• KHALED ABUBAKR
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    KHALED ABUBAKR

    TAQA Arabia - Executive Chairman
    KHALED ABUBAKR

    KHALED ABUBAKR

    TAQA Arabia - Executive Chairman

    As a renowned industry veteran, Eng. Abubakr served in a number of top-tier leadership positions in the Egyptian gas industry prior to co-founding TAQA, a leading Egyptian energy distributor and a subsidiary of Qalaa Holdings, an African leader in infrastructure and industry. During this period, he was responsible for different strategic projects through the incorporation and leadership of several companies in both the public and private sectors including EGPC, Egypt Gas, ENPPI, Gas & Energy Group, City Gas and House Gas. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Egyptian Gas Association and sits on the board of several business organizations and a number of affiliated power, oil and gas companies such as the International Gas Union (IGU) where he is the Regional Coordinator for Middle East & Africa. His efforts over the past 29 years have led to the use of natural gas in several countries in the Middle East and Africa. He holds a B.Sc. Degree in Engineering from Cairo University, an MBA in management of Oil & Gas companies from HEC - Montreal University, and several advanced diplomas from Harvard University and the University of Texas.

    With over 18 years of experience, TAQA is investing and operating energy infrastructure including gas transmission and distribution, power generation and distribution and retail marketing of petroleum products.

  • Pakinam Kafafi
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    Pakinam Kafafi

    Taqa Arabia - CEO
    Pakinam Kafafi

    Pakinam Kafafi

    Taqa Arabia - CEO

    Mrs. Pakinam Kafafi, has nearly 25 years of experience within the Energy and Investment Banking sectors. She assumed leadership of TAQA Group as Chief Executive Officer in 2013.

    Prior, Kafafi had been serving as the Group’s Chief Investment Officer since 2006 where she successfully contributed to the group’s evolution by acquiring and consolidating several gas distribution companies for BG, ENI, Edison and AMEC. In addition, she led the group’s business diversification strategy into Power Generation and Distribution and Renewable Energy. Kafafi was also the Investment General Manager TAQA’s Gas Division starting 2003.

    Before joining TAQA she served as Vice President at EFG‐Hermes Investment Banking where she successfully participated in various acquisitions and privatization projects in Egypt.

    In 2016, Mrs. Kafafi was chosen as one of the Top Fifty Influential Women in Egypt. She is also a long-standing member of the American Chamber of Commerce and the British Egyptian Business Association (BEBA).

  • Mohamed Saad
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    Mohamed Saad

    ERC - Managing Director
    Mohamed Saad

    Mohamed Saad

    ERC - Managing Director

    Mohammed Saad Ibrahim holds vast experience in the energy sector. He began his career as an engineer at Nasr Petroleum in Alexandria in 1975. He later went on to work at Suez Petroleum where he held various senior level positions between 1977 and 2009, including Chairman of the Board. In 2009 Ibrahim moved to Al Nasr Petroleum Company where he served as Chairman for one year after which he became Vice Chairman of the South Valley Holding Company for Petroleum until 2012.

    Additionally, Ibrahim has held a number of executive positions in organizations including memberships in: the Geographical Committee for Suez and Sinai petroleum companies, and the Governing Council of Sukhna Refining and Petrochemicals. He was also the Chairman of the Suez Institute for Management Information Systems and Professor Emeritus at the Faculty of Petroleum and Mining Engineering and the Faculty of Science at Ismailia University. Ibrahim received a bachelor's degree in engineering from the University of the Suez Canal in 1975, and a Master's degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma in the United States in 1985. He earned his PhD in Chemical Engineering from Cairo University in 1995, and has held honorary memberships in a number of companies and scientific organizations.

  • Mostafa El Ramly
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    Mostafa El Ramly

    ERC - CFO
    Mostafa El Ramly

    Mostafa El Ramly

    ERC - CFO MOSTAFA AL-RAMLY Chief Financial Officer Mostafa Al-Ramly joined ERC in October 2009 as the Chief Financial Officer. Al-Ramly has over 25 years of experience in the chemicals industry, with the last 10 years spent as a CFO of the Egyptian Fertilizers Company (EFC), where he guided the project through construction, start-up, commissioning, operation and subsequent expansion. Al-Ramly has an excellent understanding of the Egyptian project development and operations environment.
  • Hisham Sherif
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    Hisham Sherif

    Tawazon - CEO
    Hisham Sherif

    Hisham Sherif

    Tawazon - CEO

    Prior to heading Tawazon, a core unit of Qalaa Holding, Dr. Hisham Sherif was the CEO of Engineering Tasks Group (ENTAG) and the Egyptian Company for Solid Waste Recycling (ECARU). He led both companies — which are now subsidiaries of Tawazon — in biomass management projects (collection, transportation and treatment) for producing biomass derived fuel (BDF), animal feed, and compost. Dr. Sherif previously served as a lecturer in Chemical Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering of Minya University. As a leading expert in local and international procurement laws and procedures governing licensing, imports and joint ventures he assisted over 30 municipalities in nine countries in upgrading MSW treatment and disposal projects. Furthermore, he helped direct planning, construction and operation of new MSW sorting, composting, and production of  refused derived fuel (RDF) across the region. He has attended numerous national and international conferences in the field of municipal solid waste, biomass, alternative fuel and  energy management and technologies. Dr. Sherif holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Chemical Engineering Department at Minya University, and a PhD in Chemical Engineering, jointly supervised by Minya University and Strathclyde University in Scotland.

  • Tarek El Gammal
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    Tarek El Gammal

    ASEC Cement - CEO
    Tarek El Gammal

    Tarek El Gammal

    ASEC Cement - CEO

    Mr. El Gammal joined ASEC Cement in March 2008 as Strategic Planning Director and was promoted to Chief Financial Officer in January 2010. Prior to joining ASEC Cement, he spent eight years at CEMEX worldwide where he held a range of posts in both emerging and mature markets including Egypt, Spain, Germany and Puerto Rico where he was responsible for Strategic Planning, Marketing & Integrated Areas. Before CEMEX, Mr. El Gammal was Corporate Finance Manager at Egyptian Anglo for Financial Investments, a boutique investment banking firm that provided corporate finance and portfolio management services. He holds an MBA from the American University in Cairo.

  • General Maged Farrag
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    General Maged Farrag

    Nile Logistics - Chairman of the National Company for Multimodal Transport (NMT)
    General Maged Farrag

    General Maged Farrag

    Nile Logistics - Chairman of the National Company for Multimodal Transport (NMT)

    Maj. Gen. (Ret) Maged Farag is Chairman of the National River Port Management Company (NRPMC), Egypt’s leading developer and operator of river ports, which offers a fuel-efficient end-to-end logistics solution using the River Nile. A Portfolio Company of Citadel Capital’s Nile Logistics, NRPMC operates Tanash Port, a 27,500-square-meter facility capable of handling 2 million tons of bulk material and 110,000 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) per annum. NRPMC is also developing a river port in Tebbin, Alexandria. Prior to joining NRPMC, Mr. Farag was on active duty with the Egyptian Armed Forces, from which he retired with the rank of Major General. His last duty post was as chairman of a state-owned oil and gas company under the Ministry of Petroleum. He holds undergraduate and master’s degrees in military science and was a Fellow of the Higher War College.

  • Fayez Gress
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    Fayez Gress

    ASCOM - CEO & Executive Chair
    Fayez Gress

    Fayez Gress

    ASCOM - CEO & Executive Chair

    Fayez Gress took on the role of Managing Director at ASEC Company for Mining (ASCOM), Qalaa Holdings' platform in the regional mining industry, in 2001. After the company was acquired by Qalaa Holdings (then known as Citadel Capital) in 2004, he became Chairman and Managing Director. Gress has been instrumental in developing ASCOM from a local player that provides services to the cement and building materials sector in Egypt to a group of companies with operations throughout the Middle East and Africa. He has helped introduce new lines of business including gold exploration, an aggregates division and calcium carbonate production. Gress, a geologist by training, began his career with ASEC Group in 1980 as a field geologist.