Sahar El-Damati

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Sahar El-Damati

Managing Director for financial affairs at Heliopolis for Housing and Development

Sahar El-Damati has banking experience extending for more than 31 years, during which she held numerous leading positions in local and international financial institutions, exhibiting her distinguished capabilities in the field.
She was the managing director of Union Capital credit funds, an Egypt-based private equity firm focused on small and medium enterprises.
Prior to that, El-Damati was appointed as Vice Chairperson of Banque Misr, Egypt’s second largest public sector bank, but resigned in 2018.

El-Damati began her career in the United States as a researcher specialized in the tax policy department at the International Monetary Fund, before she moved to the World Bank in the financial policy and analysis department. She went on to become a senior credit analyst and marketing officer at the Commercial International Bank, followed by a position as the head of credit and portfolio management at the Social Fund for Development (currently the Mirco, Small, and Medium Enterprises Development Agency). Later, she moved to the Arab African International Bank, where she headed the risk management department and foreign branches as well as being a member of the Board of Directors, whilst simultaneously teaching banking and credit at the American University in Cairo and the Egyptian Banking Institute. In addition, she was also a board member of Schwepps Egypt, and the Egyptian Credit Bureau (I-Score).
Moreover, El-Damati went on to take the position of Chief Risk Officer and member of the Board of Directors at HSBC for more than 10 years. She then moved on to Emirates- NBD, where she held the positions of Deputy Managing Director, and the Executive Chief Risk Officer, as well as being a Board Member. Additionally, she served as the Chairperson of Dwarf Company, and Board Member of Alcatel-Lucent, as well as a Member of the Egyptian-Emirati Business Council.
El-Damati received her bachelor’s degree in Economics and her MBA from the American University in Cairo.

Rasha El Husseiny

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Rasha El Husseiny

General Partner and Head of Equity at AUR Capital

Rasha El Husseiny is the General Partner and Head of Equity at AUR Capital, a private equity firm and is a big player in the Egyptian financial market established in 2016.
She has accumulated over 20 years of progressive professional experience in research, financial analysis, and investment banking.El Husseiny served as Executive Director of Investment Banking at Cairo Financial Holding (CFH). She was nominated one of the 200 Most Powerful Women in the Arab World in 2015 by Forbes Magazine.

Before joining CFH, El Husseiny has been the Research Director at CI Capital Research and a Board Member. She has provided advisory services for both the sell and buy sides for most of Egypt’s landmark equity transactions. She has also participated in several public and private placements of many debt issues for large Egyptian corporations.
El Husseiny holds a BA in Business Administration from the American University in Cairo and an MBA from Edinburgh Business School.

Dr. Rania Al-Mashat

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Dr. Rania Al-Mashat

Minister of International Cooperation, Egypt Government

Dr. Rania Al-Mashat was the Egyptian Minister of Tourism since January 2018. She was Senior Economist in the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington and worked as the Deputy Project Director of Institutional Reform and Informal Sector Center (IRIS), University of Maryland- US.
Prior to this, Al-Mashat was former Deputy Governor for Monetary Policy at the Central Bank of Egypt; she has worked on developing and modernizing a monetary policy strategy, which was launched in 2005 among the bank reform program.
Al-Mashat manages the overall economic policy of the State in cooperation with the competent economic authorities.

Besides, Rania Al-Mashat is the coordinator of relations between the Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund.
She occupies other positions as Member of the Board in: Coordinating Council for Monetary Policy, Egyptian Stock Exchange, Arab International Bank, and a Dean’s Strategic Advisory Board in School of Business, American University in Cairo (AUC). She is a founding member in the Egypt Network for Integrated Development (ENID/El Nidaa).
She was previously a member of the Arab Investment Bank, the General Authority For Investment And Free Zones (GAFI), and the Middle East Economic Association (MEEA).
Al-Mashat had also worked as Adjunct Professor of Economics at the American University in Cairo and University of Maryland. She is a research fellow at the Economic Research Forum and a lecturer at the Egyptian Banking Institute. Rania Al-Mashat has got her PHD and Master’s degree from the University of Maryland – US in
Economics and her Bachelor degree in Economics.
Moreover, Al-Mashat has won several awards, as a young international leader in the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2014 and among the top 10 women in the Egyptian banking sector in 2014 from Baseera – The Egyptian Center for Public Opinion Research .
Al-Mashat was also chosen among the annual ranking of the top 100 leading young figures in Africa in 2014 and 2015 from Institut Choiseul, Paris and was selected among the leading young figures in public work in 2013 from the French g overnment. She has got outstanding Graduates Award in 2013 from the American University in Cairo.

Rana Abbadi

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Rana Abbadi

Independent Board member – Transformation Advisor at Orange Egypt

Rana Abbadi had assumed the role of Transformation and Business Advisor at the United Bank of Jordan since October 2018. Prior to this, she was appointed as the Executive Vice President of Government Relations and Sales at Orange Egypt in December 2011.

Abbadi has over 25 years of leadership and managerial experience with the telecom, audit and finance sectors in operation and finance , internal controls and governance, negotiations, conflict resolution, strategic planning, budgeting, public relations, management of programs, and effective leadership.
In her career with Orange Egypt, Rana held the following positions: VP of Quality and Corporate Support, VP of Transformation, Chief Financial Officer, and Director of Finance. She was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Orange Egypt in July 2003.
Abbadi’s substantial knowledge and experience with the telecom industry, the operator business in Egypt and abroad, as well as her business leadership, working with investors, board of directors, banks, private and government entities in Egypt, paved the way for her visionary leadership role in creating a new Regulatory and Wholesale function at Orange Egypt to meet the new challenges in the competitive environment, business alliances, management concepts and drive for success.
Prior to that, Abbadi lead a professional team dedicated to build on and carry forward the quality and transformation initiative across all company functions to enable Orange Egypt to venture into a new era of enhanced services, service delivery and improved quality and efficiency through the coordination of all business activities and processes.
She is an experienced Finance and Operations professional with multinational, regional and local experience; holding various management positions in Jordan’s Fastlink, the Welfare Association, and Deloitte and Touche, to name a few.
Abbadi holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Business Administration.

Rana Adawi

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Rana Adawi

Co-Founder & Managing Director of Acumen Holding Ltd

Rana Adawi is the Chairperson and Managing Director of Acumen Asset Management and Co-Founder of Acumen Holding Company, She has over 22 years of experience in the field of investment in securities with major regional and international investment banks.
In 2010, Adawi participated in the formation of the Acumen Holding Group with a paid up capital of EGP 30 million. The holding company is followed by three companies: Acumen for securities portfolios management, Investment Fund Management, Acumen Securities and Acumen Beltone Real Estate Investment.

Adawi has been Head of Asset Management since its establishment and also achieved successive successes, including managing the investment funds for Misr Elkheir Foundation, Bank Audi’s investment fund, portfolios of public and private institutions as well as portfolios of individuals with Solvency.
The company has maintained the first position in terms of performance of investment funds starting from the company’s management of funds from 2012 until now. Misr Al-Khair Fund won the first position in three
consecutive years until 2014 and the Izdihar Fund of Bank Audi reached the top position in 2015.
Moreover, Adawi previously served as the Chairperson and Managing Director of the Egyptian Group for Financial Portfolios Management at EFG Hermes, Where she was responsible for managing the largest local investment
funds in Egypt. The total assets under her direct management exceeded EGP 5 billion, and local equity funds managed by her were in the top positions till the third consecutive.
Adawi graduated from AUC in 1993 with a bachelor degree in Economics and Business Administration with a degree of supervision.
Adawi has been awarded the “Best Asset Management CEO-Egypt 2018” by UK Leading International Finance Magazine.

Nora Ali

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Nora Ali

President of Master Travel Agency

Nora Ali is a former Chair of the Egyptian Tourism Federation and a President of Master Travel Agency. Before that, She was the Vice-President of the Chamber of Tourism Companies and Travel Agents. She has graduated in 1977 from the American University in Cairo.
Ali’s career path started by working as a Program Manager and Organizer in Cairo Transport Company from 1977 to 1987. Then, she moved to work in Abercrombi & Kent Company from April 1987 to 1992, and reached to work as Vice Chairperson of Operations. And from the period of 1992 to 2003, Ali had worked as a Managing Director at South Sinai Travel Group.

Since 2003, Ali has contributed to the establishment of Master Group Company for Tourism Investment, with its foreign partner of DER Touristic– Group, the third largest tourism group in the world.
And in the field of public work, Ali is the Chairperson of Hurghada Environmental Protection and Conservation Association – HEPCA and a Member of Hurriya Association for the Rehabilitation of Addicts.

Nevine Sabbour

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Nevine Sabbour

Head of Business Strategies and Finance Group at the Arab African International Bank (AAIB)

Nevine Sabbour is Head of the Strategy and Finance Group at Arab African International Bank . She has played a major role in the bank’s expansion plan in the Egyptian market and has recently contributed to the bank’s success in acquiring the Canadian Scotia Bank’s loans and deposits portfolio in Egypt.

Remembering Nevine Lotfy

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Remembering Nevine Lotfy

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer at Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB) – Egypt

The late Nevine Lotfy held the position of Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer since 2002 at Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank – ADIB Egypt, which was previously Al Watani Bank.
She had led a transformation process in compliance with the Sharia law and strengthened the bank’s position by placing its customer’s requirements as top priority.
Lotfy has had an experience that extends to more than 30 years in the banking career with diverse knowledge in the Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs), Retail Banking, Credit Risk Management, and Capital Market sectors.

Before joining Al Watani Bank, had held many positions at Citigroup in the Europe, Middle East and Africa, the most recent one was the Operations Manager, Managing Director, and Head of Credit Affairs post. She had joined the banking sector in March 1976 worked as a Financial Analyst at Citigroup, in its branch in Cairo.
She had got her Bachelor degree in Political Science at the American University in Cairo.

Nevine El Tahry

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Nevine El Tahry

Founder and President of Delta Investment Holding Company

Nevine El Tahry is Chairperson of the following companies: Delta Shield for Investment, 138 Pyramids for Project Management, and Delta Inspire for Project Management. She has an experience of more than 35 years in the capital markets and businesses field.
El Tahry has begun her career path by working in the National Chase Bank (CIB currently) in 1980.

In 1994, she established several companies related to the money market; such as Delta Shield designed to provide consultancy to the family businesses companies, and Delta Inspire to offer support for SMEs. Additionally, she manages 138 Pyramids Company that offers financial support.
Moreover, El Tahry was elected as the first woman to join the board of directors of the Egyptian Stock Exchange (EGX) from 1997 to 2003. She had served as Board Member of several companies both in the public and private sectors.
El Tahry had also worked as a Representative Office Manager and as a Member of the Advisory Board in the Middle East for the Royal Bank of Scotland Group (previously EBN Bank).
She has earned her bachelor degree in Economics from Faculty of Economics and Political Science at Cairo University in 1980. She is also an alumna of London Business School and Harvard Business School.

Nevine El Messeery

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Nevine El Messeery

Former Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Ahli United Bank

Nevine El-Messeery was the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Ahli United Bank (Egypt).
She acquired a special status with Bahraini Group officials for her position on the Arab world level.
Since her shifting from CIB to Ahli United Bank in 2010, Messeery has sought to apply an expansionary strategy, in which she had increased the bank’s capital to two billion pounds.

El Messeery was chosen among the Forbes list of the most influential women in the Arab world for several years, mostly recently in 2018; she was chosen based on the big successes and the qualitative shift that she has done for the Ahli United Bank of Egypt under her leadership. As a result, she is considered to be one of the most influential women in the Egyptian economy in general and in the banking sector in particular.