Zahra Saleh Ahmed, Bsc, Msc, Dr.Ing.

Professor of Food technology at the National Research Center

Zahra Saleh AHMED is full Professor of food sciences, National Research Center.  Former head of food technology department. Head of food risk analysis research group, Center of excellence. Supervised several MSc and PhD post graduate thesis. Awarded Deutsche Akademishe Austauch Dienst (DAAD) fellowship and get her  Dr.Ing. (Hons.) at the Technical University, Munich Germany. She is serving as an international consultant for Food Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO/UN) in series of projects focusing in improving food and nutrition security by targeting women and youth.  Served as a Temporary Adviser for the World Health Organization (WHO) in a Regional Technical Consultation on National Food Based dietary Guidelines.  Served as a national expert representing Egypt on a Regional Consultation for the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on the Codex Alimentarius.

She is lecturer at Cairo University serving the American as well as European program in the fields of advanced food packaging, human nutrition & applied dietetics, and food sensory evaluation. She also provides iClasses and webinars to assist program students with issues and challenges of modern food production. Mrs. AHMED is also internationally certified trainer in the field of food processing. She is an invited speaker at international symposiums and congresses; and chairs of international conferences. She is reviewer for several international indexed research journals. Author and coauthor of many research papers published in international peer reviewed journals. She represented Egypt officially in the Fortieth Session FAO Conference 2017 entitled “Leaving no one behind: Achieving gender equity for food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture”. She is member in many national and international professional organizations and associations.

Prof.Dr. Sherifa Sherif

National Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development

Dr. Sherifa Fouad Sherif is a Professor of Public Administration, Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University. She served as Undersecretary of the Faculty for Environment and Community Service, as well as Head of the Department of Public Administration, Future University of Egypt (FUE), and headed the Centre for Public Administration Research and Consulting (PARC) at the Faculty of Economics and Political at Cairo University for three consecutive years.

Worked as a Professor public administration, management, corporate social responsibility (CSR), sustainable development, social entrepreneurship, environmental management, governance, gender and development for nearly 20 years.

Sherif is currently the Executive Director of the National Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development, the training arm of the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development, and previously the Executive Director of the National Management Institute and the Head of the Governance Center of the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development as well as the Governance Advisor of the Ministry. She has served as a member of several ministerial committees in Egypt, including administrative reform, civil service, capacity-building, the Egyptian Government Excellence Award, the Egyptian Committee against Corruption, governance indicators, and the African Peer Review Mechanism.

She received a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Public Administration degree from American University in Cairo, and a Philosophical Doctorate in Environmental Management and Public Policy from the University of Sussex, Brighton, United Kingdom in 2001.
She has published research papers and articles in local and international journals and received the “Best Paper Award” for many of her publications. She is also an active member of several university partnership programs with George Washington University, George Mason University, University of Sussex, SOAS, Missouri State University, Kings College London, Herty School of Government, Chicago Booth, and the University of Cincinnati.
She has also worked as a consultant on several development projects with the United States Agency for International Development, the World Bank, Hans Seidel Foundation, United Nations Women’s Commission, African Development Bank, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, European Union, CARE International and German Agency for International Cooperation.

Sarah Ibrahim

Director of Marketing and Sustainability

(Corporate Governance & Board Secretary)

Attijariwafa bank Egypt S.A.E.

Sarah Ibrahim joined the bank in 2010 following a successful career in a number of multinational organizations such as “Weber Shandwick”, “

Siemens Egypt” and “General Motors Egypt”. Her experience spans 23 years in Marketing, Communications and Corporate Sustainability. Ms. Ibrahim assumed several positions that entailed the responsibility of servicing a wide variety of brands in addition to participating in many national campaigns providing consultancy services for private and public entities. She also worked closely with the civil society as well as a number of UN agencies in Egypt.



In her current capacity, Ms. Ibrahim is responsible for setting out effective strategies and executive plans for the Marketing of Attijariwafa bank products and brand in addition to Quality Assurance, Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility through means that abide by the bank’s objectives and the banking dynamics. Sarah also devises the strategy and plans of the Corporate Sustainability, Governance & Financial Inclusion in line with the Sustainable Development Goals and Egypt’s Vision 2030.


Ms. Ibrahim also works with various sectors within the organization, such as SMEs, Credit Risk and Engineering sector in order to raise awareness about sustainable financing and environmental impact, whether within the organization or in funded projects, as well as supervising surveys and evaluations from all departments to measure the bank’s performance in accordance with GRI sustainability standards.


Ms. Ibrahim is also responsible for the Financial Inclusion Department. In May 2021, she laid down the foundation of the department in its current and central form. Since then, she has been keen on raising awareness, developing products, and adhering to the all CBE regulations in order to include women, youth, persons with disabilities, and all other different segments in addition to financial literacy activities and programs.


She is also in charge of Corporate Relations, Marketing and CSR departments.


Obtained her Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Ain Shams University in 1999

Studied interpretation and translation at the American University in Cairo 2003-2004.

Currently completing her Master’s Degree in Global Affairs at the American University in Cairo, The School of Global Affairs and Public Policy (GAPP).

Attended Financial Communication Course by Finance Talk UK Institution in 2012.

Obtained financing programs certificates, including a certificate of passing the training on “Risk Assessment for Banks and Financial Institutions” at the Egyptian Banking Institute in 2019.

Sally Refaat

Sub-Governor Markets sector Central Bank of Egypt

 Ms. Sally Refaat was promoted to the position of Assistant Sub-Governor for the Treasury Department of the Markets Sector at the Central Bank of Egypt in July 2017.

In her capacity as department head, Ms. Refaat oversees the short-term investment portfolios, as well as the international and domestic Foreign Exchange desks. The former is responsible for the sound management of the CBE’s foreign reserves, ensuring that investment objectives and guidelines are met with the maintenance of high levels of liquidity, while maintaining maximum return. The latter is responsible for the management of the Egyptian Foreign Exchange market, monitoring and analyzing important trends and eventually deepening the market in order to ensure a more efficient marketplace.

This was a long journey however, as Ms. Refaat first joined the CBE in 2005 as part of a team that was formed to implement the mandate of a newly formed department entrusted with the management of Egypt’s foreign reserves.

Ms. Refaat and her team then played a vital role in the successful implementation and completion of the homegrown reform program, achieving the targets and benchmarks set by the IMF. It was here that Ms. Refaat was able to aid in the revamp of the foreign exchange framework and the successful liberalization of the foreign exchange regime which helped in regaining domestic and international confidence and a remarkable improvement in Egypt’s Net International Reserves that currently stand at all time high.

Furthermore, in the course of the last 15 years, Ms. Refaat received numerous specialized training courses and certificates from various international institutions such as the World Bank, the Federal Reserve Bank, the German Bundesbank and different top notch Investment houses among which are Black Rock, Wellington, Goldman Sachs and Bank of America. In addition, she completed her Credit Course Certificate from the Egyptian Banking Institute in 2011.

Ms. Refaat is a former board member of National Investment Bank and a former member of the Investment Committee of the National Organization for Social Insurance Pension Funds. Additionally, she has taught courses at the Egyptian Banking Institute in cooperation with the COMESA.

Prior to joining the CBE, she worked in the Treasury department of National Bank of Oman, amassing more than 18 years of experience in the banking sector. Ms. Refaat graduated with highest honors from of the American University in Cairo, with a Bachelor of Business Administration and a minor in Economics.

Dr. Sahar Attia

Member Of the House of Representatives

Egyptian Parliament

Dr. Sahar Attia, is an Emeritus Professor of architecture and urban design at the Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University. She has been the Head of the Department of Architecture 2013-2017 in the same institution. She has 40 years of experience practicing urban planning, urban design, and architecture in the academic and professional field. Aside of her teaching and research work at Cairo University, Dr. Sahar is the founder of the Associated Consultants, a multi-disciplinary consulting firm. She is currently a member in the Supreme Council of Urban Planning in Egypt, a member in the board of the Social Housing Fund, a member Stakeholders Advisory Group Enterprise (SAGE) UN Habitat, and a board member in Ecocity Builders-USA. She is a member in the Egyptian Parliament since January 2021.

Dr. Rehab Abdel Rahman

Professor of Chemical Nuclear Engineering at the Egyptian Atomic Energy Authority

Dr. Rehab O. Abdel Rahman is professor of Chemical Nuclear Engineering at the Radioactive Waste Management Department, Hot Laboratories & Waste Management Center, Atomic Energy Authority of Egypt (AEAE). She received her Ph.D. degree in Nuclear Engineering, she participated in international projects and meetings on safety cases and safety assessments especially for disposal facilitates. Her widely published research focuses on radioactive waste management and decontamination. She supervises post graduate students, teaches undergraduate courses, and supports training activities within AEAE, serves as a member in international scientific committees. She is an editor in two international journals, (co)-editor of several books, contributed to the publication several book chapters, reviewer in several international journals, and frequent contributor on the topic of hazardous waste management. She awarded the State Encouragement Award in Engineering sciences , Egypt 2011

Rasha Omar

Assistant Minister for Project Development Affairs – Ministry of Public Business Sector

Rasha chairs the Central Administration of Asset management at the Ministry of Public Business Sector. She obtained 27 years of experience in asset management, and annual financial statement analysis. She was a member of various ministerial committees. She also earned professional project management experience as a board member at various multi-sector cooperations. She enrolled in the DBA program at ESLSCA Business School.

Rasha Kenawi

Leadership Development Expert, Trainer and Facilitator

Rasha works with global brands as a highly-rated trainer, and Transformational leadership trainer. She also travels around the world teaching leadership to help emerging and established young leaders and startups to grow their business, and to help transform executives and family business CEOs into highly effective leaders. she is also interested to transform women and grow their skills to run for office, or launch a nonprofit and to work with Government entities to help them lead into more innovative solutions. She is a public speaker with interest in innovation and social change. She holds a master’s degree in public administration from the Harvard Kennedy School

Rasha in the last 20 years is also an Experienced Independent Consultant in Public Policy with a demonstrated history of working with different governments, Strong consulting professional skilled in Business Planning, Analytical Skills, Macroeconomics, International Relations, and Policy Analysis with a great network around the world.

Rania Abdalla

Founder & Managing Director Aspire HR Consultants, Executive board member at Kestria

And Founder & Managing director at Kestria UAE

Founder & Managing Director, Aspire HR Consultants, IRC Egypt and IRC UAE

Rania also sits on the Executive Board of IRC Global Executive Search Partners, the World’s largest executive search alliance, represented by more than 90 cities across 6 continents. She is also the Global Leader of Consumer & Retail practice group

Led by Rania, Aspire HRC team, Partners, Consultants and professionals focus predominantly on Management and HR solutions; such as executive search, HR consultancy, leadership assessment and empowering and preparing women on board, which is a key aspect to creating and delivering winning strategies, competitive cultures and successful businesses.

Holding a degree in Economics, from the American University in Cairo, and a master’s degree, in Human Resource Management, from Kingston Business School, UK, Rania dedicated her professional life and career moves to contribute value as well as partner in successes of many organizations. Recently, successfully completed Board “Corporate Director Certification Program” authorized by the American University in Cairo “AUC”, United Nations Women Programme “UN Women”, “International Financial Corporation” IFC, Egyptian Institute of Directors “EIOD” and Financial Regulatory Authority “FRA”. In October 2020, she became a certified EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction & Development) Skills in Business Consultant for Small & Medium Businesses.

Rania has more than 25 years of Human Resources experience, through which she had held senior managerial positions in PepsiCo UK, UAE and Egypt, prior to founding Aspire HR Consultants, and has worked closely with the ultimate leaders and executives of hundreds of global, regional and local organizations. In 2020 she launched a tailored programme for mentoring and placing women on board/leadership.

Rania was granted several global, regional and local awards; She was awarded as one of the Top 50 Most Influential Women in Egypt for the year 2020. This award is given to women with exceptional achievements and leadership potentials, and who were able to make significant contributions to the socio-economic and development sectors in Egypt, throughout the year. She was the “overall winner” of the Emirates Business woman Award ( – a prestigious award from HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoom. She also won the PepsiCo Chairman’s Award; granted by PepsiCo CEO in New York. She was awarded by Director General of the UAE National HR Development Authority the “Appreciation Award”. Other awards include the “Inclusion Award”, from PepsiCo Region’s President and the “Star Award” at PepsiCo Headquarters in the US.

Randa I. Abdou

Founder & CEO – Marketing Mix Consultancy

Randa I. Abdou is the founder, CEO & Chief Strategist of MARKETING MIX CONSULTANCY with practical hands on experience of more than 75 brands in different marketing and communication capacities since 1988.

Following the establishment of MARKETING MIX CONSULTANCY in 1996, Randa co-founded Creative Lab Advertising in 2001 then 60FORTY Advertising in 2019.

In February 2020 Randa was named among the ‘Top 50 Most Influential Women in Egypt’ by Amwal El Ghad and in April 2015, she was granted the Distinguished Alumni Award by the American University in Cairo for her career achievements and earlier in 2007, she was recognized by the Ministry of Investment, among 10 Egyptian business women, for her positive contribution

to the Egyptian economy.

Randa was also featured in several publications among which was the book by Wharton University “Arab Women Rising – 35 Arab Women Entrepreneurs Making a Difference” in 2013.  In 2006 Randa was also featured in the book “Entrepreneurs at the Crossroads” published by University of California San Diego, among 12 profiled successful entrepreneurs from MENA. In Egypt, Randa was also featured in a book published by the Ministry of Investment profiling leading entrepreneurs in Egypt and earlier in 2000, she was selected by Egypt Today Magazine as one of “Ten Dynamos Who Will Shape Egypt in the Next Decade”.

Randa is a Mentor with Endeavor Egypt, board member of 138 Pyramids, founding member of AUC Alumni Council 2018 and appeared as main judge on the CBC show for entrepreneurship “Hona El Shabab”.

In her efforts to give back to the business community, Randa shares her career learnings pro bono through “Madroos”; an initiative that she created and launched in 2014.

Before her entrepreneurial endeavors, Randa was the Marketing Manager of PepsiCo Foods Egypt (Frito Lay) with ‘Very High Potential Rating’ granted back then only to 5% of PepsiCo employees worldwide. Previous to PepsiCo, Randa was the Market Research Planning Manager of P&G Egypt and had started her career as an account executive at Americana Advertising.

Randa holds a BA in Mass Communication (with honors) from the American University in Cairo ’88 and as a Chevening scholar, earned her Master of Science in International Marketing from University of Strathclyde, Scotland ’91.