• Stephen A. Murphy
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    Stephen A. Murphy

    Special Advisor
    Stephen A. Murphy

    Stephen A. Murphy

    Special Advisor

    Mr. Murphy joined Qalaa Holdings in 2008. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Murphy was head of private placements at Citigroup Global Markets. With more than 20 years of experience in private equity fundraising and investment banking, Mr. Murphy held a range of positions with Salomon Brothers / Salomon Smith Barney in New York, Tokyo and London starting in 1985. Originally a mergers and acquisitions specialist who headed Salomon’s European M&A practice in the early 1990s, Mr. Murphy’s career has covered a wide range of advisory as well as public and private fundraising activities. He executed Salomon’s first lead-managed IPO in Europe and has handled yankee and convertible bond funding and private placements for both general partners and private companies. Before re-joining Citigroup in 2001, he held the post of Managing Director of E*Trade International Capital, where he was, among other things, responsible for setting up the company’s online distribution of equity offerings via its web portal. Mr. Murphy was previously Managing Director for Institutional Relations at Qalaa Holdings.

  • Yaser M. Gamali
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    Yaser M. Gamali

    Managing Director
    Yaser M. Gamali

    Yaser M. Gamali

    Managing Director

    Prior to joining Qalaa Holdings in 2014, Mr. Yaser M. Gamali served as the Vice Chairman and Managing Director of AlexBank (a subsidiary of Intesa San Paolo), where he was a member of the Board of Directors with responsibility for overseeing all business activities spanning Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Retail, Corporate Banking and Treasury activities. Mr. Gamali began his career in the advisory division of Ernst & Young in Australia and has held numerous senior finance and commercial roles in Australia, Europe and across the Middle East covering Corporate and Investment Banking, Asset Management, Islamic Banking and Private Equity. Other recent roles included heading HSBC’s Investment Banking in Saudi Arabia and the Investment Banking, Brokerage, Treasury and Commercial Banking divisions in Egypt.

    In addition, he served as a non-executive director on numerous boards of private and listed companies across the Middle East, including HSBC Investment Bank in Dubai, El Sewedy Electric in Egypt, Majid Al Futtaim Group companies in Dubai and Egypt, Orix Finance in Egypt, Dubai and Oman and was a founding member of the Egyptian charitable organisation Misr El Kheir. Mr. Gamali holds a Business Degree and Post Graduate Diploma in Finance from Melbourne University.

  • Mohamed Abdellah
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    Mohamed Abdellah

    Managing Director
    Mohamed Abdellah

    Mohamed Abdellah

    Managing Director

    Before joining Qalaa Holdings in 2005, Mr. Abdellah was with the high net worth desk at EFG-Hermes’ Brokerage arm. Earlier, at the Commercial International Bank (CIB)’s Credit Department, he handled the textiles and paper sector with a utilized portfolio of LE 500 million. Mr. Abdellah holds a BA in Accounting from Cairo University’s Faculty of Commerce.

  • Karim Badr
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    Karim Badr

    Managing Director
    Karim Badr

    Karim Badr

    Managing Director

    Prior to joining Qalaa Holdings, Mr. Badr was Associate Director of Investment Banking at Barclays Bank, Egypt. He advised, arranged and executed Egypt’s first securitization transaction and over EGP 4 billion (US$ 727 million) in financing and acquisition transactions for a number of companies including Qalaa Holdings’s acquisitions of the Egyptian Fertilizers Company and a majority in stake in ASEC group. Mr. Badr also held a range of investment banking positions at Sigma Capital. He holds a BSc in Construction Engineering from the American university in Cairo.

  • Abdalla ElEbiary
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    Abdalla ElEbiary

    Managing Director
    Abdalla ElEbiary

    Abdalla ElEbiary

    Managing Director

    Before joining Qalaa Holdings, an African leader in infrastructure and industry, in February 2006, Mr. ElEbiary was a banker with the Investment Banking Division of Merrill Lynch in New York, where he participated in Merger and Acquisition transactions, in addition to public and private financing of telecom and media companies in the US and Europe. Previously, he was Business Analysis Manager at the Corporate Finance Department of the MeadWestvaco Corporation in New York. Mr. ElEbiary also spent five years with Procter & Gamble’s Finance Group, his last post was Finance Group Manager - Internal Control for Egypt, Lebanon and East Africa. He sits on the boards of Qalaa Holdings platform companies including ASEC Cement, Misr Qena Cement and ASEC Minya, as well as the Board of the Egyptian Private Equity Association. Mr. ElEbiary holds a BA in Economics from the American University in Cairo and an MBA from Columbia University in New York.

  • Alaa El Fas
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    Alaa El Fas

    Managing Director
    Alaa El Fas

    Alaa El Fas

    Managing Director

  • Ahmed El Sharkawy
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    Ahmed El Sharkawy

    Managing Director
    Ahmed El Sharkawy

    Ahmed El Sharkawy

    Managing Director

    Before joining Qalaa Holdings in 2008, Mr. El Sharkawy served as a Principal at Booz Allen Hamilton based in Abu Dhabi, where he advised leading regional private and public corporations in the telecommunications and media sectors. There, he counseled companies on investment strategy, valuation, financial planning, portfolio and growth strategy, organizational design, business development and regulatory and public policy. Previously, he was a Brand Manager at Henkel, Egypt. Mr. El Sharkawy holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the American University in Cairo, an MSc in Engineering Management from the University of Michigan, and an MBA from INSEAD.

  • Mostafa Sowelem
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    Mostafa Sowelem

    Managing Director
    Mostafa Sowelem

    Mostafa Sowelem

    Managing Director

    Mr. Sowelem joined Qalaa Holdings in 2006, after serving as Strategic Planning Projects Manager with CEMEX Egypt. His diverse expertise spans various fields including strategic analysis, results based management, assessment, feasibility and acquisition in the cement and downstream oil and gas industries. Mr. Sowelem holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the American University in Cairo.

  • Raouf Tawfik
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    Raouf Tawfik

    Managing Director
    Raouf Tawfik

    Raouf Tawfik

    Managing Director

    Prior to joining Qalaa Holdings in 2005, Mr. Tawfik was Finance Specialist with Environment Quality International, where he worked in numerous areas including microlending and private equity. He was previously a Strategist and Equity Analyst with EFG-Hermes’ Brokerage arm. He holds a BSc in Construction Engineering from the American University in Cairo and an MSc in Finance from Imperial College Management School in London.

  • Ahmed Abd El Sattar
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    Ahmed Abd El Sattar

    Group Chief Information Officer
    Ahmed Abd El Sattar

    Ahmed Abd El Sattar

    Group Chief Information Officer

    Prior to joining Qalaa Holdings in 2014, Mr. Abd El Sattar has held numerous leadership positions at Raya Group’s Information Technology and Consulting Services, culminating in his appointment as CEO of Raya International Services business unit in 2009. His long career with Raya began in 1993 and included serving as Chief Operations Officer at Raya IT, Director of Professional Services, General Manager of Strategic Projects, General Manager of Oratech, and as General Manager of International Operations.

    Mr. Abd El Sattar holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communications from the Faculty of Engineering at Cairo University, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Maastricht School of Management.

  • Rami Barsoum
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    Rami Barsoum

    Head of Information Technology
    Rami Barsoum

    Rami Barsoum

    Head of Information Technology

    Mr. Barsoum joined Qalaa Holdings in 2007 and brings to the firm a broad technical background and experience across a number of roles and functions. He began his career at MEMScAP Ltd, a leading international provider of micro-electromechanical systems, as a systems engineer. Mr. Barsoum worked with Al-Ahram Beverages in a number of technical and business functions and with Schlumberger Logelco as a systems engineer, project manager and digital infrastructure sales engineer. He holds a degree in Engineering with concentration in Computer Science with honors from Ain Shams University.

  • Hazem Dakroury
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    Hazem Dakroury

    Head of Government Relations
    Hazem Dakroury

    Hazem Dakroury

    Head of Government Relations

    Prior to joining Qalaa Holdings at the end of 2007, Mr. Dakroury was a senior official in Egyptian government service. Mr. Dakroury joined government service in 1983 and was seconded to the United Arab Emirates in 1988 for a six-year stint in Abu Dhabi, where he worked in the risk analysis and foreign affairs portfolios. Mr. Dakroury is also an advisor and shareholder representative to several companies. He holds a law degree from Ain Shams University, a Diploma in International Negotiation from the University of London and a Diploma in Risk Analysis from the University of New Mexico.

  • Salam Hammad
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    Salam Hammad

    Head of Administration
    Salam Hammad

    Salam Hammad

    Head of Administration

    Prior to joining Qalaa Holdings in 2006, Ms. Hammad managed human resources, administrative and financial efforts for companies and NGOs operating in a number of industries. A founder and manager of two successful advertising agencies, she was later elected a Member of the Board of Directors and Secretary-General at the British International Schools (BISC). Ms. Hammad’s service with the NGO sector includes a term as Deputy Executive Director at the British Egyptian Business Association (BEBA) and later as Executive Director of the Egyptian Society of Association Executives (EgSAE). She holds a BA in Economics from Cairo University and diplomas in International Finance, Psychology and Marketing.

  • Ghada Hammouda
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    Ghada Hammouda

    Chief Marketing Officer and Head of Marketing Communications
    Ghada Hammouda

    Ghada Hammouda

    Chief Marketing Officer and Head of Marketing Communications

    Ms. Hammouda has more than 30 years of experience in strategic planning, business transformation and re-engineering, market development and advocacy, opportunity creation and conflict resolution. Prior to joining Qalaa Holdings, an African leader in infrastructure and industry, in 2008, Ms. Hammouda served in New York for over 20 years as a senior executive and consultant working with icons including IBM, AT&T, P&G, M&M Mars, DeBeers,Philip Morris, Avis RAC, US Navy, Prudential Bache, Sterling Health, Merrill Lynch, Ogilvy & Mather, N.W. Ayer and BSB in categories ranging from FMCG to IT. Ms. Hammouda was also a board member for the New York-based Sunhawk.com Corporation, a leading digital rights management company. She has also served as co-chair of the African Venture Capital Association’s Advocacy Committee and the Women-in-business Committee of The American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of Cairo American College and an SME Mentor with Endeavor. A summa cum laude graduate from the American University in Cairo, Ms. Hammouda holds a BA in Business Administration and Mass Communications and a License en Droit from Cairo University.

  • Tarek Hassan
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    Tarek Hassan

    Head of Legal Department
    Tarek Hassan

    Tarek Hassan

    Head of Legal Department

    Mr. Hassan spent over 20 years in corporate law before joining Qalaa Holdings as head of its legal department. Mr. Hassan began his career at the Law Office of Dr. Saeed El Halafawy, where he gained extensive experience establishing joint-stock companies in several national jurisdictions and acted as a lead advisor on M&A transactions throughout the Middle East and Africa. After establishing and building a private practice from 1994-1999, Mr. Hassan moved to the Funoun Group to head its Legal Department. Mr. Hassan holds a law degree from Cairo University.

  • Amr M. El-Kadi
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    Amr M. El-Kadi

    Head of Investor Relations and Risk Management
    Amr M. El-Kadi

    Amr M. El-Kadi

    Head of Investor Relations and Risk Management

    Mr. El-Kadi spent more than 20 years in Commercial Banking, Investment Banking and Investor Relations before joining Qalaa Holdings as Head of Investor Relations and Risk Management. Previously, Mr. El-Kadi helped establish and lead EFG Hermes’ Research practice, and later he headed the regional investment bank’s Risk Management operations. Before his work at EFG Hermes, Mr. El-Kadi worked with credit groups at leading local and international banks across Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United States. Mr. El-Kadi sat on the Board of Al-Watany Bank of Egypt, is a founding member of the Egyptian Capital Markets Association and sits on the Egyptian Exchange’s EGX 30 Committee. He has previously served on the Boards of a number of spinning, weaving, ready-made garments and media production companies, and lectures on financial analysis and credit related topics at several of Cairo’s universities and institutions. Mr. El-Kadi earned a BA with High Honors and an MA from the American University in Cairo (AUC), both in Economics.

  • Shady Raphael
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    Shady Raphael

    Head of Internal Audit
    Shady Raphael

    Shady Raphael

    Head of Internal Audit

    Mr. Raphael joined Qalaa Holdings as Head of Internal Audit in January 2014. He brings 20 years of broad industry experience to the firm in the areas of assurance, risk, and anti-fraud. Mr. Raphael worked in the internal audit, external audit and finance functions in the pharmaceutical, audit and, most recently, telecommunications industries. He holds a BA in Accounting from Helwan University (1994) and passed the US CPA exam (2001).

  • Mohsen Mansour
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    Mohsen Mansour

    Principal
    Mohsen Mansour

    Mohsen Mansour

    Principal

    Mr. Mansour joined Qalaa Holdings in 2009 after a 14-year career with EFG Hermes, the Arab world’s leading investment bank. At EFG Hermes, he worked across a number of sales roles in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Cooperation Council countries. Prior to joining Qalaa Holdings, he was most recently head of the Gulf sales function for all EFG Hermes product lines from the investment bank’s Riyadh office. Mansour holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Cairo University.

  • Yasmin Al Gharbawie
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    Yasmin Al Gharbawie

    General Counsel
    Yasmin Al Gharbawie

    Yasmin Al Gharbawie

    General Counsel

    Prior to joining Qalaa Holdings, Ms. Gharbawie was the legal director for Microsoft Egypt, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman. She previously held the post of legal director for Heineken Egypt a.k.a Al Ahram Beverages Company, S.A.E. and was a senior associate at Shalakany Law Office. She holds a LL.M degree in securities & international trade law from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada and a Bachelors of Law degree in French commercial law from the University of Paris—Sorbonne, France.