Manal Hassan

Manal-Hassan

Manal Hassan

Group CSR and Sustainability Director at ElSewedy Electric and Vice Chairman of Elsewedy Electric Foundation
Manal Hassan started a family business in 1988, “KAPO Holding” for commodity trading of Corn, Wheat, and Soya. Today, KAPO owns “Koudijs-Egypt feed”, “KAPO Logistic &Silos”, “Stargrain LTC”, and “KAPO Commodities”.
Also, worked for “Link Publication’ – publisher of the first Arabic magazine for pregnant women “Mother and Child”.
Founder of Dahshour Education center (NGO) and the main Sponsor for “Dar ElMostashfayet” (Disable center).
In 2008, worked as the Financial/Investment consultant handling Citadel Capital private equity investments. In 2012, joined the Egyptian National competitiveness Council as the Fundraising and Advocacy director.
In 2014, became the Executive Director of the Arab African International Foundation managing the day-to-day operations, representing the foundation with the government, public and media, ensuring the growth of the donation revenues by creating new marketing channels and communicating the foundation projects with all stakeholders.
She is currently an advisor to the Board of directors of Ahl Misr, and several for profit and nonprofit boards. She has extensive experience in creating and nurturing early stage companies and monitoring entrepreneurs since 2011.
Her goal today is to promote businesses best practices; she is a visionary reform minded and open to change with excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills. Very proactive, solution oriented, and a creative professional.
Manal Hassan has a wide experience since 2011 in leading businesses, establishing and sponsoring companies in their early stages.

Maisa Galal

Maisa-Galal

Maisa Galal

Chief Human Resources Officer at Coca-Cola Bottling Company Egypt

Maisa Galal is currently is the Chief Human Resources Officer for Coca-Cola Bottling Company Egypt, managing 8 plants and 42 depots with HC of more than 11,000 employees.
Galal has over twenty-five years of experience in HR. She is an experienced professional with extensive practice in Compensation and Benefits, Industrial Relations, and Organizational Development including Talent Acquisition and Talent Management, Performance Management, Medical, Security, and Administration.
Prior to Coca Cola, she worked as Human Resources Director for General Motors Egypt and North Africa Operations, the MENA Region Director for Program Development with the Institute of International Education, and Director of the Professional Resources Center of AMIDEAST.1
With General Motors Egypt, Galal launched the GM North Africa Women Council, the GM NEXT Club for Hi-Potential leaders, led the making of GM North Africa a Workplace of Choice, as well as implemented the Business Partnership Concept with all function.
Galal’s passion is developing people to lead their organizations to produce results. She has developed and managed performance evaluations and succession planning and career tracking. She has designed and led training programs on leadership, management and organizational learning for managers in Egypt and many of the MENA countries.  She has delivered presentations to annual meetings of organizations such as the National Organization of International Educators (NAFSA), and the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD).
Galal was elected one of the 50 most influential women in Egypt for the year 2018.  She holds an MBA in International Business from Maastricht School of Business.  She is the Co- Chair of the HR Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt and is an active contributor to a number of Social Responsibility organizations and boards in Egypt.

Maha Nagy

Maha-Nagy

Maha Nagy

Chief Communications Officer​ at Orange Egypt

Maha Nagy has joined Orange as Chief Communication Officer by 1st of July 2017. She has earned her stripes in marketing with a rich 18 years’ experience in both FMCG and Telecom industries.
Nagy started her brand management career in Henkel then moved to Johnson & Johnson where she headed the marketing function for 6 years. After that she moved to Pepsico as the Marketing Manager for Pepsi Egypt & North Africa where she delivered unprecedented results with best in class campaigns. She then became the Marketing Innovations Director of Middle East Africa region for the entire Pepsico portfolio both beverages and snacks.
After 8 successful years in Pepsico, Nagy decided to join the telecom world where she worked at Vodafone Egypt for 3 years leading the brand communication function, developing brand communication strategy that successfully transformed the way the company operates through pioneering differentiated consumer segmented strategy delivering impressive business results, and improving all brand KPIs.
Nagy then moved to Orange Egypt to join Orange Leadership team as the Chief Communication Officer to lead and support the company in its new transformational strategy and put back Orange at the lead of the telecom industry once again.
Moreover, Nagy was the mastermind behind the popular 2015 Genie TVC series. Her inspiration came from a Mobinil campaign mocking both Vodafone and Etisalat by featuring a red giant and a green genie.  She adopted the red genie character, which was a hit for two years in a row, appealing to the prepaid segment.

Maha Helali

Maha-Helaly

Maha Helali

Member of the National Council for Disability Affairs

Maha Helali is the Founder and Chairperson of the Egyptian Advance Society for Persons with Autism and Other Disabilities (ADVANCE), whom she established with the help of a group of parents in 1998. She is also a Member of the National Council for Disability Affairs.
In December 2004, Helali was chosen to be: the Coordinator of the Education Center for special Needs for “El Taalem lel Game3” program of the UNESCO Organization and an Advisory Committee for CCNGO-EFA-AR.
In 2006, the American University has honored Helali for her efforts for defending against special needs rights. And in 2007, she had got a fellowship from Ashoka organization.
Moreover, Helaly had established the Arab Autism Network and she holds the network Secretary-General position since 2009. She is also a Member of the development of basic education committee for the project “Al Akd El Ektemaay”.
In 2011, Helaly was elected as a President for the Egyptian Foundation for Experts and Supporting Educational Integration Organizations.  Also, she was elected in March 2012 to be President of the Comprehensive Containment Organization for the Middle East and North Africa.
She received her Masters degree in Inclusive Education and Special Education from the Institute of Education at London University, to establish a medical services center for children, whom are having learning difficulties in the year 1996.

Dr. Magda Iskander

Magda-Iskander

Dr. Magda Iskander

Founder of Care with Love Association and Chairperson of Friends of Children with Cancer

Magda Iskander is a social entrepreneur; she is Founder of Care with Love Association, that trains recruits to provide quality health care and assistance for the elderly and other homebound. She is also Chairperson of Friends of Children with Cancer.
Additionally, she is the founder of Health and Hope Oasis, the first supportive care center providing and promoting nutritional, physical and emotional wellbeing for children with cancer and their families in an environmentally healthy and safe set up and is located in Wadi El Natrun.
Iskandar was an Ashoka: Innovators for the Public Fellow in 2003 and was nominated as Schwab Foundation Fellow at the Social Creators Competition in 2008.
In addition, she was honored by the Ministry of Social Affairs for her services to the elderly in the community.
In recognition of her social efforts, Iskander was invited to the then U.S President Obama’s Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship in 2010. She also served as Honorary Member of the Clinton Global Initiative in 2011.
Iskander graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at Cairo University and she studied and specialized in Radiology in the United States. In 1984, she discovered that ultrasound was not available in Egypt and began training young physicians on this technique and establishing training centers in Cairo. As a result, this experiment was useful to the Egyptian medical system.
She has created the profession of home healthcare in Egypt through training a cadre of providers to offer high-quality, affordable services to the elderly and others who are homebound. She trains young uneducated women to be home healthcare providers. In doing so, she is both meeting the needs of the homebound and creating jobs for women who lack other employment opportunities.
Iskander also works as the Vice Chair of Gouna Technical Nursing Institute and Member of the  Advisory Board in Habitat Egypt.

Inas Abdel-Dayem

Inas-Abdel-Dayem

Inas Abdel-Dayem

Minister of Culture

Inas Abdel-Dayem is the Minister of Culture.She joined Cairo Symphony Orchestra in the Egyptian Opera House as the first Soloist of flute and was chosen as a Director of Cairo Symphony Orchestra from 2003 to 2012. She was also Dean of the Cairo Conservatoire from 2004 to 2010. Abdel-Dayem worked as a Vice-President of the Academy of Arts from 2009 to 2012.
For the first time in Egypt, Abdel-Dayem established a “Flute Learning Class” for children of an early age through the Talent Development Center in The Opera House in 1999. In addition, she is the Artistic Advisor for the Association of “Al Nour Wa Al _Amal” for the special needs, and was recently elected as the sixth President of the Arab Music Complex – Subjected to the Arab League for the four coming years.
She worked as the Head of the  National Cultural Center of the Egyptian Opera House Until 2018.
Abdel-Dayem received several international and local awards, including: First Prize of the Union of Music Institutes of France, the Best Artist of the North Korean Art Festival in 1999), the Encouragement Award in the Arts in 2000, in addition to several honors and certificates of appreciation. She also received the Creative Prize from the Academy of Arts at the Ministry of Culture.
In the early 2000s, Abdel-Dayem was awarded a prize for being “one of the most creative Egyptian women of the century” and in 2001, she received Egypt’s State Prize in Arts.
Abdel-Dayem graduated from the Flute Department of the Cairo Conservatory in 1984. She obtained two masters degrees in 1985 and a doctorate in “Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris” in 1989.
Moreover, Abdel-Dayem was also the supervisor of several scientific doctorate and master’s degree in arts in many Egyptian universities and institutes. She participated in the preparation of educational syllables and headed several scientific, artistic, and cultural committees in Egypt and Arab countries.

Hoda Wally

Hoda-Wally

Hoda Wally

Partner & CEO of Choco Chocola

Hoda Wally is a Partner and CEO of a chocolate chain Choco Chocola.
Prior to this, Wally joined the Commercial International Bank (CIB) reaching General Manager position. In CIB, she was responsible for women banking in Egypt by directing and providing them women with more understanding of investment opportunities in stock market and eventually helping create their own business.
She created the first credit and business card for women “Heya”.  Wally represented women as a Member in Arab and international women forums. She graduated from the American University in Cairo (AUC), High Honors Majoring Economics.

Dr. Hend Hanafy

Hend-Hanafy

Dr. Hend Hanafy

Former President of Alexandria University

Dr. Hend Hanafy was appointed as President of Alexandria University in 2009, becoming the first women ever in Egypt to hold such position.
During her time in office, Alexandria University entered for the first time the British International Classification of Universities in 2010. It ranked 147 on the list of the best 200 universities in the world. It was the only university in Egypt and the Arab world and the second in Africa.
Prior to this, Hanafi was the Vice President for Graduate Studies and Research, a job she held since 2006.
Before that, she was Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Medicine for Graduate Studies and Research in 2004. She established the Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Unit at the University Children Hospital in Shatby, Alexandria in 1992.
Hanafi fulfilled the duties of her job as President of Alexandria University until October 2011, for which she was honored in 2015 by the University Council.
In 2016, she was selected to join the National Council for Women. Today she still serves as the Supervisor of the NCW office in Alexandria.
Hanafi graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at Alexandria University. She obtained her Master’s and PhD in Pediatrics from the same university.

Heidi El Nahas

Heidi-El-Nahas

Heidi El Nahas

Head of Corporate Communication and CSR at Banque du Caire

Joined Banque du Caire in 2009, Heidi El Nahas is currently the Head of Corporate Communication and CSR at the bank. She has broad experience of more than 32 years in Marketing Planning, Creative Development, Media Planning and Buying, Sales Promotion, Corporate Social Responsibilities, and Public Relations.
Prior to this, El Nahas was Head of Marketing at CIT Global Company from 2005 to 2008. She was Marketing Manager in Raya Holding from 2000 to 2005 and Marketing Specialist in General Motors Egypt from December 1994 to November 2000.
El Nahas received her bachelor degree in Guidance & Tourism – German section from Faculty of Tourism and Hotels in 1994, then her Diploma of the International Advertising Association (IAA) in Marketing & Communication from the American University in Cairo (AUC) in 1998.
She earned her MBA in Marketing from the Arab Academy for Science, Technology, and Maritime Transport (AAST) in 2011.

Heba Salama

Heba-Salama

Heba Salama

Director of COMESA Regional Investment Agency

Heba Salama is an expert on business and investment promotion and cooperation, specialized on African countries and regional economic communities. With a background of over 20 years working in the region, she now heads the COMESA Regional Investment Agency, where she set-up and launched the Agency’s operations, promotes the COMESA region as a single market and an attractive investment destination. She also manages initiatives aiming to further improve the business and investment climates of COMESA Member States.
Under her leadership, the Agency was able to implement approximately 35 training programs and to perform institutional development of the COMESA Investment Promotion Agencies with the presence of about 700 trainees. She also succeeded to implement and develop 12 websites and 12 investor relations program.
In addition, she organized 9 international and regional conferences with the aim of promoting the continent’s investment climate, most recently the Africa 2018 Forum in Sharm El-Sheikh.
Furthermore, Salama did 40 studies and promotional publications on the investment climate in the COMESA countries.
Salama has provided leadership for various initiatives and promoted increased cooperation in the field of investment promotion, capacity building for investment promotion agency, in cooperation with various development partners.
In 2012, Salama was appointed as the Trade and Investment Representative of the Republic of Seychelles in Egypt. She has spent most of her life in Zambia where, among other things, she set-up, managed, and owned various businesses.