Dr. Heba Hagrass

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Dr. Heba Hagrass

Member of the Egyptian Parliament

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 Debt Capital Markets at Commercial International Bank (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

CEO of City Gas & CFO of TAQA Gas 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 of Investment and International Cooperation – Egypt

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 & Governor’s Consultant on Banking Reform

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.

Dalia Ibrahim

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Dalia Ibrahim

CEO, Nahdet Misr Publishing House

Founder & CEO, EdVentures

Chief Executive Officer at Nahdet Misr Publishing House and Founder of EdVentures, Dalia Ibrahim has more than 25 years of professional experience in education, publishing, digital solutions, and entrepreneurship. Graduated with honors in Business Administration (1993) from the American University in Cairo, she solidified her educational experience with a Masters of Public Administration (1999) and an Executive MBA (2014) both from the American University in Cairo.

She started her career in 1994 as a Publishing Executive at Nahdet Misr Publishing House. It wasn’t long before she realized the importance of introducing new integrated services and solutions that further support education and learning in Egypt and the Arab world. In 1998, she established Nahdet Misr for Digital Solutions, which offers various digital educational solutions and applications. In the same year, she established Nahdet Misr Advertising, which specializes in animation, virtual reality and augmented reality production. Dalia Ibrahim has also succeeded in establishing Nahdet Misr Periodicals in 2004, which publishes the Arabic versions of the world’s most acclaimed entertainment magazines such as; Disney and National Geographic across Egypt and the Middle East. In 2009, she contributed in establishing Nahdet Misr Trading and Distribution; which supplies and distributes all kinds of stationery, and educational supplies.

Driven by a sense of commitment to the society, Dalia volunteers to serve as a mentor or a judge to start-up projects of young entrepreneurs, which triggered her to later initiate the establishment of EdVentures in 2017. EdVentures is considered MENA’s first corporate venture capital specializing in education, culture and innovative learning solutions.

Personal Awards:

  • 2017: “School of Business Alumni” Award, American University in Cairo
  • 2017: “Top 50 Women” influencing the Egyptian economy

Dalia Sadany

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Dalia Sadany

Founding Chair of ASDA & IAD President

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.

Anissa Hassouna

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Anissa Hassouna

Member of the Egyptian Parliament

Anissa Hassouna is Member of the Egyptian parliament and Former Executive Director of Magdi Yacoub Heart Foundation. Earlier, she was a Political Advisor to the Chairman of the Information and Decision Support Centre of  the Egyptian Cabinet.
Hassouna was also the Director General of Egypt’s International Economic Forum and Assistant General Manager at Misr Iran Development Bank. Moreover, she is the Founder and Chairperson of Enlightened Egypt Foundation, which promotes the values of citizenship and gender equal rights.
She is also a Founding  Member of Think Tank for Arab Women, the Forum for Arab Citizenship in Transition Democracies, the Front  for Protecting the Freedom of Creativity & Expression, and the Arab International Women’s Forum in London.
She is also a Member of both the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt and the British Egyptian Business Association (BEBA) in Cairo.
Hassouna, who writes regularly on public affairs, is the first woman to be elected on the Board of the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs, where she held the position of Treasurer, Secretary-General. She is currently the Vice-Chair of the Council. In addition, she is a Member of the Executive Council of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs that won the Nobel Prize in 1995. She is Member of Global Women, USA, 1000 Women for Peace, Switzerland, the Consultative Board of the Arab Thought Foundation in Beirut, Lebanon.
In 2014, Hassouna was named on the annual list of the renowned Arabian Business & CEO Middle East magazine as one of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Arab Women.
Hassouna holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science. She started her career as a Diplomat with the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs followed by the League of Arab States. She lectured at both the Diplomatic Institute, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Banking Institute of the Central Bank of Egypt.

Amany Shams Eldin

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Amany Shams Eldin

Sub-Governor for Banking Operations – the Central Bank of Egypt

Amany Shams Eldin has been Sub-Governor for Banking Operations at the Central Bank of Egypt since 2016. She began her career by working in Bank of America after graduation from the Faculty of Commerce at the Ain-Shams University.
At Bank of America, Shams Eldin served several positions for 14 years until she became Senior Manager for Banking Operations, enabling her to lead a group assigned to introduce the SWIFT system to the Egyptian banking sector.
Since 1994, Shams Eldin had been working in several Egyptian banks such as BNP Paribas Egypt, the United Egyptian Bank (currently the United Bank), and Bank Audi.
Shams Eldin participated in the restructuring and automation of two banks operating in Egypt.