Current Board and Leadership Council
Chairman, RISE Egypt
Founder & CEO, Capital Executive Solutions
Founder & CEO, IBT Global
Founder & President , RISE Egypt
Visiting Scientist, Harvard University
Co-founder & Managing Director, Qalaa Holdings
CEO, Giza Systems
Associate Research Professor, Social Research Center, AUC
Chairman Emeritus, Sarhank Group for Investment
Former CEO for Telecom, Raya Holding
Founding Board of Directors
Founder & President
Co-founder, RISE Egypt;
MENA Business Leader, Google X
Founder & CEO, Indie.Biz; Founding Co-Director, RISE Fellowship Program
Capital Executive Solutions
Chairwoman & Chief Designer
Azza Fahmy Jewelry
Executive Management Consultant
AUC Business School
PriceWaterhouse Coopers Egypt
Amr Helmy Designs
Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship AUC Business School
Meet the Team
Co-founder & President
(a.k.a. Chief Visioneer)
Mona Mowafi is trained in global health and development, and has come to the world of entrepreneurship as an evolution of sorts. Through 15 years of experience living and working in the Arab region, she became convinced about the important role innovative, people-driven development (i.e. social entrepreneurship) can play in transforming society, alleviating poverty, and creating sustainable opportunities for long term growth and impact. Mona has published numerous articles and book chapters in her area of research, including co-authoring one of the first texts on Social Entrepreneurship in the Arab World. In 2011, she was recognized as an emerging leader in global health research by the Global Health Council; in 2013, she was awarded the Judith O'Connor Award for emerging nonprofit leaders from Boardsource; and in 2014, Mona was honored to receive 1 of 20 National Service Leadership Awards by Americorps Alums in recognition of her leadership in global development and ongoing commitment to service-learning. Mona holds a doctorate in Social Epidemiology from Harvard University, a Masters in International Health from Johns Hopkins University, and Bachelors degrees in Biochemistry and Middle East Studies from the University of Virginia. Mona lives with her husband and two children in Brookline, MA.
(a.k.a. Gets It Done Director)
Noha Soliman is a veteran events and marketing manager. Prior to joining RISE Egypt, she served as Marketing Manager at First Republic Bank managing the launch of new products as well as planning several annual galas and corporate events. She has also coordinated events domestically and internationally for corporations such as Discovery Communications, The Fairchild Corporation and the Hart Speech Foundation. Noha holds a Bachelor’s in Communications from the University of Maryland. She’s the mother of two boys and is dedicated to teaching them Arabic and learning about their Egyptian heritage.
Egypt Operations Manager
(a.k.a. King of Patience)
Wael Mahran earned his B.Sc. in electrical engineering from Cairo University, then received his MBA with a specialty in Marketing from the Arab Academy of Science & Technology, graduating with honors. Wael worked as Egypt's Media & Communications Coordinator with Egypt NEGMA, a nonprofit that runs an annual conference and social innovation competition focused on early stage social ventures from Egypt. He was a member of the organizing committee for the second NEGMA conference that took place in MIT on March 2012, and was later elected to become a NEGMA board member in 2013. Wael was an Egyptian Taekwondo National team player, then moved to become a certified international coach from the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF). He has coached many Egyptian players to achieve world class trophies, crowning his coaching career by taking part in the London 2012 Olympic games. He will also coach the Egyptian national Taekwondo champion at the 2016 Olympic games in Rio, Brazil.
Research & Policy Manager
(a.k.a Numbers Guru)
Eman El-Hadary is a statistician and researcher. She started her career working with a number of prestigious research institutes in Egypt and in the Middle East including the Social Research Center at AUC and the Economic Research Forum. Eman has also worked as consultant on various social research projects tackling issues of health equity, social determinants of health, education and women's empowerment. Eman also has market research experience through her work with Nielson, a prominent market research firm, where she worked on brand image and equity, consumer satisfaction, usage and attitudes surveys, mystery shopping, product ideation and development. Working with the corporate world, she had the chance to undertake studies on corporate social responsibility, entrepreneurship and sustainable business. Eman is trained in both quantitative and qualitative research approaches, monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and randomized control trials (RCTs). She currently coaches and conducts trainings on the subject of research methods while completing her Masters degree in public policy at the American University in Cairo (AUC).
Rowaida Abdelaziz is a freelance journalist based in New York City. Previously she worked for the Committee to Protect Journalists and Al Jazeera Arabic. Her written work has also appeared in various publications including the Islamic Monthly and Elan Magazine. She graduated with a B.A. from Rutgers University with a double major in Journalism & Media Studies and Middle Eastern Studies.
Habi is a graphic designer & cofounder of Tandem Design Studio. Relying on his extensive professional experience in branding and art education, Habi founded Tandem in 2014, a Cairo based design studio, specialising in branding and design services. Having a passion for art and global culture, Habi gathered his cultural and professional experience from different places around the world. After graduating in 2002, Habi worked at the Guggenheim Museum in Venice, Italy. He worked for Y&R Cairo, then moved to Y&R San Francisco. In 2007, he decided to return back to Cairo where he worked as a Creative Director for Icon, one of the emerging branding agencies in Egypt. Habi Studied Painting and Art History at The Faculty of Fine Arts in Cairo.
Special Thanks To
A special thanks to the legal team at Akin Gump for providing superb legal services to RISE Egypt as a pro-bono client. The team at Akin has not only been meticulous, but working with them has also been a tremendous pleasure.
A special thanks to Kaamil El-Rayess and Basel Ismail, Executive MBAs from the Cornell Johnson School of Business, and RISE supporters, for helping to forge a fruitful and productive partnership with the Johnson School’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation (EII) Program. Through this partnership, Executive MBAs partner with RISE Entrepreneurs to implement pro-bono business consulting services in the areas of strategy, accounting, management, operations, and other areas that may help the entrepreneurs scale their enterprises.