Mezzan Investments To Launch the 1st Gender-smart private equity fund

As part of its ‘Vision 2030’ Strategy, Minoush Abdel-Meguid- CEO of Mezzan Investments-introduces a futuristic perspective to promote women’s economic empowerment, pursuing greater gender equality.

“ Mezzan Investments will adopt a gender-smart investment strategy at both the fund manager and the portfolio level and create impact by highlighting the business case for greater diversity and gender equality,” Minoush said.

 

Minoush co-developed Practitioner Brief with Chloé Gueguen and Salma Hassanein from the Arab Women’s Enterprise Fund (AWEF). It presents current learning and experience of Gender-Smart Investment in Egypt and develops a proprietary and practical approach to GSI Investment that will be implemented through Mezzan’s upcoming Gender-Smart Fund. The brief reads that investing in women’s empowerment in Egypt could lead to 3.8 million fewer people in poverty by 2030. while opportunities abound in emerging markets, the gender gap remains challenging.

Mezzan will develop a more gender-balanced approach, in collaboration with Egyptian companies, to bridge the gender gap by providing hybrid financing to achieve financial growth and fulfill capital restructuring needs.

The renowned economic expert took part in the reform of the Egyptian Capital Market Authority (CMA) while serving as the Assistant to the Chairman and Head Corporate Finance Division. Minoush was also the Founding President of the Egyptian Young Bankers Association, an NGO helping young bankers network and improve their skill set. She served as Chairperson of the Board and Editor-in-Chief of the Egyptian Banker publication until 2008. She was also the sole Egyptian participant in the US State Department’s International Visitors’ Leadership Program in 2005 with a focus on “Women in Economic Development”.

Minoush, a member of the Top 50 Forum, has been internationally recognized for remarkable career achievements. She has received several awards, to mention but a few are Forbes list of the Most Powerful Women in Africa in 2011, Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and serves as an active member among the WEF and the YGL global communities, selected by the Paris-based French Institut Choiseul among the 100 future leaders of the African continent.