourism and Social Contract Center which was an Egyptian cabinet’s project.
Her experience also included international entities such as UNICEF and UNDP.

Nagwa Emad is a founder of Media Waves Company has engaged in many high profile events many multi-national clients: (such as Launching Google in Arabic in Middle East, Inaugurating ABB Egypt Solar plant in 10th of Ramadan City, Ha Schult Eco exhibition at the Pyramids Event, Doodle for Google Competition, and introducing PETRONAS to the Egyptian market. Her event management experience was crowned by handling media and logistics of the opening ceremony of the new Suez Canal.
Nagwa is currently the National Chair of Egypt for the International Public Relations Association (IPRA). She is also a member of the Foreign Press Association (FPA), the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham), the British Egyptian Business Association (BEBA), the German Chamber of Commerce (GCC) and Canada Egypt Business Council (CEBC).
Nagwa Emad is a prominent contributor to civil and community services through a number of NGO’s. She is the founder and the President of the Cairo Capital Lions Club.

Mona El Kolaly

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Mona El Kolaly

Vice President at Kolaly Technology

Mona El kolaly holds the Vice President position of Kolaly Technology, that is specialized in supplying high-tech IT hardware and software. One of the biggest and oldest system integration companies of information technology in Egypt.
Mona El kolaly has contributed in the establishment of Key program that serves the Egyptian universities and aims to maximize the productivity of the individual and raise his efficiency.
As a result, more than 20 thousands training and development opportunities have been served through the program.

Mona El kolaly also: participates in many associations like the Egyptian Junior Business Association- EJB, is a Member and Chairman in Information and Communication Technology Committee from 2009 to 2011, and a Member of the Marketing Committee at the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt.
Mona El kolaly earned her Bachelor degree in Engineering in 1998 from the American University in Cairo and a Master’s degree in Business Administration in marketing and international business, in 2002.

Mireille Nessim

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Mireille Nessim

Chief Executive Officer at Takatof Association for Development

Mireille Nessim holds the Chief Executive Officer position at Takatof Association for Development; she has been working at the association since May 2001.
Mireille Nessim served as an Executive Vice President and Director of Communications at the German – Arab Chamber Of Industry & Commerce during the period of January 2000 to 2001.
Also, she was Head of Public Relations at the Egyptian Exchange during the period of December 1997 to 1999.
In addition, Mireille Nessim held the Director of Public Relations position at the Information and Decision Support Center – IDSC from November 1996 to December 1998 and worked in Leadership positions at the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt in 1984.