Khaled Ismail is the Willard W. Brown Chair at the American University in Cairo (AUC) for the academic year 2014-2015.
He is also the head of the African Academic Association on Entrepreneurship.
Ismail is the Founder and Chairman of KIangel, an angel investment fund focused on investing in early-stage startups in the Middle East. The fund has invested in 11 companies since 2011 and is still growing. Ismail is a serial entrepreneur who has started 7 companies in Egypt since 1992.
His latest company, SySDSoft, which is a technology company focused on the design of wireless communication system modems, was acquired by Intel in March 2011. Ismail became thereafter and until January 2014 the Managing Director of Intel Mobile Communications.
Ismail was the Chairman of Endeavor Egypt between 2011 and 2014, board member of Orascom Telecom (2004-2011) and board member of the IT Industry Development Authority (2009-2012). Between 2005 and 2007, Ismail was the Senior Advisor of the Egyptian Minister of CIT, responsible for Technology Development.
Between 1997 and 2000, Ismail was the Managing Director of Gemma, a company specialized in Ceramic manufacturing, which he managed to take public in 1998.
Ismail was with IBMs TJ Watson Research Center in NY. He is the recipient of the IBM Invention Achievement Award and the IBM Outstanding Technical Achievement Award in 1997 and 1995, respectively.
Ismail received his Ph.D. from MIT in 1989.
He has been an IEEE Fellow since 1997 and has published over 160 papers in international journals, and is the holder of 22 US patents. He was the recipient of the Eta Kappa Nu Best Young Electrical Engineer in the US award in 1994, and the Shuman Award for the Young Arab Engineer in 1995.
Dr. Ayman Ismail is the Assistant Professor and Abdul Latif Jameel Endowed Chair of Entrepreneurship at the American University in Cairo School of Business.
His research focuses on entrepreneurship venture capital and private equity in emerging markets economic development in the Middle East industrial strategy international technology diffusion and knowledge transfer to developing countries technology policy and innovation energy and food security and political economy of development. Dr. Ismail is a former Research Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government in Harvard University.
He received his PhD in International Economic Development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He also holds a bachelor degree in engineering and an MBA from the American University in Cairo, and a master in city planning and geographic information systems from MIT.
He is also a co-founder and Managing Partner in Enovio, a management & strategy consulting firm operating in the US and the Middle East. Prior to that, he was a consultant in McKinsey & Company Business Technology Office, based in New York for several years.
Dr. Ismail has advised senior management in leading Fortune 100 companies, fast-growing startups, government agencies, and non-profits on key organization, operations and technology issues. He has also consulted and conducted research for international organizations such as the World Bank and UNCTAD, as well as multiple US government agencies.
Dr. Ismail has a broad multidisciplinary experience in economic development, business strategy, city planning and technology based on professional practice and academic research.
Dr. Ismail is a co-founder and member the Board of Directors of Nahdet El-Mahrousa, a leading NGO incubating social entrepreneurs and social ventures targeting economic and social development issues in Egypt. He is also an Endeavor VentureCorps Mentor, advising entrepreneurs.
Nicolas Rouhana is currently the General Manager of IM Capital, a $15M fund, part of USAID MENA Investment Initiative, providing Matching Capital, Equity Guarantee and Technical Assistance to early-stage businesses and investors in Lebanon.
Between 2002 & 2015, Nicolas was the Executive Director of Berytech Technological Pole, a leading Technology Business Innovation & Incubation Center in Lebanon. Between 2008 & 2015, Nicolas was senior technical advisor to Berytech Fund, a Lebanese VC technology fund for start-ups, and was Associate Professor at Saint-Joseph University. He is also Vice-President of Internet Society-Lebanon Chapter.
Nicolas has a Telecommunications Engineering degree from Saint-Joseph University in Beirut, a PhD in Networking Systems from University Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris, and is an EDP graduate from INSEAD, France.
More than 35 years of experience in the business and financial markets. She graduated with an Economics & Political Science bachelor’s degree from Cairo University in 1980, and a diploma in business administration from both Harvard Business School and London Business School.
El Tahri started her career at the Chase National Bank of Egypt (Commercial International Bank - CIB) and held several positions until the post of Assistant General Manager of the credit and marketing department for the Petroleum, Tourism and Electronic. In 1994, with the re-activation of the Egyptian stock exchange, she founded several companies: one of the first Brokerage firms “Delta Securities Egypt” (later known as Delta Rasmala Securities, due to different partnerships)., EAB Delta Asset Management (later known as ABN AMRO Delta Asset Management and Delta Rasmala Asset Management), Delta Capital Investments, Delta Holding for Investments, Delta Financial Solutions and Nuun Fund Services.
In 2007, El Tahri sold most of her stakes in a number of her companies to focus on supporting the SME sector to develop and embrace small and medium enterprises and entrepreneurs. With the rise in young entrepreneurial talent after the 2011 revolution, she established “Delta Shield for Investment” which focuses on advice for family businesses. While “Delta Inspire” the specialized incubation/acceleration arm, managing “138 Pyramids” the funding arm to partner & seed the process.
El Tahri is the first elected woman on the Board of Directors of the Egyptian Stock Exchange for two consecutive terms from 1997 to 2003. She also served on the boards of several companies, both public and private, including but not limited to the Board of Directors of Banque Misr, Telecom Egypt, General Authority for Investments “GAFI”, Egyptian Arab Land Bank, Egypt Information Dissemination Company “EGID”, Suez Canal Development Project “SCZone” on the Board of Directors and Head of the Investment Committee, Misr Capital Investments, Egyptian Railway Projects & Transport Co. ”ERJET”, Cairo Oil & Soap, Egypt Mortgage Finance Support & Guarantee Fund, Cairo for Investment & Development “CID Group”, Egyptian American Enterprise Fund, the Board of Trustees of Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center “TIEC”; Cartier Women Initiative; Regina for Pasta & Food Products; Egyptian Financial Supervisory Authority “EFSA”, Director of Representative Office and Member of the Middle East Advisory Board of the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) (previously ABN AMRO).
She is currently on the boards of: “Orange Egypt”; Arab Moltaqa for Investments; Hassan Allam Holding; Export Development Bank of Egypt “representing Banque Misr Shares”; the AUC Dean’s Strategic Advisory Board in addition to its Editorial Board, on top of other non-profit organizations e.g. INJAZ Egypt and foreign entities e.g. OECD MENA Women’s Business Forum (Co-Chair), 8 Miles and YPO-WPO.
El Tahri was nominated and won numerous local and international awards such as: one of the best businesswomen in the Arab World by the Financial Times for two consecutive years (2007-2008), and locally, one of the ten awards issued by the Egyptian Ministry of Investment on International Women's Day in March for having positively contributed to the investment environment of Egypt. She was awarded Best Businesswoman in Egypt “Corporate Women in Egypt” by the American Chamber of Commerce in Cairo in December 2013. In 2014, she was also nominated by Forbes Middle East magazine as one of the 200 most powerful businesswomen in the Middle East, and was nominated in January 2016 by Amwal Al Ghad magazine as one of the “The Most Influential 50 Women in the Economic”.
Visiting professor of management sciences at the Egyptian and French universities for the MBA and the DBA .
Acted as consultant to the United Nations and occupied the posts of chairman , president and general manager of different companies in various fields .
Active in the public life in Egypt and was the board member of the Social Fund for Development , the State Holding Company for Chemical Industies , and the Alexandria and Damietta Port Authorities , the Alexandria Business Association and the Arab Management Association .
Was appointed as the first Honorary Consul of India in Alex and awarded the highest French academic award for his teaching . Also acted as head of the management department of Senghor University and is consultant to the Egyptian Japanese University for Science and technology .
Author of several books on economic and administrative development and write articles periodically in Al Ahram newspaper since 1990 . Member of the High Council for Culture and the Academy for Scientific Research and Technology .
Corine is responsible for IM Capital operations, including deal sourcing, investment project evaluation and valuation, business models validation, value creation and mentoring in investments, and supervision of exits from investments.
She is also junior coach of the Seeders Business Angels group.
Prior to joining IM Capital, and for more than 9 years, Ms. Kiame was a Director at SHUAA Capital psc Dubai, UAE, where her responsibilities included Product Development, Strategy and Project Management, and Operations. In 2006 and 2007, Mrs. Kiame worked as an assistant fund manager on several regional funds representing USD 1 Billion in assets under management, covering fifteen Arab markets.
Corine holds a Masters in Finance from Paris IX Dauphine in Paris, an Executive Education Certification from Harvard Business School with emphasis on Private Equity and Venture Capital, and is currently a member of the “Grant Evaluation Committee” of the iSME Program, a Kafalat-World Bank program, and a member of the Lebanese League for Women in Business.
Kareem Elsirafy is the Founder and Managing Partner of Modus Capital, a New York - Los Angeles - Cairo - based hybrid venture capital firm changing the narrative on how to engage entrepreneurs in the start-up ecosystem, whilst driving positive returns for investors and social impact initiatives. A seasoned entrepreneur and investor with extensive strategic and operating experience in early-stage tech, Kareem dedicated almost two decades of his career toward technological solutions for business and social challenges. He is a United States Marine Corps veteran, Columbia University alumnus and firm believer in the power of technology to drive positive social change.
Andrew has helped investors, companies and entrepreneurs succeed in emerging markets for over ten years. His main focus is providing senior executives and startups with tailored consulting on market expansion, risk management and due diligence.
Andrew is also a shareholder in two Africa-focussed investment firms and a mentor to tech startups in the region.
Director @BerlinerStrategen GmbH: Consulting Agency for Corporate Finance,
entrepreneurial and international strategy for startups and Mittelstand
Keith Wallace is a Scotsman with a passion for entrepreneurs and deal-making. Having founded the Dutch Investors Club (DeInvesteerdersClub) he put his vision of joint investments within the Netherlands and further afield into effect.
With deals in Africa and Asia, as well as Europe, this small group of active investors has striven from the beginning to make impact as well as financial returns.
Working with the Hivos Foundation, he was part of the team that founded Hivos Impact Investments, where he sits in the investment team and manages the portfolio companies of the Hivos Food and Lifestyle Fund (Southern Africa) and the Hivos Mideast Creatives Fund (MENA).
Keith is also Global Ringmaster of Get In The Ring, an international entrepreneurial competition that takes place in over 100 countries and allows him to wear top hat and tails, even in the tropics.
Tarek is a Managing Partner at Algebra Ventures. He started his career as an engineer at Lucent Technologies then as a software developer for SAQQARA Systems, an internet startup in Silicon Valley. He later became General Manager of CID Consulting where he led the company’s high growth, helping it to become one of the leading local consulting firms in Egypt.
Apart from his role at Algebra Ventures, Tarek is Managing Partner at Ideavelopers where he has been managing $50m of VC investments since 2009, including some of Egypt’s most prominent technology startups. Tarek is a director of Smart Card Applications, Siwareand IdealRatings. In this role, he was also responsible for the investment in Fawry, the leading bill payment and presentment company in Egypt, which realized a $100m exit in 2015.
Tarek holds a B.Sc. in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Ain Shams University in Cairo and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
"Hesham Wahby is a Co-Founder and CEO of Innoventures. He is responsible for the company's strategy and relationships, access to ventures, and coaching entrepreneurs. Innoventures is a platform for supporting early-stage startups. The company's activities primarily include seed-stage startup acceleration, venture funding, business mentoring and training and creating and running innovation spaces. Through Innoventures, Hesham has also co-founded Ideaspace, a new innovation/hacker/maker/coworking space for innovators and entrepreneurs. Hesham is also Principal, Middle East & Africa for Mercator XXI, a professional services firm helping clients engage the global economy. In addition, Hesham is also a Co-Founder of the Radio El-Afkar (idearadio) podcast, and one of the main hosts for this online show. He has a background of 17 years in the startup and technology industries, with experience in strategy, business development, product design, software development and circuit design. Hesham’s previous employments included Human Network Labs, Scenario Design and Mentor Graphics. He has also been involved in economic development initiatives through affiliation with the IEEE, Egyptian Engineering Day and Global Entrepreneurship Week. Hesham holds an MBA in Entrepreneurial and Strategic Management from the Wharton School, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from Cairo University."
Shehab Eldin is the founder of RESOLVE consulting and ALSHEHAB Co. He is also confounder
of AGRICYCLE for agricultural waste energy, AL-SONBOLAH for textile industries and
AlexAngels and a senior consulting partner at IMPACT consulting.
Shehab ElDin brings in 17 years of experience as an entrepreneur, Consultant, Executive
Coach, Facilitator and Speaker with the corporate sector, Startups and academia as well as
development sector and governmental organizations focusing on Leadership, Strategic
planning, Conflict Resolution, Mediation, Negotiation, Dialogue, Irrational Behavior,
Personal Branding, Public Speaking and Social Entrepreneurship among other areas. His
scope of work includes advising, executive coaching as well as designing, delivering and
facilitating customized training and simulation workshops in Egypt and internationally.
Shehab ElDin is currently a Lecturer at the American University in Cairo, School of
Business/Executive Education. He Spoke and lectured at various reputable international
platforms and universities including George Mason University, The American University in
Washington, Vienna University Business School, Northern Virginia Mediation Services in
USA, Doha institute for graduate studies, the Institute for Peace Studies in Alexandria and
various international conferences and events. Between 2002-2010 he lectured at the
Institute for Peace Studies in Alexandria, the Canadian International College and at the
Modern Sciences and Arts University (MSA), teaching Conflict Resolution, Negotiation, and
International Relations, after his teaching fellowship experience at the University of Notre
Dame in the USA.
His social activities include being a co-founder and a former board member of Nahdet El-
Mahrousa, The leading NGO incubating social entrepreneurs and social ventures targeting
economic and social development issues in Egypt. He is also the Founding Curator of the
Global Shapers Community- Cairo Hub, launched by the World Economic Forum in 2011,
gathering key young leaders on one platform to work together.
Graduated mechanical engineering at AAST Egypt then further aerospace studies along with management courses in City University London. Worked as a teaching assistant in engineering subjects then later as an engineer in Schlumberger. Started two companies, one in renewable energy and other in F&B. Have been investing for 8 years in various sectors like F&B, manufacturing, Automotive Services, Consumer services, real estate, online platform. My passion goes for impact investing and innovation, through enabling extraordinary education to my community and utilizing all the resources.
Ambassador Jan Thesleff has been serving as the
Ambassador of Sweden to the Arab Republic of Egypt since September 2017.
From 2014 to 2017, Thesleff served as Sweden’s Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, residing in Abu Dhabi. In June 2015 and in October 2016, respectively, he was accredited as Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain and the State of Kuwait.
Thesleff has previously been Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Sultanate of Oman, the Republic of Yemen and the State of Kuwait (2006-2011) and to Libya and Tunisia (2011-14). He also served as Sweden’s Special Representative for the Syria Crisis (2012-2014).
His previous diplomatic posts include serving in Brussels (Deputy to the EU Special Representative for the Middle East Peace Process at the Council of Ministers, as well as at the Swedish Permanent Representation to the EU) and at the Swedish embassies in Cairo, Tokyo and Damascus.
Ambassador Thesleff is a frequent speaker in international fora and has contributed to a number of publications, including on art and architecture.
Dalia Ibrahim is what we can confidently name as a true AUC alumni; being a holder of
a B.A. in Business administration (with Honors), then a Master’s Degree of Public
Administration (1999) and later an Executive MBA (2014) all from the American
University in Cairo.
Upon her graduation she started working in Nahdet Misr for Publishing. With perseverance and
diligence she moved on in her career path to be chosen among her uncles and siblings to hold the
position of the Vice President in 2004, setting up two sister companies; one dedicated to periodicals,
such as Disney and National Geographic magazines- and another for software and animation; managed
each of them for several years and then later handed them to a family member. She also assisted in the
establishment of Nahdet Misr for Trade to be managed from the start by another family member.
On the grounds of her business achievements, Dalia was nominated to be the CEO of Nahdet Misr for
Publishing in July 2011. Deservedly, Dalia’s efforts earned several awards in the field of publishing,
whether it be educational or cultural.
Driven by a sense of commitment to the society, Dalia volunteers to serve as a mentor or a judge to
start-up projects of young entrepreneurs which triggered her to later initiate the establishment of
EdVenture, the first corporate venture capital specialized in education in the MENA region.
Ambition, advancement, perfection and communication are key drivers for the publisher; Dalia Ibrahim,
who seeks, through Nahdet Misr, to assert a system of values including a sincere sense of belonging to
the Arab culture and society as well as efficient connectivity to the ever changing contemporary world
and worthy groundwork of the future.
Mr. El Akhdar founded LimeVest Partners in 2017. He is the Managing Partner, member of the investment committee.
Mr. El Akhdar was previously a Partner with BPE Partners (formerly Beltone Private Equity) since 2008 where he led the firm’s team building efforts and was responsible for fundraising, deal sourcing and origination, operational oversight of portfolio companies, and exit strategies. He led BPE Partners’ investments in MNHD, Total Egypt, PGESCo, and Pickalbatros.
Prior to joining BPE Partners, Mr. El Akhdar was at American Capital Strategies, one of the largest US publicly-traded alternative asset managers. He started his career as a management consultant with Abt Associates.
Mr. El Akhdar is the co-chairman of the Capital Markets Committee at the American Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association’s Frontier Market Council and the Egyptian Private Equity Association.
Mr. El Akhdar received his MSc in Finance from the George Washington University School of Business and his BA in Accounting and Economics from the American University in Cairo.
Amr Talaat has been appointed the Minister of Communications and Information
Technology since June 2018, to the Cabinet of the Prime Minister Dr. MostafaMadbouly.
Talaat possesses over 30 years of solid experience in communications and information technology areas, with a wide experience in developing and implementing strategies across a vast spectrum of activities in Egypt.
Talaat joined IBM-Egypt in August 1988 and held various managerial positions. On May 23 rd , 2010, Amr Talaat held the position of the Country General Manager of IBM, and also served as IBM Egypt Territory Manager since 2005.
He held various managerial positions within IBM Egypt including Business Partner Organization (BPO) Manager as well as Systems and Technology Group Manager.
During his tenure, his scope transcended financial goals to strategic and operational elements such as building human capital, fortifying customer loyalty, corporate social responsibility and employees’ Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).
He also sought to establish relationships with key officials and executives of various sectors, both at the national and international levels, to attract major investments, and Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) deals.
In addition, Talaat was an adjunct professor at Cairo University; teaching marketing and & sales strategies and tactics, organizational behavior and strategic management. He was, also, an honorary member at the ICT Board at Cairo University and member of the ICT Board of the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology (ASRT) and the Chairman of ICT Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham).
Talaat graduated in 1983 from the Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University, completing his undergraduate studies in Electrical Engineering at Cairo University.
He earned his PhD or doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) from the University of Paris - Paris School of Business (PSB) and Masters of Science in Computer Science from Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), in addition to an MBA from Paris ESLSCA Business School, France.
Maha Rashad is the Acting CEO of the Egyptian Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA). In addition, she holds the position of an Associate to the ICT Minister for Marketing Strategies.
With over 15 years of professional experience in strategic planning, marketing, and leadership, Rashad has led a number of flagship projects and key initiatives that contributed to promoting Egypt ICT sector and increasing the market outreach of Egyptian providers in key markets.
Maha championed different campaigns and activities for promoting Egypt as a leading outsourcing destination and promoting ITIDA as a thought leader locally and internationally.
During her tenure at ITIDA, Rashad spearheaded a number of significant projects and strategic initiatives, the most important of which was improving the positioning of the Egyptian ICT sector and enhancing cooperation with international influencers, analysts, and major consultancy firms.
Thanks to the exerted efforts and effective communication strategies that Rashad oversaw, Egypt has strongly cemented its position on the global ICT map, advanced in the various world rankings and recent indices of the largest research and consultancy firms. This is in addition to helping Egypt win the award of the Outsourcing Destination of the Year 2016.
Prior to ITIDA, Maha worked at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) where she led different developmental capacities with governments, NGOs, donor organizations, research analysts and the ICT community.
Maha earned her bachelor's degree in Economics and Political Science- English section, from Cairo University in 2001 and an MBA with distinction from the Arab Academy for Science Technology and Maritime Transport (AASTMT) in 2008, which qualified her to join the professional Ph.D. program in business administration (DBA) at AASTMT. Throughout her career, she managed to obtain a number of awards and training courses in e-government management and digital solutions.
Hanny ElMessiry is a visionary who firmly believes that actions and results speak louder than words and passionately lives up to his own creed. He uses his achieved business results to set the bar higher with every new endeavor and has an astonishing record of turning loss into profit across various industries.
His professional experiences cut across an array of disciplines which include FMCG manufacturing, International Trade, Oil & Gas, Supply-Chain Logistics, Private Infrastructure Project Finance, Government Office, and Real Estate Development.
Along with his current Kraft Heinz CEO post, Hanny makes time to serve the community in his capacity as the chairman of INJAZ; an NGO that works on preparing young adults for the business world.
He also sits on various for profit company boards with the aim of sharing learnings towards a better business environment, This includes EFG Hermes Finance, EDITA Food Industries among others. His previous role was Chairman and CEO of Orascom Housing Communities; a company that focuses on building high-quality affordable housing communities that include schools, hospitals, commercial centers, sports centers, as well as industrial areas.
In 2015 Hanny took a hiatus from the private business world to fulfill a civic duty as he became the twenty-second governor of Egypt’s second capital, Alexandria. During his tenure, Hanny used his business ideology to propel growth. He applied the private sector principles of “Management by Objective” to deliver new ideas and was also able to significantly augment the assigned budget through private funding support.
Prior to his gubernatorial appointment Hanny acted as the CEO of IFFCO Egypt, the largest edible oil and fats refining and processing company in North Africa. The company services industrial, institutional, retail, and B2B clients across North Africa, the Middle East, and the Levant markets with strong presence across the globe.
Hanny’s association with the food industry had started when he served as Regional VP for Golden State Foods (gsf) Middle East and Africa operations. The operation consisted of three business units; Manufacturing of Liquid Products (Local & Export), a Bakery unit, and a Supply-Chain and Logistics unit. Along with his management role, Hanny expanded the post to incorporate Project Development, Strategic Alliances, as well as Mergers & Acquisitions.
Throughout the years of residing between Egypt and the USA Hanny always believed in the power of quality education.
He earned his DBA in Business in 2016, and earlier earned his MBA through a joint venture between George Washington University and Alexandria University. His undergraduate B.S. in International Business is received from California State University in Los Angeles, California. He holds certificates from Harvard Business school, Kellogg School of Business and the American University in Cairo as well as the training arms of ABB International and Bank of America.
Hanny is a graduate of the infamous Victoria College of Alexandria from which he earned his high school certification and was decorated for receiving the top student award. His belief in education led Hanny to teach Strategic Management for Graduate Students at the American University in Cairo, as well as take on a mentoring role at INJAZ.
Earlier on in his career Hanny worked at Al Baraka Bancorp and Bank of America, both in Los Angeles, California. Later he joined ABB Equity Ventures and became responsible for managing projects in the MENA region in the areas of Private Infrastructure focusing on the areas of Oil, Gas & Petrochemical, Telecommunications, Power & Water Plants, as well as Airports construction.
Hanny is also a Partner in Global Equity Ventures (GEV). GEV oversees projects in the MENA region with particular interest on Entrepreneurship in the areas of Franchising, Information Technology, Logistics as well as SportsTourism.
He actively serves on committees of various organizations in areas of entrepreneurship,investors associations, community development, chambers of commerce, and local industrial federations. He is an avid supporter of corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts.