Board of Trustees and Management

  • Mona Zulficar

    Chairperson

    Ms. Zulficar has served as Non-Executive Chairperson of EFG Hermes since 2008. She is one of the founding partners of Zulficar & Partners Law Firm, a specialized law firm of seven partners and 23 lawyers, which was established in June 2009 and grew into one of the best ranked law firms in Egypt. She was previously senior partner at Shalakany Law Firm and Chair of its Executive Committee for many years. Ms. Zulficar is recognized in local and international legal circles as the precedents maker and one of Egypt’s most prominent corporate, banking and project finance attorneys. As an M&A and capital markets transactions specialist, she has led negotiations on some of Egypt’s and the Middle East’s largest and most complex successful transactions over the past three decades.

    Ms. Zulficar has also played an instrumental role in modernizing and reforming economic and banking laws and regulations as a member of the board of the Central Bank of Egypt and as a prominent member of national drafting committees. She is also a leading human rights activist recognized locally and internationally and has initiated several successful campaigns for new legislation including women’s rights, freedom of opinion and family courts. She heads several NGOs active in social development and microfinance to poor women. She was recently elected member of the International Advisory Committee of the United Nations Human Rights Council. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Political Science from Cairo University and an LLM from Mansoura University.

  • Karim Awad

    Vice Chairman

    Karim Awad is Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of EFG Hermes, the leading investment bank in the Arab world, with operations in eight countries serving regional and global clients. Since assuming leadership of the firm in 2013, Karim has led EFG Hermes’ return to profitability as it has built a comprehensive regional advisory pipeline; extended its leadership as the Arab world’s largest securities broker; continued to lead its peers in like-for-like rankings as an asset manager; successfully refocused its private equity business; and continued to provide the region’s highest-quality research offering. During the first nine-months of 2014, EFG Hermes generated revenues of USD 214 million and net profits of USD 57 million.

    Prior to assuming his current role, Karim was Chief Executive Officer of the Investment Banking Platform with overall responsibility for managing the firm’s Investment Banking, Securities Brokerage, Research, Asset Management, and Private Equity divisions. He was earlier head of Investment Banking, having joined the division in 1998. Karim has a long track record advising major corporations on equity offerings and M&A transactions and was instrumental in the development of EFG Hermes’s debt advisory practice. During his tenure in the Investment Banking division, he led and closed transactions with an aggregate value of more than USD 40 billion.

  • Maha Eid

    Treasurer

  • Ibrahim Mousa

    Secretary General

  • Yasser El Mallawany

    Member to the Board of Trustees

    Mr. El Mallawany is a member of the Board of EFG Hermes. Since the Chief Executive Officer in the firm in 2008, Mr. El Mallawany has played a key role in driving the consilidation of Egypt's investment banking sector. His leadership facilitated the emergence od EFG Hermes as the leading Arab investment bank.

    He began his career with 16 years at Commercial International Bank (CIB), formerly Chase National Bank, finally serving as the General Manager of the Corporate Banking Division. Mr. El Mallawany joined EFG Hermes in 2002 at the time of the Firm’s merger with CIIC. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Cairo University.

  • Hanaa Helmy

    Chief Executive Officer

    A social entrepreneur and Ashoka fellow, Ms. Helmy has devoted the last eighteen years to working with disabled children in the Arab world in their efforts to become productive members of society. Founder of MOVE Foundation for Children with Cerebral Palsy, a non-profit organization that provides children with severe disabilities new opportunities for fuller participation and inclusion in the community, Ms. Helmy is a Certified International Trainer for the American-developed MOVE program which helps disabled children sit, stand and walk.

    In recognition of her entrepreneurial efforts in starting and running projects having social impact, she was selected as an Ashoka fellow in early 2005. This was followed, in 2006, by her appointment to the position of CEO of the then newly established EFG Hermes Foundation. The Foundation aims at helping its partners address financial, educational and health challenges facing our society, and supporting creative, sustainable programs that make significant changes in the local community. Most notable of these programs is 'Ro'ya', an integrated development project that saw the human, economic and infrastructural development of the Ezbet Yacoub village in Beni Sweif.

    Ms. Helmy holds a BSc degree from Alexandria University and a degree in Computer Science from the USA. She spent eight years at Mellon Bank in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, progressing from a computer programmer to a systems coordinator for the Securities Movement and Control team.

  • Hala Salib

    Project Officer

    Hala Salib is a professional development practitioner, joined the EFG Hermes Foundation in 2015. She has more than ten years of experience in the field of social development through her work in various non-governmental organizations and quasi-governmental institutions creating a platform for engagement with various development partners in Egypt. She has also worked with the private sector in Egypt on corporate relations, including corporate social responsibility and government relations.

    Ms. Salib holds a Masters Degree in Political Science with concentration in professional development from the American University in Cairo

Foundation Highlights

The EFG Hermes Foundation was honoured by EMEA Finance for its continuous efforts to expand and improve treatment for Hepatitis C in Egypt.