KPMG Hazem Hassan
Hisham El Gindy is currently
a partner at KPMG Hazem Hassan. His responsibilities involve
managing the KPMG Egypt internal audit service department
and the business performance services department. He has 12
years of internal and external audit experience in different
sectors such as banking, industrial and trading companies,
education and non-profit organizations.
El Gindy obtained his bachelor
of commerce with a major in accounting from Cairo University
in 1997. He started his career at KPMG Hazem Hassan as an
auditor; three years later, he moved to the Abdul Latif Jameel
Group (ALJ is a diverse multinational company based in Saudi
Arabia with offices spanning the globe from North America,
Europe, North Africa, and the Far East.), where he worked
as an internal auditor. In 2002, El Gindy became a Certified
Internal Auditor, upon which he returned to KPMG Hazem Hassan
(2003-2005), to establish their internal audit department
assuming the role of head of the internal audit department.
During this time, he was also acting as the manager in charge
of the assurance services and supported the supply chain management
team. El Gindy moved to the American University in Cairo,
in 2005, to assume the position of chief internal auditor.
Throughout the three years that he spent working for AUC,
he planned and supervised the work of auditing professionals
and other subordinates in the performance of internal audits.
El Gindy is the president
of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) – Cairo
as well as an international member in the Global Academic
Relation Committee of the IIA-USA. He is also a Certified
Fraud Examiner since 2005.
Commercial International Life Insurance Company
Sohail Ali is the actuarial
director of Commercial International Life Insurance Company
S.A.E. His key responsibilities include risk management, product
pricing, reserving, embedded value reporting, oversight of
the company’s reinsurance arrangements and developing
Ali has 10 years of experience
working in the actuarial profession. He started his career
working at Watson Wyatt where he was involved in advising
occupational pension schemes on investment issues including
asset allocation strategy, investment manager research, investment
manager selection and quantitative appraisal. In addition
to general benefits consulting with Mercer Human Resource
Consulting, Ali was responsible for actuarial scheme valuations,
executive remuneration consulting and pension scheme accounting
disclosures for occupational pension scheme clients. In the
UK life insurance industry, his experience includes the areas
of product development and pricing, competitor analysis, sales
compensation, product disclosure, systems migration and management
Ali graduated in 1998 with
a BSc in actuarial science from The London School of Economics
and completed an MSc in mathematical logic at the University
of Manchester the following year. He qualified as a Fellow
of the Institute of Actuaries in 2003 and completed the Chartered
Institute of Insurance Diploma in financial planning in 2006.
Hussein Mohyeldin is currently
the planning director at JWT, a position he has undertaken
after joining the company in March of 2006, as a senior planner.
Just prior to joining JWT, he had spent six months in London
working on branded content projects at TBWA London.
in advertising spanned over a decade. His first job was as
a media planner at LOWE, after which he joined DDB Needham
for 4 years as an account handler on McDonald's, ExxonMobil,
and other brands. He then joined Saatchi & Saatchi handling
P&G flagship brand Ariel.
Mohyeldin graduated from
AUC in 1998 with a bachelor in journalism and mass communication.
Hamdy ’84, ’87, PhD
General Manager, Head of Capital
Suzan Hamdy is currently
the general manager and head of Capital Markets Group at Banque
Misr, the second largest public sector bank in Egypt and has
assets under management of more than EGP 35billion. Prior
to her current post, she served as head of research and business
development at the Arab African International Bank (AAIB),
as well as head of Retail Banking Group and earlier as deputy
general manager of Investment Division and head of Foreign
Hamdy has over 24 years
of extensive banking experience. She began her banking career
at the credit department at AAIB and served later at different
banking divisions such as project finance, remedial management,
investment banking, retail banking and marketing. She is a
member of the Board of Directors of Taba for Tourism Development
Company and a member of the Egyptian Capital Market Association.
She was also a board member of Techno Gas company, represented
Egyptian banks in VISA International Risk Advisors for the
CEMEA region, a member of the World Studies Future Generation
in Finland, and a member of the Egyptian Junior Businessmen
Hamdy teaches courses to
Egyptian bankers in retail banking and marketing of financial
services at the Egyptian Banking Institute, Central Bank of
Egypt and the American University in Cairo. For several years,
she was a part-time faculty at the economics department at
AUC, Sixth of October Institute and University and the High
Institute of Technology, teaching courses to undergraduate
students in macroeconomics as well as money and banking. She
frequently lectured and engaged in seminars aimed at training
Egyptian, African and Arab diplomats at the Institute of Diplomatic
Studies of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She has also,
been a speaker at several conferences in several parts of
the world on retail banking as well as capital markets.
Hamdy earned her bachelor’s
and master’s degrees in economics from the American
University in Cairo. In 1989, she received her doctorate degree
in monetary policy from Budapest University of Economics.
Graduating at the age of 17 and earning her PhD at the age
of 22, she is acknowledged as the youngest university graduate
and PhD holder in Egypt and the Middle East
Medical Research Specialist
Emad Mohareb earned his
BSc and MSc in biochemistry from the Faculty of Science, Ain
Shams University, Cairo. With an outstanding academic record
coupled with eight years of professional experience as a medical
research assistant in the U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit
No.3, Cairo (NAMRU), Mohareb diligently pursued his career
as a scientist. In 1990, after five years of studying and
working as a graduate student, he earned his PhD in biochemistry
from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, MA.
Upon his return to Cairo,
he rejoined NAMRU and has been working as a Medical Research
Scientist for the last 19 years. In NAMRU, Mohareb has worked
in the Parasitology Department, the Basic Sciences Division
and the Research Sciences Department (Virology Research Program).
He is a principal investigator in several virologic studies
in Eastern Europe and the Middle East.
Mohareb coached and trained
investigators (from national and international institutions),
taught graduate courses, and supervised candidates studying
for MD and PhD degrees. He has immense technical experience
in his field and has written numerous publications
Live Programming Manager
Noha Morgan is a young broadcast
media professional who is presently the Live Programming Manager
at OTV. She launched her media career right after graduation
as a field producer and reporter with Video Cairo Sat, where
she also worked on feature films, as well as documentaries,
news stories, and media development programs. In addition
to her work in production, Morgan was the official correspondent
for the Bahraini TV in Cairo for a year and a half.
In 2006, Morgan decided
to switch gears and take a job with the satellite entertainment
channel OTV. Starting prior to the launch of the channel,
she helped design and assemble the structure and workflow
of the entire Electronic News Gathering Department, the department
that she managed for two years, which gave her strong knowledge
and understanding in the realm of media management as well
as consistent and reliable content output.
Morgan has a wide range
of experience in the Egyptian broadcast media industry with
both domestic content production, as well as service provision
for foreign broadcasters. She worked with a number of foreign
channels and production houses such as; Discovery, TV2 Denmark,
ABC, National Geographic, Swiss TV, Bloomberg, FBC, POD and
the Oprah Winfrey show. She has also worked with UNICEF on
a variety of stories that cover regional issues that pertain
to children. In Yemen, she worked on the production of a short
awareness film about the polio breakout and UNICEF's response,
while in Abu Dhabi, she produced a series of stories titled
"Children Riders", which focused on the abuse of
Southeast Asian children who are forcibly raised in harsh
living conditions to take part in camel races as part of the
Arab heritage in the Emirates.
Morgan graduated with high
honors from the American University in Cairo, in 2003, with
a bachelor's degree in mass communication, specialization
broadcast and a minor in business administration.
Rahmy El Refaie
Afia International Company Egypt
Affiliate of Savola Group – KSA
Mohamed El Refaie is currently
the Sales Director at Afia International Company Egypt. He
has more than 15 years of experience in business development
and sales at multinational companies including P&G, Nestle
After acquiring his bachelor
of commerce degree from Ain Shams University, El Refaie started
his sales career, in 1993, as a van sales representative with
Abu Dawood Co. in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He spent the
following 7 years progressing in his career and assumed the
positions of sales and separate delivery representative and
sales section manager In 2000, El Refaie moved to P&G
where he undertook several assignments as unit manager in
Palestine, Algeria as well different regions in Egypt. His
last assignment with P&G was as unit sales manager for
Alexandria (2003-2004), where he was responsible for handling
the distributor operation for the north of Egypt.
Upon moving to Nestle Egypt
in 2004, El Refaie assumed the position of channels sales
development manager and was promoted a year later to sales
operation manager handling all the traditional trade channels
across all regions of Egypt which represented 70% of the national
business. Before his current job, he worked at Danone Egypt
as district sales manager and then as commercial development
manager. In this latter position, El Refaie was responsible
for developing the route to market strategy and implementation
as well as identifying business development opportunities.
He also trained and coached a team of more than 150 sales
Said Mansour ’99
Hatem Mansour is currently
a quality manager at DOW Chemicals, a position he has assumed
since 2007. He started his career at Al Ahram Beverages in
the quality control department. In 2000, he moved to the Egyptian
Cement Company to work in quality control as a shift chemist
where he was responsible for performing tests and experiments
over cement and giving decisions concerning the quality of
In less than 2 years, Mansour
got promoted to senior chemist, quality assurance at ECC.
In this position, he oversaw the inspection, testing and experiments
on all raw materials received by the factory as well as assured
the quality of the finished products of cement. He also traveled
to the Algerian Cement Company to help in the lab commissioning
of the cement site as well as trained the Algerian chemists
team on the quality system. Mansour graduated from AUC, in
1999, with Bachelor of Science in chemistry and a specialization
in clinical analysis.
Hill and Knowlton
Christopher Larter joined
Hill & Knowlton in May 2004 to open the Hill & Knowlton
Egypt office. From 2001-2004 he managed his own PR consultancy
firm in Cairo, handling such clients as Egyptian American
Bank, the Kuwait-based M.A. Kharafi Group (with their $1.2
billion tourism project that includes the world’s first
privately financed and built BOT airport, under the operations
of Aeroport de Paris) and the Discovery Channel.
In 2000 Larter opened an
office for a Dubai-based PR firm, and within a year had successfully
built-up its client base to include Click-Vodafone, BP, Showtime
TV, as well as EAB and the M.A.Kharafi Group. Prior to this
he worked for two years with the firm in Dubai, where he managed
the accounts of Mashreqbank, Unilever, the Accor Group, and
the launch of the Iridium satellite phone in Egypt.
As a journalist in the early
1990s, Larter became managing editor of the weekly independent
Middle East Times. With his in-depth knowledge of tourism
in Egypt, he was called upon by the Ministry of Tourism (after
the 23 July Sharm El Sheikh bombings) to advise the Minister
on his first public address to the nation after the bombings.
His interests include golf, squash, cycling, football and
Senior Account Manager
Hill and Knowlton
Rania Helmy joined Hill
& Knowlton as an account manager in June 2006. While at
the Dubai office, she provided strategic counsel for a wide
variety of financial clients on a regional and international
basis, including Mashreq Bank, Royal & SunAlliance, Ernst
& Young, SEI Investments and Meraas Holding. Helmy’s
experience spans 4 years and her background encompasses corporate
and crisis communications across a variety of sectors, including
corporate, financial and construction.
Before joining Hill &
Knowlton, Helmy worked as an account manager for RAWAJ International
in Dubai where she managed a wide variety of high profile
accounts, ranging from finance and hospitality, to fashion
and arts. She has developed extensive contacts with both local
and regional media, and has executed many prestigious corporate,
charity and cultural events.
Prior to that, she worked
for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
in Cairo and Cyprus and has held several public affairs and
communications posts, most significantly as head of the unit
managing crisis communications planning and issues management
activities during the 3 month Sudanese demonstration emergency
in Cairo. Her responsibilities included organizing press conferences,
establishing contacts with the local media, and representing
UNHCR in meetings with the government.
Helmy graduated from the
American University in Cairo, Egypt in 2000 having gained
a magna cum laude high honours degree in political science.
In 2003, she completed an MA degree in international affairs
from King’s College, London.
& Software Development
Dalia S. Fakhry ’98, ’01
Software Quality Control Manager
and Engineering Process Group Member
Dalia Fakhry is presently
the software quality control manager and member of the engineering
process group for Link Development. She manages, mentors and
coaches teams of QC engineers as well as ensure that all QC
processes and activities are accurately defined, documented
Fakhry launched her career,
right after graduation, as a software engineer at Pyramid
System Development and in one year moved to Pioneer Multimedia
as a senior multimedia developer. In 2000, Fakhry joined LINKDotNET,
where she undertook the position of senior Internet solutions
developer, later becoming the senior software quality engineer
(2002-2004). In addition to her corporate responsibilities,
Fakhry is also an instructor at the Arab Open University;
as well, she lectures on software quality and testing at different
Fakhry graduated from AUC
with a BSc (1998) and MSc (2001) in Computer Science. In fact,
she was a winner of the AUC conference grant to present her
masters thesis paper in the CAINE 2001, Las Vegas, Nevada;
her paper was also accepted in the 2002 International Symposium
on Applications and Internet, SAINT 2002, in Japan.
Orascom Construction Industries
Eng. Philip Dick BSc (Eng)
ACGIC Eng MICE MASCE
Philip Dick is currently the projects director at Orascom
Constructin Industries (OCI), with particular responsibility
for OCI’s Egypt Power Station projects.
He joined OCI in October
2004 and since his first assignment in Egypt in 1984, he has
worked here for an aggregate total of 12 years ; with on-site
involvement on projects in Cairo, 10th of Ramadan, Ismailia,
Mansoura and on Lake Nasser. Amongst others, he is very much
at home in Egypt. He has also worked in the UK, Pakistan,
Bahamas, Nigeria, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and the USA.
Dick was born in 1955, as a British citizen with a civil engineering
degree from Imperial College, University Of London. He is
a chartered engineer, and holds full membership of both British
and American Civil Engineering Institutions.
Partner and Managing Director
Frankfurt & Dubai Offices
Boston Consulting Group
Sven-Olaf Vathje is currently
a partner and managing director at Boston Consulting Group,
Frankfurt and Dubai offices, after previously having worked
in the firm's Hamburg and Los Angeles offices. In 2006, Vathje
was a founding member of BCG's Gulf offices. He is a core
member of BCG's insurance and financial institutions practice
Vathje has mainly worked
with banking and insurance clients, across a broad range of
topics ranging from business build and strategy development,
to organizational redesign and implementation support. He
holds a PhD in economics from the University of Kiel (Germany)
and an MA from the University of Tennessee. Before joining
BCG, he was a university research assistant and worked as
a freelance with a specialized insurance consulting firm.
Sherif ’99, ’07
John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement
The American University in Cairo
Dina Sherif has been the
associate director of the John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy
and Civic Engagement, since it was established in 2006, at
the American University in Cairo. She also acts as a technical
advisor to a number of foundations in the Arab region. Further
to that, she frequently consults with companies based in the
Arab region with regards to their corporate social responsibility
Prior to her position at
the John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement,
she was the deputy director of projects at Financial Technical
Consulting Services, a consultancy firm that specializes in
rural development in sub-Saharan Africa, where she traveled
extensively throughout Africa. Sherif also has wide-ranging
experience in development at the local level in Egypt through
her work at the Institute for Cultural Affairs in the Middle
East and North Africa, and her work at Environmental Quality
International. Further to the above, she is currently a board
member of the Arab Media Forum for Environment and Development,
a US Based NGO called Soliya, the Alashanek ya Baladi Association
(For You My Country), and Tawasol, a newly launched community
foundation; all based in Egypt.
Sherif’s overall experience
has led her to be qualified in project management, strategic
planning, the design of public awareness campaigns, monitoring
and evaluation, program design, organizational capacity building
and socio-economic research. Over Sherif’s ten years
of experience, her work has been applied to the following
areas: environment, education, women’s empowerment,
youth development, food security, agricultural development,
public health, service learning and strategic philanthropy.
Sherif is co –editor
and contributing author of the book: From Charity to Social
Change: Trends in Arab Philanthropy (Volume I) and is also
a contributing author to Volume 2 of the same book, due to
be published in 2010. She holds a BA in Political Science
and an MA in Development Studies, both acquired from the American
University in Cairo.
John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement
The American University in Cairo
Karim Shalaby graduated
from AUC with a bachelor’s degree in economics and immediately
after worked in the banking sector. Working with both the
Commercial International Bank and the Export Development Bank
in Egypt he was involved in providing long term finance for
start up commercial projects.
In 1996, Shalaby studied
about sustainable development in rural areas at the Institute
for Ecology and Natural Resource Management at the University
of Edinburgh. After his studies, he worked with UNICEF on
rural micro finance and education. He then joined a project
with the Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources and for
the following 8 years worked on developing participatory approaches
to water resource management. The project worked on developing
organizational structures that would enable managing the water
resources in a sustainable and equitable way. The Ministry
adopted many of the developed approaches and integrated them
into the nation’s policy of water resource management.
At the Gerhart Center, Shalaby
continues to support organizations but in the field of philanthropy
and civic engagement. Many organizations involved in giving
and looking to become active citizens of the community are
looking to search the optimal means to do so. The Center supports
and encourages these organizations through strategic planning
consultation and advice as well as capacity building of the
staff and the philanthropists themselves.
L. Paul, PhD
American International School (AIS)-Egypt
Craig L. Paul serves as
director of the American International School of Egypt. He
is in charge of 200+ employees delivering an American curriculum
in English to prepare students for university entrance. His
career spans over 40 years in public education in the USA.
The last 38 years were as a high school administrator for
3400 students; this is his first assignment in overseas private
education. He was selected as Principal of the Year in two
states and National Finalist Principal of the Year in 1999.
He also has served as an adjunct educational professor, mentor,
workshop presenter, and public education advocate for many
Professionally, he is recognized for his work with Parker
Palmer's Courage To Teach program as well as High School renewal.
Personally, he has traveled throughout the world to gain an
understanding of education worldwide. His family hosted seven
different exchange students. He began as a classroom teacher,
taught for two years and became an administrator thereafter.
He has vast experience in hiring and guiding young educators.
His current position requires recruiting North American staff
for the program delivery at AIS Egypt. He is the father of
three college graduates and lives in Heliopolis with his wife.
Egypt Country Director
Nokia Siemens Networks
As country director - Egypt,
Khaled Rabie is responsible for Nokia Siemens Networks’
growth and expansion in Egypt. Currently, he holds the positions
of the CEO; member of the Board of Directors in Nokia Siemens
Network S.A.E and CEO of Nokia Siemens Networks LLC Egypt.
Prior to his current position,
Rabie was senior vice president at Siemens COM-Egypt and Egyptian
German Telecommunication Industries (A Nokia Siemens Networks
Company), in charge of business development and account management
for key carrier accounts, wherein he established new client
accounts and started a business diversity plan for the company.
He has previously held a number of senior positions at Siemens
in various locations, such as Germany, Dubai and Pakistan,
and successfully contributed to the company’s re-organization
Rabie graduated from Cairo
University with a BSc in communication and computer science
engineering. He has undertaken several professional studies
and technical training programs while at Siemens Communications
(now Nokia Siemens Networks). He concluded an executive management
program and finance diploma at Duke University, USA and Babson
Executive Management, USA; he also holds a human resources
management diploma from the American University in Cairo.
- Energy, Oil and Gas
Since August 2008, Vincent
Busch has assumed the position of technical manager, which
represents the most senior technical position at Shell Egypt.
He has a background in petroleum engineering with 21 years
experience, mainly in development, asset management, business
development and value assurance. He had assignments in UK,
New Zealand, Nigeria, Syria, Iran, Netherlands and most recently
Busch graduated at Delft
Technical University with an MSc in petroleum engineering.
After military service, he joined Shell for an international
career and worked 2 years as a well site petroleum engineer
offshore in the UK and New Zealand. Subsequently he worked
as a reservoir engineer in UK (Lowestoft) and Nigeria (Port
Harcourt) gaining experience in both gas and oil developments.
Busch then moved to Syria where he became the asset coordinator
for the Omar asset and was responsible for new developments
as well as maximizing production. Then he took an assignment
in Iran as new business development manager, pursuing a number
of large oil & integrated gas opportunities. His previous
job was value assurance consultant. Although based in the
Netherlands, he was most of the time traveling to review large
projects in the Shell Group.
On the personal side, Busch
is married and has 3 children. He enjoys exploring the host
countries by car as well as by bike, both in terms of nature,
culture & history.
Commercial & New Business
Moataz Darwish is currently
occupying the commercial and new business development manager
position in Shell Egypt N.V. He has 14 years of professional
work experience in the areas of commercial agreements &
negotiations, strategic planning, new business development
and economics; 10 years of which are in the up/mid-stream
industries of the Oil & Gas value chain.
On the academic side, Darwish
gained his BA in economics with a minor in computer science
from the American University in Cairo in 1995. He also received
his MBA from Edinburgh Business School in 2006.
Mohamed Shalaby obtained
his Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from AUC
in January 1999 with a double specialization in industrial
engineering and design. Upon graduation, Shalaby started his
career with Unilever Mashreq as a management trainee assuming
the position of assistant manager in supply chain. Two years
later, he undertook the position of process engineering and
quality control manager where he established a soap factory
process engineering and quality control department to replace
the central process and quality department of the site.
Climbing up the management
ladder, Shalaby became the operational manager for the soap
factory in 2004 and was responsible for generating operational
plans to ensure the annual growth; this involved planning
for new launches, re-launches, promotions and joint activities
with other company departments. In a matter of 2 years, he
got promoted to soap factory manager and central engineering
manager to oversee the implementation of factory annual plan
and ensure alignment of factory targets in all aspects to
total business strategic targets and mission. In 2008, Shalaby
moved to Seasons Company as plant general manager and just
recently assumed his current position as factory director.
To add to his management capacity and scope, Shalaby acquired
an Executive Masters of Business Administration, in 2008,
from the ESC Rennes School of Business – France.
Deputy Assistant Minister
For East Asia Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Khaled Sarwat is presently
the deputy assistant foreign minister for East Asia affaires.
He launched his foreign affairs career in 1986 as diplomatic
attaché and attended the Institute of Diplomatic Studies.
Throughout his career so far, Sarwat has gone on 3 international
assignments to Japan, Austria and Morocco. In Tokyo (1989-1993)
he assumed the positions of third secretary and then second
secretary at the Egyptian embassy. From 1997 until 2001, he
was first secretary at the Embassy of Egypt in Vienna. Three
years later, he relocated to Rabat, Morocco to become counselor
then minister plenipotentiary and deputy chief of mission
during his 4 year stay.
Intermittently, Sarwat worked
in Egypt at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in different departments
including International Organizations Department, Specialized
Agencies Affairs, as second and first secretary at the Cabinet
of the Foreign Minister (1994-1997), counselor at Human Rights
Affairs (2001-2002) as well as director of China Mongolia
Affairs from 2002 till 2004.
Sarwat acquired a Bachelor
of Arts majoring in business administration in 1984 from the
American University in Cairo.
Khaled Mattar ’88
Chief Financial Officer &
General Motors Egypt
Khaled Mattar is currently
chief financial officer and board member at General Motors
Egypt. Right after graduation, he started his career with
Conco Oil for two and half years. In January 1984, Mattar
joined GM Egypt, the first local person to be hired at the
finance department, where he played a key role in the startup
of the company. Climbing up the corporate ladder, he became
the financial manager for GM Egypt in 1991.
In 1993, Mattar started
a series of international assignments with GM; he relocated
to the USA to work in different divisions for a year, and
in 1995, he embarked on an assignment at GM International
Operations in Zurich, Switzerland, for 3 years. 1998 marked
yet another move to GM Global Headquarter in Detroit as special
project manager leading the acquisition project of Daewoo
Automotive operations in Korea. A year later, he was promoted
and appointed as the CFO of Opel Italy based in Rome. In 2002,
he escalated in his professional career to become regional
CFO for Southern Europe overseeing five countries (Portugal,
Spain, France, Italy and Greece), with sales volume exceeding
520,000 units. In early 2006, Mattar assumed the position
of GM CFO of Global Purchasing in Detroit, but soon after,
he returned to Egypt to take over the CFO position for GM
Mattar graduated from Cairo
University, in 1981, with a BA in commerce, majoring in accounting.
He received his MPA degree from the American University in
Cairo in 1988.
Regional Human Resources Director
Middle East & Africa
Orange Business Services - France Telecom Group
Emad El Sonbaty is the regional
human resources director for Middle East & Africa at Orange
Business Services, France Telecom Group. His current role
includes the implementation of strategic human resources initiatives,
employee relations, performance management and organizational
change management. He has extensive experience in planning
and managing change at all levels in a variety of human resource
management appointments in multinational and private sector
companies with significant budget responsibility. He is strongly
customer focused and an experienced negotiator who enjoys
dealing with people at all levels.
El Sonbaty graduated from
the University of Ain Shams, with a Bachelor of Science, majoring
in chemistry, and received an IPD in human resources from
the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, London,
UK. During the course of his work, he got intense trainings
in several fields such as strategic management, deregulation
& decentralization, new public management amongst many
Cynthia Johnston is a correspondent
with Reuters News based in Cairo. This is her fifth international
assignment for Reuters, and her second stint in Egypt. She
has previously worked for Reuters in Beirut, Jerusalem and
London, and has also reported on short-term assignments from
Syria, Iraq, Sudan and many other locations in the region.
She covered Israel's 2005 withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and
reported from Gaza during several Israeli military incursions
there. She was in Beirut for the Syrian pullout from Lebanon,
and covered the death of Yasser Arafat from outside his hospital
in Paris and then returned to see him buried in Ramallah.
Johnston first joined Reuters in 2000 fresh out of graduate
school as part of the Reuters graduate training scheme, a
program that involves a year of intensive on-the-job training
in London in financial and general news in preparation for
future assignments. Her assignments have included a mix of
field reporting, writing and editing. Much of her work for
Reuters has also involved financial journalism, from covering
currency devaluations to inflation crises and privatization
Johnston holds a Bachelors degree in journalism from Northwestern
University and a Masters degree in Middle Eastern and North
African Studies from the University of Michigan. She spent
two years studying at the American University in Cairo --
one year as a study abroad student and a second year in the
Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) program.
CEO – North Africa
FeedBack Middle East
Ravi Miglani is currently
the CEO – North Africa at FeedBack Middle East and manages
the business in Egypt and North Africa. He holds a bachelors
degree in economics, and a Masters in Business Management
from the Indian Institute Of Management.
Miglani has worked in marketing
research for the past 22 years, with the last 15 years in
the Middle East and Africa. He started his market research
career in 1985 with a leading market research company in India
– where he quickly moved up from the position of a research
executive to the head of the company’s Bombay business
in 5 years. Miglani then joined MERAC in the Middle East (which
later became TNS); he was the head of the Unilever business
group within MERAC, apart from servicing other clients. During
his 5 years at MERAC, he handled qualitative and quantitative
research for clients in various sectors like FMCG, tobacco,
banking, and automotive.
In 1997, Miglani took up
the challenge of starting the MERAC business in Egypt. He
moved to Egypt as the managing director of the newly formed
MERAC-Egypt (later called TNS Egypt). This new company grew
from an initial staff strength of 5 people in the beginning
of 1997 to 200 full-time staff in 2007. Under Miglani’s
leadership, this company became the largest consumer research
company in Egypt and North Africa. He has extensive experience
in doing research and managing client relationships in several
sectors including FMCG, telecom, automotive, banking, and
Chief Marketing Officer –
Karim Zein is a graduate
of AUC with a major in business administration and a minor
in economics. He joined the marketing department in Procter
& Gamble - Arabian Peninsula, in 1992, where he worked
across several brands in health and beauty care and detergents.
In 1997, Zein was promoted to marketing director in P&G
United Kingdom to lead the hair care business across Europe.
In 2000, Zein joined the
Fonoon Entertainment Company as chief marketing officer. Since
2002, Zein has been the chief marketing officer in Americana
Group, handling the FMCG division across the Middle East.
El Gamal ’98
Maadi Psychology Center
Behmen Hospital and Clinics
Rasha El Gamal is an Egyptian
American psychologist. She provides assessment and therapy
to children, adults and couples at the Maadi Psychology Center
(MPC) and the Behman Hospital and Clinics. El Gamal is most
interested in parental coaching and behavioral modifications
and uses an eclectic approach to therapy, providing each client
with the most suited techniques that would work with his age,
culture, ideology and education.
Gl Gamal is currently on
her way to getting her PsyD. in clinical psychology from Ryokan
College, USA where she also received her MA in Psychology
(2006). She combines her international training and exposure
with the local experience through a graduate clinical diploma
from Cairo University, BA in psychology from AUC (1998) and
counseling courses at Behman hospital. Her trilingual education
(English, Arabic and French) and her well-traveled cosmopolitan
life enable her to work with clients from diverse cultural
backgrounds. Besides her clinical experience, El Gamal had
2 years of prior experience in human resources and is currently
a part time lecturer at Misr International University, MIU.
Head of Technology Office
Shady Eneim is currently
heading the technology office function at Vodafone Egypt.
He and his team, have overall responsibility for the technology
strategy within Vodafone Egypt as well as developing and governing
the financial plan required to execute the strategy. The team
is also responsible for managing the relationship with Vodafone
Egypt's technology partners and for the overall governance
and engagement of the technology team.
Eneim has over 13 years
of professional experience in the telecommunications industry
across a number of multinationals. He began his career in
1996 as a development engineer in Telstra (Telecom Australia)
where he spent two years working on the introduction of new
services in the fixed line business (including a six months
assignment in the marketing department to launch internet
over ISDN in 1997). He then moved to Siemens where he spent
three years working in the International Services Support
unit. During his time at Siemens, Eneim was seconded to a
number of international assignments, ranging from 3 months
to 9 months, in several countries including: Germany, Bulgaria,
Romania, Greece, Japan, Egypt and New Zealand. He joined Vodafone
Egypt, then known as ClickGSM, in 2000 as a senior supervisor
in transmission networks. Throughout his career at Vodafone
Egypt, Eneim held a number of positions in technology, sales,
marketing and strategy as well as managing a number of key
programs including the integration of the fixed business purchased
by Vodafone Egypt in 2007 and the introduction of the first
Vodafone branded fixed line offering (Vodafone Internet @
Home – ADSL launched in 2008).
Eneim holds an MBA from
Henley Management College in the UK and a Bachelor of Engineering
(Biomedical, Communications) from Monash University in Australia.
Aside of his professional life, he is a Practitioner of Neuro
Linguistic Programming and a Practitioner of Time Line Therapy™
and delivers a number of trainings in the human and soft skills
development across Egypt. Eneim is also an active sports player
playing a number of sports and was previously the coach of
his university's soccer team in Australia.