Anis Aclimandos is president of Transcentury Associates (TCA), which manages development projects worldwide. He is also president of Woodies, a subsidiary of TCA, the import agent for Eastman-Kodak. Mr. Aclimandos has handled large merger and acquisitions projects in the Middle East, attracting FDI to the region from many countries.
Mr. Aclimandos joined the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt in 1983. He was elected to the board of governors in 1987; re-elected in 1988 and 2007, and in 2013 as president. He has served as chair of AmCham's Customs, Investment & Trade and International Donor Programs committees, and as vice president, membership, from 2001 to 2005.
A certified accountant, Mr. Aclimandos earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting from Cairo University and holds Egyptian and U.S. certification in financial management and analysis.
Curt Ferguson is a 30-year veteran of The Coca-Cola Company. He is president of the Middle East and North Africa Business Unit (MENA) and leads the company's business in 33 countries, selling over 1.5 billion cases of Coca-Cola products annually to more than 750 million consumers, from West Africa to Pakistan, and directly employing 35,000 system associates and supporting 350,000 more jobs.
Mr. Ferguson began his professional career in 1980 with Procter & Gamble. After three years, he joined Coca-Cola USA in Atlanta and later transferred to Southeast Asia in 1988, where he held management and bottler positions across eight countries. In 2000, he became managing director of The Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Egypt where he served as chairman of the Community Services Association board, chairman of the Cairo American College board, a board member of the Bilateral Fulbright Commission and vice president of AmCham in Egypt.
Following appointments in North and West Africa, Mr. Ferguson became president of the North and West Africa Division, and was responsible for 27 countries, adding the entire MENA region in 2011.
Mr. Ferguson serves on the Boards of bottling partners in Morocco, Algeria, Palestinian Territories, UAE, and Iraq; and, externally, on the Boards of The Institute of International Business at Indiana University; The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation; the US-Pakistan Business Council; as vice chairman of the Egypt - US Business Council; as executive vice president of AmCham Egypt; and chairman of the Community Services Association.
Mr. Ferguson holds a Bachelor of Science degree with majors in finance and management from Indiana University and is a graduate of the Executive Development Program (Stanford University) and the Executive Management Program (Wharton and Emory universities). In November 2013, Mr. Ferguson was ranked 9th in Forbes Middle East's Top 100 Executives list.
Sherif Kamel is the founding dean of the School of Business at the American University in Cairo and professor of management information systems. He led a repositioning of the school by adopting a multiple tier thematic approach that includes entrepreneurship, innovation, leadership and responsible business.
Dr. Kamel created the school's Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the university's Venture Lab, established to invest in Egypt's young and promising entrepreneurs and future leaders. Activities of these initiatives include supporting start-ups, business plan competitions, boot camps, and mentorship, thus becoming Egypt's leading educational partner in the entrepreneurship ecosystem. Dr. Kamel was associate dean for executive education (2008-2009) and director of the Management Center (2002-2008).
Before joining the university, Dr. Kamel was director of the Regional IT Institute (1992-2001) and training manager at the Cabinet of Egypt Information and Decision Support Center (1990-1992). Dr. Kamel focuses on investing in human capital, building and managing executive development institutions, addressing organizational transformation, governance, entrepreneurial, strategy and leadership issues. He is the executive vice president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt; board member of the Egyptian American Enterprise Fund and the Association of African Business Schools; member of the Egypt-US Business Council; World Bank Knowledge Advisory Commission and Junior Achievement (Injaz Egypt).
Dr. Kamel holds a PhD in Information Systems from London School of Economics and Political Science; an MBA, an MA in Islamic Art and Architecture and a BA in Business Administration from the American University in Cairo. Dr. Kamel is an Eisenhower Fellow (2005). He is an advocate of diversity, empowerment and inclusion.
Omar A. Mohanna
Omar Mohanna is chairman of Suez Cement Group of Companies (SCGC), the largest cement producer in Egypt and a subsidiary of the multinational Italcementi Group, one of the world's leading cement producers. SCGC is comprised of Suez Cement Co., Tourah Portland Cement Co., Helwan Cement Co., and Suez Bags Co, and has ten other cement related companies and operations as subsidiaries in Egypt and the region.
Mr. Mohanna is also chairman of the Alexandria Tire Company, a subsidiary of the multinational tire manufacturer Pirelli. He is also chairman of ACE Insurance Co. Egypt, and chairman of ACE Life Insurance Co. Egypt. Both companies are subsidiaries of the U.S. multinational insurance group ACE.
Mr. Mohanna has over 25 years of commercial and investment banking experience with Egyptian and international financial institutions, which has culminated in the position of vice chairman and managing director of Egypt Arab African Bank (EAAB). He also held the position of managing director of Accor Hotels Group in Egypt and has been a member of the board of directors of diverse companies.
Mr. Mohanna is chairman of Egypt-US Business Council (EUSBC), and is also chairman of the Egyptian Centre for Economic Studies (ECES). He is past president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt and is member of a number of business associations, organizations, councils and NGOs.
Dalia Wahba is an entrepreneur and co-founder of CID Consulting, a management and communication consultancy since 1995. CID Consulting focuses on integrating public, private and civil society interests to create sustainable solutions for communication, business and development.
CID Consulting works extensively with international organizations operating in Egypt as well as international companies operating in the U.S., Europe, Egypt and the Middle East. The company supports its clients in formulation of growth strategy, marketing and organizational development, as well as reputation and sustainability management. Ms. Wahba has extensive experience in designing and managing integrated marketing communication programs for large and medium-sized companies. For more than 25 years, she has designed and implemented public awareness and outreach programs for issues as diverse as capital market development, mortgage finance and the environment. She has also devised and overseen a number of national awareness programs, as well as communication strategies for multinational companies in the technology, oil and gas, banking and other sectors.
Ms. Wahba was co-chair of the AmCham Marketing Committee (2007-09) and chair from 2010. In June 2011, she was elected to the AmCham Board of Governors as vice president, membership.
She holds a master's degree in consulting and coaching for change in HEC, Paris, a postgraduate degree in integrated marketing communications and is a certified management consultant of the Institute of Management Consultancy in the United Kingdom. She also has a Bachelor of Arts in mass communication and business administration from the American University in Cairo.
Said Hanafi is the general counsel for Orascom Hotels and Development. Prior to joining Orascom Group, he served as a legal associate at the World Bank in Washington, D.C., where he worked with the World Bank's legal vice presidency on projects in Africa and the Middle East. Mr. Hanafi also served as a policy analyst for the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris, where he worked on several projects that focus on the reform of business laws in the Middle East and North Africa.
Mr. Hanafi obtained his master's degree in international business law from the University of London and a bachelor's degree from Cairo University Law School. He was a faculty member at Cairo University Law School for five years. Mr. Hanafi has several academic contributions and research. He has published numerous articles with the International Construction Law Review, focusing on several jurisdictions in the Arab world, and also participated in drafting legal business guides for Egypt, Morocco, Yemen, Iraq, and Libya.
Sherif El Kilany
Sherif El Kilany is the managing partner of Tax and Legal Service Line of Ernst & Young for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. He is a qualified chartered accountant and a fellow of both the Egyptian Society for Accountants and Auditors, and the Egyptian Society for Taxation. He is also a member of the International Fiscal Association, the Netherlands, and served as co-chair of AmCham Egypt's Customs and Taxation Committee prior to being elected as treasurer.
Mr. El Kilany joined Ernst & Young in July 2002 as a senior partner, heading the Egypt Tax Practice. In 2006, he was made responsible for Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, and Egypt. He was also responsible for the establishment of Ernst & Young's new practice in Libya, now active as a full member firm since January 2007. Before joining Ernst & Young, he worked as the regional managing partner for Arthur Andersen in the Middle East, managing the tax and legal practice for all Middle Eastern countries and 11 countries outside the region.
Mr. El Kilany completed his bachelor's degree in commerce from Cairo University in 1981 and went on to complete an executive program at Kellogg North Western University in 2003 and Babson-Harvard University in 2005. Currently based in Egypt, he is married with a daughter and son.
Thomas Maher, 56, was named region vice president and general manager, Apache Egypt Companies in January 2013. Apache Egypt is the largest producer of crude oil in Egypt and third largest natural gas producer.
Prior to his Egypt assignment, Mr. Maher served as region vice president and managing director of Apache Energy Ltd. headquartered in Perth, Australia, from January 2010 to February 2013. Apache Energy is the second largest producer of domestic gas in Western Australia and operates 16 oil and gas production facilities in the Carnarvon Basin providing in excess of 35% of the State's domestic natural gas supply.
Mr. Maher first came to Egypt in 2002 as geological manager and became exploration manager in 2005. As exploration manager in Egypt, he led a team focused on exploration of new acreage acquired in government bid rounds, farm-in or acquisition. That team was responsible for a number of significant oil discoveries in the Abu Gharadig and Faghur Basins in the Western Desert of Egypt.
Prior to joining Apache, he worked in various exploration and development geology assignments with Cotton Petroleum and Texaco in the Mid-continent, Rockies and China.
Mr. Maher holds a bachelor's degree in geology from the University of Massachusetts, a master's in geology from Miami University (Ohio), and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. He is an American Association of Petroleum Geologists certified petroleum geologist.
Hisham A. Fahmy
Hisham Fahmy has been serving as executive director then CEO of the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt since December 1999, before which he was general manager from 1987 to 1993.
Mr. Fahmy has been playing an instrumental role in promoting US-Egypt business relationship, through the organization of over 26 business missions to Washington D.C. and other States. He is a familiar face in Washington D.C., offering experience on a wide range of strategic bilateral issues and is often invited to speak and participate on panels addressing different aspects of the economic relationship between Egypt and the United States.
During his tenure at AmCham Egypt, membership reached over 1800 members. For over 20 years, Mr. Fahmy has been advocating for a friendly business environment for U.S. companies operating in Egypt and Egyptian companies working with the United States. He has helped in the formation of the AmCham MENA Council in seven countries to promote U.S. business and investment in the MENA region; and has been engaged in supporting the establishment of AmCham Bahrain and Afghanistan.
Mr. Fahmy previously served as acting director of the Egyptian Center for Economic Studies, a nonprofit think tank that carries out and disseminates independent economic research. He currently serves on the advisory board of AUC's School of Business, and is a board member of Education for Employment association and a member of the American Society for Association Executives ASAE. He is also the founder and former chairman of the Egyptian Society of Association Executives (EgSAE).
Mr. Fahmy graduated from the American University in Cairo (AUC) in 1974 with a bachelor's degree in chemistry.
Ahmed Abou Ali
Ahmed Abou Ali is a founding partner of Hassouna & Abou Ali law firm (1988), with a LL.M. degree from Harvard Law School (1984) and LL.B. (1980) and Diploma in Private Law (1982) from Cairo University. He practiced law in the U.S. with Sidley Austin law firm in the banking and corporate areas (1985-1987). Acting on behalf of multinational companies and international agencies, he has expertise in the areas of banking, capital market, corporate, investment, mergers and acquisitions, project finance and restructuring, and legislative and economic reforms. He acts both as a transactional and litigator attorney.
Mr. Abou Ali is a board member and chair of the compensation and bonuses committee of Telecom Egypt; and a board member of BLOM Bank Egypt and member of its audit committee.
He is also a member of several trade and professional organizations, including: the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt (current chair, Legal Affairs Committee; past executive vice president 2011-2013); Egypt-US Business Council (member); Education for Employment Foundation EFE (Egypt) (member of the Board of Trustees and treasurer); Egyptian Capital Market Society (chairman, Committee on Profession & Legislation); and Egyptian Society for the Protection of Intellectual Property Rights (chairman of the Board and past general secretary 2003-13).
Mr. Abou Ali is an author of several published research papers and presentations on different aspects of Egyptian law.
Aladdin El-Afifi is a managing director at Citadel Capital, a Cairo based private equity firm turned conglomerate. He is heading the firm's investments in the Mining Sector, one of five core sectors Citadel Capital is focusing on, managing operations involving quarry management, the production of calcium carbonate and mineral insulation and the exploration of precious metals. He is also a senior member of the team managing Tawazon, a local and regional market leader in the field of solid waste management.
Mr. El-Afifi joined Citadel Capital's Downstream Team in early 2006 and helped establish Taqa, a full-service energy (natural gas and electricity) distribution group. He also helped negotiate and sign the Framework Agreement that later resulted in the establishment of the Egyptian Refining Company, a $3.7 billion hydrocracker in the outskirts of Cairo. He was later involved in the setting up of the Citadel Capital Algerian operations.
Prior to joining Citadel Capital in 2006, Mr. El-Afifi was part of the UK Mergers and Acquisitions and the Industrials and Natural Resources teams at Goldman Sachs & Co in London. There, he worked on a number of high-profile investment banking deals and advised clients including Mittal Steel, Petroplus, Saint-Gobain, BP, Shell, BG, InterGen, MOL, SAS, ICI and Odeon Cinemas on mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt market strategies and raid-defense activities. He started his career as an investment banker at EFG Hermes, the leading investment bank in the region, where he was involved in an advisory role on a number of high profile deals and IPOs. Mr. El-Afifi is a chartered financial analyst (CFA) who holds a BA in economics and business administration from the American University in Cairo and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business, with a concentration in finance, strategic and entrepreneurial management.
Alaa Hashim is currently an independent advisor working with large companies in the region in the field of business transformation. He also serves as a board member of one of Egypt's largest export manufacturing firms, MAC Carpet, previously as co-chief executive officer and has been with the company since graduation in different capacities. He also serves on the board of leading national retailer B-Tech and on the advisory board of regional conglomerate Energya Group. He is the co-chair of the Strategic Advisory Board (SAB) of the School of Business at the American University of Cairo (AUC). He also serves on the board of Egypt's leading think tanks Egyptian Center for Economic Studies (ECES) and Egyptian National Competitive Council (ENCC).
Mr. Hashim is a founding member of the Egypt Vision 2030 initiative and is the deputy head of the board of trustees of the Egypt Vision Foundation (EVF). He is member of the Egypt-US Business Council (EUSBC). He is an active member of the AmCham Egypt and a member of its industry committee. Mr. Hashim is a member of the Egyptian Junior Business Association (EJB) and previously served as a board member of the Industrial Modernization Program (IMP), The Industrial Development Agency (IDA), the Foreign Trade Training Center (FTTC), the Egyptian Brazilian Business Council (EBBC) and the Egyptian Italian Business Council. Mr. Hashim also proudly served on the Egyptian National Senior Judo Team from 1993 to 1995 and represented Egypt in various international events. He earned his BSc in mathematics from the American University in Cairo (AUC) in 1997.
Alex Shalaby served as president and CEO of Mobinil since 2005 and was later appointed as chairman on September 1, 2008. He also serves as a member of the Egyptian Company for Mobile Services board since 1998, and sits on the board of Orascom Telecom. He served as AmCham Egypt past president. Mr. Shalaby was the director for government affairs at AT&T in Washington, D.C. between 1995 and 1998, with over 28 years of service.
He was the managing director for AT&T in Egypt and general manager for the MENA region between 1970 and 1993. During this period, Mr. Shalaby established and secured a solid position for AT&T in Egypt and a number of markets in North Africa and the Gulf region.
He subsequently became the regional director for international public affairs for AT&T based in Cairo between 1993 and 1995, where he was responsible for the interface with key agencies within the governments in the region on matters impacting AT&T operations. This was a critical period preceding the wave of privatization within the Telecommunications sector, particularly in value-added services. He established first presence for AT&T in a number of countries including South Africa and some of the Gulf countries.
Mr. Shalaby holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Alexandria University, and a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering and computer sciences from San Jose State University in California.
Amr Kabil is the chairman and managing director of Modern Egyptian Transport Company (METCO), and the chairman of Travco Group International, Egypt.
Mr. Kabil is also the consultant for the General Cooperative Association for Land Transportation of Goods, as well as the founder and member of the Regional Committee for Africa in the International Road Transport Union (IRU). He is the head of the Transport Committee in the Egyptian International Freight Forwarding Association (EIFFA) and an administrator at Fairtill Switzerland Company.
Mr. Kabil serves as the general secretary at the French Chamber of Commerce in Egypt, and the co-chairman of the AmCham Transport Committee. He is also a board member at the National Company for Glass & Crystal and at MGM Company. Mr. Kabil is a mechanical engineer at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers and is a founder and board member of the Egyptian Logistics Development Association, funded by the International Finance Corporation.
Amr Tantawy has been country general manager for DHL Express in Egypt since October 2011. He began his career in 1987 in the hotel industry. After joining DHL Express in 1991, he held a variety of positions in Egypt, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Greece. In July 2000, he became yield support manager for South East Europe and North Africa and later served as project manager, business development and freight and logistics manager. Mr. Tantawy served as head of logistics of Kraft Foods from 2007 to 2011. He has extensive experience in designing and managing integrated logistics, warehouse and distribution management, freight and express solutions.
DHL Express is a division of the German logistics company, Deutsche Post and provides international express mail services. Deutsche Post is the world's largest logistics company operating around the world. DHL is a world market leader in sea and airmail.
Under Mr. Tantawy's leadership, DHL Egypt was given the prestigious MENA Top Country Award 2013, MENA Most Improved Country 2014 and Global Sales Excellence Award 2012.
Mr. Tantawy has a master's degree in international business, Maastricht School of Management, Netherlands. He holds a bachelor's degree in finance, Ain Shams University.
Emma El Meligi
Emma El Meligi is senior legal counsel for PepsiCo at its North East Africa business unit, covering Egypt, Libya, Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia and Djibouti. PepsiCo's Egypt business started in the 1950s. The company now operates 11 plants in Egypt and employs around 12,000 employees, selling 20 brands through more than 60 distribution centers, making it the country's largest FMCG producer. She oversees snacks and beverages operations in Egypt as well as at PepsiCo's franchise operations in Libya, Sudan and Ethiopia.
Ms. El Meligi graduated from Cairo University in 1997 and has more than 15 years experience in the legal field. She specializes in corporate, commercial and civil law. Before joining PepsiCo in 2006, she was senior attorney at Al Kamel Law Office, one of Egypt's most prominent law firms.
Ms. El Meligi is married to TV host and author Ahmed El Esseily and is the mother of two children. She lives in Cairo.
F. Scott Gallo
Scott Gallo is the strategic security and operations director of Coca-Cola Egypt – Atlantic Industries. He began his career in security and law enforcement with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1977 and has worked with the United States Department of State's Diplomatic Security Service.
Over the course of his career, he has served in a variety of domestic and overseas assignments that focused on the management of large security programs at overseas missions, investigations, dignitary protection, counterintelligence, threat analysis and countermeasures, including Sudan, Dubai, Cairo and Nairobi. He was also involved with the security procedures established for the Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Mr. Gallo is currently responsible for the development and execution of security strategies and programs throughout the Middle East & North Africa Business Unit, including identifying security risks and establishing mitigation procedures, conducting due diligence investigations, developing security plans and best practices, and leading the unit's Incident Management Crisis Resolution (IMCR) teams.
Guy M. Bourn
Guy Bourn and his team are responsible for coordinating and supporting all business development activities in the Washington, D.C., area for Alliant Techsystems Inc. (ATK), an aerospace and defense company with more than 17,000 employees and annual revenue in excess of $4.3 billion.
General Bourn was commissioned a second lieutenant in field artillery after graduating from West Point in 1974. He is a former special assistant to the assistant chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and traveled with the secretary of state for two years. His last duty assignment was as chief of the Office of Military Cooperation in Cairo. His last command post was with the III Corps Artillery at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
After a military career of 30 years, General Bourn retired from the Army in 2004 as a major general to accept a position as vice president of Sokhna Port Development Co., the first private sector manager of a seaport in Egypt. After three years, he returned to the United States to join ATK.
General Bourn holds an undergraduate degree in general engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a master's degree in systems technology from the Naval Postgraduate School at Monterey, California.
Hamish Banks serves as director of public affairs and communication for Coca- Cola Company's Middle East and North Africa Business Unit, covering 33 countries in a region stretching from West Africa to Pakistan. Previously, he spent five years based in Dubai as the head of corporate communications for Legatum, a private investment group, and led the continent-wide Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship.
He has lived and worked in the United States, Europe and Asia and the Middle East. Additionally, he has held regional, global and local management positions in international marketing and advertising organizations. Mr. Banks is a graduate of Oxford University.
Hanan El Borollossy
Hanan El Borollossy is a head of group in corporate banking, responsible for a sizable diversified portfolio in excess of $2 billion in different industries at CIB, Egypt's largest private bank. She has over 20 years of banking experience. At CIB, she is the chairperson of a Credit Committee and a member in several other decision-making committees.
Ms. El Borollossy serves as chairperson at the Commercial Life Insurance Company and is a board member in other CIB affiliates and subsidiaries.
Ms. El Borollossy holds a bachelor's degree in political science and economics from the American University in Cairo. She also attended different project and structured finance courses with specialized international finance houses.
Hashem El Dandarawy
Hashem El Dandarawy is founder of Dandara Development & Investment, an agricultural development company converting 26,000 acres of desert into farmland to advance sustainable economic development in Upper Egypt's Governorate of Qena. He is a businessman whose mission is social and cultural development of Upper Egypt. Mr. El Dandarawy also established the NGO Dandara Cultural Centers. The organization comprises 64 centers in Upper Egypt, serving 350,000 members by improving access to education and fostering women's empowerment.
After obtaining a BA from the American University in Cairo, Mr. El Dandarawy began his career in rice trading in Tanzania, where he set up multiple businesses with neighboring countries. During that period, he headed the negotiating team with the Vietnamese government for the distribution of rice to East African markets with over 700,000 tones in sales. He was also acting as an advisor to the former Tanzanian president Mwyini in foreign trading.
Mr. El Dandarawy continues to be a member of numerous business, industry and academic advisory boards around the world, including Egypt's PDS66 Organico, Danda Global Trade in Sudan, PDS Technologies in Singapore, and the School of Business Dean's Strategic Advisory Board at his Alma Mater. He is the head of Upper Egypt's Tribal Dispute Council and a member of AmCham Egypt and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. El Dandarawy's personal passion is the training of dogs, with a particular focus on security dogs. In 2009, he founded TEAM 4; a security company specialized in training guard and detector dogs. TEAM 4 is a regional partner of Diag-nose, a company that secures cargo in Paris's Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam's Schiphol airports. Owner of EASTWIND, a comprehensive dog training and deployment center in Cairo, Mr. El Dandarawy has represented Egypt twice at the World Championship for Working Dogs and devotes a significant amount of his personal time in cultivating international security dog standards for Egypt.
Hassan Hassanin Hassaan
Hassan Hassanin Hassaan is the chairman of the International Drug Agency. He worked as the Saudi Arabia area manager of Germany's Heinrich Mack for 14 years. Mr. Hassaan has established four pharmaceutical companies in Egypt: Sina Pharm, International Drug Agency, International Drug Agency for Pharmaceutical Industry and Gal Pharma.
The International Drug Agency for Pharmaceutical Industry is the first company to establish a factory in East Port Said's industrial zone.
Hatem Kheir is the general manager of Kheir Group, a firm that develops fluid handling systems, ranging from water, waste water and process to fire, power and industrial applications. The company represents many pump companies, including Peerless Pump, LaBour, and EMI based in the U.S., SPP Pump Limited based in the UK, Hyundai Pumps based in Korea and Orlita based in Germany.
Mr. Kheir's company was selected as best world dealer for Peerless Pump for 2003, best international dealer 2010 and best team player 2012.
He is one of the founders and board member of the Egyptian Fire Protection Association and represented Egypt in many international conferences in fire protection. He is now vice chairman of the Confederation of Fire Protection Association International, a group of over 28 associations worldwide. He is also the only foreign member serving in the technical committee of fire pumps in NFPA, and is a member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, USA.
Mr. Kheir is the head of the Media Committee of the Chamber of Engineering Industries and a board member of the AUC Parents' Association. He studied mechanical engineering at Cairo University, graduating in 1981. He subsequently worked for one year at the Mechanical Engineering Department in Mansoura University. He later joined a private sector company in Egypt and moved to Saudi Arabia from 1984 to 1989. After returning to Egypt, he worked as area manager at Peerless Pump Co. USA until 1993, when he moved to be the company's agent in Africa till today.
Mr. Kheir is married, with three children.
Hesham El Amroussy
Hesham ElAmroussy holds a B.Sc. with Honors in electrical engineering from the University of Alexandria - 1991. He later pursued postgraduate studies and received a M.Sc. degree in engineering from the same university.
Mr. ElAmroussy spent his entire career to date in the Oil & Gas industry. He moved from Schlumberger to ExxonMobil Egypt in late 1993, where he took on responsibilities in the Lubricant Blending Plant and Fuels Terminal in Alexandria as a maintenance engineer.
Mr. ElAmroussy advanced through various assignments in different functions; operations, supply chain management, business planning and performance analysis. In 2003, he moved to the United States as a core member of a global team charged to reengineer the ExxonMobil global lubricant business. He was then appointed in early 2004 as the lubricant customer service manager for the Africa & Middle East region. Starting 2006, Mr. ElAmroussy moved to ExxonMobil Downstream Headquarters in Fairfax, VA, where he held a number of global positions in strategic planning, portfolio management, supply, and operational excellence. He then repatriated back to Egypt in mid-2012 as the lubricant sales manager for Egypt and the Middle East.
In June 2013, Mr. ElAmroussy was appointed as chairman and managing director of ExxonMobil Egypt. He continues to maintain responsibilities for the lubricant sales in Egypt and the Middle East.
Mr. ElAmroussy enjoys spending time with family and friends, swimming, and traveling.
J. Michael Lacey
J. Michael Lacey is managing partner of the Cairo office of international law firm Dentons. He has worked for Dentons in Cairo since 2002 and is experienced in international construction projects, with a focus on privatizations. Previously, he worked on major build-operate-transfer projects and his experience includes road, port, hospital, airport, power, bridge and airport privatizations. He also works with aviation, corporate, energy and environmental projects, including several major dispute adjudications for multinational clients in the areas of construction insurance, finance, warranties and procurement fraud. He also worked for Skanska USA and Skanska Infrastructure Development in New York and Stockholm.
Mr. Lacey served as co-chairman of the Legal Affairs Committee at AmCham Egypt.
Mr. Lacey holds a Bachelor of Arts in history and international relations from the University of San Diego, a JD from Saint Louis University and a master's degree in European law from Stockholm University.
Loula Zaklama is a public relations and marketing expert with 50 years of experience in communication. Her special expertise lies in designing marketing and communication strategies for Egyptian companies and multinationals in Egypt.
In 1982, Ms. Zaklama founded Rada Research & PR Company and is currently its president and managing director. The company is the only one in Egypt specializing in three disciplines: marketing research, public relations, and training.
In 1998, Ms. Zaklama was selected as one of the 50 Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World by the Star Group, sponsored by IBM and Fortune Magazine, as well as one of the 50 Arab leading businesswomen in the Middle East in by Forbes Magazine in 2006. In the same year, she was elected world president of International Public Relations Associations (IPRA). More recently, Ms. Zaklama was elected president of Africa Public Relations Associations covering North Africa for 2014.
Ms. Zaklama has received many awards throughout her career, including: the Medal of Merit from the International Advertising Association in 1986; the Samir Fares Award at the International Advertising Association Congress held in Cairo in 1998; the Atlas Award International Life time Achievement in 2007; the AmCham Egypt "Special Achievement Award" in 2004; and the International Advertising Association Champions Award for her commitment to advertising industry issues and dedication to the growth and development of the Association in 2013.
Ms. Zaklama graduated from the American University Cairo with a BA in mass communication. She continued her studies in advanced marketing research in Burke Institute, in Cincinnati, USA.
Mohamed Abdalla has played a key role in institutionalizing the real estate sector in Egypt. He began his career in 1994 in the equities trading department at Hermes Securities. In 1997, Mr. Abdalla founded and managed InterCapital Securities, which soon ranked as one of Egypt's top three brokerages.
Mr. Abdalla co-founded Coldwell Banker Egypt, the first full-service real estate provider in the country, with 16 offices and 200 agents. In 2003, he established Coldwell Banker Intercontinental with franchises in 36 countries in the Middle East, North Africa and Eastern Europe.
In 2009, Mr. Abdalla co-founded Acumen Holding, an investment bank with three main subsidiaries: Acumen Securities Brokerage, Acumen Fund and Portfolio Management, and Acumen-Beltone Asset Management, which aims to launch and manage Egypt's first real estate fund.
Mr. Abdalla co-founded AmCham's Real Estate Committee in 2003 and has served as its chair for several terms. He has participated in nine DoorKnock missions. He also was a member of the board of the Egyptian Railways Projects and Transport Company.
Mohamed El Kalla
Mohamed El-Kalla is the chief executive officer of Cairo for Investment and Development (CIRA), currently Egypt's biggest investor in the area of private education. CIRA holds more than 12 affiliate companies, including Futures Educational Systems and Badr University. CIRA has invested in 121 campuses, serving more than 17,000 students around Egypt, and with plans to expand regionally.
Following a 10 year career in the United Nations that focused on development and corporate sustainability, Mr. El-Kalla founded Ahead of the Curve (ATC) consultancy, offering technical assistance to private sector on Corporate Social Responsibility issues. In 2011, Ahead of the Curve restructured into a sustainability management think tank, as Mr. El-Kalla believed that the region was in dire need to develop a locally sensitized think tank that works on supporting the realization of a MENA based model for sustainability.
Mr. El-Kalla is a specialist in private sector sustainable development, educational and BOP investments, and corporate governance and corporate social responsibility. A graduate of the American University in Cairo, he majored in political science with a specialization in international law and a minor in development studies. He started his career in UNHCR, moving on to UNV, UNRC, and UNDP, where he supported the foundation of the Global Compact Network in Egypt, and other countries around the MENA region. Mr. El-Kalla is responsible for the creation and management of more than 60 developmental projects and partnerships, involving the private sector, including the set up of the Egyptian Responsibility Center and the Center for Transparency at the Ministry of Investment.
Mohamed Reda has been engaged in developing, implementing and guiding IT-related strategic projects and global partnerships across more than three decades as well as generating business for organizations in the USA, Europe, Africa, and Middle East. He has helped connect organizations and businesses to the international market and facilitate business linkages across continents. He has generated in over 30 years leads and contracts worth $1.7 Billion. His strong international network grows to cover several types of businesses, thus allowing him access to new connections across the international market.
Dr. Reda has many business activities that take him to a multitude of locations around the world and that regularly place him in the presence of business and government leaders. As a result, he is also in demand as a proactive and highly influential player in the global IT consulting arena, and enjoys current relationships at the highest levels of national, provincial and state governments and enterprise across the U.S., Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa.
Dr. Reda is the chairman of Allied Group and Business Link, USA. He has a Ph.D. from Carnegie Million University and is based in Washington D.C.
Seif Eldin Elsadek
Seif El Sadek is an entrepreneur, founder and chief executive officer of Agrocorp for Agriculture Investment. Agrocorp is an agro processing SME company focused on the growing and canning of vegetables, such as artichokes and exporting them to high end retailers and food service distributors in the U.S. and Europe.
Mr. El Sadek was one of the pioneers in exporting ready to eat canned vegetables out of Egypt in a Qualified Industrial Zone area (QIZ). Today, his company accounts for over 50% of all foods exported under QIZ. With more than 17 years of business expertise under his belt, Mr. El Sadek has extensive experience in the Agriculture sector and the development of modern agriculture and processing operations. He has a wide understanding of the global trading of specialty foods and fresh produce in the Western world.
Mr. El Sadek is the co-chair of the Agriculture Committee at AmCham Egypt. He also is a member of the Egypt - US Business Council. Mr. El Sadek holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the American University in Cairo.
Sofiane ben Tounes
Sofiane Ben Tounes is responsible for leading General Electric (GE) in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, North Sudan and South Sudan. Prior to GE, Mr. Ben Tounes was working for Schlumberger as the vice president and general manager for all Schlumberger businesses in Sudan.
He began his career with Total Oil Company in 1994 as a research and development geophysicist. He then joined Schlumberger and has held a variety of research and development, technical support, field operations, sales & marketing and management positions across the globe. Before moving to the Sudan, Mr. Ben Tounes was the business development manager in charge of Schlumberger's re-entry strategy in Iraq.
Mr. Ben Tounes, a native of Tunis, Tunisia, holds a master's of engineering in signal processing and a bachelor's of engineering in physics, with specializations in instrumentation from the National Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble in France. He also holds a bachelor's of science in applied mathematics and computer science from the University of Joseph Fourier at Grenoble in France.
Tarek M. Elrefai
Tarek Elrefai has worked for the Bank of New York Mellon for 23 years, covering Egypt, North Africa, Levant and the Gulf. During his tenure, Mr. Elrefai helped to significantly grow the company's business in the region and diversify the revenue base across BNY Mellon's spectrum of products. In 2006, Mr. Elrefai was promoted to managing director in recognition of his broad contributions to the bank's business and profile in the region.
Furthermore, his managerial responsibility expanded to include a team of bankers based in Egypt, Lebanon, UAE, Turkey, and South Africa.
In January 2010, Mr. Elrefai was promoted to head of global client management Middle East and Africa and is now based in Dubai.
Mr. Elrefai is the chairman of the MEA Revenue Council and Business Committee, and he is also the co-chair of the Islamic Finance Committee.
Mr. Elrefai served as the chairman of the Banking and Finance Committee at the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt and the vice chairman of the British International School in Egypt.
Tarek Mohanna is an associate with the Energy Infrastructure Project and Asset Finance Practice at the London office of White & Case LLP. White & Case is a leading global law firm with 38 offices in 26 countries.
Mr. Mohanna holds a BA in political science with a minor in economics and a MA in international human rights law, both from The American University in Cairo. He completed his legal studies at BPP Law School in London.
Tarek Zakaria Tawfik
Tarek Tawfik is the chairman of the International Company for Agricultural Development (Farm Frites). He is also the vice chairman of the International Company for Agriculture Production & Processing; as well as chairman of Americana Egypt for Cold Storage Facilities and El Hashimeya for Land Reclamation.
Mr. Tawfik is a board member of the following: The Chamber of Food Industries, Investment Authority (GAFI), Federation of Chambers of Commerce, Food Export Council (FEC), and a member of: The Minister of Industry & Trade Advisory Council, The American University Cairo Strategic Advisory Board, and the Egypt - US Business Council.
Mr. Tawfik is involved in numerous organizations. He is currently the secretary general of the Egyptian Center for Economic Studies. He is also the deputy chairman of the Federation of Egyptian Industries as well as head of Food Security & Safety Sub-Council (ENCC).
Mr. Tawfik holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering - Cairo University, a master's of engineering from California State University and an MBA degree from San Francisco State University.
Tom Thomason was chief executive officer of the Egyptian Refining Company (ERC) from November 2007 through May 2013, with management responsibility for achieving the successful financing, engineering/construction and operation of a $3.7 billion expansion of an existing government refinery located in the environs of Cairo. A $2.56 billion financing package combined with $1.1 billion of equity was concluded on June 14, 2012 and the project is in the initial phase of construction, due to be completed in 2017. The project is a public-private partnership that will create more than 11,000 jobs during construction (700 during operations), and is strongly supported by the Egyptian government as an import substitution project for refined petroleum products.
Mr. Thomason has over 30 years of experience in project and commercial management, having lived and worked in Egypt, France, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom, as well as in various locations in the United States. During his 25 years with Bechtel, he held numerous management positions with responsibility for legal, commercial and operations functions. Prior to joining ERC, Mr. Thomason served as Globeleq's vice president for North Africa and managing director of Sidi Krir Generating Company, with management responsibility for construction and commercial operations of Egypt's first build-own-operate power project. Mr. Thomason's experience at Sidi Krir included its initial financing, a refinancing and three shareholder transactions.
Mr. Thomason, who lived in Egypt for the past 19 years, served on the boards of the American University in Cairo, the Bi-national Fulbright Commission and the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt. He received his Bachelor of Arts and doctor of jurisprudence degrees from the University of Texas in Austin.