Speakers & Mentors

Ahmed Bastawy

Cycle one

is a mechanical engineer. He founded a couple of training initiatives and companies after being involved in different national and international organizations. Beside mentoring and coaching different startups and enterprises, Ahmed consults governmental organizations in Africa, Europe and South East Asia on designing & implementing programs focusing on youth empowerment, social innovation, entrepreneurship and sustainable development. He currently runs icealex innovation hub in Alexandria and also founded and being the international business development manager at iceHubs Global CIC (a UK based social enterprise).

Ahmed Youssry

Cycle one

is the Supply chain system optimizer at SEKEM. After studying Civil Engineering, Ahmed changed his career to the Development sector in Alexandria for 3 years, where he worked for Sustainable Development Association (SDA) in 2005 as a Program Officer then Programs Manager. Ahmed then started his own social enterprise in 2009 as a Co-Founder and the Marketing Manager for Healthy Food Egypt. The company aimed to bridge the gap between producers and consumers offering fair trade and micro finance for small farmers. On 2013 he joined Yomken, an Egyptian crowd-sourcing platform as a managing director until 2015.

Daria Ofman

Cycle one

worked for years as a strategic advisor for the public sector in the Netherlands, where she did projects for the Dutch parliament, various ministries and larger educational institutions on dialogue and co-creation processes, research, strategic policy assessments and facilitating think-tank sessions. Her work focusses on the direct empowerment of committed individuals, entrepreneurs and companies, supporting the development of their awareness, agency and effectiveness. In Egypt, she is currently connected to the Middle East Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (MCSBE), mainly working with entrepreneurs and start-up companies to make the leap into the unknown and find their feet to grow. .

Mohamed Abdul Aziz

Cycle one

Is the CEO and founder of Umbrella for Business Development. He is focuses on helping entrepreneurs jump-start their businesses. He co-launched this first startup accelerator in Alexandria after working for years as a small business owner. Mohamed‘s passion is “To empower young marginalized entrepreneurs with no access to investment.” By 2015, Umbrella incubated 12 businesses on 2015. Mohamed spent 4 years in the corporate life as an HR sector, ending up as the HR section head at Speed corporate. His background is in business administration, Alexandria University .

Sabrine Assem

Cycle one

is a graduate of GUC. She has great passion for open innovation, collaborative problem solving, education, technology, design thinking, and social business models. She founded Untap LLC in 2015. Untap LLC work with organizations to plan, design, and execute innovation-seeking campaigns that involve startups, customers, and the crowd at large. In Cooperation with Nile University, Untap launched SolvEgypt.com; Egypt’s first collaborative problem-solving online platform. She is an entrepreneurship consultant & trainer at the German-Arab Chamber of Industry & Commerce; working with “MENA Project partner e.V.” (the office of the Egyptian German-Arab chamber of Industry and Commerce in Germany) on a project that supports the Egyptian entrepreneurship ecosystem.

Sherine Ewees

Cycle one

has a 12 years experience in different fields of HR, performance management, sourcing & branding and customer service. She also served in different leading position in the sales, marketing and business process outsourcing industries in both national and multinational organizations. This includes VoxEra, VOO, Professional IT Solutions, Maridive, Sutherland Global Services, Ship & CREW & Gulf Agency. In 2015 she joined Careem Egypt and had launched Careem Alexandria. Her first real steps as a business owner was on 2016. She founded "3arabyt Fool" in Ramadan, an oriental food serving restaurant. .