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Biographies of Professionals


Hisham El Gindy
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.


Sohail Ali
Actuarial Director
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 company strategy.

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 information.

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 ’98
Planning Director

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.

Mohyeldin’s career 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.

Banking & Investment

Suzan Hamdy ’84, ’87, PhD
General Manager, Head of Capital Markets Group
Banque Misr

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 Branches.

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 Group.

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


Emad Mohareb, PhD
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


Noha Morgan ’03
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.

Business Development/Sales

Mohamed Rahmy El Refaie
Sales Director
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 and Danone.

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 professionals.


Hatem Said Mansour ’99
Quality Manager
Dow Chemicals

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 the product.

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.

Communications/Public Relations

Christopher Larter
Senior Consultant
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 rugby

Rania Helmy ’00
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.

Computer & Software Development

Dalia S. Fakhry ’98, ’01
Software Quality Control Manager
and Engineering Process Group Member
LINK Development

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 and implemented.

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 venues.

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.

Construction Engineering

Philip Dick
Projects Director
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.


Sven-Olaf Vathje
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 areas.

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.


Dina Sherif ’99, ’07
Associate Director
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 efforts.

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.

Karim Shalaby ’92
Philanthropy Advisor
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.


Craig 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 years.

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.


Khaled Rabie
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 and re-structuring.

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.

Engineering - Energy, Oil and Gas

Vincent Busch
Technical Manager
Shell Egypt

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 Egypt.

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.

Moataz Darwish ’95
Commercial & New Business
Development Manager
Shell Egypt

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.

Engineering - Manufacturing

Mohamed Shalaby ’99
Factory Director
Seasons Company

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.

Foreign Affairs

Khaled Sarwat ’84
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 & Board Member
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 Egypt.

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.

Human Resources

Emad El Sonbaty
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 others.


Cynthia Johnston
Reuters Egypt

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 efforts.

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.

Market Research

Ravi Miglani
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 media.


Karim Zein ’92
Chief Marketing Officer – FMCG
Americana Group

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.

Psychology/Clinical Psychology

Rasha El Gamal ’98
Clinical Psychologist
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.


Shady Eneim
Head of Technology Office
Vodafone Egypt

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.

The American University in Cairo
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