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Khaled Ismael

Managing Director of Intel Mobile Communications

Khaled is a former Cairo University Professor with a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering (nano -electronics) from MIT (1989). He worked at IBM’s Watson Research Center in the design of novel devices and materials for the semi-conductor industry.
He has published over 160 papers and issued 22 US patents, and received various honorary awards. Between 2005 and 2007, Ismail was the senior adviser of the Egyptian Minister of Communications and Information Technology, overseeing the technology development sector. Endeavor Egypt’s Board of Trustees includes some of the leading business figures in Egypt, such as: Khaled Bichara (Executive Chairman, Orascom Telecom), Hassan Abdallah (Vice Chairman/Managing Director, AAIB), Tarek Mansour (Country Senior Partner, PriceWaterhouseCoopers) and Tarek Tawfik (Managing Director, Cairo Poultry Group). Naguib Sawiris, former Board Chairman, will continue to support Endeavor Egypt as Board Chairman Emeritus.

Ziad Aly

CEO & Founder of ALZWAD

Ziad Aly, CEO & Founder of ALZWAD for Economic Development (ZED) an Investment Company focusing on Mobile and Internet sectors in Egypt and Middle East. ZED has a major investment in ALZWAD Mobile services (ZMS) which has developed one of the leading mobile platforms in the MENA region, as well as investments in, and Hand Made Media in Cairo, Egypt and Reach 2.0 and Gulfcom in Amman, Jordan.

Ziad Aly has more than 20 years experience in Business Development and Senior Management in IT, Logistics & Transportation and Telecommunication. Before founding ALZWAD, Ziad was an Executive Board Member at Vodafone. He is an evangelist on the role of Mobile Internet and Entrepreneurship in changing the MENA region.
Ziad is also the Founder of MASRENA NGO and the Freedom Bus and #Z100Days Initiatives concerned with Building New Egypt.

Hesham Wahby

Co-Founder and CEO of Innoventures

Hesham is Co-Founder and CEO of Innoventures. Based in Cairo, he is responsible for the company's strategy and organization, creating and maintaining partnerships, access to potential ventures, and coaching entrepreneurs. In addition, Hesham is also Principal, Egypt & Middle East for Mercator XXI, a professional services firm helping clients engage the global economy. He represents Mercator XXI in the Middle East, and supports a platform for the firm’s programs in the region.
Hesham has a background of 10 years in the technology industry, as well as experience with entrepreneurial ventures. At Human Network Labs, he took part in developing a market entry strategy, and seeking strategic partners, for a novel wireless location technology. AtScenario Design Services, he provided consulting services for clients in the semiconductor industry. His earlier career also includes 5 years with Mentor Graphics as a Software Development Engineer.
Hesham has also been involved since 2002 in economic development initiatives in Egypt and the Arab region through his affiliation with theIEEE activities in the Middle East, as well as the Global Entrepreneurship Week. In 2004, he acted as Chairman for the Egyptian Engineering Day, and has since served in a marketing and public relations capacity for the annual event and its related programs, which promote entrepreneurship and industrial development in the region. In 2009, he also started the BusinessNEXUS, a platform for business matchmaking for start-ups and SMEs. Hesham obtained an MBA from the Wharton School in 2009, with a major in Entrepreneurial and Strategic Management, and also holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from Cairo University.

Akram Baki

Region Sustainability Manager at Pepsico

Akram Baki , is currently holding the position of Region Sustainability Manager for Alex & Delta Plants. He joined PepsiCo International in July 2004 as the Maintenance Manager for 6 October plant for Pepsi Cola Egypt. In December 2007, he moved to its current job. Prior to joining PepsiCo International, he spent 4 years with Alahram Beverage company doing a wide variety of operation jobs in Egypt. Since 1996 till 2000 at Pepsi Cola Misr As a one way products operation manager. Prior that he worked for Siemens Co. for 10 years in Automation dept. Akram graduated from the Ain Shams University in Cairo holding a Bachelor degree in Engineering .

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Shereen Shaheen

North East Africa Head of corporate communications for Beverages & Snacks at Pepsico

Shereen, is currently holding the position of North East Africa Head of corporate communications for Beverages & Snacks. She joined PepsiCo on October 2009 as the Internal communication and CSR manager. In 2010, she moved to be the head of corporate Communications, Brand PR and CSR for PepsiCo NEA .In 2013 Shereen moved to a regional role managing the Corporate Communications department for Asia, Middle East and Africa from Dubai Head quarters until September 2013.
Prior to joining PepsiCo International, she spent 10 years Vodafone ,Etisalat ,World Bank and marketing research Nielsen .She is also a lecturer in several universities and schools and is the co-chair for the CSR committee for the American Chamber of Commerce. Shereen graduated from the American University in Cairo holding a Bachelor degree in Integrated Marketing &Communications and a masters degree is in sustainability and Development from AUC.

Minoush Abdel-Meguid

MANAGING DIRECTOR & CO-FOUNDER of Union Capital Partners

Minoush served as Assistant to the Chairman and of the Head Corporate Finance Division within Egyptian Capital Market Authority between 2005 and 2007. Prior to joining the CMA Ms. Abdel Meguid was Senior Transactor - Resident Vice President, Corporate Finance & Investment Banking North Africa Division at Citigroup. Minoush has more than 15 years of experience in the field of investment banking and investment management. Minoush is the founding president of the Egyptian Young Bankers Association. She was the sole Egyptian participant at the State Department's renowned International Visitors' Leadership Program in 2005 with focus on "Women in Economic Development". She was also selected by Business Today Magazine as the 2nd ranked Young Executive under 40 in Egypt. She holds a B.A in Economics from AUC. She also received an Executive Certificate in Mergers and Acquisition from the Aresty Institute of Executive Education, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania in 2003.

Mostafa El Khouly

Technology Incubators Manager at Misr El Kheir Foundation & CEO of SilMinds

Mostafa is the Technology Incubators Manager at Misr El Kheir Foundation in 28GESR program. He is also the CEO of SilMinds, Inc. He is an entrepreneur by nature. He co-founded his first company “Innovance’ in 2005 which specialized in Mobile Apps. Later, he founded SilMinds in 2008 and since then he serves as the Chief Executive Officer of SilMinds. Mostafa helped in growing SilMinds by managing every activity within the company in its early stages. Mostafa is a public speaker in the field of entrepreneurship, innovation management and fund raising. Prior to SilMinds, Mostafa was a researcher and teaching assistant in the American University in Cairo. Mostafa holds a B.Sc and a M.Sc. in electrical engineering, both from Ain Shams University.


May Gah Allah

Founder & MD of Kounouz Nubia foundation

May is a Founder & Managing Director of Kounouz Nubia foundation, a Non- Profit Foundation, aiming to empower the people of the Nubian community and Enhancing their skills through providing opportunities of non-formal education, micro-financing local production projects using Nubian heritage to create new horizons for sustainable development. This will help the Nubian community to re-discover and protect their heritage also enhance their skills and foster the bond between the native people and their land.
May started her career by working in development in different fields with National & International organizations, and then she shifted to the banking sector handling compliance in Middle East & North Africa for The Bank of New York Mellon before establishing Konouz Nubia Foundation.

Dr. Mohamed Orabi

Country Manager for Enpirion-Egypt LLC - Director, APEARC, South Valley Univeristy

Dr. Orabi is a former Aswan University Associate Professor with a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering (Power Electronics) from Kyushu University, Japan (2004). He has served for a lot of Managerial positions such as Electrical Engineering Department Head, Deputy Dean for Postgraduate Studies & Research, Acting Dean of Aswan Faculty of Engineering.
He is the Founder and Director of Aswan Power Electronics Applications Research Center (APEARC), a pioneer research center for power electronics and renewable energy applications (2008). He has established APEARC center to serve as the link between academia and industry. As one successful output, one subsidiary for Enpirion Inc., USA has been formed in Aswan. Currently, Dr. Orabi is servicing as The Country Manager for Enpirion-Egypt LLC. a subsidiary for Altera corporation (2013). He is responsible to lead the country team for advanced integrated power management design for FPGA products.

Sherine Abdel-Salam

Start Up Program Manager at INJAZ-Egypt

Sherine is the Program Manager of the internationally awarded Entrepreneurial pipeline- Start Up Program- at INJAZ-Egypt, a non-for-profit Educational organization with a strong focus on Entrepreneurship, impacting more than 300,000 youth through its programs across Egypt and a member nation of the Junior Achievement Network World Wide. In addition to managing the program, Sherine has co-designed it to take an enthusiastic student from any field of study in any university with no prior business experience or knowledge, and transform him or her into a successful entrepreneur with an innovative new business that contributes to Egypt’s national economy and generates jobs. She has helped launching over 20 startup companies and has supported young passionate Egyptian entrepreneurs to grow their startups through facilitating different coaching, mentoring and pitch sessions , facilitating incubation with corporate adopters to provide seed funding for startups, conducting individual needs assessment to drive strategic assessments aiming at providing young entrepreneurs with the necessary guidance and support to ensure that their ideas are translated successfully into the business world and building sustainable business growth. Sherine has earned her bachelor degree in Sociology from The American University in Cairo (AUC), and is working to finalize her Masters of Science degree in Sustainable Development at AUC in partnership with TEMPUS, RWTH Aachen University – Germany, Politecnico di Milano – Italy and Technical University of Graz – Austria.

Fady Ramzy Aziz

Co-Founder and Country Manager of Interact Egypt

Fady is an entrepreneur and an Internet visionary. He is cofounder and country manager of Interact Egypt, the regional R&D hub for the Italian group Insideout10. Fady brings over 15 years of diverse experience in the world of digital media from different perspectives. Starting his career in Clip Solutions, he was the first to introduce the concept of DRM for audio/video in Egypt thus allowing his customer, Mazzika TV, to monetize their protected content. Then moving to Link development, he worked as a project manager. Moving on, he was promoted to establish and manage Link Development’s first European office in Rome. In this new position he acted as the European business development arm for major accounts for Telco operators in Italy and Greece. On another track Fady strongly supports the growth of Egypt entrepreneurs. He was a Mentor for the Google Ebda2 and NextGen initiatives.

Mohammad Omara


Mohammad Omara is a 14 year veteran in semiconductors' business with a track record of working for international industry gurus in several silicon valleys from USA to Malaysia and from Dubai to UK. He designed microchips for companies like Intel, Toshiba, Alcatel, Omron, MINDSPEED and others. In 2009, he co-founded Fascila Technologies, LLC to become the premier dedicated company offering Smart Wireless Automation Innovations & Internet of Things Applications in Egypt and the wider MENA region. Omara is known for being an outspoken entrepreneurship activist with well-known national efforts to build Egypt's first entrepreneurship ecosystem. He organized, mentored, judged and lectured in a long list of conferences, seminars and entrepreneurship events & competitions across the nation. He also initiated the Startup Nation 2.0 project which aims to rebuild the Egyptian national economy through an entrepreneurial approach. In February 2013, he founded his second venture, XoneBee, which creates a smart new type of mobile networks. Omara received his B.Sc. & M.Sc. in Electronics and Communications Engineering from the University of Alexandria with three patents in wireless communications.

Ashraf Rizkallah

Operations and Strategic Planning Manager – LinkDevelopment

Relying on 15 years of IT experience in different positions, Ashraf is now leading the formulation and execution of LinkDevelopment strategy to ensure the company growth. Ashraf was a coach in many startup weekends and in Google Ebda2. He was also managing the innovation program inside OTVentures to encourage intrapreneurs to create and develop their own ideas inside the organization. Ashraf believes that the creation of a real value is the key behind the success of any Innovation, in any process, in any product or even in our life. He has a BSC degree in Computer Engineering from Ain Shams University. He is also a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt from the AUC. Ashraf is working to finalize his MBA studies in Entrepreneurship and Technological Innovation this year.

Mahmoud Gamal El-Din

Enterprise Excellence Consultant

Mahmoud is a Continuous Improvement Expert and Enterprise Excellence Consultant dedicated to improve the Middle Eastern business sector, more so of private businesses, in applying their visions and wishes to go international and growing using lean management. With a strong interest in Entrepreneurship and Lean Management, Mahmoud advises and coaches SME’s and startups across several industries and sectors on how to establish their business with the minimal cost and identifying Entrepreneurship standards, best practices and implementing world-class benchmarks for entrepreneurs to launch their businesses on. In addition to Mentorship, Mahmoud facilitates trainings for entrepreneurs on Lean management, Operations Excellence, Change management & Continuous improvement, supporting them in identifying and building the right business model for their startup. Mahmoud has supported and worked with many startups on designing company lean operations, such as RecycloBekia (recognized by " Forbes Magazine" as one of the 10 middle eastern startups you need to know and among the 15 top Arab social enterprises in 2012). Mahmoud holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Ain Shams University, and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) from Project Management Institute (PMI), a professionally certified trainer from the American University in Cairo (AUC) and is currently leading Lean development Projects and responsible for continuous improvement projects within four factories at Edita Food Industries.

Veronica Murguia

BDM at 5D & Startup Consultant

Veronica holds a Master’s degree in International Public Relation and comes from a highly international background both professionally & personally. Moving to Egypt for the last 3 years got her involved in working in a variety of industries including advertising, marketing, FMCG, IT and having clients in the private and public sector in Italy, England and Egypt and contributed to developing excellent communication & networking skills as well as sound knowledge on business development strategies and creative tools. Due to her global exposure Veronica has fluency in four languages and has a highly creative and innovative mindset reflected in her personal life and professional work with 5D Agency. Working & mentoring in the startup ecosystem has been a life-changing experience as part of MakeSense, a global social business community kick starting in Cairo Veronica is highly passionate for social entrepreneurship and supporting to solve the challenges of social entrepreneurs.

Saif Edeen El Bendari

Agriculture Research Officer at MC Egypt

Saif is the Agriculture Research Officer at MC Egypt a subsidiary of Mercy Corps. His responsibility includes field agriculture research and identifying the main players in the agriculture in Egypt helping to enrich this agriculture ecosystem in Egypt, and our main focus is the marginalized region of Upper Egypt. Along with being an agriculture officer at MC Egypt Saif Edeen is an agriculture entrepreneur, after being graduated from Namaa School for sustainable development in 2011 he started working with different NGOs and young entrepreneurs on solving agriculture and environmental problems and eventually he started his hydroponics fodder facility in 2012 and his project won the first grant at Demena Environmental Innovation Cup. Saif earned his bachelor degree in Political Science from Cairo University the School of Economics and Political Science and mean while he is working to finalize his master degree in EuroMed Studies.

Ayman Ismael

Market Sector Manager in Schneider Electric NEA

an engineer holding masters degree in business administration of Marketing major, Ayman has been recently selected among 200 professionals all over the world to attend a one month fellowship program about economic empowerment through entrepreneurship in Michigan & Washington DC in April 2013. He is a board member in MCSBE. He is passionate about entrepreneurship, mentoring, and training. He is a certified master mentor by Startup cup-Oklahoma. He is a certified CASH selling trainer. He writes business articles on Egypt business directory , an online business platform. He has several speeches on entrepreneurship, passion and success. in the GEW (Global entrepreneurship week) opening ceremony, national TV programs. He has 8 years of executive level experience in reputable organizations in different business fields as manufacturing, contracting and consultation with different responsibilities as sales, business development, project management and marketing. He has 2 years of Gulf experience in Dubai, had business assignments in China, Hungary, Ethiopia, Turkey and Qatar. He is currently a market sector manager in Schneider electric NEA managing the business of the telecommunication and finance sectors.

Rasha Tantawy

Accelerator Unit Manger at TIEC

Rasha is the Accelerator Unit Manger at the Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center and has extensive teaching experience at Nile University’s Management of Technology department, Pharos University and University of Senghore. Rasha is also a researcher at the Center of Competitiveness, Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Nile University where her fields of interest include open innovation, strategic management, entrepreneurship and social media marketing. She worked at HartMann Egypt as a regional manager in the construction field before cofounding her own business in the packaging of agriculture exports where she sits on its board of advisors. Rasha is a serial entrepreneur who enjoys mentoring and guiding young entrepreneurs for which she co-founded, a startup service agency with special focus on empowering women entrepreneurs. Rasha holds a Masters in Civil Engineering from Alexandria University, a Masters in Management of Technology from Nile University. She is also finalizing her PhD in the area of Strategic Management at the Swiss University for Management.

Rania Gaafar

Consultant for Startups

Four years General Management experience with successful track record

Strong Telco expertise acquired in 5 years at Vodafone working mainly in building product propositions for different market segments

Extensive Marketing and accounting experience

Cross functional team management with strong leadership skills

Analytical, creative and results oriented

Ahmed Wasfie

Serial Entrepreneur

A serial Entrepreneur, currently the CEO of Awstreams. Founded couple of successful businesses like Backpack App, Ozbotha, Dealsping, BBES Network, Hamza B&L, & Green Hights. Ahmed has a B.SC in Mechanical Engineering, patented worldwide three inventions, awarded best innovator of the year 2010 from Injaz, & one of the top 10 inventors of 2008 from Stars of Science.

Maged Farrag

Innovation & Creative Director at 5D

Maged is a digital media entrepreneur, founded his first company Mega Media in 1994 to become Egypt’s leading multimedia service provider being the first to introduce touch screens and interactive multimedia to the Egyptian market. His work extended to cover innovative use of technology in cultural heritage documentation and has received numerous advertising and content awards. Recently he co-founded Fifth Dimension–5d, a merger of 5 companies working in different domains of digital provision to become a one stop digital marketing agency. Being the creative and innovation director of 5d, he introduced augmented reality applications, game development and hologram projection as well as many innovative digital installations for the first time in Egypt.

Mohamad A. Waked

Innovation Support Specialist at Technology Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center (TIEC)

Mohamad is currently working as Innovation Support Specialist at Technology Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center (TIEC). He has more than 7 years of experience in multiple areas including Project Management, Innovation Management, Process Excellence, Quality Management, Supply Chain Management, and Marketing. He started his career life at ElSewedy Industries group as a project management engineer then he transferred to DAEWOO MOTOR EGYPT and there he moved up in hierarchy till became the head of Project Management Office (PMO). In parallel he was selected to join the Strategic Innovation Management Team as a main member. Mohamad is an Enterprise Entrepreneur wherever he goes he can make a change for better. He also had valuable contributions as a social entrepreneur at many NGOs. Mohamad holds a B.Sc. in Production Engineering from Ain Shams University, a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) from Project Management Institute (PMI), a certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) from the Association of Operations Management (APICS), a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (LSSBB), and currently he is preparing his Master in business Administration (MBA) from Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University, UK.

Azza Eissa

Audience & Product Marketing Manager Developer Tools - Microsoft Egypt

Azza Eissa is Audience Marketing Manager at Microsoft Egypt, managing different types of programs and initiatives for the whole technical audience spectrum: Start-ups, Developers, IT Professionals, and Academia (Students/Professors). After graduation from faculty of Engineering, Cairo University, she worked as Software Developer/ System Analyst for more than 5 years. Then, she focused more on developing IT strategies, Change Management plans for a diverse range of organizations in MEA region. Azza’s varied background in Software Development, Business Consulting and Marketing provided the perfect foundation to drive strategic assessments and building sustainable business growth. Azza holds a MBA from Université Panthéon Sorbonne (Paris I) / IAE Paris.

Walaa Mohamed Atef

Evangelist at Microsoft Egypt

Walaa is Microsoft Egypt’s Windows 8/Windows Azure Technical Evangelist. He is a member of the Developers and Platforms Evangelism team. Walaa was graduated from Ain Shams University with B.SC. in Engineering in 2000. He has more than 12 years of rich IT experience. He has been delivering projects for some notable Customers like Vodafone, Etisalat, Ministry of Defense, MCIT, MOF, MSAD etc… in addition to banks like NSGB, AAIB etc. At Microsoft he has a key mission of engaging the broad community of developers and driving excitement around developer tools and platform technologies to drive adoption/Apps. Responsible for engaging “online/offline”, building and maintaining high-quality relationships with neutral, pro or competitive developer community leaders and influencers. Delivering persuasive and passionate, high impact, high quality, highly technical presentations via various event channels, supporting community–led developer events. Work with key partners to integrate solutions on Microsoft platform technologies.

Omar Aysha

Startup Righter

Omar is an AUC CS graduate and started his career as a video-game developer. A few years later he became a business IT consultant for a year before forming his own consultancy. He ran the consultancy for over a decade, working across Europe, and experimented by launching 4 other companies. He returned to Egypt nearly 4 years ago, and has involved himself in media work mainly for Wamda and the BBC. He helps Egyptian startups, and is in the process of launching his own startup.

Mai Hossam

Funding and Innovation Manager at Yomken

Mai is Yomken’s Funding and Innovation Manager, a non-profit platform focusing on Open Innovation and Crowdfunding, that aims linking challenges faced by SMEs working mainly in low-tech and informal manufacturing industries with the innovative ideas and skills of potential problem solvers/solutions. Mai holds a Bachelor degree in International Law and preparing an MBA with Commercial Law Specialization. Previously, Mai has worked in local and International organization working with Social and Business Entrepreneurship. Also she has worked in youth and business development for 5 years through different initiatives and activities as well as supporting SMEs start/develop their own business. Mai is so passionate in social entrepreneurship, social-business ventures and synergies between social and business sectors in search for alternative solutions for challenges facing entrepreneurship society as a whole.

Amr Elfawal

Performance Capability and Sustainability Manager at PespsiCo

Amr El Fawal, is currently holding the position of PepsiCo Beverages Performance Capability and Sustainability Manager. He joined PepsiCo in June 2009 as AquaFina Operations Manager. In July 2010, he became Plant Manager, and in February 2011 he moved to Nasr City Plant Manufacturing Manager. In April 2013, Amr became PepsiCo Beverages Performance Capability and Sustainability Manager. Prior to joining PepsiCo, he spent 5 years with Schlumberger Oilfield Services doing a wide variety of jobs within Operations Management and Technical Support Management. Amr holds Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Master of Business Administration and is currently pursuing his Doctorate studies

Mahmoud Ghoz

Founder & CEO at

Mahmoud is a tech savvy entrepreneur with over 11 years of experience in software development and project management. Mahmoud is a Microsoft Elite Member and a respected professional speaker across the country. Mahmoud worked for remarkable companies like EDS and ITWorx before turning into a serial entrepreneur and starting a number of exciting online ventures.
Mahmoud holds a B.Sc. degree in Computer Science from Helwan University.

Nahel Muhammad

Project Manager within Innovation Support Department at TIEC

Nahel is a Project Manager within Innovation Support Department at Technology Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center (TIEC) and he is the manager of Egypt Ideation Camp program. He has more than 12 years of experience in multiple areas including Control Engineering, Project Management, Innovation and Innovation Management, Entrepreneurship and Implementing Technologies for Education. He received B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computers in 2000. He is stating his career as a teaching assistant at Biomedical Engineering department, Higher Technological Institute. Then he had a career shift to the world of entrepreneurship. He joined Arab Science and Technology Foundation (ASTF) then Scince Age foundation (SAS) as a project manager. During this period he managing many of entrepreneurship and startups competitions and programs. He developed and managed a new competition for Entrepreneurs in industrial sector, Industrial startup @ Arab World competition. It was the first of its kind worldwide and recognized as a featured event of Global Entrepreneurship Week in 2009.

Ahmed Rabieh

CEO & Founder of Mobipreneur, Mobile & RIA Solutions Specialist at

Mobile entrepreneurship evangelist, Founder of Mobipreneur foundation focusing on mobile entrepreneurship consultation and development in the middle east, author, electronics engineer, mobile apps ux consultant as well he leads multiple tech communities in MENA such Adobe Community and BlackBerry Developers Group. Also served as Adobe Community Champion, Adobe Community Professional and Awarded as Adobe Community Most Valuable Professional worldwide.

Ahmed is currently working as a mobile & ria solutions specialist at ITWorx Egypt with an extensive experience in user experience consulation, web visuals, ria development, interaction design, mobile development over all platforms and know he is working on develop mobile products echo systems for big corporates.

He already founded start-ups such as @JannaBox to spread the Arabian and Islamic culture to the world & @KampMe to be used as entrepreneurship social platform to serve and support the entrepreneurial events.

Ashraf Afifi

PCE Regional Sustainability Manager at PespsiCo

Ashraf Afifi, is currently holding the position of PCE Regional Sustainability Manager.
He joined PepsiCo International in May 2008 holding the same role. Prior to joining PepsiCo International, he spent 12 years with General Motors Egypt doing a wide variety of Engineering and Supply Chain jobs in Egypt. Ashraf is holding an MBA, major Business Administration as well as Bachelor degree in Mechanical engineering.

Marwa Sadek

Founder and MD of 20 Uses Marketing and Consultancy

Marwa has been in the marketing field since the year 99 with experience in different industry types and company sizes. She has worked with a lot of startups helping them bootstrap and receive funds. She is able to provide support in creating marketing strategies and plans, and improving the marketing process to become more efficient. Marwa holds a diploma in Marketing Management from Cambridge University.


Chairperson of MAWARED Foundation for Sustainable Development

22+ years of experience focused on adding value and integrating institutions and their human and physical resources through community-centered business, economic and market strategies, designing development projects with business and commercial viability and counseling US, African and Egyptian businesses on trade and banking issues. In this context, helped develop and present (in conjunction with African experts) the ‘African Agribusiness and Agro-industry Development Initiative ‘3ADI’ as adopted in Abuja, Nigeria in 2010 and jointly supported by UNIDO, FAO, IFAD, and the AU. Developing green approach and action plan with New Valley

Mohamed Megahed

Egypt ICT Trust Fund - MCIT

Megahed is a business development specialist at the technical assistance unit, one of the units of ICT Trust Fund in Ministry of Communication and Information Technology. He is also master trainer at HP LIFE (Learning Initiative For Entrepreneurship) and Arabic discussion moderator at HP LIFE E-learning platform and the supervisor of HP LIFE trainers in Egypt. 7 years is his years of experience in training, coaching, business and entrepreneurship. He graduated from German department, language and translation faculty at Al-Azhar university.
Because of his passion for training and teaching, he changed his career and started a new one as IT and Internet Safety Trainer at Ministry of Communication and Information Technology after finishing some training of trainers’ courses. After that he moved to the managerial and team leading field to lead the Egyptian focus groups of internet safety Initiative to spread the awareness of Internet safety allover Egypt. He impacted more than 100000 Egyptian youth through awareness sessions inside schools, universities and youth centers. All of these supported him to be nominated as effective leadership award and currently he is the supervisor of HP LIFE programs focus group in Egypt.

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Nov 14
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Nov 15
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Nov 16
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
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