The American Chamber of Commerce (Amcham) in Egypt announced yesterday the Egyptian winners in the fourth Amcham Mena Council Women in Business Awards.
Zeinab Hashim, the CEO and managing director of ADIB Capital, was chosen as the woman of the year in the Egyptian corporate sector.
With over 35 years of banking experience, Hashim has a wealth of experience in the banking industry, including managing the issuance of an international $600m five-year bond that helped to better manage ADIB Capital’s foreign currency holdings and improved the foreign currency liquidity of the National Bank of Egypt (NBE). In addition, she was part of the group that increased the NBE’s earnings from EGP 400m in 2008 to in excess of EGP 3bn in the fiscal year 2013/2014. Prior to that, Hashim worked for Citibank and Barclays Bank in several locations throughout the region.
Dina Sherif, the CEO and founding partner of Ahead of the Curve, has been chosen as the woman of the year in Egypt’s entrepreneur sector. An associate professor, holder of the Willard Brown Chair for International Business Director, a member of the entrepreneurship center, a board member at the American University in Cairo, and a member of the Presidential Council for Economic Development, Sherif is a prominent social entrepreneur involved in many levels of activity.
Ahead of the Curve is a social enterprise promoting responsible and sustainable management practices in an attempt to develop socially innovative business models in emerging markets to support both economic growth and social change.
Sherif has nearly 15 years of international and regional experience in integrated community development, nonprofit management and corporate sustainability management.
Amcham named Yasmin Helal the woman of the year in the Egyptian non-profit sector. Helal is the founder and executive director of Educate-Me, which was founded as a voluntary fundraising effort to send financially underprivileged children back to school.
Educate-Me helps to support hundreds of people through the community school it has developed which serve both as a centre to train and develop teachers and to disseminate its learning model across Egypt.
Amcham named P&G the top employer of women in Egypt. The company has gained acclaim for implementing robust gender diversity programmes on all levels of the organization with 41.4% of P&G Egypt employees being women and approximately 30% of its senior management represented by women.
Amcham named the Commercial International Bank (CIB) as the bank that best supports women owned and women-led businesses.
The CIB has launched a number of different programmes and tailored special retail products for the women demographic, including the ‘Heya Credit Card’.
The Egyptian winners of Amcham’s awards will now compete for the regional title.
Amcham will announce the winners on the MENA regional level at a special awards ceremony in Egypt on March 22nd.