Mr. Aftab Ahmed
He started his career with the Bank as an Executive Trainee after getting an MBA
from Tulane University. He has extensive US and International experience. In his
25 + years with the Bank he has lived in the U.S, Pakistan, Greece, Saudi Arabia,
New Zealand, Germany, Taiwan, Singapore and Egypt. He has been involved with a number
of other Citibank franchises in cluster management roles. His experience spans both
Corporate/Institutional and Retail Banking roles. In his leadership roles across
multiple geographies, Aftab has been extensively involved in and has successfully
contributed towards Country and Regional initiatives to grow businesses. He is also
a committed CSR advocate and believes strongly in community initiatives.
Mr. Adel Garas
Adel graduated from the American University in Cairo, major in Economics, in June
1986. Shortly after graduation, he worked for Procter and Gamble in Egypt, the Arabian
Peninsula and the US doing a wide variety of Sales roles. In 1999, Adel joined PepsiCo
in Egypt, as the Pepsi Cola Egypt Sales Director. He then moved to Chipsy (PepsiCo’s
Snacks Company in Egypt) as the General Manager. He then became Egypt's Country
Manager for both beverages and Snacks. Adel is now The North East Africa Business
Unit General Manager, responsible for Egypt, Libya, Sudan, Ethiopia, and Somalia.
Adel is born in 1964. He is married and has 2 children.
Mr. Alex Shalaby
On September 1, 2008 Alex Shalaby was appointed Chairman of the Egyptian Company
for Mobile Services (Mobinil) by Board consensus; prior to that he was its President
and CEO since 2005. This step came because of Shalaby’s remarkable achievements
at Mobinil over the preceding three years where the company witnessed continued
market share leadership, tripled its subscriber base from six to 19 million, doubled
the revenues, and increased net profits by 30%.
Shalaby came to Mobinil from Washington, DC where he was AT&T Director for Public
Affairs, serving as the company’s link to lawmakers on Capitol Hill and lobbying
the executive branch of the U.S. government. He helped in achieving more liberalization
of the telecoms sector internationally for the emerging nations of the Middle East,
Africa, and Eastern Europe through the relevant bi-lateral and multi-lateral agencies.
During these years, he served on the boards of the American Chamber of Commerce
becoming its president during the period (1991 – 1992), the Bi-national Fulbright
Commission, and Seeds of Peace; he currently chairs the board of Injaz & SIFE in
Egypt. Between 1993 and 1995, Shalaby became Regional Director for International
Public Affairs for AT&T, based in Cairo, Egypt, where he was the principal interface
with key agencies within the governments in the region on matters impacting AT&T’s
In 1966 Shalaby graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical Engineering
from the University of Alexandria and earned a Masters of Science degree in Electrical
Engineering and Computer Science from San Jose State University in California
Mr. Hanny El Messeiry
Currently serving as the Managing Director of Middle East and Africa operations
for Goldenstatefoods (gsf) with combined total sales of over $40 million for the
The operation has three business units; Manufacturing of liquid products (Export),
Bakery and Supply chain and logistics business (local) for the Quick Service Restaurants
and some retailers in the region. Clients include McDonalds, YUM Brands (Americana
and local chains in Egypt and the Gulf region. Golden state foods co has a turnover
of over three billion dollars for the five countries in the three continents they
operate in. During 2006, his division in Egypt has won the Chairman’s challenge
award, the highest honor in the gsf system, competing against divisions from the
US, Malaysia and Australia. Hanny has been selected as one of top 40 executives
in Egypt under the age of 40 years during FY2004.
Mrs. Heba Iskander
Mrs. Heba Iskander is the Corporate Development Director at Orascom Construction Industries
(OCI). She joined OCI in 1997 and has spearheaded several transformational corporate
initiatives throughout her years at the company including standardized monthly financial
reporting best practices and the development of OCI’s corporate social responsibility
Ms. Iskander established and has been the Director of the Onsi Sawiris Scholarship
Program since its inception in 2000. To-date, the program has provided 57 extraordinary
Egyptian students the opportunity to study at leading universities in the United
States. Ms. Iskander also established and directs the OCI Foundation, the company’s
social development vehicle. Additionally, she established, developed and directs
the University of Chicago’s exchange program with Cairo University.
Ms. Iskander is Secretary of the Board of Directors at OCI and a participant in
the company’s Executive Committee; a company think-tank comprised of select members
of top management.
Ms. Iskander is a Board Member of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE Egypt) and the
Littlest Lamb Organization.
Ms. Iskander holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Chicago
and a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from the American University in
Mr. Hesham Mekawi
Graduated from the Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University in 1983.
Worked as an engineer for 4 years before heading to the US to pursue an MBA from
Boston University. Upon his return to Egypt, he joined Amoco in 1990 as an Economic
Analyst. In 1991, he worked as Senior Economic Analyst in Houston, and later Chicago
as a Senior Financial Analyst and a Planner in the Strategic Planning Group and
the Financial Operations Group.
Mr. Mekawi returned to Houston in 1995 as Commercial Director, where he would take
charge of Business Development in the Middle East. Following the merger between
the British Petroleum Company and Amoco Corporation, Mr. Mekawi was transferred
to London where he was appointed Executive Assistant in BP Amoco Exploration. The
following year, he was named President for BP's Oil Operations in Algeria, where
he continued to work from the company's headquarters in London. In July 2001, Mr.
Hesham returned home as Chairman of BP Egypt.
Mr. Kamel Saleh
Kamel Saleh is the Managing Partner of Saleh, Barsoum & Abdel Aziz Deloitte with
more that 25 years of working experience in the field of assurance and advisory
services as well as Corporate Finance and Transaction support.
Kamel graduated in Economics and Computer Science from the American University in
Cairo in 1985, qualified as a Chartered Accountant from the UK in 1990 and became
a Fellow of the Egyptian Society of Accountants and Auditors in 1991. Kamel worked
in London for five years before moving to Cairo in 1990.
Kamel is currently:
• An elected member of the board of Directors of the Egyptian Society of Accountants
& Auditors (”ESAA”).
• A member of The Egyptian Accounting Standards Setting committee that drafts accounting
and auditing standards within ESAA.
• A member of The Central Bank of Egypt Auditors Committee that sets accounting
and reporting requirements for Banks in Egypt since 1997.
Mr. Mohamed Farouk
The Executive Vice President for HR & Training of Americana Group, the largest food
conglomerate in the Middle East operating in 16 countries with 65,000 employees.
He is quite active on the public and philanthropic fronts. He has effectively contributed
in qualifying over 100,000 fresh graduates and helped them get employed through
his role as the Secretary General & Board Member of the Professional Development
Foundation (formerly Future Generation Foundation “FGF”), one of the largest social
foundations in the Arab world. He adopted several initiatives run by FGF that changed
the work culture in both public and private sectors. Moreover, he assumes leadership
roles in several non-profit NGOs in the fields of education and community development.
Mr. Andrew Long
Andrew is CEO and Executive Director of HSBC Bank Egypt SAE. He was appointed to
the role effective March 1st, 2011.
Prior to assuming his current position, Andrew was Head of Global Transaction Banking
(GTB) from December 2006. GTB is one of HSBC's global product groups with business
oversight for Payments & Cash Management, Trade and Supply Chain and HSBC Securities
Services (including Fund Administration, Custody & Clearing and Corporate Trust
& Loan Agency).
Andrew joined HSBC in 1977 in London before transferring in 1978 to the Imports
Department in Hong Kong. He worked in a number of positions throughout Asia including
Corporate Banking, IT, Training and Finance and then in Operations followed by Personal
Banking in Australia. Roles in Operations in New York, Regional Head of Trade Services
Europe and then Regional Head of Payments & Cash Management in Asia followed before
becoming Head of Operations and Processing for the Asia Pacific region in 2001 and
then Chief Operating Officer for HSBC in the Asia region in 2004. Andrew was appointed
a Group General Manager of the HSBC Group in May 2008.
Andrew's interests include sport (rugby and golf in particular), wine collecting,
travel and the church. He has taken part in the Oxfam Trailwalker event in Hong
Kong (100 kilometres of the Maclehose trail) three times, as well as the UK equivalent
over the South Downs. Andrew is married with three children, two daughters and one
Mr. Shehab El Nawawi
Shehab ElNawawi is the Chairman and Managing Director of Giza Systems, the leading
systems integrator (SI) in Egypt and the Middle East. Shehab joined the company
as Managing Director in late 2000 when it was on a downward spiral, and in 2004
he turned the company around. Since then he has tripled the company top line and
quadrupled its market valuation. On his watch the company saw a comeback that catapulted
it to be the leader of the SI pack in the region, with a footprint that now spans
the Middle East, and with established and growing subsidiaries in KSA and Dubai,
and soon in Doha, Qatar and Tripoli, Libya.
With his team he built a strong and robust vertically focused and customer-centric
organization that enabled the development of business in different industry segments;
and oversaw the inception of a number of subsidiaries geared to penetrate key growth
markets and further expand the company’s geographic footprint.
Shehab started his career in the oilfield, working as a field engineer for Schlumberger
Wireline based in Mumbai, India from 1987 to 1991.He then moved to Canada and became
the Network Manager for Rogers Data Services in Ontario, and eventually spearheaded
the technical trials of data-over-cable (what is now the @home service offered by
ISP’s in North America) in 1994. In 1996 he moved back to Cairo and ran the North
Middle East sales office for Newbridge Networks, a world-class manufacturer of voice
and data switches. Newbridge Networks was later acquired and merged into Alcatel
Shehab also sits on the board of Injaz Egypt - an NGO dedicated to development of
Egyptian youth, and is an active member of Amaan ( Wataneya Society for the Development
of Orphanages) and SPARE (Society for the Preservation of the Architecture of Egypt).
Shehab holds a Bachelors (Hons) degree in Biomedical Engineering from Cairo University.
He became the Chairman of the company as well as its MD in 2007.
Mr. Andy Wells
Andrew David Wells holds a BSC in Mechanical Engineering from the University of
Mr. Wells started out at Fawley Refinery where he held a number of positions; Technical
Engineer, Financial Analyst, Project Supervisor, Maintenance Manager, Shift Manager
and Operations Manager.
Mr. Wells has worked as Affiliate Safety Manager in the Planning Department UK and
Operations Manager at Esso Research Centre, Abingdon, UK, where he was responsible
for operating engine and product testing laboratories.
From 2000 to 2003 he held the position of ExxonMobil Aviation International Operations
Manager, Europe where he was in charge of operating airport refueling operations.
In 2003, he moved to become ExxonMobil Aviation Global Business Services Manager,
operating the order to cash processes for the international business.
From 2006 to date, he has been the Asia Pacific Customer Service Manager, based
in Bangkok, Thailand. He is responsible for managing the order to cash, sales support,
fleet and delivery management for Asia Fuels Marketing Business Lines - Retail,
I & W, Aviation, Marine and including fleet operations for Pacific islands.
Ms. Nevine El Tahri
Neveen El Tahri is the Founder of Delta Financial Investments (DFI), currently serves
as Co-Chairperson and Managing Director of the company. Mrs. El Tahri commenced
her career as a corporate banker working for the Chase National Bank of Egypt (currently
CIB). In 1992, endeavored into the entrepreneurial world by establishing Delta Securities,
followed by ABN AMRO Delta Asset Management in 1997. She was the first woman to
sit on the board of the Egyptian Stock Exchange 1997-2003. She served on several
public and private-sector boards, including Banque Misr, Egyptian Railway Projects
& Transport Co. ”ERJET”, General Authority for Investments “GAFI”, Egypt for Information
Dissemination (EGID) and Cairo Oil & Soap Co. Mrs. El Tahri is a Board Member at
Telecom Egypt, Injaz Egypt, also the Country Representative of the Royal Bank of
Scotland in Egypt and is involved in numerous nonprofit associations. She has twice
been named by the Financial Times as one of the leading businesswomen in the Arab
world, as well as having been given various awards locally and internationally.
Recently she was nominated as one of 100 most extraordinary women contributors to
economic empowerment of women by The International Alliance for Women (TIWA). Mrs.
El Tahri holds a B.Sc. in Economics from the Faculty of Economics and Political
Science, Cairo University, Egypt
Ms. Ghada Waly
Ghada Waly Served as Assistant Resident Representative at the United Nations Development
Program, UNDP. She was the Poverty Reduction and Job Creation Team Leader, the Private
Sector focal point and MDGs focal point.
While at UNDP Ghada has Lead the Development of 19 Governorate Human Development
Reports and 3 Millennium Development Goals Reports. She has also Supported the Development
of the UNDP Global Guidelines for Private Sector Development She has Lead the Development
of the First National Strategy for Micro Finance and the Development of the Conditional
Cash Transfer Program for the Ministry of Social Solidarity.
A special leave to provide technical assistance to government in 2009 allowed Ghada
to serve as Micro Finance and Access to Finance Advisor to the Chairman of Egypt
Financial Supervisory Authority upon its inception as a Single Regulator of all
Non- Bank financial services, where she has helped develop the regulatory framework
for Micro Finance in Egypt and provided institutional and technical advice to the
She is a development professional with more than 20 years of solid experience in
development management focused on MSMEs and poverty reduction programs, as Program
Director of CARE International in Egypt and as Micro finance team leader at SFD
she has worked closely with a multitude of civil society organizations, line ministries,
local development authorities and donors addressing issues of income generation,
poverty alleviation and community development including formal and informal education
projects, civil society building projects and health and environmental projects.
Ghada has excellent communication skills in Arabic, English and French; very strong
analytical skills, strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work in a multicultural
environment. She has extensive experience in project/ program appraisal and management,
policy analysis and advocacy as well as gender mainstreaming. She has a good understanding
of economic trends and policies.
Ghada was a board member of the Consumer Protection Agency: the first government
body for consumer protection created in 2006. Ghada volunteers and serves on the
board of a number of NGOs for educational advancement, women empowerment and poverty
Education Background :
• Master of Arts and Humanities with Highest Honors, Colorado State University.
Fort Collins Colorado, USA, 1990.
• Certified in Development Management
• Certified in Project Management
Dr. Sherif Kamel
Sherif H Kamel is founding dean of the School of Business at The American University
in Cairo (September 2009-present) and professor of management information systems
since 2000. Kamel is leading a major restructuring and repositioning of the school
by adopting a distinctive 3-tier thematic approach that includes entrepreneurship,
innovation, and leadership. Kamel has a long and varied experience as an academic
leader investing in human capital, building and managing executive development institutions
addressing management, entrepreneurial, and leadership issues. Kamel is an advocate
of diversity, empowerment, and inclusion. Kamel is Egyptian and holds a PhD in Information
Systems from London School of Economics and Political Science (1994), an MBA (1990)
and a BA in Business Administration (1987) from The American University in Cairo.
His research and teaching interests include management of information technology,
information technology transfer to developing nations, electronic business and decision
support systems, his work is broadly published in IS and management journals. He
is the editor of E-Strategies for Technological Diffusion and Adoption: National
ICT Approaches for Socioeconomic Development (2010), Electronic Business in Developing
Countries: Challenges and Opportunities (2005) and Managing Globally with Information
Technology (2003). He serves on the editorial and advisory board of a number of
IS journals and is the associate editor of the Journal of Cases on Information Technology
and Journal of IT for Development. Kamel is an Eisenhower Fellow (2005). He is chair
of the Education Committee at the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt. His interests
include reading, history, music, and sports.