Voluntary Advisory Board


Hossam Allam

Current Position: Regional Director for Sustainable Growth

Current Organization Name: Centre for Environment & Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE)

Total Number of Professional Years: 30+ years

Professional Background:

Dr. Hossam Allam is the Regional Director of Sustainable Growth at the Centre for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE), an international organization based in Egypt. Dr. Allam has more than 30 years of international, regional, and national experiences in Sustainability including sustainable consumption and production, green economy, waste management and recycling, sectorial assessments and information & communication technology for development themes.

Dr. Allam holds a Ph.D. from the University of Plymouth, UK and MSc. from the University of New Haven, USA. He is a graduate from Ain Shams University Faculty of Engineering.

General Secretary

Wael Rashidy

Current Position: Managing Director

Current Organization Name: Guiders Consult

Total Number of Professional Years: 15 years

Professional Background: Managing Director at Guiders Consult, Member of the WEF-CAP Observatory Group of Counsellors, Head of Consultancy Committee at Egyptian Junior Business Association, Regional Sales Manager at AVK flow control Middle East and Europe


Karim Emam

Current position: M&A and International Tax Partner

Current Organization Name: Ernst & Young

Total Number of Professional Years: 24

Professional Background: EY, Unilever and PwC

Member, Communication & PR Expert

Nevine Khalifa

Current Position: Head of Strategic Communications and Marketing

Current Organization: Ministry of Planning and Economic Development (MPED)

Total Number of Professional Years: 23

Professional Background:

Head of Strategic Communications and Partnerships Development/Marketing- MPED – Current

Treasurer and Board member at Egypt’s Society for Culture and Development – Current

Director of Marketing and CSR-Egyptian International Motors/ALKAN Holdings

Marketing Manager – Egyptian International Motors/ALKAN Holdings

Marketing Deputy Manager- TOYOTA Egypt/Al Fotaim Misr

Marketing Section Head – MCV Mercedes-Benz

Member, Sustainability and BSO Expert

Sherif El Diwany

Current Position: Co-Founder and Managing Director of MGM Climate Business Developers- a investor

Organization Name: Egyptian Direct Investment Company in Carbon Offsetting (EgyCOP)

Total Number of Professional Years: 35 years

Professional Background:

El Diwany offered business development & fund-raising services to several multinational clients with project ranging from USD 4 to 45 million. He founded his 1st business at the age of 29 and grew it to become the 2nd largest management consultancy in Egypt for 17 years. He then served as Senior Director of the Middle East & North Africa division of the World Economic Forum in charge of shaping the Forum’s agenda, engaging leaders from government, business and other stakeholders across the region.

In 2009, El Diwany was named by Arab Business Magazine as one of 50 most influential Arabs.

El Diwany hold an M.A. in Development Planning, University of Houston, USA, 1981; a B.Sc. in Architecture, Cairo University, Egypt, 1978; a Business Strategy Diploma, INSEAD, France, 2007; and a Leadership & Purpose Diploma, INSEAD, France, 2008. He has a MSc in Planning, University of Houston, Texas, USA in 1981, and a BSc in Architecture, Cairo. University, Egypt in 1978.

Member, Investment Expert

Basel Roshdy

Current Position: President & CEO – Nile Capital Holding for Financial Investments General Secretary of the Egyptian Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (EPEA) Current Organization Name: Nile Capital & EPEA 

Total Number of Professional Years: 29 years

Professional Background:

Private Equity & Venture Capital

Investment Banking & Fund Management

Ventures building and business development

 Projects Finance & Corporate Lending (banking)

Main Sectors Include: Technology, Green Energy, Healthcare, Education & Financial Services, Tourism.

Member, International Development Expert

Lamiaa Melegui

Current Position: International Development and Economic Cooperation Advisor

Current Organization: GIZ and SNRD

Total Number of Professional Years: 20 years

Professional Background: 

Component Lead, Senior Advisor for Access to Market and Business Linkages Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

Senior Advisor Business Development Services BDS Support to Entrepreneurship and Strengthen Enterprise, SEED, USAID.

Component Lead for International Marketing & Export Coaching Green Trade Initiative, GTI, UNIDO.

Arab Partnership Senior Programme Manager British Government: Foreign Commonwealth Office FCO and DFID Department for International Development.

Member, Innovation, Startups & Entrepreneurship Expert

Hisham Basha

Current Position: Digitalization and Academia Director

Current Organization Name: Industrial Modernization Centre

Total Number of Professional Years: 22

Professional Background:

Deputy Director for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IMC)

Market Intelligence Senior Manager (Expolink)

Policy Support Unit Manager (IMC)

Member, MSME Financial Expert

Samar Mesalam

Current Position: Deputy Manager of SMEs Credit Department, Investment and Finance Central Sector

Current Organization: Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency (MSMEDA)

Total Number of Professional Years: 14 years

Professional Background:  

Team Leader of financial and credit specialists working on preparing credit and feasibility studies to achieve the targeted credit portfolio under MSMEDA policies.

Consultant  for access to finance and business linkages, Nilepreneurs initiative funded by the Central Bank of Egypt, Nile University.

Senior Advisor For Access to Market,  finance, and Business Linkages, through Enroot in several projects (Women Empowerment Program funded by (UN-Women Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA)), agricultural innovation project funded by  GIZ, Be Entrepreneur Project Funded by UNIDO, Massar Project funded by  Drossos).

Consultant for access to finance, Ecosystem + accelerator.

Certified National Trainer for SIYB program from ILO.

Certified National Trainer for green and blue projects from CEDARE.

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