Heba Salama

Heba-Salama

Heba Salama

CEO 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.

Dr. Heba Hagrass

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Dr. Heba Hagrass

Former Member of the Parliament, Board Member at the National Council for Women

Heba Hagrass is an international disability consultant as well as an independent researcher both in the field of disability and gender since 1989. She is an advocate for Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Egypt, the Arab Region, and worldwide since 1989.
Hagrass helped draft Article 6 in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and was lead Consultant in drafting the National Strategy of People with Disabilities for Egypt. She also took part in drafting the Convention of the Rights of People with Disability as a representative of Arab civil society.
The AUC alumna relayed the importance of including the needs of people with disabilities among the priorities laid out in the Egyptian government’s sustainable development goals. “The key objective of the SDGs is for no one to be left behind, and so these objectives lead us to start with marginalized groups,” Hagrass said.
Hagrass is a Member of the Egyptian Parliament. She also a Member of the National Council for Women and the National Council for Disability.
Prior to this, Hagrass worked as Head of the Development of Disability in Ministry of Social Solidarity in 2014 and a Consultant for Ministry of Communication and Information Technology. She was also a Founding Member of the Inclusive Education Foundation in Egypt (IEF) and a Technical Consultant in the field of disability for many international and national organizations.
She got her bachelor degree in Business Administration from the American University in Cairo in 1982, then her master’s degree in Sociology from the American University in Cairo in 1998. She earned her PhD in 2010 in Sociology and Social Policy from the University of Leeds, UK. She was nominated for the Frank G. Wisner Award for Scholarly Excellence in Social Science

Heba Abdel Latif

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Heba Abdel Latif

Head of Financial Institutions at CIB

Heba Abdel Latif is currently Head of Debt Capital Markets at the Commercial International Bank (CIB). She joined the CIB in December 1990.
Abdel Latif has more than 26 years of experience in the Banking sector and has a proven track record of project financing and syndicated loans. She has sparticipated in structuring and arranging operations exceeding $11 billion and EGP 32 billion.
She has played a prominent role in most of the financing project operations in the Egyptian market in many key sectors such as oil, gas, petrochemicals, telecommunications, energy, cement, real estate finance, and ports as well as the first public-private partnership (sewage treatment).
Furthermore, Abdel Latif also played a key role in structuring all the securitization transactions in the Egyptian market and many bond issues to government agencies and companies.
She received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the American University in Cairo (AUC).

Hala Abu Bakr

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Hala Abu Bakr

Chairperson and Managing Director for Financial Affairs for City Gas Company – A subsidiary of TAQA Arabia Group

Hala Abu Bakr is currently CEO of City Gas Company, a subsidiary of TAQA Arabia Group. She is also the CFO of TAQA Gas Group.
Abu Bakr has over 38 years of experience in the gas and petroleum sector.
In the last 21 years, Abu Bakr participated in developing and expanding the role of the private sector in the gas industry.
Abu Bakr is considered as one of the first founders of the industry, by launching the first LDC Company of City Gas in 1996, Ginko Group in 1998, House Gas in 1999, Master Gas in 2003, and Engineering Gulf of Suez Co. (Egusco) in 2003.
She has also participated in the acquisition of Ripco in 2001. In 1981, Abu Bakr received her bachelor from the Faculty of Commerce, Accounting Department at the Cairo University. She has held numerous responsibilities in accounting, trade, and information technology.

Ghadeer Hegazy

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Ghadeer Hegazy

Deputy Minister Head of Arab Affairs Unit – Ministry of International Cooperation

Ghadeer Hegazy is Deputy Minister of Investment and International Cooperation since August 2017.
She is also Advisor to the Minister of International Cooperation for Arab Affairs and Head of the Arab Affairs Unit since November 2015.
As an Arab Affairs Unit Head, Hegazy is responsible for the management of loan and grant agreements with Arab finance institutions and for the follow-up of the funding process with national beneficiaries, and participation in the policy-making of the Ministry.
Hegazy gradually progressed in the career ladder as an adviser of the Minister of International Cooperation and then becoming the first economic expert responsible for the file of cooperation with Arab countries at Office of the Minister of International Cooperation during the period from 2005 to 2014.
She is also a Board Member of the General Committee for Foreign Aid, representing the Ministry of Investment and International Cooperation since January 2, 2018.
Furthermore, Hegazy has also participated in both discussions about the Saudi-Egyptian Coordination Council, from the third meeting till the sixth meeting, and the discussions on the UAE grant.
She received her bachelor’s degree in Economy and Political Science – English Section from Cairo University in 2001, and earned her master’s degree in Public Administration from the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport (AAST) in 2015.

Ghada Wali

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Ghada Wali

Graphic Designer

Ghada Wali had worked as a Graphic Designer in M17 Company, Fortune PromoSeven Company, and J. Walter Thompson Company.
She was ranked among the top 100 graphic designers in the world by the Applied Arts Institute, Chicago.  She was also classified in the year 2017 by Forbes magazine among the top 30 artists list, which specifies artists whom are younger than 30 years old.
Wali has won in Gretchen competition in Munich as well as two Adobe Design Achievement awards, and the Society of Typographic Arts Chicago considers her among the best 100 graphic designers in the world.
Besides her full-time work, she took the vow to contribute to the building of the future Graphic Design in Cairo, through the newly launched Graphic Design programme at the American University in Cairo where she is a teaching assistant.
Believing in the power of design, Wali continues to stretch her production of modern design work independently through projects that help in saving cultural heritage and identity and by combatting false beliefs by providing awareness to political issues and humanitarian causes. Her work has been featured in the F+F Schule Fur Kunst Und Mediendesign exhibition in Zurich.
Wali has graduated from the German University in Cairo, specializing in Graphic Design. She then had worked as a Graphic Design Teaching Assistant in the American University in Cairo.  She has got her master’s degree in Graphic Design from the Istituto Europeo di Design (Institute of Design – IED), Italy.

Dr. Ghada Kandil

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Dr. Ghada Kandil

Assistant Sub-Governor corporate communication at Central Bank of Egypt

Ghada Kandil is currently the Assistant Sub-Governor of the Central Bank of Egypt and the Governor’s Consultant on Banking Reform.
Kandil joined the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) in 2005 as she took over the management of External Debt Risks. Then, she joined the CBE’s Banking Development Sector in 2008 to oversee the International Institutions file, and later she moved to manage International Markets and Portfolio Management in 2013.
In 2015, Kandil has established the Corporate Borrowers Monitoring Unit as part of the Central Bank of Egypt’s Banking Supervision Sector.
She has received several local and international Certificates of Appreciation and Excellence for her role in developing the field of investment in Egypt.
Kandil is an AUC alumna; having 13 years of banking experience as she held several senior positions in banking and investment institutions in fields of credit, risk, and investment management beside her role in the CBE.
Furthermore, she is a Member in the Egyptian Junior Business Association.

Dahlia Younis

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Dahlia Younis

Director of the Membership Services Division of the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt

Dalia Younis, Director of the Membership Services Division of the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt, has a rich experience of 30 years in the non- profit organizations fields. She is a management expert.
Since joining the American Chamber in 1997, Younis has a fundamental role in increasing the number of its members, which currently exceeds 2,000, covering all the economic sector. She has managed to increase the number of members, more than three times for the past 20 years.
Younis received her MBA degree in Mass Communication and Political Science from the American University in Cairo. She has got many certificates, one of which, from Harvard Kennedy School, in Leadership and Strategic Management for Non-Governmental Organizations.

Dalia Ibrahim

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Dalia Ibrahim

CEO – Nahdet Misr Publishing House

Founder & CEO of Edventures

Founder of Taheal

A holder of BA in Business Administration (AUC’93 – Honors), MA in Public Administration (AUC’99), and Executive MBA (AUC’14) is the CEO of Nahdet Misr Publishing House, an affiliate of Nahdet Misr Group, the pioneering education and publishing group that over the course of the past 80+ years has evolved into a regional icon of knowledge; becoming a globally-recognized provider of integrated and innovative publishing, educational and digital learning solutions.

NM Group is a leading entity in the MENA region comprising seven companies that offer integrated solutions that include:

  • Curricula & content development
  • Educational products and services for K-12
  • Professional development for educators
  • Digital learning solutions
  • Software development
  • Animation production
  • Vocational education solutions
  • Publishing solutions
  • Investment in startups

Dalia is also the Founder of EdVentures; MENA’s first corporate VC specializing in Edtech.In 2017, Dalia established NM’s venture capital “EdVentures” –   MENA’s first VC for startups in edtech, education and learning innovations. EdVentures has supported more than 60 startups and invested in 13 startups that have been recognized among the most impactful startups in the region.

In 2021, Dalia founded Ta’heal for VET Skills Excellence- a niche service provider offering vocational education solutions to improve the availability and quality of workforce and provides solutions to unemployment based on demand-driven solutions.

Dalia is also on the board of directors of Endeavor Egypt, Injaz Egypt, FEPS (Faculty of Economics & Political Science) Business Incubator, Women Entrepreneurs Network, Tiye Angels, and Education for Employment and a consultant to Book Forum Organization.

Dalia Sadany

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Dalia Sadany

Member of the Parliament, Founding Chairperson of ASDA sustainable development association, President of International Association for Designers “IAD”

Dalia Sadany is an award-winning Egyptian architect and interior designer with extensive background and experience in Design-Build turnkey solutions. Sadany started her multidisciplinary design studio in 2006, winning 12 awards in 9 various fields of design in a span of 4 years, from interior design, arts and crafts and furniture to urban, landscaping and building structures. She specializes in Corporate Design with projects in Egypt and the Middle East.
In 2014, Sadany was elected President of the International Association of Designers (IAD) in Italy. She was the first female and Middle Eastern to be elected for this position. A year later she established ASDA Sustainable Development Association (ASDA), Egypt’s first nonprofit design hub, responsible for developing several cultural initiatives like Cairo Design Biennale, Future of Young Egyptians (FYE), Face of Egypt, and Egypt Educational Design Initiative.
In 2013, she founded the Future of Young Egyptians (FYE), an initiative that provides career building advice to undergraduate architecture and design university students. She also founded Building the New Egypt, an initiative aimed at spreading awareness of the importance of design in enhancing society as well as developing projects that contribute to improving Egypt’s architectural design landscape.
Sadany was ranked 12th in A’ Design Award Global Designer placing her in the highest echelon of designers in the Arab World in 2014.