Magdy Ishak. Chair
Prof Magdy Ishak was born in Egypt in 1947, he currently lives in London. He graduated from Ain Shams Medical School in Egypt and was trained as an Orthopedic and Spinal surgeon in the United Kingdom. During his Medical career he pioneered the work on lower limb graded pressure stockings, which reduce the risk of DVT and Pulmonary Embolism, currently these stockings are used worldwide in all type of surgeries. Prof Ishak was instrumental in the adaptation of the ISO 9001 in healthcare accreditation, he was chosen by his peers as an Honorary Companion Charter Institute of Management, he also teaches Healthcare Economics to MBA students and he was made Freeman of the City of Glasgow for his Civic work. He is a senior judicator in disputes between government and private healthcare providers in the UK. Prof Ishak is one of the early participants in PPP and has three major projects with the British National health service including the Neuroscience Institute in Preston University.
Prof Ishak is the Chairman of the Egyptian Medical Society-UK, Vice Chairman of The British Egyptian Society, he is member of the Institute of Directors- UK (IoD), and the Supervisory Board of London Middle East Institute - London University. He is former founder and CEO of Covenant Healthcare Group, and currently he is the Executive Chairman of Optive Group.
Magdi Yacoub. Member
Prof Sir Magdi Yacoub is currently Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London. He is the Founder and Director of Research at the Harefield Heart Science Centre (Magdi Yacoub Institute) overseeing over 60 scientists and students in the areas of tissue engineering, myocardial regeneration, stem cell biology, end stage heart failure and transplant immunology. He is also the Founder of the Magdi Yacoub Heart Foundation/Aswan Heart Centre, a charitable tertiary Cardiac Centre in Upper Egypt, which serves Egyptian underprivileged paediatric and adult patients. He is also founder and director of Magdi Yacoub Research Network, which has created the Qatar Cardiovascular Research Centre in collaboration with Qatar Foundation and Hamad Medical Corporation.
Professor Yacoub was born in Egypt and graduated from Cairo University Medical School in 1957, trained in London and held an Assistant Professorship at the University of Chicago. He is a former BHF Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery for over 20 years and Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Harefield Hospital from 1969-2001 and Royal Brompton Hospital from 1986-2001. Professor Yacoub established the largest heart and lung transplantation programme in the world where more than 2,500 transplant operations have been performed. He has also developed novel operations for a number of complex congenital heart anomalies. He was knighted for his services to medicine and surgery in 1991, awarded Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 1998 and Fellowship of The Royal Society in 1999. A lifetime outstanding achievement award in recognition of his contribution to medicine was presented to Professor Yacoub by the Secretary of State for Health in the same year.
Research led by Professor Yacoub include tissue engineering heart valves, myocardial regeneration, novel left ventricular assist devices and wireless sensors with collaborations within Imperial College, nationally and internationally. He has also supervised over 18 higher degree (PhD/MD) students and published over 1,000 articles.
Sir Magdi has an active interest in global healthcare delivery with particular focus developing programmes in Egypt, The Gulf Region, Mozambique, Ethiopia and Jamaica. He is Founder and President of the Chain of Hope charity, treating children with correctable cardiac conditions from war-torn and developing countries and establishing training and research programmes in local cardiac units.
Daniel Kurtzer. Member
Ambassador Daniel C. Kurtzer is the S. Daniel Abraham Professor of Middle East Policy Studies at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. During a 29-year career in the U.S. Foreign Service, Ambassador Kurtzer served as the United States Ambassador to Israel and as the United States Ambassador to Egypt. He was also a speechwriter and member of the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff; and served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs and as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Research. He retired in 2005 with the rank of Career Minister.
Kurtzer is the co-author of Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace: American Leadership in the Middle East (2008), co-author of The Peace Puzzle: America’s Quest for Arab-Israeli Peace, 1989- 2011(2013), and editor of Pathways to Peace: America and the Arab-Israeli Conflict (2012). He currently serves as a member of the Secretary of State’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board. He served as an advisor to the Iraq Study Group, and currently is a member of the Board of Trustees of the American University in Cairo, member of the Board of The Middle East Institute and the National Library of Israel; and a member of the New Jersey-Israel Commission. In 2007, he was named the first Commissioner of the professional Israel Baseball League.
Ambassador Kurtzer received a B.A. from Yeshiva University and a Ph.D. from Columbia University.
Hany Findakly. Member
Dr. Findakly, an investment banker, is Vice Chairman and Director of Clinton Group Inc., an investment management firm in New York.
From 1990 to 1999, he was President of Potomac Babson Inc., an investment management firm in New York. From 1986- 1990, he held senior management positions on Wall Street, including PaineWebber Inc., as Managing Director of global risk management, and Drexel Burnham Lambert, as Head of the International Division with overall responsibility for managing the firm’s international subsidiaries in the US, Europe and Asia.
He joined Wall Street from the World Bank in Washington D.C. where he worked from 1975 to 1986. As Director of the Investment Department and Chief Investment Officer of the World Bank and its affiliates, he had overall management responsibility for the World Bank’s global investment portfolio of US$25 billion in 20 international markets.
Between 1972 and 1975, Dr. Findakly served on the MIT faculty, where he did research and teaching in the field of decision theory and systems analysis. In 1973, he was OAS Visiting Associate Professor at the Catholic University in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on leave from MIT. Dr. Findakly received his Doctor of Science (D.Sc., 1972, Decision Theory); and Master of Science (M.Sc., 1971, Computer Simulation) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). At MIT, he was Goulbenkian Foundation Fellow and was elected to Sigma Xi and Chi Epsilon (research & engineering excellence). He graduated from Baghdad University (B. Sc., magna cum laude, Civil Engineering, 1966).
For 30 years, Dr. Findakly has advised many governments, central banks, and international institutions in the fields of portfolio management, capital markets, and risk management. Over the years, he has participated in a number of symposia on related subjects worldwide. Dr. Findakly serves on a number of academic and public interest boards, including, inter alia: the Middle East Institute (Governing Board, and, Chairman, Advisory Board); Harvard University Center for Middle East Studies (International Board); University of Maryland Sadat Chair for Peace and International Development (Selection Committee), along with several national and community boards. From January 2000 to January 2003, he was President of the Arab Bankers Association of North America. His international activities include the UNDP Steering Committee on Private Finance for Human Development, UN Summit on Financing for Development, and the Council on Foreign Relations Task Forces on the Balkans 2010 and Middle East Trade & Investments. In the private field, Dr. Findakly is a director of the Clinton Group Inc., New York; a private equity mutual fund affiliated with Deutsche Bank; as well as a major international investment company, among others.
A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Dr. Findakly has done extensive work and lectured worldwide on issues of international development, global capital markets, global investing, and financial risk management.
Alex Shalaby. Member
On September 1, 2008 Alex Shalaby was appointed Chairman of the Egyptian Company for Mobile Services (Mobinil) by Board consensus; prior to that he was its President and CEO since 2005.
Shalaby came to Mobinil from Washington, DC where he was AT&T Director for Public Affairs, serving as the company’s link to lawmakers on Capitol Hill and lobbying the executive branch of the U.S. government. He helped in achieving more liberalization of the telecoms sector internationally for the emerging nations of the Middle East, Africa, and Eastern Europe through the relevant bi-lateral and multi-lateral agencies. He started his professional career with AT&T in San Jose, California in 1970.
Over the years Alex served on the boards of the American Chamber of Commerce becoming its president during the period (1991 – 1992), the Bi-national Fulbright Commission, and Seeds of Peace and currently chairs the boards of Injaz and Enactus in Egypt. Alex also serves on the Enactus Worldwide board of directors and Hands Along the Nile, a US-based NGO with significant developmental activities in Egypt.
In 1966 Shalaby graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alexandria and earned a Masters of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from San Jose State University in California.
Aly El Hamamsy. Member
Aly El Hamamsy concentrates his practice in the area of corporate law, with emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, private equity and corporate governance. Prior to joining Cadwalader, Aly worked for two and a half years at the National Basketball Association, where he was a Vice President in charge of the NBA’s different businesses in several international markets. Prior to joining the NBA, Aly spent eight years as an associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell’s M&A group, where he advised clients on a variety of corporate matters, including public and private acquisitions and divestitures, restructurings, joint ventures, corporate governance, and proxy contests.
Aly received his J.D. from Columbia Law School in 2000, where was a James Kent scholar and a Harlan Fiske Stone scholar, and his Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) from McGill University in 1997, where he graduated on the Dean’s Honor List. He is fluent in French and Arabic, and conversant in Italian.
Reda Athanasios. Executive Director / Co-Founder
Mr. Athanasios is the President and CEO of Learning Technology Partners, a Cloud Solution Provider for educational technologies. He is the former COO and President of Convene, a pioneering eLearning company that he cofounded in 1993. He is the former senior Vice President of Client Services for Dallas based, Affiliated Computer Services, a $12 billion Fortune 500 company that provides business process and technology solutions, systems integration, professional services, and e-commerce. Before that, Mr. Athanasios was the Administrator and a co-founder of the British International School in Zamalek Egypt. The B.I.S.C. is the premier K-12 school in the Middle East.
Mr. Athanasios has served on numerous panels and presented at eLearning conferences for organizations such as EDUCAUSE, College Board, Syllabus, Converge and numerous investment banking firms. In addition to contributing to numerous articles, Mr. Athanasios has been quoted and interviewed in major media outlets including The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Business Week, and Educom Review. Mr. Athanasios is recognized for his major support and contribution to some of the world's largest eLearning programs including The University of Phoenix.
He currently serves as a director for many non-profit organizations including Universal Montessori School, the association that serves the children of new US immigrants He currently leads the Together against Terrorism initiative and is one of the founders of Egyptians4egypt database project.
Dr Ahmed Shawki. Member
Dr. Ahmed Moustafa Shawki has been a Managing Partner at Mostafa Shawki & Co. (MAZARS) since 1992. Dr. Shawki participated in the development of audit and accounting standards for Egypt. He has worked with the Capital Market Authority to rationalize policies for the evaluation and audit of unit trusts. He served as Office Managing Partner at Arthur Andersen Shawki & Co. from 1981 to 1992), Senior Auditor at Arthur Andersen (London, UK) from 1978 to 1981, EDP Director ... of Management Program, American University in Cairo from 1976 to 1978, Executive Consultant at Industrial Company for Extraction from 1975 to 1978 and Senior Process Engineer at National Research Center from 1967 to 1975. He serves as Non Executive Director of The Arab Contractors Osman Ahmed Osman & Co. He serves as a Director of the Egyptian Society of Accountants and Auditors and the Egyptian Taxation Society.
Dr. Shawki was a founding member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt and served as its President from 1997 to 1999. He also served as Executive Vice President, Treasurer and Vice President, Program at American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt. Dr. Shawki has spoken at several high-profile conferences on Egypt's privatization program both in Egypt and overseas in London; New York, Washington, DC and Stanford University in the United States; and in Bahrain. He received B. Sc. in Accounting from Ain Shams University, Cairo, 1978.