Tawazon, Qalaa Holdings’ subsidiary company for investment in the regional solid waste management industry, controls two companies: the Egyptian Company for Solid Waste Recycling (ECARU), a solid waste management service operator, and the Engineering Tasks Group (ENTAG), a solid waste management engineering and contracting company. Together, these two companies form a leading waste management enterprise with extensive operations in Egypt and an international project book in Oman, Malaysia, Sudan, Nigeria, Libya, Saudi Arabia and Syria.

The companies are active in the following areas: 

Agricultural Solid Waste Management: ECARU collects and processes agricultural waste in Egypt. In 2014, it collected 318,865 tons of waste.

Municipal Solid Waste Management: An ECARU subsidiary is active in municipal solid waste management in the south of Cairo, where it is contracted to receive, sort, treat and landfill up to 547,000 tons of waste annually. In addition, the company was recently awarded a similar contract for 1.28 million tons of waste annually in the governorate of Dakahlia.

Solid Waste Engineering & Contracting: ENTAG has thus far built more than 75 sorting and composting facilities in Egypt and also runs projects in Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Libya, Sudan, Oman and Syria. The company acts as a “door opener” for ECARU.

Qalaa Holdings is working closely with management to help boost human and financial resources to be better able to capitalize on existing opportunities as well as develop and explore others, both on a local and regional scale. Our short to medium focus is on providing biomass and RDF as alternative fuels to heavy energy consumers such as cement factories as well as the export of waste to be used for residential and industrial heating purposes through densification projects.

  • 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.