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Our Team
Has an extensive experience in financial services (banking, and non-banking)

We were able to identify the gaps in the value of chain of financial services in order to assist start-ups in a much more active way through structuring products, networking, guiding and mentoring, and provide the required assistance to draw the growth plan of the product.


Managing Partner and founder at Pharos holding for financial investments.

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Elwy Taymour
Vice Chairman

CEO and founder of Kamelizer for Angel Investment

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Hanan Abdel Meguid

CEO & Co-founder of Pride Capital

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Rami El Dokany

Abdelhameed Ahmed Sharara

CEO and cofounder - RiseUp

Mr. Sharara, is the CEO and cofounder of RiseUp; the Middle East and Africa’s top startup platform organising the famous RiseUp Summit with more than 5000 attendees from 52 countries every year. His efforts were acknowledged in more than 300 local and international media outlets such as Techcrunch, Forbes, Wall Street Journal and The Economist. He was also selected as Egypt’s top influencer due to the RiseUp Summit 2015’s impact on the regional ecosystem. Top 100 Arab Pioneers by UAE Prime Minister's World Government Summit and Too 100 African Influencers by MIPAD magazine.

Ahmed Abdel Aziz

Chairman & CEO - Misr Life Insurance

Mr. Ahmed A. Aziz is a known name in the insurance business, in both Egypt & the GCC, with over 25 years of experience among different big names including Allianz, Al-Rajhi Takaful & Misr Life Insurance. Since December 2014 when he first joined Misr Life Insurance as vice-chairman then promoted to the Chairman & CEO position in 2016, Mr. Ahmed played a huge role in transforming the public owned company to become an active player in the life insurance business. As well, Mr. Ahmed has recently launched the sale of insurance policies via bank mobile wallets, in a huge shift in the public sector business model.

Alaa Eldin Farouk

Retail Products and Sales Group Head - NBE

Mr. Farouk has more than thirty years of solid hands-on banking experience. Providing innovative and rigorous solutions to strategic banking challenges. His experience covers a wide spectrum of businesses and industries including Marketing, Sales, Customer Service, Distribution and Consulting. Alaa is now Retail Products and Sales Group Head in the NBE Bank. 

Alaa El-Ganagy

Presales Manager, Commerical Sales - SAP

Mr. El-Ganagy has more than 20 years of experience in the information technology sector working for multinational corporations such as IBM, SAP and Oracle amongst others. He is currently the Presales Manager, Commercial Sales at SAP. Alaa holds an MBA in Banking and Investment from Maastricht School of Management and a bachelor degree in Computer Science from Alexandria University.,

Aly El Sherei

Vice Chairman and Managing Director - Dcode Economic

Mr. El Sherei is the Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Dcode Economic and Financial Consulting. Operations, Manufacturing and Project Management Expert with +18 years of diversified experience in various industries including FMCG, Cement manufacturing, pharmaceuticals & oilfield services. Aly is also the former Senior Plant Manager for different Food and Beverage Plants at PepsiCo International. Aly holds an MBA from the American University in Cairo focusing on marketing, finance and strategic management and a Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering from Ain Shams University

Ameer Sherif

Co-founder - BasharSoft

Mr. Sherif is the CEO and Co-founder of BasharSoft, the startup most known for WUZZUF - Egypt’s #1 Online Recruitment Platform and also FORASNA - the country's leading online blue-collar recruiting platform. Having co-founded the company in late 2009, Ameer managed to bootstrap for 3 years during the tough revolution years until reaching profitability in 2013 and then successfully fundraising from top angel investors in Egypt as well as top VCs in Silicon Valley – making WUZZUF the 1st startup from Egypt to join the 500 Startups accelerator program in San Francisco back in 2014.

Amir Barsoum

CEO & Founder - Vezeeta

Mr. Barsoum is the CEO & Founder of Prior to Vezeeta he held a management consultant role in McKinsey & Company serving several Healthcare and FMCG entities in public and private sectors in Europe and MENA. He then led the strategy of MENA markets of AstraZeneca pharmaceuticals. Amir holds an MBA from the American University of Cairo, Bachelor of Pharmacy from Ain Shams University and an Executive Education Certificate from Harvard Business School about scaling startups. 

Amr El Shafei

Vice Chairman - Banque Du Caire

Mr. El Shafei is a veteran banker and financier with more than 25 years of experience in the banking sector. He is currently the Vice Chairman of Banque Du Caire and sits on the board of Al Ahly Capital Holding and Al Ahly Leasing. His experience include working for National Bank of Egypt, Barclays Egypt, Citi Group amongst many others. Amr holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics and Political Science from Cairo University. 

Emad Barsoum

Managing Director and Investment Committee Member

Mr. Barsoum was Co-Founder and Partner of 8 Miles LLP (2010-2015), an Africa-focused private equity fund where he raised US$ 200 million and executed investments in Egypt, Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia. Prior to that, Emad spent 10 years (1999-2009) in various senior management roles within The Orascom Telecom Group including Founder & CFO of Djezzy (2001-2003) Algeria's largest telecom operator, Chairman and CEO at OrasInvest Holding (2003-2008), a telecom tower construction company and CEO of Wind Hellas (2009), a Greek telecom operator with US$ 1.5 billion in revenues.

Irini Raafat

Associate Partner – Glint Consulting

Ms. Raafat brings 20+ years of solid experience as a senior business leader in the ICT field in the Middle East region. Throughout her career and her digital consultancy and advocacy, she has been partner as well as, witness to companies and governments across the Middle East, reaching new levels of competitiveness through efficiency, cost-cutting, new customer service channels and competitive niche. Irini is currently Co-Founder & Associate Partner in Glint Consulting which specializes in offering Management Consulting and Private Equity services with offices in both Dubai and Cairo serving the MENA region.

Khaled Elgoghel

Managing Partner - Synergy Management consulting

Mr. Elgoghel is a senior executive with over 18 years of experience in rapidly growing companies in the internet, tech, and Telco sectors with leading organizations in Middle East, Asia, and North America. Khaled has managed and participated in several merger & acquisition deals/financing in MENA & Asia. He is currently an active Board member in several companies. Khaled is currently, Managing Partner of Synergy Management consulting.

Martin Janzen

Senior Director - Simon-Kucher & Partners

Mr. Janzen is a Senior Director at Simon-Kucher & Partners and Head of the Financial Service practice in the MEA region. 9+ years of consulting experience in the financial service sector with clients in Germany, Austria, Africa and the MENA region. Co-authored several publications in the banking industry. Regular speaker at finance and banking conferences in the MEA region and Europe. Diploma in Economics from Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University in Bonn

Moatasem Osam

CEO - Razy Technologies

Mr. Osam is the CEO of Razy Technologies, CCO & Co-Founder of iMakaseb, Co-Founder & Board Member of MASARY Egypt. Senior Executive Director and Founder of new successful startups with tangible social impacts on the local and regional communities, focusing on customers and society needs. Succeeded in launching Mobile & Payment innovative Services generating 100s of Million of dollars.

Mohamed EL Sabban

Chief Innovation and Strategic Development Officer - Misr Capital Investments S.A.E

Mr. El Sabban, Chief Innovation and Strategic Development Officer at Misr Capital Investments, before that he was the Group Head of Digital Innovation at the Commercial International Bank (CIB), The Largest Private Bank in Egypt, in this role, he is overseeing the strategic development for the bank’s digital assets. Mohamed has 25 years of wide cross-functional experience in managing, developing and implementing large-scale strategic business transformation programs. 

Mohamed Seif-Elnasr

Co-founder & Managing Director - Aspect Investment Partners

Mr. Seif–Elnasr held the position of Chief Investment Officer at Safanad DIFC, a global principal investment firm focused on Private Equity, Real Estate, and Liquid Strategies between March 2011 & December 2014. Previously he spent 17 years with The National Commercial Bank of Saudi Arabia where he was head of Asset Management. He was instrumental in building the proprietary trading and alternative asset management business of NBE. He also worked for the investor services group at Citibank – London.

Nezar Sami

Deputy Executive Director of Training - Egyptian Banking Institute

Mr. Sami is the Deputy Executive Director of Training at the Egyptian Banking Institute (EBI). He founded the Nilepreneurs Initiative; that is a nation-wide initiative that supports the Small and Medium Enterprises (SME’s), Startups and Entrepreneurs in Egypt. Also, he is the co-founder of NU100 Entrepreneurship Initiative and the Professional Services Lead the co-founder and vice president of the EgyMOT. In addition he is the co-founder of the IEEE Technology Engineering and Management Society (TEMS) - Egypt Chapter. 

Noha Shaker

Head of Digital Ventures & Strategic Alliance - CIB

Ms. Shaker brings more than18 years of experience in Consulting, Banking and entrepreneurship. She has studied Business administration, strategic management and financial engineering at leading schools in UK. She has passion for financial inclusion and sustainable finance, and has mentored many promising startups in the MEA market.

Sherif S. Samy

Ex-Chairman - Financial Regulatory Authority FRA

​Mr. Samy is a non executive chairman of National Asset Management & Investment SAE. He was a board member of the Central Bank of Egypt (2013-2017), the National Payments Council and prior to that board member of Banque Du Caire (2010 – 2013) and starting from 2007 served for four consecutive terms on the board of the Investment & Free Zones Authority. He was the first managing director of Banque Misr’s investment arm “Misr Capital” and previously served as board member of  the SME Development Fund.

Tarek Asaad

Managing Partner - Algebra Ventures

Mr. Asaad is a Managing Partner at Algebra Ventures, the leading Venture Capital firm in Egypt. He started his career as an engineer at Lucent Technologies then as a software developer for SAQQARA Systems, an internet startup in Silicon Valley. He later became General Manager of CID Consulting where he led the company’s high growth, helping it to become one of the leading local consulting firms in Egypt. Tarek is also Managing Partner at Ideavelopers where he has been managing $50m of VC investments since 2009.

Tamer Zanaty

Managing Director / Executive Coach - Powerhouse Consulting & Training

Mr. Zanaty is an Executive Coach and Trainer, certifed by the International Coach Federation (ACC) and Enneagram. He is a Partner and Managing Director of Powerhouse Consulting & Training. Before incorporating Powerhouse, Tamer held many technical and managerial positions in the telecommunications and IT industries including Head of Corporate Strategy and Operational Excellence in Etisalat. His 28 years of experience in major transformation programs in large companies qualified him to coach executives in multinational companies including Hero Middle East and Africa, AstraZeneca Egypt and other large and medium-sized multinational and local companies. 

Wael Amin

Partner - Sawari Ventures

Mr. Amin is an entrepreneur at heart, having graduated the American University in Cairo at age of 18 and gone on to co-found ITWorx and lead its growth over a period of 20 years from start-up to one of the largest and most influential IT companies in the Middle East. Wael is also a partner at Sawari Ventures, an Egyptian Venture Capital firm that invests in seed and growth stage startups across the Middle East and North African economies. Its funds have invested in nearly 200 early stage startups either directly, or through its accelerator Flat6Labs.

Yehia El Agami

Chairmain - Inclusion

Mr. El Agami is a synonymous name to a long history of over 35 years of experience in the banking field. Yehia was the General Manager of the Retail Banking and MSE's Division and Member of the Executive Committee in Banque Misr, where he was undertaking an important renovation mission with the purpose of restructuring and modernizing such a profound financial institution as Banque Misr.

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