Wael El HatowChief Executive Officer
Mr. El Hatow is a veteran of the private equity industry, having served as Chief Investment Officer/Executive Director at Al Ahly Capital for 7 years. Prior to his role with Al Ahly, Mr. El-Hatow was with HC Securities and Investment for 10 years and served as Head of Investment Banking from 2004 to 2009. Mr. El-Hatow has also been a member of ERC’s board since 2010. Mr. El-Hatow, earned his BA in political science from the American University in Cairo and his MBA from Pennsylvania State University.
Hassan AzabGeneral Manager - Sahl Hasheesh Company
Mr. Azab has 30 years of experience developing some of the largest and most comprehensive resorts in Egypt. He has designed and commissioned hotels in Hurghada, Sharm El-Sheikh, Cairo, Luxor and Aswan, in addition to five Nile-floating hotels. A veteran Lieutenant Colonel in the Egyptian Air Force, Mr. Azab holds Bachelors degrees in Aeronautical Engineering and Military Scienc
Mohamad SaadGeneral Manager - Site Operations
Mr. Saad joins ERC from Misr American Carpet Company (MAC), where he was the regional business manager (Middle East and Africa). Previously, as a general manager with El Sewedy Electrical Group, he was responsible for business development and sales of major electrical infrastructure projects, including power stations, substations, and transmission and distribution networks. He also has extensive experience in the beverage sector, having worked at Coca Cola Bottling Company of Saudi Arabia, Fayrouz International, and Pepsi-Cola’s North Africa division. Mr. Saad holds a Bachelors degree in Electrical Power and Machines Engineering from Cairo University.
Abu Bakr MakhloufDirector - Commercial
Mr. Makhlouf has over ten years of experience in strategy, commercial management and investor relations. He holds an MBA from IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain. Prior to joining ERC, Mr. Makhlouf served as the Commercial Strategy Manager at CEMEX, a world leading cement and Ready Mix producer. During his tenure with CEMEX, Mr. Makhlouf was a member of a turnaround team for the operation in Egypt after acquiring a local producer and has led strategic projects in several areas of the business. Mr. Makhlouf is a lecturer of Strategy and International Marketing at the American University in Cairo and has published case studies on the reforms of the Egyptian Economy and the prospects of the global telecom industry through IESE Business School.
Hazem KassemDirector - Approvals & Compliance, Planning & Development
Prior to joining ERC in 2008, Mr. Kassem launched an architecture and interior design firm in Cairo that has, over a seven year span, successfully delivered more than 45 commercial and residential projects in Egypt and London. Mr. Kassem holds a Bachelors degree in Architectural Engineering and Environmental Design from the Arab Academy for Science and Technology.
Osama ShendyDirector - Human Resources
Mr. Shendy joined ERC with 19 years’ experience, bringing his extensive expertise in strategic planning, restructuring, organizational development, human resources management, and quality management systems. He has an outstanding experience in dealing with different cultures due to managing restructuring & transformation projects in multinational, private & public, as well as governmental organizations. Prior to joining ERC, Mr. Shendy has acted as lead consultant for numerous organizations such as Arabian Cement Company, Kobusch Packaging Egypt, Universal Group, Misr Al-Amria for Textile, Al Rajhi Investments, and Contact Group to name a few in addition to being Director of HR and Organizational Development at El Sewedy, Mobica and Mac Carpet. Mr. Shendy was also a National Business Planning Consultant for FAO (UN) in addition to having been a member of Board of Advisors for National Award for Excellence for both Government & Business Sector. Mr. Shendy holds an MBA in Corporate Strategy and Economic Policy from the Maastricht School of Management, and is a certified assessor for business excellence as well as a Certified Management Consultant from Institute of Management Consultancy – UK.
Sameh HashadDirector - Community Engineering
Mr. Hashad has over 20 years of experience in the field of construction engineering and large-scale project development. He joined ERC in 1998 as an Assistant Construction Manager and has since worked on various projects, most notably Arrival Piazza as well as eight commercial shopping centers around Sahl Hasheesh on Egypt’s Red Sea coast. Prior to joining ERC, Mr. Hashad worked for a number of reputable Egyptian and Saudi developers and was involved in the planning and execution of major projects, including renovation and construction work on King Abdulaziz University. Mr. Hashad holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering as well as a diploma in Soil Mechanics and Foundations from Cairo University.
Sherif OmarDirector - Planning & Design
Sherif Omar joined ERC in 2003 as Chief Mechanical Engineer, supervising a number of projects including the construction of a sewage treatment plant and a water pump station. He became Head of Infrastructure, Planning and Design in 2010. Prior to joining ERC, Mr Omar was a Technical Office Project Engineer, and later a Project Manager, at the Arab Engineering Company. He holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Cairo University.
Ahmed FahmyHead of Information and Communication Technology
Mr. Fahmy has more than eight years of experience in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) field. He is responsible for preparing ICT related strategic and operational plans, including designing and managing the ICT infrastructure, networks and several ICT solutions, as well as supervising the implementation of the ICT security strategy. Prior to Joining ERC, Mr. Fahmy held several IT positions in real estate and IT-solution companies. Mr. Fahmy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Telecommunication and Electronic Engineering.
Karim SamyHead of Community Development
Mr. Samy has over a decade of experience in the fields of hospitality sales and operations, having launched his career in year 2001 at the Marriott’s global sales office in Cairo, where he grew quickly from his role as a sales executive to become an assistant sales manager handling strategic accounts. He joined Sahl Hasheesh in 2014 as the senior manager of community development and was named head of department in 2016. Prior to his time at ERC, Mr. Samy had served in senior sales positions with a number of reputable players in the hospitality field that included the likes of the Hilton, Intercontinental, Sheraton, Dusit Thani, Azzurra (Sahl Hasheesh), and Xperience Hospitality. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in hotel management.
Laila KarimHead of Marketing
Ms. Karim joined ERC as Marketing Manager with her core job responsibilities including analyzing market trends, leading all areas of content generation and production across all media platforms, and creating and leading a marketing team that will develop and execute new marketing concepts, business models, communication channels, and establish new partnerships to help position business as an innovator and market leader. Prior to joining ERC, Ms. Karim held a number of key positions in companies such as AAPIC and BioGeometry Canada. Ms. Karim holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications Studies with a specialization in Public Relations from California State University, as well as an Interior Design Diploma from American River College in Sacramento, and a M.A. degree in Interior Design from Florence Design Academy.
Nazih SeoudyHead of Developer Services
Nazih Seoudy joined ERC with over 20 years’ experience at Xerox Egypt, where he served in a number of positions including Director of Customer Services and National Service Manager. Prior to joining ERC, Mr Seoudy was Director of the Customer Care Department at EMAAR Misr, before joining MAC Carpets as Director of Customer Relations Management. Mr. Seoudy holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering and Communications from Ain Shams University and is also a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.
Sadek SolimanHead of Technical Office
Eng. Sadek has over 20 years of practical experience in the field of management and construction of residential, tourism-centered, and infrastructure-related projects, in addition to his extensive expertise in contract drafting and tender processes. He joined ERC in 1998 as a quality control and inspection engineer and has since been promoted to a number of technical and managerial positions, including chief contract administrator and resource manager in 2008 and senior manager of the technical office in 2013. Prior to joining ERC, Eng. Sadek spent several years at the Mediterranean Contracting Company, where he oversaw the the construction of a number of reputable tourism projects in Hurghada, such as the Marriott Hotel, Palm Beach Hotel, and the Giftun Resort. Eng. Sadek holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Zagazig University.
Sayed AmerHead of Accounting
Mr. Amer has more than 18 years of experience in the field of accounting and auditing. Prior to joining ERC, Mr. Amer spent 14 years of his career as a senior audit manager at KPMG Hazem Hassan, Egypt. He was responsible for the diligent review of audit documents and ensuring compliance with the firm’s methodology and applicable auditing standards. Mr. Amer is a member of the Egyptian Society for Accountants and Auditors (ESAA). He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Cairo University with a major in Accounting.