Career Day

Career Day 2020

Career Fields, Industries and Professionals

Account Management

  • nardine-helmyEver since Nardine’s graduation, she has been immersing herself in the world of digital advertising. Nardine is one of the pros all the way from delivering perfectly to objectives, working on creative and rounded-up briefs to well-established project planning and constructive client consultation. Handling multiple projects at the same time, Nardine has managed to master the art of multi-tasking efficiently and ensure client satisfaction whilst delivering outstanding results. Nardine worked on big campaigns for global and local brands such as Panadol, AVUVA, Kimocono,..etc. and now is handling Egypt’s Tourism’s official digital platforms.


Architecture and Interior Design Services
  • rania-zewarBorn in Alexandria, Rania attended the Girard-Ecole Française de Religieuses,1995. She then graduated from Fine Arts-Architecture Department -Alexandria University in 2000. In 2018, to expand her knowledge Rania was certified for Project Management from the Canadian Chamber.

    Rania's journey was rich and full of challenges, starting with her internship in Bibliotheca Alexandrina, followed by starting her practical life in Lebanon, with The Arab Contractors co-Beirut branch, then back to Alexandria. She joined many design studios. Through her journey, she gained experience working drawings, BOQ, tenders, design to site supervision and that was in various projects including resorts, hotels, banks, public and residential projects.

    In 2004, she founded with her husband Arch. Shereef Zewar their own business. Zewar architects and interior designers is driven by the pursuit of quality - a belief that our surroundings directly influence the quality of our lives. We are concerned with the physical context of a project, sensitive to the culture and climate of their location. We have applied the same concepts and standards to our various projects including resorts, compounds, apartment buildings, office buildings, villas, retails, landscaping and administrative. We are one of the pioneers in Egypt to design international corporate images. The quest for quality embraces the physical performance of our designs :exteriors and interiors.

    We have had a long and fruitful cooperation since 2007 with the leading development company, TAMEER where we have worked on different & remarkable projects, the last of which was AZAD Compound -New Cairo.

    Rania believes that every opportunity in life opens new horizons, new experience, hence new targets and dreams.

Artificial Intelligence in Talent Acquisition

Food and Beverage
  • nadine-makramAs part of the Global Talent Acquisition CoE leadership team, Nadine leads the TA technology and innovation agenda for PepsiCo Asia, Middle East & South Africa.

    She drives the digital transformation of the TA function through rolling out new solutions that help increasing recruiters’ efficiency, improving candidate experience and hiring managers’ satisfaction.

    Nadine also maintains a lens on the evolving technology landscape, providing guidance & thought-leadership to help PepsiCo continue being at the forefront in the TA space.


Financial Services
  • ahmed-mowaadAhmed is a Senior Audit Manager with over 15 years of audit experience. he has extensive experience in the audit of multinational and local companies as well as a good tax experience. He has a solid experience in the following industries: financial services and, manufacturing companies. Ahmed is currently responsible for a portfolio of banks. Ahmed has participated in engagements to test the internal controls environment and report the deficiencies of controls around the Banking operation activities and departments. He also worked in different IFRS conversion projects for local and international reporting. Ahmed has participated in many projects to implement Central Bank of Egypt framework regarding the development of PD, LGD and EAD internal models for Banks in adherence to IAS 39 and the regulatory requirements. Ahmed also has participated in projects to validate the ECL models used by Banks as part of the application of IFRS 9 requirements. Ahmed has passed the CPA exam in 2013 and also became a member of the Egyptian Society of Accountants and Auditors (ESAA) in 2014.


  • nadine-emileNadine Emile is a performer, choreographer, radio anchor and producer on 95.4 FM. Nadine is the co-founder of the Dawar Playback Theatre Troupe (an interactive/improvisation-based theatre) and an accredited Playback Theatre facilitator through the Arab School of Playback Theatre. Nadine performed in different theatre performances including ‘Bussy Monologues,’ ‘At your service’ and ‘No Exit’ among other projects. As an actress, she performed in ‘Feh Yom’ and in short films such as ‘Fineline,’ ‘Bussy Monologues’ and ‘Doing Nothing All Day’.

    As a choreographer, Nadine’s projects include ‘Rainbow قوس قزح ’ – a physical theatre production based on the true stories of six women, ‘Entity’ – a Contemporary Dance piece presented in the To Be Continued Festival and ‘10 minutes?!’. As a dancer Nadine performed in several performances among them, ‘GEB’ and ‘NUT’, ‘Cairography’ and ‘Not for Everybody.’ 
    She has conducted various workshops in dance, acting, psychodrama and playback theatre. She completed her training in SEEDS, a program for Contemporary Dance transmission. She is also a graduate of the 3-year Diploma in Psychodrama and the Therapeutic Spiral Model through the Therapeutic Spiral Institute, USA.

    As a radio anchor, she prepared, presented and produced several Live Shows including, ‘Sizzling Sounds’, ‘The Afternoon Mix’, ‘The Live Show’ and her longest-running show ‘Fannation’ where she received the Creativity Prize, in a Local contest of public radio stations in 2009.

    Nadine graduated from the American University in Cairo (AUC) with a major in mass communication and a minor in film and theatre in 2003.


  • laila-aboueleneinDynamic, forward-thinking, innovative coach is adept at partnering with the clients to reach their full potential. 

    Through the use of various traditional and non-traditional tools, clients are empowered to manage their issues and limiting beliefs hindering their growth.

    Engaging, motivational coach; strong time management and communication skills with keen attention to detail and commitment to achieving the set objectives.

  • magdoline-mounirMagdoline an ACC coach specialized in Career and Entrepreneurship coaching since 2016. She coaches students, professionals and entrepreneurs towards a life of fulfilment through managing their own careers or entrepreneurial activities towards their dream results.

  • marwan-el-deebAfter graduating from AUC with a B.A. in Economics in 2014, Marwan explored several fields in his career in the fields of finance and banking.

    His passion for helping people and his interest in health and fitness made him shift entirely to being a personal trainer. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and an EHFA L4 Coach.

Community Psychology

  • Farah ShashFarah Shash is a community psychologist working in the fields of community development and is specialized in issues of gender and SGBV. She has received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the American University in Cairo in 2009.  She also graduated with a Master's Degree in Community Psychology in 2012 from the American University in Cairo.

    Farah's thesis was an assessment of gender mainstreaming as a public policy tool to achieve gender equality in Egypt; before and after the revolution. She has 10 years of experience in the field of sexual and gender-based violence and has experience working with Egyptian and refugee women survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence and trafficking.

    She also has experience in service provision, project design, research, strategic planning, policy research and advocacy. She worked as a consultant for non-profit and for-profit organizations such as Plan International, Drosos, Save The Children, and others.Farah also has experience in case management and psychosocial service provision through her work at The African and Middle East Refugee Assistance (AMERA) and El Nadeem Center for rehabilitation of victims of violence. Farah was the Chair of HarassMap 2017-2018, an award-winning volunteer-based organization working to end the epidemic of sexual harassment in Egypt.

Construction Management

  • Carol MikhailCarol A. Mikhail is a Contracts and Claims Manager at Orascom Construction. Carol has worked her way up from the Architecture field to the actual Construction Sites and the Construction Law, among other distinctions in the field. Carol was given the opportunity to participate in the Talent Program of Orascom Construction, where young Talent Engineers are admitted in a training and development program to accelerate their career, where they rotate on all the construction departments and get integrated into the full system of a construction company. At the end of the Program, she was given a position of her choice in the Contracts and Claims Department, where she has been working ever since and has proven her abilities and performance. Since then she has dealt with various Projects in the Construction Field. She traveled between Algeria, Switzerland, and France to finalize and settle the disputes and conflicts related to the Company Projects. Currently, Carol is handling the administration and the dispute/conflict resolution of serval Infrastructure Projects in the Middle East, along with other projects in the Industrial, Petrochemical, and Cement fields. Carol also helps in mentoring and training new employees and interns regarding company contractual procedures.

Corporate Social Responsibility

  • NancyNancy El Baroudy, Public Affairs, and CSR Manager joined CEMEX in Egypt in 2018. Combining her previous diverse experience across several functions in Oil and Gas and Information Technology multinational and local companies, with her passion for community development, Nancy was able to align CSR in CEMEX with the Shared Value Model and UN SDGs and introduced tracks that were not explored before. Today, CEMEX in Egypt moves in steady steps towards Shared Value with the surrounding communities while strictly adhering to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Being close and attentive to community needs, CEMEX was able to execute programs targeted to empower and enable youth through education and enablement of kids with different abilities and learning difficulties. Through an optimistic outward look to the future, she is taking new steps now to seek meaningful partnerships to maximize the benefits to Egypt’s communities.

    Nancy holds a B.A in Business Administration from The American University in Cairo and an MBA from Maastricht School of Management. Prior to joining CEMEX, Nancy worked for ExxonMobil and Giza Systems.

Creative Strategy

  • yasmineWith over 5 years of experience in Digital Advertising, Yasmine is known for her problem-solving skills as well as her innovative approach to marketing strategies. Her data-driven strategic thinking enabled her to lead many regional and local pitches across different industries/markets and qualified her to acquire many new accounts. Yasmine’s adaptive attitude and her eagerness to learn all that is new are traits that helped her grow in the fast-moving world of digital marketing.

Creative Technology

  • Mohamed BashaWith over 16 years of experience in ATL and digital advertising, Basha began his career as an illustrator and Art Director at JWT Cairo. He later made the switch to digital advertising, becoming a Creative Director at the Digital Republic where he's worked on both local and multinational brands including Close Up, Panadol, Chipsy, and Freska. Driven by the creative use of technology, his campaigns go beyond traditional mediums and incorporate innovative concepts aimed to bridge the gap between consumers and brands. This progressive mindset has seen Basha take on the title of Creative Technologist and become the driving force of technological change in the local advertising industry.

Creative Writing

  • GhadaGhada El Absy is a recipient of the Sawiris 2019 Young Authors Certificate of Appreciation for Culture for her novel, Yalda's Night.

    Ghada's work includes three novels, Yalda's night (Altanweer Publishing house), Al Eskafy El Akhdar (The Green Cobbler), and El Fishawi. In addition to three collections of short stories: The house of Almond, Sons of Nymphs, and Angelica.

    Ghada’s works have received local and international literary awards such as The Dubai magazine award for best novel, Akhbar Al-Adab award, Nazik Al-Mala'eka award for best short story, Ehsan Abdelquddos award for the best short story, Ministry of Culture award for the best collection of short stories.

    Ghada represented Egypt in the 2017 World Writing Program in Iowa, USA, organized by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs - US Department of State, Washington, DC. She has received an Honorary Fellowship in Writing from the University of Iowa. She was also a member of the International Exchange Alumni Association of the US Department of State, and a member of the Story Committee of the Supreme Council of Culture.

Customer Business Development and Sales

Food and Beverage
  • Aya MahdyGraduated in 2018 from mechanical engineering with a minor in business. Elected Mechanical engineering senate and sports committee leader. Fencing world champion and national team captain. Currently, sales section manager in P&G handling carrefour the biggest modern trade customer.

  • Nouran KeshkiNouran has been working for P&G for over one year between traditional and modern trade. After graduating from the Faculty of Pharmacy Nouran decided to shift her career and join Sales/CBD after participating in the P&G CEO Challenge.

    Sales in Proctor & Gamble is all about planning to grow brands in the corresponding sections through alignment, selling, and execution of multidimensional sales plans and growing customer penetration. The most admirable thing about this job Is facilitating the accessibility of such life touching products to millions of people.

Data Science

  • Mohamed Abouzeid Is a Data Scientist and a Machine learning Engineer. Mohamed has been enabling and implementing machine learning / deep learning algorithms, within Dell technologies, to run in a federated paradigm. Mohamed is passionate about anything that is data and technology-related.


  • Karim AhmedKarim Ahmed joined Jumia in November 2012 as a business analyst – online marketing and has held the role of chief marketing officer since April 2019.

    Karim has the experience and a deep-rooted understanding of the ever-changing digital and eCommerce landscape. He is experienced with the digital production process and the technical nature of developing digital marketing initiatives. He has proven experience in planning, strategy development, implementation, and analysis in digital marketing tactics

    Karim graduated from the American University in Cairo with a degree in computer science.

Employee Engagement (Human Resources)

Financial Services
  • Perihan El HefnyPerihan joined Raya Holding for Financial Investments in 2018. She is responsible for Corporate Employee Engagement, impacting more than 11000 employees. She has over 9 years of professional experience in the Marketing field. She started her career at INJAZ Egypt, an NGO working in Education and Entrepreneurship where she followed her passion to impact society and make a difference for young students. Prior to that, she joined ASEC Automation for the role of Corporate Communications.

Energy Ecosystems



Consumer Products
  • Erini Adel SaadErini Adel is the Regional Treasurer for IMEA region and the Head of Treasury for Egypt in Henkel, based in Cairo, Egypt. In her role she’s responsible for liquidity management, developing FX hedging strategies, managing the bank relationships, and Treasury Reporting. She acts as a treasury consultant and risk advisor for Business Units and Affiliate Companies.

    She is a treasury professional with more than nine years of experience in banking and treasury. She started her career as a credit analyst in the Retail Risk Management in the Commercial International Bank Egypt (CIB). Then, she successfully managed the Treasury and Cash Management function in MAGRABi -the leading optical chain in MENA- covering nine countries in the Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey. Her scope also included managing global banking relationships with more than 60 banks across the region, budgeting, risk management, and insurance. Erini holds a Bachelor's degree in Business with a major in Management Information System.


Wellness and Health
  • Maggie RadwanMaggie exudes a love for Pilates, fitness, and health and loves nothing more than helping others become healthy and strong. Since obtaining her certification from National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association (NESTA) Certified instructor with a specialization in Yoga and Pilates in 2000. Maggie has spent years teaching full-time in the top studios and gyms in Cairo until she co-founded MonkeyBars.

    Maggie developed a style and method of teaching Pilates and Yoga that incorporates modern cardio aerobics with lengthening and sculpting movements that deliver amazing results. She uses Resistance bands, dumbbells, and Swiss balls to variety her sessions and make them more challenging. Maggie has over 20 years of working experience in the field. Over the years, she has handled different clients with different fitness goals. With her experience, she manages to individualize the exercises to meet the clients’ fitness levels, injuries, and limitations.

Foreign Affairs

International Affairs

Health and Safety

  • Hosam Tharwat Hosam Tharwat is the Health and Safety Director in CEMEX. He manages the function at CEMEX Egypt with 20 years of experience in cement and concrete manufacturing.

    Hosam holds a B.Sc. in Chemistry and a Master in Business Administration focusing on Global Management.

    Hosam has been managing different cement production processes earlier and additionally, he has been working in the fields of renewable energy, PMI synergy, environmental management, and sustainable development of the construction business for different countries across CEMEX.

    Currently, Hosam and the team are focusing on saving peoples' lives and wellbeing in such heavy industry, with different associated risks. They do this by improving work conditions and reducing occupational health problems with a challenging target of Zero4Life.

International Tax

Financial Services
  • Yasmine HammadYasmine is a Transfer Pricing Director at Deloitte - Saleh, Barsoum and Abdel Aziz. As a transfer pricing specialist, advisor, and former policymaker, Yasmine has extensive experience in establishing specialized transfer pricing teams and leading large projects in the government as well as practice. Yasmine has vast experience in several transfer pricing areas encompassing transfer pricing policy making, planning, and compliance amongst others.

    Prior to joining Deloitte - Saleh, Barsoum, and Abdel Aziz, Yasmine served as the Technical Assistant to the Vice Minister of Finance for Tax Policy, with a mandate to develop the Egyptian Transfer Pricing policy framework and audit practice within the Egyptian Tax Authority. She has close to 10 years of combined transfer pricing policy-making, as well as consulting experience with big four firms. Yasmine holds a B.Sc. degree (Highest Honors) from the German University in Cairo, with double majors in Economics and Human Resources.

    Prior to taking up her governmental role, Yasmine has led a wide range of transfer pricing projects, primarily focusing on transfer pricing compliance projects for local and multinational companies, assisting clients with the preparation of transfer pricing analyses and documentation studies, thereby preparing them for tax administration queries and audits. She also has experience in transfer pricing planning and structuring projects, involving the development of transfer pricing models supporting clients’ various tax planning efforts. 

    Yasmine contributes as a speaker on transfer pricing and related taxation issues at academic institutions and business communities and has delivered a number of transfer pricing training programs in-house, to the business community, and tax administrations.

    As part of the transfer pricing reform which has taken place in Egypt over the past few years, Yasmine has contributed to drafting the updated Egyptian Transfer Pricing Guidelines issued in 2018, introducing a formal Advance Pricing Agreement (“APA”) system in Egypt, as well as the formation of a specialist transfer pricing unit within the Egyptian Tax Authority.

Investment and Investor Relations

Financial Services
  • Ahmed Nour El Din Ahmed joined Raya Holding for Financial Investments in 2017. He is a member of the Executive Management team, and Heads the Investment, Corporate Finance, Treasury, Capital Budgeting and Investor Relations Departments. 

    Prior to Raya, Ahmed was Obour Land for Food Industries’ (OLFI.CA) Director Head of Investor Relations, Investments & Corporate Finance, in which he spearheaded the company’s EGP2 billion IPO.  Prior to that, he was Palm Hills Developments’ SHE (PHDC.CA) Investor Relations Business Development Manager, a leading Egyptian real-estate developer listed on EGX LSE, in which he managed various investment capital market transactions with a combined size of over EGP6 billion. 

    Prior to PHDC, Ahmed was a Senior Investment Banker in Financial Advice Corporate Transactions Co. (FACT), a boutique Investment Bank, where he engaged in various transactions in a multitude of sectors/industries. Prior to that he served as a Senior Credit Risk Officer in the National Bank of Abu Dhabi’s (NBAD) Risk Management Department, the largest bank in UAE, and rated MENA’s safest bank, working on analyzing and approving credit facilities for large corporate clients operating in the MENA region. Prior to NBAD, he worked in the Corporate Banking Department in the Commercial International Bank (CIB), the largest Egyptian Private Bank, handling relationship management and credit facilities for large corporate clients. Ahmed started his career as a Financial Analyst in HSA Holding Group (HSA), the renowned FMCG Conglomerate.

    Ahmed has a BBA majoring Accounting and Finance with distinction from both Misr International University & Heilbronn University in Germany, and an MBA from the University of Toledo, Ohio, USA. He is a Certified Portfolio Manager (CPM©), a Professional Financial Accountant (PFA©), a member in the American Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) Honor Society, Golden Key (GK) Honor Society, the American National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI), the American Association of Financial Professionals (AFP), the Egyptian Investment Management Association (EIMA), and the Egyptian Investor Relations Association (EIRA). He undertook various comprehensive credit, financial and capital markets training throughout his career, in a multitude of renowned institutions, including: The US Center of Creative Leadership (CCL), The World Bank (WB), The International Finance Corporation (IFC), Bank of New York Mellon (BNYM), London Stock Exchange (LSE), Egyptian Stock Exchange (EGX), Egyptian Financial Regulatory Authority (EFRA), Moody’s Investor Services (Moody’s), Commercial International Bank (CIB), National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD), The American University in Cairo (AUC), the Egyptian Banking Institute (EBI).

  • IAser Mokhtarnvestment and Investor Relations Associate at Raya Holding. Prior to Raya, he worked as an investor relations analyst at Inktank Communications. And prior to that, he previously worked as a financial analyst at SME Partners, providing business and financial advisory services to small and medium-sized enterprises across various industries. Aser holds a Masters in Finance from the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management. He also completed his undergraduate studies at the Pennsylvania State University in the United States, where he majored in Economics and International Politics. Aser is also a certified expert in corporate governance by the Egyptian Financial Regulatory Authority.

  • Mohamed Nazirjoined Raya Holding for Financial Investments in 2019. He is an Investment & Investor Relations Associate at Raya Holding. Prior to Raya, Mohamed worked at Naeem Holding. He’s been working in the finance and investment fields since graduating with honors from Cairo University joint program with Georgia State University and is currently pursuing the CFA designation. He is also the Co-Founder of CFA Ambassadors – Cairo University and a member of the CFA Society Egypt.

IT Project Management

  • Mostafa OteifiProject manager for infrastructure services at Dell Technologies, with a total experience of 11 years in IT Service operations and Service delivery. Led global projects in EMEA and Gulf regions for 5 years.

Learning and Development (Human Resources)

Consumer Products
  • Ahmed El DiwanyAhmed currently heads the organizational development and learning department at Lamar Egypt. Ahmed’s passion for people was the driver behind his career shift to human resources. His portfolio includes experience in talent management, recruitment, and retention. Ahmed’s diverse experience in human resources spans various industries including retail, automotive, and FMCGs. Ahmed graduated in 2006 with a degree in accounting and completed his MBA in 2010.

Management Consulting

Business and Consulting Services
  • Hani is an Engagement Manager – Implementation in McKinsey&Company’s Middle East Office.  He joined the Dubai Office in Sep 2014.  Hani holds expertise in technology, telco, education, and automotive, and frequently serves clients across the GCC in the public and social sector.

    Prior to joining McKinsey, Hani has steered large-scale digital projects for Vodafone UK and Netherlands and led a digital factory, providing application services for General Motors USA.

    Spearheaded quality assurance function for Valeo R&D center serving Automotive clients in the USA, Europe, and China.

    Hani holds an MSc. in Technology from the University of Louisville, Kentucky, USA

Manufacturing and Production

Consumer Products

Market Research (Qualitative and Quantitative)

Business and Consulting Services
  • Mostafa Abdel FattahMostafa is currently a Qualitative Account manager at Kantar. He has 5 years of market research experience. Right after graduation, he joined Marketeers Research in Cairo as Business Development Specialist, then got promoted in Jan 2017 to Senior Business Development Specialist and in Jan 2018 he held the role of an Account Manager, handling the agency’s key accounts. He joined Kantar in September 2018.

    Mostafa has worked on MR projects that covered all marketing aspects ie. U&A, shopper research, concept product testing, market assessment, pricing research, behavior measurement models, neurotech and media research in several countries across MENA as Egypt, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Morocco, Sudan. 

    He has worked extensively with clients across different industries as FMCGs, Banking, Real Estate, Pharmaceutical, NGOs, B2B ie. Phillip Morris, P&G, Unilever, Froneri, Etisalat, Hayat Kimya, Americana, Nestle, CIB, WE, UNICEF.

    He is a holder of a BSc from the Faculty of Commerce, English section, Ain Shams University with a specialization in Marketing.

  • Yara HaniYara Hani ventured into quantitative market research upon graduation, spending 6 years at Ipsos before joining TNS where she is responsible for managing key accounts to ensure clients’ business needs are met.

    Over 8 years in the industry, Yara partnered extensively with different brands to better understand the voice of consumers across various sectors such as FMCG, Education, Durables, Real Estate, Automotive, and several others. Her client portfolio includes both multinational and local clients such as Bel, Nestle, Tetra Pak, Danone, Samsung, GB Auto, Tata, AUC, Samcrete, El Sewedy Education, etc.

    Yara was exposed to various study types such as segmentation, shopper, market understanding, innovation testing (idea/concept/product testing), and car clinics. 

    With a particular passion for segmentation, Yara was accredited in Motivational Segmentation, locally championing the tool and cascading knowledge/expertise to fellow team members through training/on-job consulting.

    Yara graduated from Misr International University in 2012 with a major in Integrated Marketing Communication and minor in Radio & Television.

Marketing and Brand Management

Food and Beverage
  • Ahmed EzzAhmed's specialties include brand management, brand strategy, marketing plans, market research analysis, portfolio steering and management, communication platforms, branding and activations, ATL and BTL campaigns, IMC, budgeting and controlling, project management, celebrity management, team leading.

Oil and Gas

  • Ahmad KhattabAhmad is a petroleum engineering graduate from the American University in Cairo with honors status and a minor in business. During university, he held several leading positions in extracurricular activities, developing his passion for leadership and management. He has managed to advance in positions till he became the president of a student organization. He was also a student senator representing his major in the student senate, where he worked in joint committees with the administration and helped to reach a compromise regarding several issues such as transportation and food quality at AUC.

    Ahmad is currently working at Baker Hughes Inc. since 2015 as a radiation protection supervisor field engineer. Ahmad worked with local and international clients, onshore and offshore, both domestically and internationally. He has managed to develop his technical skills during this period, to become one of the leading members in the department. Ahmad is currently one of three field personnel responsible for the training and development of all new hires into the company.

  • Mai ElsherifMai Ahmed Elsherif earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Business Administration from the American University in Cairo in 2013. Her career in the oil and gas industry started with Baker Hughes, Egypt in 2013 in the Drilling Systems Department as a Measuring while Drilling/Logging while Drilling (MWD/LWD) Field Engineer.

    Elsherif performed jobs on rigs in the Western Desert being the only female among all Field Engineers in the Drilling Systems Department. In 2014, Elsherif moved to the Reservoir Development Services Department as a Geoscientist. In 2019, she pursued a career in Sales in Wireline Services in which she was exposed to a variety of challenges; from account management to seeking new opportunities in a challenging environment.

Online Journalism

  • Nouran El-AshryGraduated from The American University in Cairo (AUC) with high honors, Nouran majored in Multimedia Journalism with double minors in Psychology and Arabic Literature. As a student, she has always been working on developing her skills by working on and off-campus besides taking part in several student activities.

    Back in university, she was the Arabic Managing Editor of The Caravan, the experience that paved for her the way to join What Women Want...magazine as a junior Editor right after graduation. Nouran now handles the Arabic version of the magazine, Kalemny Araby, where she gets the chance to practice women empowerment in Journalism by shedding the light on inspiring female figures.

  • Reem GamilReem Gamil is the Editor-in-Chief of What Women Want…Magazine, a mother and a novelist in the making. She has been working in media and women empowerment for over a decade. She worked on viral empowering campaigns, digital video productions, print and online content. During her fascinating career, Reem met and worked with sparkling A-list celebrities, controversial politicians, inspiring artists and innovators as well as power entrepreneurs and executives from both genders. She has written amazing stories of power players and game-changers in Egypt and the Middle East as well as giving a voice to the underdog, encouraging underground bands, artists to promote their work to the right audience. Reem covered life-changing events like Jan 25 Revolution when she dug deep into hard-hitting stories that massively contributed in carving her career as a journalist and a storyteller. She has also witnessed the revolutionary global shift from print to online, transitioning WWW from a print magazine to a brand that is loud, rebellious and futuristic. She is publishing her first Arabic novel this summer.

Performance and Theatre

Performing Arts
  • Nadine EmileNadine Emile is a performer, choreographer, radio anchor and producer on 95.4 FM. 
    Nadine is the co-founder of the Dawar Playback Theatre Troupe (an interactive/improvisation-based theatre) and an accredited Playback Theatre facilitator through the Arab School of Playback Theatre. Nadine performed in different theatre performances including ‘Bussy Monologues,’ ‘At your service’ and ‘No Exit’ among other projects. As an actress, she performed in ‘Feh Yom’ and in short films such as ‘Fineline,’ ‘Bussy Monologues’ and ‘Doing Nothing All Day’.

    As a choreographer, Nadine’s projects include ‘Rainbow قوس قزح ’ – a physical theatre production based on the true stories of six women, ‘Entity’ – a Contemporary Dance piece presented in the To Be Continued Festival and ‘10 minutes?!’. As a dancer Nadine performed in several performances among them, ‘GEB’ and ‘NUT’, ‘Cairography’ and ‘Not for Everybody.’ 
    She has conducted various workshops in dance, acting, psychodrama and playback theatre. She completed her training in SEEDS, a program for Contemporary Dance transmission. She is also a graduate of the 3-year Diploma in Psychodrama and the Therapeutic Spiral Model through the Therapeutic Spiral Institute, USA.

    As a radio anchor, she prepared, presented and produced several Live Shows including, ‘Sizzling Sounds’, ‘The Afternoon Mix’, ‘The Live Show’ and her longest-running show ‘Fannation’ where she received the Creativity Prize, in a Local contest of public radio stations in 2009.

    Nadine graduated from the American University in Cairo (AUC) with a major in mass communication and a minor in film and theatre in 2003.


  • Fadi Gwanny, graduated from the American University in Dubai in 2003 with a double major in Graphic Design and Photography. Gwanny is also a Certified Life Coach in NLP, Hypnosis and Pranic Healing.

    Fadi has photographed weddings in 9 different cities including California, New York, New Jersey, Florida, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Jeddah, Qatar and Khartoum. In Egypt alone, Fadi has photographed in 12 different cities which include Sharm el Sheikh, Gouna, Cairo, Alexandria, Luxur, Aswan, Asyout, Sahl Hashish, Marsa Matrooh, Marsa Alam and Sahel.
    Fadi has travelled on photography explorations and corporate shoots in many countries including Spain, Italy, Germany, Morocco, Nepal, Monte Negro, Ireland, USA, Colombia, India, Turkey, Lithuania, Sudan, UAE, Saudi, Qatar, Kenya & Tanzania. He has spent 3 years of shooting in the UAE and 13 years shooting weddings specifically in Egypt and internationally.
    Fadi has covered occasions and weddings from 7 guests and up to 3000 guests with up to 10 assistants and shooters.

Research and Innovation

Food and Beverage
  • Mahmoud GabrMahmoud is an R&D Manager with 12 years of experience between Quality and R&D in the Food industry.

    Mahmoud began his career as a Quality Control Analyst at Symrise for two years and then moved to Nestle Ice Cream as a Food Technologist reaching the level of an Application Group Team Lead.

    Currently, Mahmoud is the R&I Portfolio Manager at Danone Egypt where he manages both the Dairy and Early Life Nutrition portfolios, also provides regional support for ice cream product development.

    Mahmoud is a pharmacy graduate and holds the Total Quality Management (TQM) Diploma from the AUC & a PMD from RITI.

Retail Banking

  • Mahmoud Sherif is currently heading the customer care department in Arab Bank Egypt while he holds more than twenty-four years of professional experience in the banking industry within multiple areas under the Operation and the Retail Sectors. 

    Within his professional career he managed multiple areas under the digitalization transformation as the project owner from scratch till going live in three different banks within three different countries; NBQ UAE – Doha Bank Qatar – and Arab Bank in Egypt, his initial experience covers the Retail Loans, The Electronic Direct Debit and the Letter of Credit Department. 

    Mahmoud existing responsibilities cover enhancing and developing the structure of electronic banking services, the ATM network, the Phone banking services, the Mobile Banking services, and the multiple communication channels through the customer care center with innovating and creating new concepts to provide the best in market services for the banking industry customers at the same time developing and Improving the Digital sales team through leading the Sales activities on an on-going basis, ensuring that offers are submitted on right time with the appropriate quality and cost in the market place to win the deal while this is derived from the ongoing contribution of developing the marketing & sales strategies to ensure profitable growth and expansion of business in line with the agreed future plans.

Risk Management and Insurance



Performing Arts
  • Noha FekryNoha Fekry is an Egyptian Singer/Songwriter/Musician/Voice Actress. A soul-felt voice with a distinct knack for transformative interpretations that turns even cover songs into her very own. Her influences are numerous such as Billy Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Fairuz along with many others.

Supply Chain

Food and Beverage
  • Omar El BatoutyOmar is currently Egypt Beverage Supply Planning Manager at PepsiCo, leading full supply chain planning activities, Omar is an all-round supply chain professional where he assumed different leading roles in Manufacturing, Supply Chain, and Continuous Improvement departments in different FMCG industries.

Sustainable Social Development

Non-Profit Organizations
  • Lolwa AwadLolwa Awad is the Head of Projects Department at Banati Foundation, and a monitoring and evaluation specialist. She has worked with NGOs specializing in women empowerment and sustainable development in several countries. She graduated from Queen Mary University, London, with a degree in Politics and International Relations, and holds a Masters degree in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

  • Nadine KhalifeNadine Khalife currently holds the position of Deputy Executive Director at Banati Foundation in Cairo, Egypt. Previously, she has coordinated mental health and child protection projects to protect and empower vulnerable communities including Syrian Refugees in both Lebanon and Egypt. Nadine studied Law and holds an MA in Social Development in Practice from the University College of London.

Teaching and School Administration

  • Mark McLuckieMark McLuckie is currently the Director of The International School of Choueifat-City of 6 October (a SABIS® School) in Egypt. He has 25 years of school senior leadership experience in the UK, the Gulf, West, and North Africa, holding the positions of Headmaster, Head of School, and now Director. His schools have varied in size, the smallest being a rural primary of just 19 students when he started to the largest being a K-12 of 1,400 learners. Mark entered the teaching profession in 1988 and has remained a career educationalist ever since. He holds a B.Ed (Hons). Mark has successfully led schools through a number of inspections and accreditations in all his schools. He is committed to school improvement and the improvement and development of students and staff at all levels

  • Sara AsliSara Asli is currently the Academic Quality Controller for grades 7-9 in the International School of Choueifat-Cairo (a SABIS® School) in Egypt. She has 13 years of teaching experience through grades 5-8, holds a PGCE certificate from the University of Sunderland in the UK, has 6 years of school leadership experience and she is a Talent Development Trainer in her school. She holds a BA (Hons) in Spanish and English.

    She has worked in 3 different schools in Cairo since her arrival in Egypt in 2007; the British Council, the Cairo British School, and currently the International School of Choueifat.
    Sara is goal-oriented, passionate, and hardworking, she aims to be an active and beneficial member in her school for the benefit of students and staff.

  • Shaza KaboudanShaza Kaboudan is currently the Human Resources Officer for the SABIS® Network Schools in Egypt. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science. She has 10 years of Computer Science and Mathematics teaching experience for grades 2 through 12, has 8 years of school administrative experience as an Information Technology Coordinator than a Human Resources Officer. She is a certified Trainer in her school. She is an active staff member in the Student Life Office and a key player in all big events happening at her school.

Training Solutions

  • Mina AmirMina is a senior training consultant, relationship and career coach. In addition to his experience in the development field, he worked as the marketing communication manager at Aspire Training Solutions where he led the team responsible for all marketing activities and establishing the brand identity. He is also a certified professional trainer, and Emergenetics associate and an MBA holder in Marketing and HR.

    Before joining forces with Aspire, Mina had spent 8 years in the insurance field, mostly as a Business Development Consultant at one of the biggest insurance corporations worldwide. He was dealing with individuals and medium-sized enterprises, building strong connections and rapport with customers from different backgrounds and with various needs. Through these years, he had a very wide exposure that added to his talent in connecting with people. Moreover, he developed a wide skill set including negotiation, sales, leadership, and public speaking. He studied human psychology and motivation and attended various training workshops. He has been conducting training programs to different sectors from university students, government employees to corporates professionals in various fields. Some of the training programs he has been delivering include employability skills training, effective communication, professional presentation skills, negotiation skills, decision-making and problem solving, leadership, stress & time management and personal vision discovery.

Treasury and Financial Markets

  • Waleed El-AssalWaleed El-Assal is currently head of Trading and Treasury Sales at Arab Bank Egypt. His vast experience of fifteen years in the field helped him manage the trading activity at both Arab Bank Egypt and Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank Egypt (ADIB).

    Waleed holds a bachelor degree in business administration with a specialization of Finance from AUC. He began his career at Arab Bank Egypt in 2005 as an FX and Money Market trader, then as a Senior Capital Market trader. Later on, he moved to ADIB and headed the trading desk.

    As head of Trading and Treasury sales, Waleed is mainly in charge of managing and mentoring the bank’s fixed income portfolio, foreign currency positions, and interest rate risk. In addition to that, he monitors the sales of several treasury products offered to clients. Waleed was a member of the Asset and Liability Committee (ALCO), Supervisory committee of Sanabel Equity Fund and Board Member of the Employee end of service Fund at ADIB.

U.S. Foreign Service

International Affairs
  • Helen LaFave began her assignment as Minister-Counselor for Public Affairs at U.S. Embassy, Cairo, Egypt in August 2017.

    Previous assignments include Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy to Libya, Consul General in Kolkata India, Deputy Director for Arabian Peninsula Affairs in the Near Eastern Affairs Bureau, Pearson Legislative Fellow in the Office of Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Cultural Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Manama, Bahrain and at the U.S. Consulate General in Chennai (Madras), India, and Vice Consul and Assistant Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Luanda, Angola. 

    Helen holds a bachelor’s degree from Smith College in Massachusetts and a master’s degree from the College of William and Mary in Virginia; both degrees are in American Studies. In 2011 she earned a master’s degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College, National Defense University. Helen is from New Hampshire and joined the Foreign Service in 1998. She was promoted into the Senior Foreign Service in 2016.

  • Michelle Angulo serves as the Assistant Cultural Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt.  She specializes in promoting cultural exchanges between the United States and Egypt through U.S. Embassy programming and initiatives.   

    Michelle previously served as a consular officer in Shanghai, China where she conducted non-immigrant visa interviews and worked in the American Citizen Services Unit.  Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Michelle completed Department of State internships at the U.S. Embassy in Banjul, The Gambia and in the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. 

    Michelle holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies from the University of Chicago, a Masters in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School at Tufts University, and a Master of Science from the University of Oxford’s International Development Department.  She enjoys spending time with her family who live in Pennsylvania, trying out new fitness classes with her fiancé, Max, who is a U.S. Marine stationed in Quantico, VA, and learning new languages.  She speaks Spanish, Mandarin, and Arabic.

  • Natasha Nolletti Burney joined the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, as a Human Resources Officer in August 2017. This is her sixth assignment as a member of the Foreign Service. Before this assignment, she served as Human Resources Officer for the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel, and, immediately prior to that, as Human Resources Officer for the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem. Natasha also served as Regional Human Resources Officer for the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand, and, in the same position for the U.S. Embassy in Dakar, Senegal. In addition, she served as Human Resources/Financial Management Officer for the U.S. Embassy in Windhoek, Namibia.

    Ms Burney earned her Master’s degree in Business Administration, focusing on International Business and Marketing, from the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, and her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from Syracuse University.