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We commence 2019 with so much happening around us. A lot will have repercussions on business and will affect how our future vision is to be set, and also repercussions personally as to how our lives will be affected.
It is easy to get entangled into pessimism when one sees countries, we have always considered as leaders of the world order, be so unpredictable in their future plans. We grew up hearing of an “American dream”, or “Melting Pot” or “Land of Freedom”,” Global Village”….etc…. This does not just refer to the USA, but to all around the world. We were made to believe we live in this “Global Village” that technology almost made a reality. We now see the rise of nationalism instigated by the migrant flow.
We have always heard of the glass half full or half empty; well it is how you translate what you see and react to it that makes us different.
In every situation there is an opportunity, and this is where entrepreneurship comes into play. It is how we can make a little difference and an impact to contribute to the world order, so when we add all those little contributions they add to loads of greater effects.
Over the past 10 years I have had the privilege of working with start-ups. They are either young business leaders or young business ideas that grew to become viable and are now contributing to Egypt’s employment and welfare. I have witnessed very well-educated Egyptians come up with brilliant ideas and concepts, and have also witnessed those less privileged have the luxury of education at their fingertips through e-learning. I have also seen failures resulting from early egos, from the speed they apply, from mis-calculation, to count but a few, but to me even these failures are successes. It is these learnings that build a stronger more knowledgeable entrepreneur/partner.
So why have I chosen Optimism as a title?
I now have almost 40 years of experience and everything I have put my mind to has been with an outcome. Some have failed, but the majority succeeded with variable rates, some have been very successful, and some have just glided. The learnings on all fronts have been very valuable. You begin with a clear intention to making the best at structuring the idea to a market need, but in a different format than what is known, aiming to benefit as many users as possible. The target being your success at having implemented it, with excellent partners and stakeholders, in an encouraging environment to attract people to help you achieve that goal.
2019 is a year where we shall be seeing many more difficulties around us. However, this should never put us off putting a little good idea into effect, or growing an existing one, or turning around an old business into a great
come back company. How? Strategize the best we can with the biggest dream in mind, reminding ourselves of the saying “why reach for the stars
when we can reach for the moon.” So, if we don’t get there as planned, we will keep trying to get there, and with each step forward the satisfaction is immense. Success for some is having made a livelihood, for others it is having taken a step, for others to further grow, or create some kind of wealth, and the list can go on and on.
So, let’s start the year appreciating where we are in our own Personal life and make the best out of it, not depending on anyone or anything, be thankful that we reached this point and how we can use what we have to take us to the next best place. In Business, we should focus on where we want to go from here, never leaving unfinished projects, but making sure that we have a plan to take it forward.
“Happy 2019 – begin with Optimism that will take us to Successful Achievements on All Fronts “In Shaa Allah””
Neveen El Tahri
Corporate Governance Officer
Prior to joining Delta Inspire, Passant was an English teacher at El Manar Language School & Rainbow Nursery where they aim to improve and educate young minds but she decided to go back to the business field she experienced while working as Executive Secretary to the legal department at SUCO a petroleum company based in Cairo.
Before that she participated in the organization of “culture days” of the Spanish-speaking countries over 4 years between Cairo University and the embassies of Venezuela, Cuba, Argentina and Mexico in Cairo to give the chance to explore and experience different cultures around the world. Passant holds a BA from the Faculty of Arts- Spanish department-Cairo University
Senior Financial Analyst
Prior to joining Delta Inspire, Aisha was the Business Development Manager for her family businesses, Caravanserai and Alamein, an upscale furniture and home accessories brand and an outdoor furniture brand. She played a key role in developing the companies by working on a migration plan to institutionalize the business, expanding their geographic reach, and overseeing the implementation of policies and procedures focused on cost reduction and lean manufacturing.
Aisha graduated with honors with a B.A in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from the American University in Cairo. Upon completion of her degree she worked as an analyst for Credit Agricole and on the trading desk for Naeem Holding. She also completed the Level 1 CFA program.
Seif Eldin Awni is the Managing Director of branches for Wedian securities Brokerage Company. Serves as a Non-executive Director and Investment Committee Member in a financial investment company-Post for Investment “PFI”. Non-executive Director and Audit Committee Member in the Egyptian Investor Protection Fund-EIPF-supervised by EFSA. Training consultant for the IFC-International Finance Corporation-World Bank.
Seif Eldin holds a B.A. in Business Administration from, Cairo University, he also holds MBA from the German University in Cairo in Finance and Investment.
Founder & Chairperson
Neveen has 33 years of financial & business experience. Commencing her career as corporate banker with Chase Manhattan Bank’s JV today “CIB” where she last headed the Petroleum, Tourism & Electronics’ divisions. With the revival of the Egyptian Capital Market in 1994 established one of the first Brokerage firms “Delta”, followed by founding Asset Management, Fund Services, Investment, SME and Leasing companies, all of which were either fully or partially divested by 2011. In the process partnering with renowned financial institutions; American Express Bank & it’s local subsidiary EAB which were both bought out by Dutch ABN AMRO Bank. The exit in 2006 was to Arab institutions; Mena Investments, Rasmala and finally local listed private equity firm AIC.
She was the first woman to sit on the board of the Egyptian Stock Exchange and twice named by the Financial Times as one of the leading businesswomen in the Arab World. Won local awards for her contribution to Egypt’s investment environment and Internationally for her economic empowerment of women.Sat on several private & public-sector boards, e.g.; Banque Misr, General Authority for Investment (GAFI), Telecom Egypt, Egyptian Railway Projects & Transport Co., Egyptian Arab Land Bank, ”EGID”, Egyptian American Enterprise Fund, Misr Capital Investments and Upper Egypt Leasing Company.
Currently she continues to sit on the Boards of the; Egyptian Financial Supervisory Authority (EFSA), Al Moltaqa Investment Company, the Egyptian Company for Mobile Services (ECMS) MobiNil, Regina for Pasta & Food Industries and Co-Chairs the OECD-Mena Women forum as well as her NGO role on the board of INJAZ, Juror for Cartier Women Initiative, mentor for Endeavor, among many other similar initiatives.
Neveen is a graduate of the Faculty of Economics & Political Science and is an Alumni of both Harvard Business School and London Business School.
Alaa Mahmoud Hassoubah is the CEO of Saudi Foras Investment Company which is a closed joint stock Company, based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Foras aims to enhance and support innovative/talented Saudi entrepreneurs and promising enterprises by securing the right funding, supplementing managerial capabilities, and softening any cumbersome regulatory procedures.
He has over 20 years of diversified experience in financial, public and private sectors in both KSA and the Middle East. Throughout his career, he has experienced a broad spectrum of industries including real estate, hospitality, travel, tourism and financial services. He also acquired extensive experience in Bankingsolutions throughout his 10 years’ experience in both The Private Banking and Investment. He sits on the board of different companies both locally and internationally.
Foras Mining Company
Beyti Express Company
Al Masfaq Saudi Development Company
Provinces Development Company
Rowad Development & Real Estate Investment Company
Wej Investment & Development Company
Dara trading Company – Dubai
Foras Investment Company – Egypt
Saudi Jusoor Investment Company – Egypt
Delta-‐Inspire Company – Egypt
He graduated from King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, with a BA in English literature.
Prior to joining Delta Inspire, Ismail was employed at AlexBank “INTESA SANPAOLO” since 2009 as the Head of Small and Medium Enterprises “SME” Banking Group leading a team of 40 people, managing and controlling a portfolio of EGP 1.5bn comprised of large, mid cap, medium and small companies. Before that, Ismail worked at the Commercial International Bank “CIB” from 1992 till 2009, with the latest position held as Director of SME Banking. From 1997 to 2001 Ismail focused on evaluation, selling and acquisition of companies on behalf of customers while working at the Commercial International Investment Company “CIIC”.
Ismail has a vast experience in Commercial and Investment Banking; as for Commercial Banking, he has supported the establishment of the SME Banking at the Commercial International Bank “CIB” with the collaboration of the IFC (also, supported the initiation of the Retail Banking at the Commercial International Bank “CIB”), re-engineered and restructured the SME Banking Group at AlexBank delivering a better quality portfolio with almost a double exposure in less than two years and he was selected among INTESA SANPAOLO’s international team to construct a common approach to SMEs worldwide in addition to being a member of the SME Credit committee and the Senior Credit Committee. Ismail was also a Board Member of the “Agricultural Sector Development Program”. For Investment Banking, he has participated in the execution of several successful deals: IPOs, acquisitions and raising capital.
Ismail holds a BA in economics from the American University in Cairo.
Ms. Gries is a passionate member of Delta Inspire team, she works closely with SMEs in setting strategies and providing financial advice helping them reach their true potential. Ms. Gries has previous experience in the fields of investment banking and capital projects and infrastructure with specialization in energy and housing projects; where she developed feasibility studies, market research and strategy. Ms. Gries holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, with highest honors, from The American University in Cairo and The University of California, Los Angeles.
Prior to joining Delta Inspire, Noran was a Project Manager at EMC2 managing projects in Germany and the US remote and onsite. She developed and managed project plans, Statement of work and proposal contents based upon customer requirements and system architecture. Before that she was part of the Asset Management Team at Naeem Holding where she analyzed the financial performance of listed companies in Egypt and the GCC to reveal investment opportunities.
Noran graduated from Misr International University (MIU) and Heilbronn Fachhochschule in Germany with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance. She is very passionate about Finance; in fact she was the Head of the Academic Committee of the Stock Market Simulation (SMS) at MIU which is a student activity where the stock market is taught to non-finance students and the course is concluded by a three day simulation of the real stock market.
CEO of Gemini Technologies, a company investing in various industries, including technology, banking, real-estate development and food processing.
Prior to joining Gemini, headed Orascom Telecom Holding’s Corporate Strategy team.
Beforehand he was also the Vice President of EFG-Hermes Private Equity with a career in Investmshe ent banking, where he closed numerous IPO’s and M&A transactions.
Holds a Master’s degree in International Business and Finance, both from the American University in Cairo and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics with a Minor in Computer Science.
Prior to joining Delta Inspire, Karim was a Risk Analyst in Tanmeyah for Micro Finance Services. There he conducted comprehensive analysis for the micro lending portfolio; identifying, mitigating risks that the company faces and evaluating the risk status of the company. Karim is also proficient at building historical financial and credit risk models and conducting incentive schemes in order to motivate the collection cycle.
Karim is an alumnus of MSA University, faculty of Management sciences (2012).
CEO of SHAN Investment Company.
Founder & CEO of Engage Ads Egypt.
Country Manager for NABD (نبض)
Digital Sales Director for Promomedia.
Previously, Digital Media Director for Future Media Company “Digicom” (March 2014 – July 2014)
IT Director & Digital Sales Manager at Adline Media Network Egypt (2010-2014).
Engineering projects Manager for ART (Arab Media Corporation AMC) (2004-2010)
Teaching Assistant in Computer Science courses, lab instruction & grading – Modern Sciences and Arts University MSA (2002-2003).
Holds a Bachelor of Science from Modern Science and Arts University in Computer Science & software.