Sherif also serves as an Advisor to the President of Egypt for Economic Development and Job Creation. In addition, she is currently an Associate Professor of Practice, holding the endowed Willard Brown Chair for International Business at the American University in Cairo, where she is also Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship.
She comes from a background in Economic Development, Strategic Philanthropy and Civil Society Development.
Sherif is the lead author of several key publications such as the book: From Charity to Social Change: Trends in Arab Philanthropy and key reports, including a 7 country study on trends in responsible business practice in the Arab region and the 2015 UNDP Business Solutions Report.
Her current passion lies in using entrepreneurship as a pathway to sustainable economic growth and job creation. Her company established the first fund to support idea and early stage startups, solving major problems in society in the Arab region and will be establishing the first of its kind accelerator in the Arab world to support startups that merge technology with the resolution of a major societal challenge in collaboration with the Egyptian private sector.
In acknowledgement of her dedication to creating a new way of doing business through her efforts with Ahead of the Curve, Sherif was given the Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Egypt, by the American Chamber of Commerce in 2016. She was also recognized by the Embassy of India as a Woman of Substance in 2016, and was chosen as one of 10 United Nations Global Compact Sustainable Development Goal Pioneers.
Sherif is also an angel investor with a specific focus on healthcare businesses and is an avid supporter of civil society, previously serving of the Chair of the Board of the Arab Foundations Forum and currently a Board Member of EducateMe and Ruwwad both based in Egypt.
Furthermore, Sheirf is also a Board Member of two early stage fast growth businesses: Smart Medical Services and Tawseela Transportation Solutions both based in Egypt. Currently, she is most passionate about creating an Arab region that will not only provide the jobs necessary for its youth, but the jobs necessary to allow for the region’s youth to thrive.