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Ghada Hammouda

Chief Marketing and Sustainability Officer, Qalaa Holdings.

Ms. Hammouda has 30-plus years of experience in market development, strategic planning, reputation management and advocacy.
After a short stint in capacity building with the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood(NCCM) and the IMC in Egypt, Ms. Hammouda joined Qalaa Holdings, an African leader in energy and infrastructure,in 2008 where she led their public listing, business transformation and entry to African markets in pioneering sectors like solid waste management and river transportation, and developed their corporate responsibility programs.

Prior to joining Qalaa, Ms. Hammouda served as a senior executive and consultant for over 20 years at top New York and European blue chip and start-up firms including IBM, AT&T International, Mars,Philip Morris,Procter & Gamble,Reciprocal, Inc.,WPP’s Ogilvy & Mather, N.W. Ayer & Partners, and Backer Spielvogel Bates; in categories ranging from FMCG to private equity and IT,and gained wide experience in both mature and emerging markets.
Ms. Hammouda served as Co-Chair of the African Venture Capital Association’s Advocacy Committee, the Women in Business Committee at the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt; and was a board member for the New York-based Corporation, a leading digital rights management company in Buffalo, New York and Chair of Cairo American College’s Advancement Committee..
Her track record and talent was recognized as the winner of the first David Ogilvy Advertising Research Foundation’s(ARF) Award for Excellence. Ms.Hammouda was recently selected among Egypt’s Top 50 most influential women in business and chosen to be a member of the 2018 TAKREEM Selection Board, a regional initiative that honors Arab accomplishments on the global stage. .
Ms. Hammouda is an advocate and frequent speaker on issues related to responsible investing, crisis communication, sustainability, gender equality, youth empowerment and education, and is very active in community development.She has completed an environmental, social and governance training for private equity funds conducted by FMO & DEG in Nairobi, Kenya in 2011, and more recently she completed a Leadership for Directors course at the American Chamber of Commerce in November 2018.
Ms. Hammouda graduated in 1984 summa cum laude from the American University in Cairo with a BA in Business Administration and Mass Communications and obtained alicence de droit in 2009 from Cairo University’s School of Law.
An American-Egyptian expat, Ms. Hammouda is the mother of Nadine who holds a Master of Arts with distinction from SOAS University, London, Suzanne who holds a Bachelor of Science from Syracuse University, USA and Adam who is pursing his masters at ECES, Berlin.