Sahar El Salab
Chairperson of Hiek Nofal
Sahar El Sallab is perhaps Egypt’s top female financier. Her successful career in banking sector spanned over three decades.
El Sallab reached the pinnacle in her challenging male-dominated field of finance, when she became Chairperson of CI Capital Holding and Vice President and Managing Director of the Commercial International Bank (CIB), Egypt’s largest private bank.
She became the only woman at that level in Egypt’s entire banking sector and earned the respect and admiration of financial circles.
In 2008, she was appointed Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry for Internal Trade until March 2010.
Currently as the chairperson of HitekNOFAL, a family-owned business working in hi-tech solutions and engineering, El Sallab is focusing on creating new opportunities for young Egyptians trying to make a difference. The veteran banker’s new passion lies with her angel fund investing in IT startups. The idea for the fund grew out of her experience judging start-ups for Google, namely 75 projects including ground-breaking online application Bey2ollak, a user-based website which monitors traffic.
Furthermore, El Sallab was featured in Arabian Business website’s list of the Arab World’s 100 most powerful women for three consecutive years. She has occupied a spot in choosing the Most Influential Women by Forbes and Arabian Magazine, from the period of 2009 to 2015. Also, she has won the award of the strongest economic figures from G8 Group in London.
El Salab received a bachelor degree in Commerce from the American University in Beirut in 1973.