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. Aclimandos has handled large merger and acquisitions projects in the Middle East, attracting FDI to the region from many countries.
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 and 2015 as president. He has served as chair of AmCham Egypt’s Customs, Investment and Trade and International Donor Programs committees, and as vice president, membership, from 2001 to 2005.
A certified accountant, Aclimandos earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting from Cairo University and holds Egyptian and U.S. certification in financial management and analysis.
Omar A. Mohanna
Omar Mohanna is chairman of Suez Cement Group of Companies (SCGC), the largest cement producer in Egypt. SCGC is comprised of three major cement-producing companies and 10 other cement-related operations in Egypt and the region.
Mohanna is chairman of Chubb Insurance Co. Egypt, and chairman of Chubb Life Insurance Co. Egypt. Both companies are subsidiaries of the U.S. multinational insurance group Chubb. He is also chairman of the Alexandria Tire Company (Pirelli). 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.
Mohanna is chairman of the Egypt-U.S. Business Council (EUSBC), and is also chairman of the Egyptian Center for Economic Studies (ECES). He is a member of a number of business associations, organizations, councils and NGOs.
David Chi has served as Region Vice President of Apache Corporation and General Manager of Apache Egypt Companies since May 2016. Prior to this role, he held the position of General Manager and Managing Director of Qarun Petroleum Company since July 2014. Chi transferred to Egypt from his role as Interim Region Vice President and Country Manager of Argentina, and has held various management positions with Apache in Argentina and Houston. He joined Apache in 2007.
Prior to joining Apache, Chi served in various technical and managerial roles with ConocoPhillips, Schlumberger, El Paso Energy, and Burlington Resources from 1998 through 2006.
Chi is currently serving as Executive Vice President of the Board of Governors for AmCham Egypt. He is also the Chairman and President of Springboard Schools, a U.S. non-profit corporation that focuses its efforts on educating girls in rural areas of Egypt. In addition, he is on the Advisory Board of the Petroleum Engineering Department in the American University in Cairo and serves as a board member of the Community Services Association and a number of other companies and organizations. Chi is a U.S. citizen with his permanent home in Houston, Texas.
Ahmed Abou Ali
Ahmed Abou Ali is a founding partner of Hassouna & Abou Ali law firm (1988), with an 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 from 1985 to 1987. Acting on behalf of multinational companies and international agencies, he has expertise in the areas of banking, capital markets, corporate, investment, mergers and acquisitions, project finance and restructuring, and legislative and economic reforms. He acts both as a transactional and litigator attorney.
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 a member of the Egypt-U.S. Business Council and the Egypt-Spain Business Council. He previously served at the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt as the chair of the Legal Affairs Committee and as the past executive vice president from 2011 to 2013.
Abou Ali is a member of the Board of Trustees and Treasurer of the Education for Employment (EFE) association, and the current Chairman of the Board of the Egyptian Society for the Protection of Intellectual Property Rights since 2014 and its past Secretary General. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Egyptian Center for Economic Studies.
Abou Ali is an author of several published research papers and presentations on different aspects of Egyptian law.
Tarek Tawfik has a direct responsibility overseeing the Land Reclamation, Farming, Food Processing and Poultry divisions in the Americana Group in Egypt; and as such is the Vice Chairman and Managing Director, International Company for Agricultural Production & Processing; Chairman of the Cairo Poultry Group; and Chairman of the Egyptian Co. for Starch & Glucose.
Tawfik is a member of the Business Contact Group with the Prime Minister of Egypt, the Export Development Agency (Ministry of Trade and Industry), and the Poultry Committee (Prime Minister’s Office). He is a member of the board of the General Authority for Investments and Free Zones (GAFI), and a Board Member of the Egyptian Countryside Development Company.
He is also involved in numerous organizations and currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Federation of Egyptian Industries, Secretary General of the Egyptian Center for Economic Studies, Chairman of the Egyptian Franchise Development Association (EFDA), and Chairman of the Egyptian Dutch Business Club.
Tawfik is also a member of the Egyptian Austrian Business Council, Egyptian Exporters Association, German Chamber Advisory Board, the Egypt-U.S. Business Council, the Egyptian Kuwaiti Business Council, the American University in Cairo’s Business School Advisory Board, and IRADA (a regulatory reform initiative).
Tawfik holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering - Cairo University, a master’s of Engineering from California Polytechnic State University (Pomona), and an MBA degree from San Francisco State University.
Sherif El Kilany
Sherif El Kilany is a Tax Service Line Leader for the Middle East & North Africa region (MENA) at Ernst & Young. He is based in Egypt and has been involved in business advisory activities in Egypt for over 25 years. He is a Commerce graduate (1981) and holds memberships in the Egyptian Society of Accountants and Auditors and in the Egyptian Society of Taxation. As Tax Service Line Leader, El Kilany oversees the firm’s tax practice across the MENA Region.
Hisham Fahmy is CEO of AmCham Egypt Inc., a mirror organization for AmCham Egypt based in Washington D.C., and advisor to the AmCham Egypt Board of Gov- ernors. Prior to January 2016, Fahmy had served as executive director then CEO of AmCham Egypt since December 1999 and as general manager from 1987 to 1993.
Fahmy has organized over 28 business missions to Washington D.C. and other states as well as three U.S. missions to Egypt in cooperation with the U.S. Chamber of Com- merce. He is a familiar face in Washington, offering expertise on strategic bilateral issues and the economic relationship between Egypt and the United States.
For over 20 years, Fahmy has advocated for a friendly business environment for U.S. companies operating in Egypt and Egyptian companies working with the United States. He also helped create the AmCham MENA Regional Council to promote U.S. business and investment in the MENAregion, and served as the council’s Regional Coordinating CEO. Fahmy also supported the establishment of AmCham Bahrain and AmCham Afghanistan. Under his leadership, AmCham Egypt’s membership reached over 1,900 members and 90 staff.
Fahmy previously served as acting director of the nonprofit think-tank Egyptian Cen- ter for Economic Studies. He serves on the Board of the Egypt-U.S. Business Council (EUSBC), the Advisory Board of the American University in Cairo’s (AUC) School of Business, and the Board of the Education for Employment association. Amember of the American Society for Association Executives, he is the founder and former chairman of the Egyptian Society of Association Executives.
Fahmy has been recognized by U.S. corporations including ExxonMobil, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and others for his role promoting Egypt-U.S. economic relations. Most recently, the Center for Transatlantic Relations gave him the “Mediterranean Leadership Award 2016" for his efforts fostering stronger U.S.-Egypt business and economic relations. Fahmy graduated from AUC in 1974 with a bachelor's degree in Chemistry.
Sylvia Menassa is the CEO of AmCham Egypt and as such leads the organization, which serves and connects more than 2,000 members. Menassa has been playing an instrumental role in promoting the U.S.-Egypt business relationship through coordinating policy advocacy efforts on behalf of Egypt’s private sector, the organization of several Doorknock and business missions to and from the U.S., and awareness building activities aimed at enhancing the economic and business environment and encouraging investment.
Menassa also serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the AmCham MENA Regional Council, for which AmCham Egypt serves as the Permanent Secretariat, coordinating the activities of nine countries and working to promote U.S. business and investment in the MENA region.
Menassa has been serving AmCham Egypt relentlessly for the past 30 years in various positions, last of which being COO of AmCham Egypt, managing the operations and overseeing the implementation of AmCham Egypt’s program of work. Prior to joining AmCham, Menassa was a Ph.D. fellow at Georgetown University in Biophysics, and an Instructor of Chemistry at the American University in Cairo.
She holds a M.Sc. in Solid State Science and a B.Sc. in Chemistry
Abdellatif (Tino) is General Manager for Uber Egypt. He is part of the team that launched Uber in Cairo in 2014 and built it to become the fastest growing city for Uber in Middle East, Africa, and Europe. Since then he has also led the expansion into Alexandria and Gouna, creating more than 50,000 work opportunities for partner drivers in the process and moving millions of riders every week. He leads the end-to-end business in Egypt ranging from policy, tax, and communications to operations, marketing, and business development. Abdellatif has quickly risen through the ranks at Uber becoming one of the youngest sub-regional General Managers at the company globally. He initially joined Uber as Head of Operations in Egypt where he was responsible for supply growth, finding and training new driver partners, ensuring quality standards and making sure everything ticks seamlessly across the Uber platform.
Prior to Uber, Abdellatif worked for McKinsey & Company consulting across their Cairo, Toronto and Dubai office. He worked across a diversity of functions ranging from Public Sector and Healthcare to Airlines and Telecom, focusing mainly on strategy, marketing and corporate finance. He is also the co-founder of TrainForAim (TFA), a sports company focusing on conditioning and events management. He has an MBA from INSEAD Business School and an MSc in Economics from University College of London and graduated from Rutgers University.
Ahmed R. ElSharkawy
Ahmed El Sharkawy is the chief executive officer of RAMW for Tourism and Hotels and a member of the board of directors of RAMW Group, a group of companies operating in the fields of construction, real estate development and hospitality development. Over the past 40 years, RAMW completed state-of-the-art projects for both private and public sectors, including high-profile projects for the Ministry of Defense and other governmental agencies, hotels, office and commercial buildings.
El Sharkawy holds a Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Engineering in civil engineering from the University of South Carolina and a Ph.D. in construction financial management from North Carolina State University. He is a member and a consultant in the Egyptian Society of Civil Engineers, a member in the American Society of Civil Engineers and Chi Epsilon, the Civil Engineering Honor Society, and AmCham Egypt. He is involved in various fields of business as a developer and investor.
Ahmed EL Sheikh
Ahmed El Sheikh is currently serving as the SVP and General Manager of PepsiCo Egypt and Jordan Commercial Unit. Prior to that assignment, El Sheikh assumed the role of SVP PepsiCo Business Unit GM for North East Africa. Following his appointment in the North East Africa unit, El Sheikh was nominated as the Vice President of PepsiCo’s bottling operations for Saudi Arabia and Yemen. He also had previously served as General Manager for Pepsi Jordan as well as for Chipsy Foods Industries, and held other leading positions in sales and franchise in the Middle East.
Before joining PepsiCo in 2011, El Sheikh set off his career in Cadbury Egypt, followed by several commercial positions in Johnson & Johnson ME. El Sheikh serves on the board of Injaz Egypt, a member nation of Junior Achievement Worldwide and Young Enterprise Europe; the world’s largest and fastest growing organization specializing in economic education.
Ahmed Issa leads the Retail Banking divisions at CIB, and is a member of the bank’s management committee. His key responsibilities cover consumer banking, business banking and the bank’s distribution strategies and networks. Prior to this role, Issa was chairman of the board at CORPLEASE and at Falcon, Group CFO at CIB, Co-founder and Head of Research at CIBC, and Managing Director of Investment Banking at CI Capital.
Issa is the Co-chair of the Banking and Finance Committee at AmCham Egypt, and chairs the board audit committee at the Civil Aviation Finance Holding Company.
He earned his MBA at UNC-Chapel Hill's Kenan-Flagler Business School in 2003 and re-joined CIB in the same year. Issa is passionate about the role of banks as a fair intermediary and as a capital allocator, reversing Egypt’s brain drain, equality through education, disruption in consumer banking, and how markets work.
Ashraf Bakry is the Managing Director of Unilever Mashreq and a member of the North Africa and Middle East Leadership Team. He has over 20 years of experience in both Supply Chain and General Management in multinational organizations.
In 1993, he started an academic career as a demonstrator in the Faculty of Engineering. A year later, he joined Procter & Gamble in the quest for new challenges where he spent six years in various manufacturing departments as well as regional category international assignments.
In 1999, Bakry joined Unilever as Factory Manager in the Supply Chain department after which he joined Unilever Mashreq Board as Supply Chain Director. Four years later, he was given the additional role of Regional Oral and Deos Supply Chain Director and joined the Global Oral Supply Chain Leadership Team.
In 2006, Bakry moved cross-functionally as General Manager for Levant & Iraq. Three years later, he joined the board as Regional Supply Chain Vice President before finally landing in his current role.
Bakry is also the head of the Egyptian Cosmetics Export Council and co-chairs the Industry and Trade Committee of AmCham Egypt.
He currently lives in Egypt and is married with three children.
Dalia Wahba is an entrepreneur and co-founder of CID Consulting, specialized in integrated solutions in marketing communications, management and community development consultancy across the MENA region, North America and Europe. Serving private and public sector clients, and international organizations, CID operates in diverse industries such as education, ICT, FMCG, energy, trade and economic development, solid waste management and financial services among others. CID Consulting manages a portfolio of projects in the areas of basic education, technical education and vocational training. The company is also a licensee of the global ECCO International Communications Network and acts as the network’s representative in Egypt and the MENA region. One of CID’s flagship projects is the participation for the development of socio-economic impact and Marketing Communication strategy of the Suez Canal Area Development project, the SCZone.
Wahba has more than 25 years of experience designing and implementing public awareness and outreach programs, national awareness programs, and integrated communication strategies for multinational companies in technology, oil and gas, banking and other sectors. She is currently the Chairperson of the AmCham Egypt Marketing Committee and serves on the Advisory of Board of the American University in Cairo’s Business School.
She was elected to serve on the AmCham Egypt Board of Governors as Vice President, Membership (2011-2015). She has also served as Co-chair of the AmCham Egypt Marketing Committee (2007-09) and Chair from 2010.
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 holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication and Business Administration from the American University in Cairo.
Girgis Abdel Shahid
Girgis Abd El-Shahid is a former public prosecutor. Since entering private practice, Abd El-Shahid has provided legal services to national and multinational companies in the Middle East. He specializes in commercial and investor/state arbitration, banking and finance, securities offerings, joint venture arrangements, acquisitions, energy and natural resources, corporate and commercial agreements, telecommu- nications and intellectual property.
Abd El-Shahid holds an LL.M. in international legal studies from Georgetown University Law Center, an LL.B. from Cairo University, English Section, and a B.A. in economics, with a minor in business administration, from the American University in Cairo. Abd El-Shahid is a member of the Egypt-U.S. Business Council.
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 from the USA, UK, France, Germany and South Korea.
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 a board member of the Egyptian Fire Protection Association and has represented Egypt in many international conferences in fire protection. He is now vice chairman of the Confederation of Fire Protection Associations-International, a group of over 28 associations worldwide. He is also the only foreign member serving in the technical committee of fire pumps in National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Kheir was nominated as a member of NFPA’s board of directors, based in Boston USA, and is a member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, USA.
Kheir is the head of the Media Committee of the Chamber of Engineering Industries, board member of engineering services for industry section in the Chamber of Engineering Industries, and a board member and the Treasurer of Egypt’s Society for Culture and Development. He studied mechanical engineering at Cairo University, graduating in 1981.
Hesham ElAmroussy holds a bachelor’s degree with honors in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alexandria. He also pursued post graduate studies and received a master’s degree in Engineering from the same university. He later pursued advanced leadership studies at INSEAD in France, and Thunderbird Business School in the U.S. ElAmroussy spent his entire career to date in the oil and gas industry. He moved from Schlumberger to ExxonMobil in 1993, where he started out his responsibilities at the manufacturing plant as a maintenance engineer.
ElAmroussy advanced through various assignments in different business functions. And in 2003, he moved to the U.S. as a core member of a global team charged with reengineering the ExxonMobil global lubricants business. A year later he assumed the role of the Customer Service Manager for the Africa & Middle East region. In 2006, ElAmroussy moved to ExxonMobil Downstream Headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia, where he held a number of global leadership positions in Strategic Planning, Business Portfolio Management, Supply Chain Management and Operational Excellence.
ElAmroussy repatriated back to Egypt in mid-2012 as the Chairman and Managing Director of ExxonMobil Egypt, and the Lubricants General Manager for the Middle East & Northern Africa Cluster. ElAmroussy is a board member of Injaz Egypt.
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.
Lacey serves as co-chair of the Legal Affairs Committee at AmCham Egypt. Lacey holds a Bachelor of Arts in history and international relations from the University of San Diego, a J.D. from Saint Louis University and a master’s degree in European law from Stockholm University.
Karim Kamel’s journey in Procter & Gamble started 20 years ago in Egypt, where he was part of P&G’s internship program (in Sales and then Marketing) during the time that he was studying at the American University in Cairo. Post-graduation, Kamel joined P&G in Marketing and worked on the biggest brand (Ariel), and after spending four years successfully in Egypt, he was transferred to an international assignment in Europe (based in Brussels) as Brand Manager. From this time onwards and for 13 years, Kamel successfully moved from one assignment to another, going from Belgium, Saudi Arabia and last to Morocco, where his scope covered more than 15 countries as part of his portfolio, and worked on nearly all of P&G’s core brands. He pioneered in turning around businesses that were in trouble, and/or raising the bar on existing businesses until they reached record milestones.
Kamel strongly believes that "investing in people/organization is the number one priority to build, grow a business and win - leading to sustainable business building results. It is all about doing ‘The Harder RIGHT’."
In July 2015, Kamel returned to Egypt to lead the P&G Near East Region (Egypt/Lebanon/Jordan/Syria/Iraq). He joined the AmCham Egypt Industry and Trade Committee in July 2015. He is married to May and is the proud father of Sherifa and Yehia. Kamel enjoys fishing, playing tennis and travelling with friends/family.
Marwan El Sammak
Marwan El Sammak is the Managing Director of Medlevant Shipping, the agent of Hapag Lloyd line in Egypt and a co-owner of Worms Group company.
He is the founder and CEO of Ship & CREW Egypt established in 1993, a well-recognized and specialized port operations, container transport and container service company operating in all major Egyptian ports.
An active business community member, he serves on many boards such as Alexandria Business Association, where he was the chairman from 2013 until April 2017, and the Alexandria Chamber of Shipping; as well as on AmCham Egypt’s Transport and Logistics Committee. He is also a Steering Committee Member at the AUC Logistics Academy and CxO forum.
Mohamed Abdalla pioneered institutionalizing the real estate brokerage sector in the country by establishing Egypt’s first premier real estate full service provider Coldwell Banker in 2001. This took place after an exceptional success in establishing and managing Egypt’s leading securities brokerage firm in the 1990s, InterCapital Securities, that is now a part of the largest investment bank in the region-EFG-Hermes. With over 22 years of experience in the equities and real estate sectors, Abdalla is currently the Chairman of Coldwell Banker Egypt, and Coldwell Banker In- tercontinental Affiliates that has the franchise of Coldwell Banker in 36 countries in the Middle East, North Africa and Eastern Europe. Coldwell Banker Egypt has 16 branches and employs over 200 real estate agents. The company earned several awards in international real estate conferences held in the USA over the last years as the number one international master franchise.
In 2010, Abdalla co-founded Acumen Holding. The holding company has three main subsidiaries: Acumen Securities Brokerage, Acumen Asset Management and Acumen-Beltone Real Estate Fund Management. The firm is managing Egypt’s top performing balanced fund in 2014, “El Kheir”; Bank Audi’s Islamic fund “Izdehar”, the first fund to be launched in Egypt after the revolution; along with portfolios of public sector banks, public and private institutions, and high-net-worth individuals with total assets under management of USD 120 million.
Abdalla is an active member of AmCham Egypt. He co-founded and chaired the Real Estate Committee since its inception in 2003, and has attended the AmCham Egypt Doorknock Missions to Washington D.C for the past 12 years.
Abdalla served as Board Member in Raya Holding from 2013 until 2015; and as Board Member in the Egyptian Railways Projects and Transport Company from 2005 until February 2010.
Mohamed El Kalla
Mohamed El-Kalla is the chief executive officer of Cairo for Investment and Real Estate Development (CIRA), currently Egypt’s largest investor in the area of private education. CIRA holds more than 16 affiliate companies and brands, including Futures Educational Systems, Rising Stars, Mavericks and Badr University. CIRA has invested in 25 campuses, serving more than 25,000 students around Egypt, and has plans to expand regionally.
Following a 10-year career in the United Nations that focused on development and corporate sustainability, El-Kalla founded Ahead of the Curve (ATC) consultancy, offering technical assistance to the private sector on corporate social responsibility issues. In 2011, Ahead of the Curve restructured into a leading regional sustainability management think tank focused around inclusive economies, as El-Kalla believed that the region was in dire need of developing a locally sensitized think tank that works on supporting the realization of a MENA-based model for sustainability.
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. El-Kalla is responsible for the creation and management of more than 100 developmental projects and partnerships involving the private sector, including the setup of the Egyptian Responsibility Center and the Center for Transparency at the Ministry of Investment.
Moustafa F. El Chiati
Moustafa El Chiati is a 14-year banking veteran with a strong track record in leading high-profile mergers and acquisitions transactions as well as equity and debt offerings to a variety of regional clients operating across multiple industries and markets. El Chiati has managed and supervised business operation turnarounds across a number of companies in the region.
He is Managing Director in EFG Hermes and currently heading EFG Hermes operations in the UAE. As a senior officer in the Investment Banking Division, which he joined in 2007, El Chiati has led teams to conclude a broad spectrum of transactions: equity, advisory (both sell-side and buy-side) and the more market-oriented dimension of debt instruments. He also managed and supervised a number of restructuring transactions whereby his team has been able to identify key risks as well as establish strategies for the board of directors of different companies. The experience led to profound insight into varying sectors, ranging from construction, fertilizers, telecoms, real estate, hospitality and health care among others, in addition to a strong understanding of regulators’ rules and regulations.
Before joining EFG Hermes, El Chiati worked for four years at HSBC Corporate & Credit Banking Department after completing the rigorous nine-month HSBC Executive Training Program. During his tenure in commercial banking, El Chiati was directly involved in several of the most prominent loan syndications to the most active and financially sophisticated companies in the Egyptian economy.
Nadir Shaikh is the Managing Director, Citi Country Officer, for Egypt and the Levant. During 2010-June 2013, he was the Head of Investment Finance for Citi Private Bank, Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA), based in London.
Prior to this appointment, Shaikh was Citi Country Officer in Ukraine during 2004–2010 where the franchise grew revenues significantly during this period.
Between 2000 and 2004, Shaikh was Corporate Bank Head for Citi Turkey, located in Istanbul. As part of the bank's senior management team, he was responsible for Citi's business with large corporate customers during the difficult economic crisis period in Turkey. Between 1995 and 2000 Shaikh worked in Johannesburg as Citi South Africa's Corporate Bank and Corporate Finance Head. He was responsible for Citi's marketing efforts with financial institutions and corporate relationships, and was part of a five person start-up team to re-establish Citibank in South Africa after the election of Nelson Mandela in 1994.
Shaikh joined Citibank in Pakistan as a Management Associate in 1980 and served in a number of positions in the Corporate Bank. He was appointed a Senior Credit Officer in 1999.
Omar El Labban
Omar El Labban is a Principal at BPE Partners (formerly Beltone Private Equity), one of Egypt’s leading private equity firms. Established in 2006, BPE Partners is distinguished by its Egypt-focused investment strategy. Over the past decade, BPE Partners successfully invested in 15 companies across various industries including nine exits.
EL Labban joined BPE Partners in 2008, and since then he has been responsible for the firm’s investments in healthcare and manufacturing sectors. He also managed the structuring, fundraising and the investor relations activities of a Luxembourg-based mid-market fund, successfully raising $40mn from different local and international institutional investors.
El Labban holds an MBA from the University of Edinburgh Business School, UK, with a specialization in Strategic Management, and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the American University in Cairo. El Labban received the University of Edinburgh’s prestigious Leadership Scholarship in 2012. He is also a member of AmCham Egypt, the Middle East Leadership Academy (MELA) and the Society of International Business Fellows (SIBF).
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, pulses, tomato paste and juice, and exporting them to high-end retailers and food service distributors in the U.S. and Europe. It also distributes in the local market under the Foody brand. El Sadek was one of the pioneers in exporting ready-to-eat canned vegetables out of Egypt in a Qualifying Industrial Zone (QIZ) area. Today, his company accounts for over 50% of all foods exported under QIZ. With more than 20 years of business expertise under his belt, 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 processed food and fresh produce in the Western world and Egypt.
El Sadek is the co-chair of the Agriculture Committee at AmCham Egypt. He also is a member of the Egypt-U.S. Business Council, a board member at the Food Export council (FEC) and chairs the Exhibition committee. El Sadek holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the American University in Cairo.
Sharif A. El Akhdar
Sharif El Akhdar founded LimeVest Partners in 2017. He is the Managing Partner and a member of the investment committee. El Akhdar is responsible for deal sourcing, investment evaluation, origination, operational oversight of portfolio companies, and exit strategies with a focus on the overall firm management and strategy.
El Akhdar was previously 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, El Akhdar was at American Capital Strategies, one of the largest U.S. publicly traded alternative asset managers, where he was responsible for equity investments in the form of growth financings. He started his career as a management consultant with Abt Associates.
El Akhdar is the co-chair of the Capital Markets Committee at the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt and is a member of the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association’s Frontier Market Council and the Egyptian Private Equity Association.
El Akhdar received his M.Sc. in Finance from the George Washington University School of Business and his B.A. in Accounting and Economics from the American University in Cairo.
Sherif El Kholy
Sherif Elkholy is a Partner and Co-head of the Middle East & North Africa at Actis, and he joined the firm in 2004. He has since led and executed, managed and exited investments in several sectors and countries including Université Centrale Groupe (Tunisia), Mundiapolis University (Morocco), Edita Food Industries (Egypt), Mo'men Group (Egypt), El-Rashidi El-Mizan (Egypt), and Djezzy (Algeria). Prior to joining Actis, he worked at HSBC and prior to that with EFG-Hermes Private Equity.
Elkholy holds a Ph.D. in Economics and an M.Sc. in Finance and Economic Development, both from the University of London, and a B.A. in Economics from the American University in Cairo. He is also Co-chair of the Investment Committee at the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt and is a Professor of Finance at the American University in Cairo. Elkholy sits on the board of directors of Edita Food Industries, Université Centrale Groupe, Emerging Markets Knowledge Holdings and Lekela Egypt for renewable wind power.
Somaya El Sherbini
Somaya El Sherbini has spent the last 12+ years as a Human Resource Practitioner. She started her HR career at Microsoft, working with different teams, organizations and geographies in Egypt, regionally (specifically in Saudi Arabia) and then at an area level (focusing on the Middle East and Africa). El Sherbini spent her 18-year tenure at Microsoft focused on employer branding, next-generation talent programs and talent management. El Sherbini found her passion in focusing on developing these skills and capabilities. Her exciting work involves learning about, being a part of, and helping build organizations from within, as well as building their brand as an employer of choice in the different Middle East and Africa markets.
Most recently, El Sherbini founded a company, namely RightFoot, that focuses on leveraging technology-based solutions and services that enable human resources to be more impactful and insightful. In addition, RightFoot provides Consultative Human Resource solutions with specific focus on start-ups, mid-size and high-growth entrepreneurships. The name of the company is really inspired by the belief that these types of businesses need to ‘get off on the right foot’.
El Sherbini is the chair of the Human Resources Committee of AmCham Egypt. She majored in business administration and accounting, and is a Myers-Brigg certified practitioner, a certified trainer and a certified professional human resources and compensation professional from the U.S. Institute of HR Management.
Tarek Mohanna is a partner of MHR & Partners in association with White & Case. White & Case is a leading global law firm with lawyers in 39 offices in 26 countries. Mohanna joined White & Case in 2008 and worked in the firm's London office until he established the White & Case Cairo office in October 2016. Prior to joining White & Case, Mohanna worked for two years at a prominent law firm in Egypt.
Mohanna holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Economics, and a Master’s of Arts in International Human Rights Law, both from the American University in Cairo. He completed his legal studies at BPP Law School in London.
Tom Maher joined Apex International Energy in May 2016 as President and COO. Prior to joining Apex, he was the Region Vice President and General Manager, Apache Egypt Companies, from 2013-May 2016. He held several other positions in his 30-year career with Apache Corporation, including Region VP and General Manager of Apache Australia Energy, Exploration Manager of Apache Egypt, and Exploration Manager for Apache’s Mid-Continent Region of the U.S. His teams enjoyed success growing production and reserves in all three countries.
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.
Maher resides in Cairo where he has served as a director for both the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt and the Community Services Association, and he is on the Board of Aton Resources Inc.
Yasmine Mowafy is Chief Financial Officer at Beltone Financial, a leading Cairo-based investment bank. Mowafy is part of a new management team at Beltone spear- heading a transformational change into a global emerging markets leader, most recently with the acquisition of Auerbach Grayson LLC, the leading U.S. broker.
Prior to assuming her role as CFO, Mowafy spent four years as Managing Director of Investment Banking at Beltone. Prior to that, she served as Regional Portfolio Manager managing MENA equities at Beltone, Director of Investment Banking at Pharos Holding, and Assistant Vice President at HC Securities & Investment.
Mowafy’s 19 years of investment banking experience span a wide range of M&A and capital market transactions across numerous sectors with special emphasis on banking, telecoms, FMCG, non-bank financial services, real estate and industry.
Mowafy holds a Masters in Economics and Bachelors in Economics and Business Administration from the American University in Cairo.