The Egypt Entreprenuership Summit will feature speakers from all around the World
Director Peter Van Rooij
Director of the Decent Work Team for North Africa, and ILO Country office for Egypt, and Eritrea
Prior to his current assignment, Peter Van Rooij worked as Country Director of the ILO Jakarta Office responsible for Indonesia and Timor-leste since 2010.
Since joining ILO in 1995, Mr. Peter Van Rooij has served in development projects and activities related to employment and microfinance and worked as Advisor to the Bureau for Employers’ Activities in Geneva.
Before joining the ILO, he worked as Field Implementation Officer at the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) in Khartoum, Sudan.
Peter Van Rooij holds a Masters’ Degree in Economics from the Wageningen Agriculture University, Netherlands.
Mr. Ahmed Osman
President, Middle East Council for Small Business & Entrepreneurship (MCSBE)
Ahmed Osman is President of the Middle East Council for Small Business & Entrepreneurship (MCSBE), the regional affiliate of the International Council for Small Business (ICSB) and the official host of the Global Entrepreneurship Week in Egypt. Ahmed is also a Project Management Advisor for several Government and Private organizations in Egypt. He holds both a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering with Honors and a Masters Degree in Engineering and Management from The University of Birmingham, UK and is a certified Project Management Professional from The Project Management Institute, USA. His latest venture is the launch of a Project Management firm in Egypt.
Mrs. Amal Mowafy
Chief Technical Advisor of The Decent Jobs for Egypt’s Young People Project
Ms. Amal Mowafy is the Chief Technical Advisor of the joint ILO/Canada Project on Decent Jobs for Egypt’s Young People: Tackling the Challenge Together since March 2012. The project focuses on the implementation of the National Action Plan for Youth Employment, the formulation of Regional Action Plans for Youth Employment in the governorates of Minya, Port Said and the Red Sea working on the supply and demand sides and the matching processes of the labour market.
Ms. Mowafy joined the ILO as Senior Programme Officer from September, 2008. Prior to that she was a Project Management Specialist at USAID Policy & Private Sector Office where she worked on the broad areas of public finance, competiveness, business and economic higher education as well as consumer protection from August, 2005. Her career in development began at the Ministry of International Cooperation in February 1998 until she became the Desk Officer for Cooperation with the USA in the Cabinet of HE Ms. Fayza Abounaga, the Minister of International Cooperation in July 2004.
She has completed course work for a PhD in Public Administration at Cairo University/Faculty of Economics and Political Science and is still working on her Ph.D. dissertation. She has two degrees with highest honours from the American University in Cairo: an MPA with a specialization in International Organizations earned in 1998 and B.A. in Economics attained in 1993. During her study period at AUC, she held different positions as a research and teaching assistant. Ms. Mowafy started her professional career in 1992 at P&G-Egypt as a Summer Intern and became a Section Manager the year after until she decided that the development field is where she belongs.
Dr. Ahmed Mohamed Shalaby
Ph.D. is the Managing Director of Tatweer Misr and a Member of its Board of Directors, a position he has held since Mid. 2014 when the company was established.
Drawing on his extensive planning and business management experience, Dr. Shalaby supervises the day to day management of the company, including the business development and the strategic planning for Tatweer Misr’s major projects. In addition to his work with Tatweer Misr, Dr. Shalaby is also a Professor of Architecture and Urban Development at the Department of Architectural Engineering at Cairo University, Egypt. Prior to joining Tatweer Misr, Dr. Shalaby spent a year working at El Mostakbal for Urban Development, where he held the position of Advisor to the Chairman. During his time with El Mostakbal, Dr. Shalaby played an integral role in the development of Mostakbal City; the largest planned mixed-use development in the New Cairo area. An established engineer in the field of architecture, urban development and a real estate expert in his own right, Dr. Shalaby’s professional career began in 1993, starting out as a faculty member at Cairo University and a prominent architectural engineer. Dr. Shalaby has over a decade of experience in the development and management of major real estate portfolios in Egypt, working with Al Fawares Holding where he was responsible for the real estate investments in addition to his work for the Egyptian Ministry of Housing, Infrastructure, and Urban Communities as a Technical Advisor to the Minister. Dr. Shalaby holds a Degree in Architectural Engineering, which he received in 1993 as well as a Ph.D. in Urban Planning, which he received in 2003 through a joint program between Cairo University, Egypt and Cornell University, USA. After receiving his Ph.D., Dr. Shalaby was appointed a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University, USA.
Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy
Executive Director of ICSB and Professor at the George Washington University
Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy is currently the Executive Director of the International Council for Small Business (ICSB), the oldest and largest non-profit organization across the globe devoted to advancing small business research and practices. ICSB is a coalition of more than a dozen national organizations across the globe in over 80 countries. He is also an Associate Professor of Management at the George Washington University’s School of Business. He was awarded the George Washington University School of Business best teaching faculty through student voting for the past five years (2010 to 2015) in various programs. He is also an award winning author of his most recent book on Small and Medium Enterprises and Information Technology. Dr. Tarabishy is the only faculty in the GW School of Business that teaches in two nationally ranked programs (the GW Healthcare MBA program and Entrepreneurship program). Dr. Tarabishy developed new MBA courses like Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation & Creativity. He is the Program Director for the GW Healthcare MBA. Dr. Tarabishy also founded the GW School of Business Korean Management Institute (KMIGWSB.org). The KMI institute is dedicated to the collection and dissemination of Korean Management best practices worldwide.
Egypt Entrepreneurship Summit Speakers
Mr. Eng. Magdy Wahba
Founder of KIROMAG, Society for Egyptian Engineers, Egyptian Association for Industrial Development, Society of Mechanical Engineers, Egyptian Incubators Association (EIA) and the Egyptian Franchise Development Association (EFDA)
Magdy Wahba holds a Diploma in project appraisal from IDA, Dublin, Ireland in 1978/1979. After earning his Engineering degree (BEng) in 1974, he started his professional career with a multinational company with specialization in Maintenance Management. He is a certified as a senior consultant in the field of analysis and evaluation of Industrial projects; also he is certified as ISO 9001 Lead Auditor. He worked with many international agencies in the field of Engineering Management including: UNIDO, ITAP-USAID, ECEP-USAID, Royal Netherlands Embassy till 1994.
Following his passion for entrepreneurship, Wahba passed two courses in the field of developing of vocational & entrepreneurship training centers and earned his certification as an International Trainer in the field of Entrepreneurship. He participated in developing a wide range of Entrepreneurship curriculum with National, Regional and International Institutions. His professional experience includes: representing the Government of Egypt in a twining project with the National Association for Adults Vocational Training, France (AFPA), and project manager in Training Program (EDP) funded by EU, Social Fund for Development, and a senior consultant for TVET Reform project, SDP for WB, International Professional Officer for International Labour Organization. Before joining ILO in 2013, he worked as a National Coordinator for the entrepreneurship education programme “Know about Business KAB” in 2008 and Horticulture Value Chain Project in Upper Egypt in 2012.
In 2005, He established his own business (KIROMAG, Consulting and Human Development), KIROMAG act as a service provider in the field of entrepreneurship training programs for Intilaaqaha-Egypt, Shell Live Wire International, PLAN International and African Development Bank (Women Empowerment in new societies). Wahba published several working papers and articles on entrepreneurship education and training. Currently, he is a member and a founder of many professional bodies; Society for Egyptian Engineers, Egyptian Association for Industrial Development, Society of Mechanical Engineers, Egyptian Incubators Association (EIA) and the Egyptian Franchise Development Association (EFDA).
Mr. Amr Abouelazm
Vice Chairman, CEO, and Co-Founder of Tanmeyah Micro Enterprise Services
Mr. Abouelazm is the vice Chairman, CEO and co-founder of Tanmeyah Micro Enterprise Services, a comprehensive financial service provider for low income groups. Tanmeyah was established in March of 2009 with the aim of providing access to financial services to the low to middle income group of individuals and enterprises through an extensive branch network of 114 branches in Egypt. Mr. Abouelazm participated in setting up and managing Tanmeyah the largest profitable Micro Finance Company in the region with a lent portfolio of 3.0 billion Egp, 470,000 customers via 114 branches and 1600 employees. Tanmeyah was recently acquired by EFG Hermes the leading investment bank of the MENA region. Mr. Abouelazm has accumulated 23 years of experience in the finance, economic development and investment finance field. Mr. Abouelazm was earlier the Deputy Director of the German Development Bank (KFW) in Egypt. His work with KFW was coupled by an investment and project finance role and representing the German investment and development company (DEG), part of KFW Bank group in Egypt and in Boards where the bank invested. Mr. Abouelazm is recognized as one of the main resource personnel in Egypt in the field of policy structuring and management of micro finance and SME projects. Mr. Abouelazm has participated in the formulation of the National Micro Finance Strategy for Egypt and lecturing and training the staff designated for Micro Finance monitoring at the Egyptian Financial Services Authority and in national consultations related to the issuance of the Micro Finance regulations. He is recognized as a reference in the field by various financial institutions and service-providers. Mr. Abouelazm had previously accumulated a set of professional experiences working at the Social Fund for Development (SFD) specifically in the Small Enterprise Development Organization and earlier as the Senior Economist at the Economic Reform Monitoring Unit and Assistant to the Advisor of the Minister at the Ministry of Economy and International Cooperation (MEIC) and began his career with the Commercial International Bank of Egypt. Mr. Abouelazm received a B.A in Economics from the American University in Cairo in 1993 and an AUC Masters Degree in Development specializing in Commercialization and Development of Micro Enterprises in 2004. Mr. Abouelazm is the treasurer and board member of the Middle East Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (MCSBE). He is also Board Member and Member of the restructuring committee of Nasser Social Bank.
Mr. Amr Gohar
CEO of ECCO Outsourcing, Founder of MCSBE
Amr Gohar is a responsible Egyptian citizen with a solid commitment to engaging initiatives that foster entrepreneurship, education and innovation as key drivers of prosperity and competitiveness in Egypt. In 2008, Gohar founded the Middle East Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (MCSBE) as the Middle East affiliate of the International Council for Small Business (ICSB), later on serving as ICSB’s Senior Vice President of Programs. He also served as Vice-Chairman of the Egyptian Junior Business (EJB) Association, an organization that hosts 500+ young business leaders and entrepreneurs. Throughout his entrepreneurial and related volunteer activities, he has demonstrated strong leadership skills, strategic management ability, business development and start-up expertise. Active in various other organizations and NGOs, he is an active contributor to the Egyptian National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA) Industry Committee and the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) Outsourcing Council- Ministry of Communication & Information Technology (MCIT). Gohar has also been a member in Egypt’s ICT Export Council; Industry Entrepreneurship Council- Ministry of Trade and Industry (MT&I); EITESAL ICT business association; and, the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt. Gohar received a B.Sc. in Telecom Engineering from Egypt’s Ain Shams University; an MBA from the Netherland’s Maastricht School of Management, and completed an executive education program on Private Equity and Venture Capital at Harvard Business School. He possesses extensive regional telecom market experience and to date has been one of Egypt’s entrepreneurial success stories. Since 2003, Gohar has established and led three successful companies operating in the ICT field. Gohar is currently CEO of ECCO Outsourcing offering contact center and business process outsourcing services for customers across various international markets and industry sectors. Prior to his entrepreneurial ventures, Gohar assumed senior ICT regional management responsibilities, where he served in Philips, Siemens and finally Lucent Technologies as Regional Director, Marketing and Sales handling Middle East markets.
Mr. Mohamed Tarek
Senior Manager of Business Development in North Africa for the leading International Construction Company: Consolidated Contractors Company “CCC”
Mohamed Tarek is the Senior Manager of Business Development in North Africa for the leading International Construction Company: Consolidated Contractors Company “CCC”. CCC is the largest Construction Company in the Middle East and ranked by ENR as one of the top 25 Contractors in the world.
For fifteen years, he has been extensively and directly involved in a broad array of large projects around the Middle East and Africa. In addition to his current role, Mohamed advised and assisted in the turnaround and establishment of different companies complementing the value chain of construction industry in the region.
Dr. Raed M. Sharif
Senior Program Officer for the Technology and Innovation program at IDRC’s Regional Office in Cairo
Raed M. Sharif is the Senior Program Officer for the Technology and Innovation program at IDRC’s Regional Office in Cairo. A political economist, Sharif’s research focuses on accessibility and management policies of information resources and technologies and their impact on social change, innovation, and development. For the last 10 years, he has been actively involved in promoting the concepts of openness, inclusion, and empowerment in less economically developed countries through activities related to data-driven innovation, digital entrepreneurship, open data/ government, open access to scientific information and open knowledge environments.
Before joining IDRC, Sharif taught information policy and strategic management of information resources at the Information School, Syracuse University. His past experience also includes research and consultative work with organizations such as the World Wide Web Foundation, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the OECD, CODATA International, the Development Bank of Southern Africa, and the UNDP.
Sharif holds a PhD in information science and technology from Syracuse University and an MBA in strategic management from Birzeit University.