Tarek Tawfik currently serves as Chairman of Cairo Poultry Group. He is Vice Chairman of the Federation of Egyptian Industries, Chairman of the Egyptian Franchise Association, Deputy Chairman of the Egyptian Center for Economic Studies, and First Vice President of the Federation of Mediterranean Business Organization (BUSINESSMED). Tawfik is also a Board Member of the General Authority for Investments and Free Zones (GAFI), the Egypt Sovereign Wealth Fund, the Egyptian Countryside Development Company, the Egyptian Food Safety Authority, the Chamber of Food Industries, the Agricultural Bank of Egypt, the Egyptian National Competitiveness Council (ENCC), the Egyptian Poultry Federation, and the Ministry of Trade & Industry’s Industrial Modernization Center, the Export Support Program, and the Export Development Authority.
Tawfik is heavily involved in additional organizations, including the Egypt-US Business Council, The American University Business School Advisory Board, The Egyptian Austrian Business Council, and The Egyptian Kuwaiti Business Council. He previously served as AmCham Egypt President and is heavily involved in the advocacy efforts of the organization’s Committees.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering - Cairo University, a master’s in engineering from California Polytechnic State University (Pomona), and an MBA degree from San Francisco State University.
Omar A. Mohanna
Mohanna is the chairman of Chubb Insurance Co. Egypt and chairman of Chubb Life Insurance Co. Egypt. Both companies are subsidiaries of the U.S. multinational insurance group Chubb. He is also chairman of Prometeon Tire Egypt Co., the largest tire producer in Egypt, and a subsidiary of the multinational tire manufacturer Pirelli.
Omar Mohanna is also former Chairman of Suez Cement Group of Companies (SCGC), one of the largest cement producers in Egypt and a subsidiary of the German Multinational Group Heidelberg Cement AG, a world leading cement producer. Mohanna is chairman of the Egypt-U.S. Business Council (EUSBC) and also chairman of the Egyptian Center for Economic Studies (ECES). He is the past president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt (AmCham Egypt) and is a member of a number of business associations, organizations, councils and NGOs.
Mohanna is also a member of the board of directors of the investment banking firm CI Capital and of Corplease Egypt, the leading leasing company in Egypt. He is also a board member of B Investments, a private equity holding company.
David Chi has served as Region Vice President, Apache Corporation and General Manager, Apache Egypt Companies since May 2016. Prior to this role, he held the position of General Manager and Managing Director of Qarun Petroleum Company in Egypt since 2014. Chi transferred to Cairo from his role as Country Manager and Interim Region Vice President of Argentina and has held various management positions with Apache in Argentina and Houston. Prior to joining Apache, Chi served in various roles with ConocoPhillips, Schlumberger, El Paso, and Burlington Resources from 1998 through 2006.
He is currently and has served on several boards, including as Executive Vice President of the Board of Governors for American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt. He is also the Chairman of the Board and President of Springboard Schools – Educating the Future, a nonprofit organization that focuses its efforts on educating girls in rural areas of Egypt. In addition, Chi is a member of the Industry Advisory Board of Petroleum Engineering at American University in Cairo, a Trustee in Cairo American College’s Board of Trustees, and he also serves on the board of additional companies and organizations.
Chi holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas Tech University. He is also a graduate of the Advanced Management Program from Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He has also attended executive management courses in Thunderbird School of Global Management and Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University.
Tarek Mohanna is an international partner of the global law firm White & Case, and is the Executive Partner of MHR & Partners in Association with White & Case. White & Case is a leading global law firm with over 2,200 legal professionals in 44 offices, located in 30 countries and active in many more.
Mohanna joined White & Case in 2008 and worked in the firm's London office until he established the White & Case Cairo office in October 2016. White & Case and AmCham Egypt have maintained a close working relationship since the establishment of W&C Cairo Office, including being an AmCham Corporate Sponsor.
Throughout the years, Mohanna has been an active member of AmCham having participated in over 14 Doorknock missions and previously served on AmCham’s Board of Governors as Vice President for Legal Affairs from 2017 to 2019. Mohanna holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Economics, and a Master of Arts in International Human Rights Law, both from the American University in Cairo. He then completed his legal studies at BPP Law School in London.
Ahmed Abou Ali
Ahmed Abou Ali is a founding partner of Hassouna & Abou Ali law firm (1988), with an LL.M. degree from Harvard Law School (1984) and LL.B. (1980) and Diploma in Private Law (1982) from Cairo University. He practiced law in the U.S. with Sidley Austin Law Firm in the banking and corporate areas. Acting on behalf of multinational companies and international agencies, he has expertise in the areas of banking, capital markets, corporate, investment, mergers and acquisitions, project finance and restructuring, and legislative and economic reforms. He acts both as a transactional and litigator attorney.
Abou Ali is a board member and chair of the compensation and bonuses committee of Telecom Egypt; board member of Enmaa Finance (Leasing and Factoring)) Company and chair of its risk committee; board member of Sekem Holding for Investment and member of its Corporate Governance Committee. He is a former board member of BLOM Bank Egypt and member of its audit committee.
He is a member of the Egypt-U.S. Business Council, the Egypt-Spain Business Council and the Egypt-Greece Business Council. He previously served at the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt as past Executive Vice President in several terms.
Abou Ali is a member of the Board of Trustees and Treasurer of the Education for Employment (EFE) association, and the current Chairman of the Board of the Egyptian Society for the Protection of Intellectual Property Rights since 2014. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Egyptian Center for Economic Studies.
Abou Ali is an author of several published research papers and presentations on different aspects of Egyptian law and regulatory environment.
Dalia Wahba is an entrepreneur and co-founder of CID Consulting, a management consulting firm specialized in both the private sector and economic development. CID services include strategy development, people transformation, customer experience development and marketing communications, as well as designing social impact initiatives serving clients across the MENA region, North America and Europe.
CID operates in diverse industries such as energy, FMCG, agribusiness, financial services, technical vocational education and training, trade and solid waste management, among others. It is engaged in a portfolio of projects in the areas of private sector investment, export promotion, organizational development and reputation management as well as social investment and sustainability programing. The company is also a licensee and representative of the global ECCO International Communications Network in Egypt and the MENA region.
Among its flagship projects, CID participated in developing the socioeconomic impact, launch and branding of the Suez Canal Area Development project (SCZone) as well as the new Renewable Energy Park of Egypt near Aswan.
Wahba has more than 25 years of experience designing and implementing public-private partnership programs including public awareness and outreach programs, and integrated communication strategies for multinational companies in technology, oil and gas, banking and other sectors. She is currently AmCham Egypt’s Vice President for Membership and co-chair of the Dean’s Strategic Advisory Board of the School of Business at the American University in Cairo.
Wahba served as a Chair of the AmCham Marketing committee from 2015-2017. She was first elected to the AmCham Egypt Board of Governors as Vice President, Membership (2011-2015) and also served as both Chair and Co-chair of the AmCham Egypt Marketing Committee (2007- 09).
Wahba holds a master’s degree in Consulting and Coaching for Change from HEC, Paris; a postgraduate degree in integrated marketing communications; and is a certified management consultant of the Institute of Management Consultancy in the United Kingdom. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication and Business Administration from the American University in Cairo.
Hisham A. Fahmy
Hisham Fahmy is CEO of AmCham Egypt Inc., a mirror organization for AmCham Egypt based in Washington D.C., and advisor to the AmCham Egypt Board of Governors. Prior to January 2016, Fahmy had served as executive director, then CEO of AmCham Egypt since December 1999 and as general manager from 1987 to 1993. Fahmy has organized over 28 business missions to Washington D.C. and other states as well as three U.S. missions to Egypt in cooperation with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He is a familiar face in Washington, offering expertise on strategic bilateral issues and the economic relationship between Egypt and the United States.
For over 20 years, Fahmy has advocated for a friendly business environment for U.S. companies operating in Egypt and Egyptian companies working with the United States. He also helped create the AmCham MENA Regional Council to promote U.S. business and investment in the MENA region, and served as the council’s Regional Coordinating CEO. Fahmy also supported the establishment of AmCham Bahrain and AmCham Afghanistan. Under his leadership, AmCham Egypt’s membership reached over 1,900 members and 90 staff.
Fahmy previously served as acting director of the nonprofit think tank Egyptian Center for Economic Studies. He serves on the Board of the Egypt-U.S. Business Council (EUSBC), the Advisory Board of the American University in Cairo’s (AUC) School of Business, the Global Board of Amideast, and the Board of the Education for Employment association. A member of the American Society for Association Executives, he is the founder and former chairman of the Egyptian Society of Association Executives.
Fahmy has been recognized by U.S. corporations including ExxonMobil, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and others for his role promoting Egypt-U.S. Economic relations. Most recently, the Center for Transatlantic Relations gave him the “Mediterranean Leadership Award 2016" for his efforts fostering stronger U.S.-Egypt business and economic relations. Fahmy graduated from AUC in 1974 with a bachelor's degree in chemistry.
Sylvia Menassa is the CEO of AmCham Egypt and as such leads the organization, which serves and connects almost 1,900 members. Menassa has been playing an instrumental role in promoting the U.S.-Egypt business relationship through coordinating policy advocacy efforts on behalf of Egypt’s private sector, the organization of several Doorknock and business missions to and from the U.S., and awareness building activities aimed at enhancing the economic and business environment and encouraging investment. Menassa also serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the AmCham MENA Regional Council, for which AmCham Egypt serves as the Permanent Secretariat, coordinating the activities of 10 countries and working to promote U.S. business and investment in the MENA region.
Menassa has been serving AmCham Egypt relentlessly for the past 30 years in various positions, last of which being COO of AmCham Egypt, managing the operations and overseeing the implementation of AmCham Egypt’s program of work.
Dina Nawar is Director of Operations and Communications at the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt (AmCham Egypt). She has been serving AmCham for more than 22 years in different capacities. In her current role she oversees and coordinates the activities of AmCham’s 24 sector focused Committees, which spearhead advocacy efforts for a favorable business environment in Egypt and a stronger bilateral relationship with the United States. She is also in charge of designing AmCham Egypt’s annual planner and overseeing the logistics of hosting all major AmCham events, Business Missions to Egypt and Special Missions to the United States.
Serving as Regional Coordinating Officer of the AmCham MENA Council, she is in charge of coordinating joint activities between ten American Chambers of Commerce in the MENA Region and the Arabian Gulf; members of the Council, helping create linkages between members of the different organizations. Nawar is also in charge of the Secretariat of the Egypt-U.S. Business Council (EUSBC), working with its counterpart at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s U.S.-Egypt Business Council on advancing the bilateral relationship.
Between 2002 and 2003, Nawar served as Projects Coordinator at CID Consulting, a management consulting firm specialized in both the private sector and economic development, where she worked with CID clients on designing and implementing their marketing communications plans.
Nawar holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the American University in Cairo. She also holds professional certifications in Strategic Management of Non-Governmental Organizations from Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and in Leadership Communication from INSEAD.