Dr. Naglaa El Ahwany

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Dr. Naglaa El Ahwany

Former Minister of International Cooperation & Economic Consultant

Naglaa El Ahwany was former Minister of International Cooperation, Executive Director and Chief Economist at the Egyptian Center for Economic Studies.
She was also Director of the Center for European Studies in the Faculty of Economics and Political Science at Cairo University.
She also worked as an Economic Advisor to the American Chamber of Commerce, the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Cairo Office, and the ESCWA.
In May 2011, she was appointed as Advisor to the Egyptian Prime Minister for Economic Affairs.
Moreover, El Ahwany served as an Economist Researcher in the Arab Institute for Planning in Kuwait and the Arab Studies Institute of the Arab League.
El Ahwany also held different roles between 2004 and 2015, including a Board Member of the Social Fund for Development (currently Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprise Development Agency), the Arab Society for Economic Research. She was also a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Anti-Money Laundering Unit at the Central Bank of Egypt, a Boad Member of the General Union of NGOs, and a Member of the National Council of Women.
She is currently a Member of the General Assembly of the Holding Company for Tourism and Hotels and a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Ahl Al-Misr Foundation.
El Ahwany has published several studies on informal labour and rural development, issues    that are particularly relevant to Egypt’s economic agenda.

Nadia Gamal El Din

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Nadia Gamal El Din

Founder & CEO of Rahet Bally

Nadia Gamal El Din is Founder and CEO of Rahet Bally, a platform from home, trying to reach and support as many mothers as possible.
It all started when Gamal El Din gave birth to Yassin.
She does not have siblings and her friends did not have kids yet so she was looking for a place to answer her questions and offer her much needed new-mom support. She was surprised that there is not a single trusted, support platform for moms. And that was the trigger; Rahet Bally was born.
She started by visiting a huge number of doctors and experts to bring them on board to Rahet Bally, to offer moms on the spot answers to all their questions, free of charge, in numerous fields.
She managed to have over 100 doctors and experts in just one month. She was so excited and relieved to see moms going to sleep with some peace of mind because of Rahet Bally.
She then continued hustling and coming up with brilliant pillars to support moms; intellectually, mentally, physically, spiritually, and emotionally. She did it all with her baby boy. She took him to meetings, worked on her laptop with one hand and hugging him with the other. She had so much passion and willpower to bring every single mom peace of mind, because she deserves it.
Gamal El Din graduated from the American University in Cairo, top of her class, with highest honors, majoring in Business Finance. She formerly worked in P&G.

Nadia Abdo

Nadia-Abdo

Nadia Abdo

Former Governor of Baheira Governorate

Nadia Abdo was the first Egyptian women to serve as Governor of Baheira Governorate in 2017.
Under her capacity, Abdo succeeded in lowering the infection rates of hepatitis C among the residents of Baheira Governorate, given her experiences in the drinking water industry and in the establishment, development, and management of drinking water plants and networks. She also succeeded in increase the number of the drinking water stations and taking enough precautions against torrents.
Abdo was the first woman in the Arab world to name as Chairperson of the Alexandria company for Water and Wastewater from 2002 to 2012.
The Muslim and African Women’s Fund nominated Abdo for the Best Human Sciences Award in recognition of her efforts in the water field and humanitarian work in Alexandria.
Moreover, Abdo took over several positions, such as a Technical Deputy of the Drinking Water Company in Alexandria from 1992 to 2002, a Consultant in the Holding Company for Drinking Water and Sanitation, a Deputy Governor of Baheira in August 2013. She was also Vice Chair of the Supreme Council of Elders of the Arab-African Council for Integration and Development.

Dr. Mona Mehrez

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Dr. Mona Mehrez

Deputy Agriculture Minister for Animal, Fish, and Poultry Wealth

Mona Mehrez has been appointed as Deputy Agriculture Minister for Animal, Fish, and Poultry Wealth in June 2018.
Mehrez served in several positions such as: Head of General Federation of Poultry (GFP) produce, Advisor and Head of the Agriculture office at the Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt in Washington. She also headed the Central Department of the External Agriculture Research Center for Production Affairs, as well as the Coordinating Committee for the Sustainable Development in African projects.
In addition, she served as National Adviser to the Nutrition Improvement and Food Security Projects in Egypt for Women, Youth, and Nutrition along with Food Security Expert.
Moreover, Mehrez was the Head of the Research Team in a World Bank-funded project to combat Avian Flu, and in a FAO-funded Avian Flu project. She also headed a project for environmental pollution assessment in avian flu markets funded by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Mehrez graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Cairo University.  She received a master’s degree in Poultry Pathology from Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, at Cairo University. She earned received another master’s degree in Poultry Pathology in the field of cancer diseases from Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Cairo University in cooperation with the laboratory of poultry diseases and cancer tumor in Michigan, USA.
She received her PhD in Viral Tumors in chickens in 1994 from the University of Cairo.

Mervat Sultan

Mervat-Sultan

Mervat Sultan

Chairperson of the Export Development Bank of Egypt

Mervat Soltan was appointed as the Chairperson of Export Development Bank (EBE) in November 2016 to lead the necessary change required to help in boosting Egyptian Exports in line with the country strategy to double its exports by 2020. Furthermore, she was appointed as the Chairperson of Export Credit Guarantee Company of Egypt (ECGE) in October
2018, which is a subsidiary of EBE Bank.
She is a collaborative and goal-driven international banker offering 35 years of experience in Senior Regional roles within Global, Regional and Local Banks requiring global responsibility with an extensive and diverse background. Proven success in leading a bank to establish and grow the business while managing all types of inherent risks.
Proficient in setting the strategy and business plan to achieve set targets. Leading and driving all high level initiatives that positively impact the bank’s profitability, market position and market share. Demonstrated success in driving change; quickly earn the trust, confidence, and respect of peers, direct reports, industry professionals, and key decision-makers. A decisive and energetic strategic thinker focused on quality standards and service to role-model the satisfaction of clients. Mervat has started her banking career in 1983 where she worked at the Egyptian Gulf Bank then the United Bank in 1993.
She joined Deutsche Bank in and progressed to reach Regional Head for Financial Institutions in North Africa & Levant in 2002. She moved to work at Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank in 2009 later in the same year, she joined HSBC Dubai as Regional Head for North Africa & Levant Financial Institutions until 2014. Mervat then joined Ahli United Bank (Egypt) until she was appointed as Chairperson of Egyptian Export Development Bank. Mervat earned both her B.A. in Business Administration and M.B.A. from the American University in Cairo in 1983 and 1989 respectively.
In acknowledgment of her achievements, she has been selected and awarded by Top 50 Association as one of the Most Influential Women in 2017 and by Forbes ME Magazine as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Women 2018. Moreover, she has been nominated & awarded by Central Bank of Egypt in collaboration with Egyptian Banking Institution as One of the Top 50 Women Performing in Egypt and One of the Best Mentors in the Women Mentor-ship Program 2019.
Mervat is a board member in Export Development Authority. Moreover, she has been a long-standing member of the
following associations:
– Amcham – American Chamber of Commerce
– Cancham – Canadian Chamber of Commerce
– BEBA – British Egyptian Businessmen Association
– EBA – Egyptian Businessmen association
– ECRA – Egyptian Credit & Risk association
– FEB – Federation of Egyptian Banks
– UAB – Union of Arab Banks

Mennatallah Farid

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Mennatallah Farid

Assistant Sub-Governor for Markets Sector – Central Bank of Egypt

Mennatallah Farid is Assistant Sub-Governor for Markets Sector at the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE). She holds around 20 years of experience in the Investment field.
Farid joined the CBE in May 2006, as Senior Portfolio Manager at the Reserves Management Department

Mennat Allah Sharkas

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Mennat Allah Sharkas

Strategic/Emerging Channels and Regional Sales Manager – Unilever Mashreq

Mennat Sharkas’ journey started as Accounting Instructor in the Faculty of Commerce, English Department in 1997. She then joined Unilever Mashreq as Finance Management Trainee in 1999, where she implemented the company’s main reporting system “Abacus” in 2000.
Sharkas went brave and shifted her career from Finance to Customer Development in 2003, and shortly afterwards became Customer Marketing Manager for Hair, a position she assumed for two years. From 2005 till 2007, she was Trade Marketing Manager for hair and oral.
She was selected for regional corporate audit team (AAC–CD) as an Audit Manager from 2007 till 2010, where she visited more than 30 countries in 3 years. Sharkas was then promoted to Modern Trade Manager – Mashreq from 2010 till 2014, before assuming her current role as Regional Sales Manager.
She has over 18 years of experience in General Management, Sales, Business Development, and Financial Management. She holds robust Customer Management, Shopper Understanding, Distributor Management, and Business Understanding of more than twenty-five markets in Asia, Africa, and Europe, with deep knowledge of the Middle East and North Africa region.
Moreover, Sharkas has been chosen as “High Performer” across all the seven jobs handled by her in the sixteen years of experience within Unilever.

May Abulnaga

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May Abulnaga

Sub-Governor for Banking Supervision – Central Bank of Egypt

May Abulnaga is Sub-Governor for the Technical Prudential Regulation Office and Banking Supervision at the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) since July 2017.
She joined the CBE in 2005, responsible for the Regulations Department and Banking Supervision. She has a diverse banking experience of up to 25 years.
Under her capacity, Abulnaga supervised a program related to the restructuring and development of public sector banks till 2007.
Afterwards, she established the Banking Supervision Regulations Division under the Banking Supervision Department, which prepares and issues all the banking regulations since 2007.
Abulnaga also participated in setting all the regulations related to the implementation of Basel II framework, global risks, acquisitions, and banking financing for real estate developers. She contributed to the launch of several banking initiatives aimed to support the tourism, MSMEs, and industrial sectors.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the American University in Cairo. In 2014, Abulnaga received a fellowship in Financial Inclusion from the Fletcher School at Tufts University in USA.

Marianne Ghali

Marianne-Ghali

Marianne Ghali

Chairperson and Managing Director of Sphinx Egypt

Marianne Ghali, Chairperson and Managing Director of Sphinx Egypt, has received her BA in Economics from the American University in Cairo.
She began her career at the University of Manchester in the UK then at Al Ghanem Industries Group in Kuwait.  Later, she worked in the field of electronic data systems where she mechanized the Kuwaiti social insurance system, and implemented the development and establishment of financial disclosure system Institute of Banking Studies in Kuwait.
Ghali has been managing the educational endowment funds of the American University in Cairo since 1990.
In 2005, Ghali entered into a partnership with Citadel Capital (currently Qalaa Holdings) in order to establish Sphinx International to manage the mutual funds. In 2010, she launched Sphinx’s restructuring fund to invest in troubled Egyptian SMEs.
Ghali is also the treasurer of Qalaa Foundation Scholarship which seeks to provide scholarships for talented Egyptian students.

Marianne Azer

Marianne-Azer

Marianne Azer

Member of the Parliament

Marianne Azer is a Member of the Egyptian Parliament, an Associate Professor in Nile University (NU), and an Associate Professor and Director of Information Center in the National Telecommunication Institute (NTI).
She has more than 15 years of experience in Communications and Information Technology. Throughout her career, she held several positions, both academic and managerial.
She has authored and co-authored over 45 international publications.
After her BSc., Azer worked for Cairo University in the Electronics and Communications Department, and the American University in Cairo (AUC) in the Electronics, Computer Science, and Mathematics departments.
Upon receiving her Master degree, she joined the National Telecommunication Institute and continued her work at the American University in Cairo. She also worked for the French University in Cairo, in the Engineering Department. In addition, she worked for the Arab Academy for Science, Technology, and Maritime Transport.
Azer received awards, certificates, and fellowships from many international institutions for her achievements in Science, Technology, and Academia. To mention a few, the US Department of State, University of Michigan Dearborn, Google. She has been honored in the Egyptian Parliament by the Speaker of the House for her international achievements in Information and Communication Technology.
She is a Member of many international committees and organizations. For instance, the international observatory for women speaking French, a member of the IEEE, ACM, IFIP working 8.4, Arab Women in Computing (AWIC), Women committee of the Parliamentarian union for the Euro Mediterranean countries, Research Committee and Foreign Affairs Committee in the National Women’s Council, the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs, Arab Organization for Young Scientists. Her areas of expertise include Communication and Information Technology, Information Security, Cloud Computing, e-Learning, and Engineering Education.
Moreover, Azer was invited as a speaker, panelist, and keynote speaker in a number of international conferences and events. She is also a reviewer and a technical committee member in many international and national conferences. She was ranked amongst the top 10 public speakers in Egypt.
Azer was elected as Head of Youths and Women Committee of the International Parliament for Tolerance and Peace (IPTP) in July 2018.