Dina Sherif

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Dina Sherif

CEO & Founding Partner of Ahead of the Curve

Dina Sherif is committed to building sustainable societies through the application of a more conscious form of capitalism and she founded Ahead of the Curve (ATC) in 2012 to further that goal. ATC is a social enterprise promoting responsible and sustainable management practices, more inclusive and equitable economies, and the development of socially-innovative business models in growth markets to support both economic growth and social change.
As CEO, Sherif is responsible for business strategy and business development, as well as overseeing all research related activities within the firm. Ahead of the Curve, established the first impact investment fund in the MENA region called Entrepreneurship with Impact Ventures to support early stage impact entrepreneurs through equity financing and will be launching the first of its kind regional network of women leaders across the Arab region through an online and offline platform.

Sherif also serves as an Advisor to the President of Egypt for Economic Development and Job Creation. In addition, she is currently an Associate Professor of Practice, holding the endowed Willard Brown Chair for International Business at the American University in Cairo, where she is also Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship.
She comes from a background in Economic Development, Strategic Philanthropy and Civil Society Development.
Sherif is the lead author of several key publications such as the book: From Charity to Social Change: Trends in Arab Philanthropy and key reports, including a 7 country study on trends in responsible business practice in the Arab region and the 2015 UNDP Business Solutions Report.
Her current passion lies in using entrepreneurship as a pathway to sustainable economic growth and job creation. Her company established the first fund to support idea and early stage startups, solving major problems in society in the Arab region and will be establishing the first of its kind accelerator in the Arab world to support startups that merge technology with the resolution of a major societal challenge in collaboration with the Egyptian private sector.
In acknowledgement of her dedication to creating a new way of doing business through her efforts with Ahead of the Curve, Sherif was given the Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Egypt, by the American Chamber of Commerce in 2016. She was also recognized by the Embassy of India as a Woman of Substance in 2016, and was chosen as one of 10 United Nations Global Compact Sustainable Development Goal Pioneers.
Sherif is also an angel investor with a specific focus on healthcare businesses and is an avid supporter of civil society, previously serving of the Chair of the Board of the Arab Foundations Forum and currently a Board Member of EducateMe and Ruwwad both based in Egypt.
Furthermore, Sheirf is also a Board Member of two early stage fast growth businesses: Smart Medical Services and Tawseela Transportation Solutions both based in Egypt. Currently, she is most passionate about creating an Arab region that will not only provide the jobs necessary for its youth, but the jobs necessary to allow for the region’s youth to thrive.

Dina El-Mofty

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Dina El-Mofty

Founder & CEO of Injaz Egypt

Dina El-Mofty is the founder of Injaz Egypt, an organization which has a strong educational focus on entrepreneurship as well as work readiness and is part of the Junior Achievement worldwide network.
Injaz works in partnership with schools and universities across Egypt, and has helped impact more than half a million young people through its entrepreneurial and work readiness programs. The organization also has a strong focus on supporting young entrepreneurs through its startup incubator and helps them launch and accelerate their businesses.
She has started Injaz Egypt project in 2003, to become an independent institution under the Ministry of Social Solidarity in 2004. Injaz has seed funded and supported over 50 successful startup businesses over the past five years.

El-Mofty has recently founded Inspo, a company focused on delivering leading global programs on personal and professional development in Egypt and the Middle East. She is also actively involved with the American Chamber of Commerce as the Co-Chair of the Women in Business Committee, and is a Member of the U.S.-Egypt Business Council.
Nominated as one of the world’s most influential young Arabs under 40 by Arabian Business for 2016, El-Mofty holds a graduate degree from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and a bachelor’s degree from the American University in Cairo. Additionally, she spent time at Georgetown University during her undergraduate studies. She also holds professional degrees from Penn State University, INSEAD, and Harvard University.

Dalia Khorshid

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Dalia Khorshid

Chairwoman and CEO of MASAR

Dalia Khorshid was the first female Minister of Investment serving between 2016 and 2017. She is currently Chairwoman and CEO of MASAR, a private-sector financial advisory firm founded in 2018 to provide financial services to the Egyptian and regional markets.
As a minister, Khorshid established three new free trade zones. She has over 24 years of finance experience in various fields: Corporate Banking, Investment Banking, Corporate Treasury and Private Equity.
Khorshid worked in Orascom Construction Industries (OCI) from 2005 to 2016, most recently Group Corporate Treasurer.

She began her career at the Commercial International Bank (CIB), followed by eight years as Vice President of Citibank prior to joining OCI.
Dalia Khorshid earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from The American University in Cairo in 1993.

Dalia El Baz

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Dalia El Baz

Deputy Chairperson of the National Bank of Egypt (NBE)

Dalia El Baz has been appointed as the Deputy Chairperson of the National Bank of Egypt (NBE), one of the biggest state-run banks in Egypt, in September 2017. She is the first Egyptian women ever to serve this position.
El Baz started her banking career in 1995 in Barclays Bank Egypt in the Corporate Banking and then assigned as the Head the Operational Risk sector, set up the Internal Control division of the bank.
In 2008, she joined the NBE, where she was assigned to head the bank’s Risk Group, then she was appointed as Executive Director for Operations in 2015.

El Baz joined the NBE in December 2008 as part of the team that contributed to the development of the bank’s business by activating the role of the Operational Risk Group, spreading the culture of its business and establishing the business continuity plans and sites. In 2015, she was appointed as Executive Director for Operations in 2015. She supervised the deployment of the new core banking system in addition to the upgrade and centralization of the banking operations adopted by the NBE within the framework of an integrated strategy for the information technology of the bank and obtaining multiple certificates to protect the data of its customers.
El Baz graduated from the American University in Cairo in 1995 Major of Business Administration and minor of Economics and participated in several specialized training courses in banking, management and the development and follow-up of strategies.

Asmaa Hosny

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Asmaa Hosny

Co-Founder & CEO of “Wasla Misr” for digital transformation and financial inclusion).

Asmaa Hosny was the CEO of the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA), an executive IT arm of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, founded in 2004, to spearhead the process of developing the Egyptian IT industry.
She has over 30 years of executive experience in Information Technology. Hosny has accomplished huge breakthroughs in the execution of large-scale projects leading to technology-enabled transformation of many socio–economic sectors, from which are the creation and development of new technological zones in Borg El Arab and Asyut.

She started her career at Orascom Group, where she led only in few years one of the company’s majoracquisitions in the health sector. In addition, she co-founded and established a number of successful local and regional enterprises, including Wasla Egypt and Solutions Plus in Egypt as well as Health Insights in the United Arab Emirates.
Hosny earned her bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science from Cairo University in 1980. She also received several advanced academic degrees in the ICT fields, in addition to graduate studies at Cairo University’s Institute of Statistical Studies and Research (ISSR) in 1983.

Amina Ghanem

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Amina Ghanem

Executive Director of the Egyptian National Competitiveness Council (ENCC).

Amina Ghanem has been appointed in 2012 as Executive Director of the Egyptian National Competitiveness Council (ENCC) – a non for profit policy advocacy group that supports government policies aimed at enhancing Egypt’s competitiveness.
Ghanem has 32 years of long and diverse experience which combines 11 years of civil society service, and more than 22 years of advising on macro and micro-economic policies and strategies in the Egyptian government. As Executive Director, she is mandated to implement ENCC’s mission as a forum for public-private policy dialogues on priority challenges to Egypt’s long term competitiveness and inclusive growth.

Her responsibilities also include exchanging knowledge and good practices, formulating policy recommendations and strategies in partnership with the government, and raising awareness and advocating policies that enhance competitiveness and inclusive growth.
She oversees a team that examines the role of the government and the impact of policy interventions such as regulatory frameworks, labor market policies, and incentives for investment, in many sectors such as tourism, food security, safety, transport, infrastructure, manufacturing and natural resources.
Under her leadership, ENCC received in December 2013 an award of excellence from the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, for facilitating in cooperation with the UK’s Chatham House, a meeting in Jordan with 22 civil society organizations from the Broader Middle East North Africa Region. She succeeded in building consensus among the participating NGOs on a set of recommendations in economic development and youth employment; women empowerment; and freedom of expression.
As a Founding and Board Member of ENCC, Ghanem has regularly written on fiscal policy challenges to pro-poor growth, and advocated the importance of using fiscal policy to create inclusive and balanced growth. She also helped develop and review ENCC’s vision, mission, and strategic objectives.
Prior to this, Ghanem Deputy Minister of Finance for External Relations – a position she gained due to her result-driven style, leadership attributes, communication skills, and strong analytical background. She headed the Inter-Ministerial Permanent Committee for Fiscal Decentralization (PCFD), and was a key Member in other national decentralization committees. She participated in the preparation of the decentralization draft law, a decentralization strategy and an action plan for PFM reforms.
In 2011/2012, Ghanem headed an Inter-Ministerial Steering Committee, supported by development partners, mandated to produce an action plan that promoted employment intensive investments as a tool to create jobs and reduce poverty. During the same period, she headed inter-ministerial discussions that produced an action plan for policies to drive SME job creation.
During her years in the Government, she participated in the annual Article IV Consultations between the Government of Egypt and the IMF, and in drafting the report. She also participated in the negotiations and implementation of three IMF programs for Egypt (1991, 1993, and 1995) and coordinated in the implementation of World Bank’s Economic Reform and Structural Adjustment Program (ERSAP) that supported the IMF programs. She also participated in 2011 and 2012 in the negotiations with the IMF for two new programs to support the economy after the January 2011 revolution; both programs eventually did not materialize. During the same year, she led with the Ministry of International Cooperation’s discussions on the World Bank Development Policy Loan that was intended to support the Egypt’s economic reform program with the IMF. In 2011, she introduced the use of social media to the Ministry of Finance to engage with youth on policy issues.
Moreover, Ghanem’s other professional interests include teaching Public Finance at the American (AUC) and the Instituto Estudios Bursátiles (IEB). She also has an extensive network of contacts with donor agencies and international development organizations. From 2012 till 2014, she was the first Egyptian woman to be selected as a Member of the Global Agenda Councils of the World Economic Forum – an intellectual network that sets the direction for global, regional, and industry agendas. She contributed during her term to writing a report on the competitiveness of cities
Ghanem completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Economics from the American University in Cairo (AUC) and the Faculty of Economics and Political Science (FEPS) of Cairo University, respectively. In addition, she completed an M.A. degree in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) from the AUC, and a certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language for non-native teachers of English from the Royal Society of Arts in London.

Amal Saad El Din

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Amal Saad El Din

CEO of Riva Pharma S.A.E

Amal Saad El Din is the CEO of Riva Pharma. Under her management, the company has managed to open new markets for Egyptian pharmaceutical industry in some African countries.
Prior to this, she served as Vice Chair and a Board Member at Riva Pharma.
Saad El Din earned her bachelor’s degree from the Faculty of Commerce – Accounting Division a Cairo University in 1995 and a Diploma in Quality Management from the American University in Cairo in 2008.
She also received a master’s degree in Business Administration in 2013.

Amal Mowafy

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Amal Mowafy

Youth employement technical specialist – Regional office for Africa

Amal Mowafy was the Chief Technical Advisor at the International Labour Organization (ILO), managing the ILO/Canada flagship project on Decent Jobs for Egypt’s Young People (DJEP).
She works with the Egyptian Government and the people to deliver results at national, governorate, community policy, and administration levels through interventions that tackle the supply, intermediation, and demand aspects of the labour market to achieve Decent Work (Sustainable Development Goal 8) for all.
Mowafy joined the ILO as Senior Programme Officer in September 2008.

Prior to that, she was a Project Management Specialist at USAID’s Policy and Private Sector Office, where she worked on the broad areas of public finance, competiveness, business and economic higher education as well as consumer protection from August 2005 till July 2008.
She started her career with the Ministry of International Cooperation in February 1998 until she became the Desk Officer for Cooperation with the USA in the Cabinet of the then Minister of International Cooperation Fayza Abou El Naga in July 2004.
Mowafy is an Egyptian development professional with more than 20 years of experience. She has completed course work for a PhD in Public Administration at Cairo University in the Faculty of Economics and Political Science. She holds two degrees with highest honours from the American University in Cairo: an MPA with a specialization in International Organizations (on a merit scholarship) and B.A. in Economics.

Abir Leheta

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Abir Leheta

Chairman and CEO Egytrans

Abir Leheta was appointed as Chairman and CEO of the Board of Directors of Egytrans in June 2015. With this role, Leheta has been tasked with developing strategic and structural opportunities to further increase the resilience, agility and growth of Egytrans, one of the leading companies in the area of transport and logistics in Egypt.
Leheta has strong business acumen and thorough knowledge of the Group’s various businesses gained through over 20 years of experience in various leading positions within the group. Leheta joined Egytrans in 1994 as Head of Software Development moving through the ranks over the years to hold different positions with increasing responsibility. Prior to her appointment as Chairman, Leheta held the position of Chief Strategy Officer responsible for the development and implementation of the strategic direction of the Company.

Leheta has been a member of the board of the Egyptian Transport and Logistics Company (ETAL) and Egytrans Depot Solutions (EDS) since 2009 till her appointment as Chairman in 2015. In addition she is a member of the Egyptian Businessmen’s Association (EBA), the Alexandria Businessmen’s Association (ABA) and the American Chamber of Commerce (Amcham).
Abir Leheta holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with a Minor in Business Administration from the American University in Cairo. Leheta went on to attain accreditations in a number of areas including certifications in Quality and Organizational Excellence from the American Society for Quality (ASQ) , Risk Management from the Institute of Risk Management (IRM) and Board Member Certification from the Egyptian Institute of Directors (EIOD).

During 2015, the council had succeeded in releasing many projects and development initiatives in a number of economic aspects, like “Entaleq”; an initiative based on leading businesses and adopting youth’s ideas, facilitating financing, developing youth’s economic ideas, and finding encouraging financing bank.

In addition, the council has released the 1000 Factory project in the Fifth Settlement Area in New Cairo and the “Wazeftak Gamb Beetak” project, that supports small and medium enterprises and involves establishing 10 factories in every governorate across the country.

Abd EL Latif participates through the council in establishing a fund to support defaulted factories.

She has got her PHD in Economics from California University, USA.