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The Board of Trustees consists of leaders of Egyptian society and experts in their field who volunteer their time to oversee the Foundation’s activities. Many of them provide unique services, including business and financial expertise and organizational development consulting services. The Board meets a minimum of three times per year. Its responsibilities include setting the Foundation’s strategic vision, assisting in selecting and monitoring projects, ensuring adherence to all legal and ethical norms, and maintaining a high degree of accountability. In trying to be as responsive as possible to the community, the board members also meet on an as-needed basis when issues arise.              
 
Advisor to the Board: Dr. Onsi Sawiris, Founder Chair, Orascom Group
 In 1976, Mr. Onsi Sawiris founded Orascom, a leading private sector contractor working in partnership with international companies. Mr. Sawiris is Chair of Orascom Construction Industries, the Egyptian Cement Company (ECC), Orascom Trading Company, Orascom Technology Systems, AIG Insurance, the YMCA in Cairo, and the Egyptian–Scandinavian Business Association in Egypt. He is Honorary Chair and member of the Board of Directors of Mobinil. Mr. Onsi Sawiris has been awarded an honorary Doctoral Degree in recognition of his contribution to business and philanthropy.
 
Founding Chair: the late Dr. Ibrahim Shihata
The late Dr. Ibrahim Shehata was Former Senior Vice-President and General Counsel of the World Bank, Secretary–General of the International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes. He was widely regarded as one of the greatest international jurists of the 20th Century, was an internationally-recognized expert on legal and economic issues. During his lifetime, he served Egypt, the Arab region, and the world in many capacities, and received recognition for his service from business, academia, and society. An expert on international development, he held an unwavering commitment to the cause of poverty reduction.
 
Current Chair: Ambassador Dr. Mohamed Ibrahim Shaker, Vice-Chair of the Board of the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs
Ambassador Dr. Mohamed Ibrahim Shaker is the Vice-Chair of the Board of the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs; Chair of the Board of the Regional Information Technology Institute. Dr. Mohamed Ibrahim Shaker was Ambassador from the Arab Republic of Egypt to the United Kingdom (1988-1997) and to Austria. He served on the board of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna (1986-1988). He has also held a number of positions at the UN, including UN Deputy Permanent Representative (1984-1986), member of the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters (1993 – 1998), Chair of the Advisory Board for 1995, and member of the UN Expert Group on Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Education (2001-2002). He holds a degree in Law from Cairo University and a PhD in Political Science from the Graduate Institute of International Studies, University of Geneva.
 
Vice-Chair: Mr.Naguib Sawiris, Executive Chairman, Orascom Telecom Media and Technology Holding S.A.E.
Mr. Naguib Sawiris serves as a member of the International Advisory Committee to the New York Stock Exchange Board of Directors, the International Advisory Board to the National Bank of Kuwait, the Arab Thought Foundation, the French University in Cairo, the Supreme Council of Sciences and Technology, the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs, and the Consumer Rights Protection Association of Egypt. He is also President of the German–Arab Chamber of Industry and Commerce.
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Vice-Chair: Dr. Ismail Serageldin, Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA)
Dr. Ismail Serageldin is Professor of a groundbreaking International Chair in Knowledge against Poverty at the College de France in Paris. He was Vice-President of the World Bank in the 1990s. He has published more than 60 books and over 200 papers and received 30 Honorary Doctorate Degrees, as well as France’s Legion d’honneur and Japan’s Order of the Rising Sun.  
 
Honorary Treasurer: Mr. Hazem Hassan, Chair of KPMG, Hazem Hassan Public Accountants and Consultants
Mr. Hazem Hassan is President of the Egyptian Society of Accountants and Auditors, and a Board member of the Central Bank of Egypt, the Egyptian Capital Markets Authority, and the Investment Authority. He is Chair of the Central Bank’s Audit Committee and the External Audit Committee of the IMF. He is also a member of the Accounting Standard Setting Committee of the Government Audit Organization, President of the Fédération des Experts Comptables Méditerranéens, and Chairman of the British–Egyptian Business Association.
 
Secretary-General: Mrs. Yousriya Loza Sawiris, Qualified Accountant and Financial Advisor
Mrs. Loza-Sawiris is Chairman and Managing Director of Enhancement of Integrated Services and Waste Recycling. She serves on the Boards of The Social Fund for Development, Egyptian Water and Wastewater Regulatory Agency, The National Council for Women, The National Council for Childhood and Motherhood, and the Association for the Protection of the Environment (APE). She is a Founder and Chairman of “I the Egyptian” and the “Banabt El-Ghad-Banati” Organizations for Street Children, and the Egyptian Liver Care Society. She is a member of the Consultative Council for Legislative Affairs in the transitional period following the 2011 Egyptian Revolution. She has been recognized for her service to society at both a national and international level.
 
Member: Dr. Nadia Makram Ebeid, Executive Director, Center for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE)
  Minister Ebeid was Egypt’s first Minister of the Environment and the first woman minister to hold this position in the Arab world. She is currently Executive Director of CEDARE and serves as chair and board member of many other organizations. Minister Ebeid was Special Peace Envoy of the Secretary-General of the Arab League and has a long-standing professional record with the UN in the field of international development cooperation.
 
Member: Eng. Samih Sawiris, Founder, Chair, Orascom Hotels and Development (OHD)
Starting with one hotel, a few villas, and a marina, Mr. Samih Sawiris has grown El Gouna, located in a remote spot on the Red Sea coast, into an internationally-renowned resort. Mr. Sawiris is founder and Chair of Orascom Hotels and Development and the owner and operator of 22 hotels in El Gouna and Taba. He is currently developing a luxury resort in the Alpine village of Andermatt in Switzerland. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice.
 
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