Mohamed Ibrahim KamelChief Executive Officer
Mr. Kamel assumes the role of Chief Executive Officer having previously served on the ERC Board, Audit and Investment Committees. Prior to joining ERC, he spent eight years with KATO Investment, one of Egypt’s largest and most diversified industrial and services conglomerates with over twenty subsidiaries in eight divisions operating in manufacturing, aerospace, tourism, real estate, construction, logistics, banking, and trading. Mr. Kamel assumed several roles in different divisions of KATO, including sales and marketing, operations manager, project manager and, finally, business development manager at KATO Investment’s headquarters. While at KATO, he was instrumental in creating the first modern privately-held, bonded warehouse at Cairo International Airport, and managed the debt-raising process from European banks for the aerospace division. Mr. Kamel also worked as a consultant with Bain & Company in their London offices following his MBA. Mr. Kamel holds a Bachelors degree in Economics with high honors from the American University in Cairo and an MBA with honors from Harvard Business School.
Hassan AzabGeneral Manager, Sahl Hasheesh Company for Touristic Investments
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
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.
Darren GibsonVice President, Planning & Development
Mr. Gibson joined ERC with over 20 years of experience in public and private sector urban planning, including 8 years as a Company Director in town planning and development consultancy practices. He has extensive experience in assessment and management of urban planning projects, including master plans and large urban land release areas, major tourism projects, commercial and residential projects and major infrastructure. Mr. Gibson spent nine years as a town planner for Tweed Shire, a regional government in Australia which covered an area of 1,300 square kilometers, specializing in urban planning, strategic feasibility studies and land use structure planning. Mr. Gibson holds a Bachelors degree with honors in Town Planning from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. He is also accredited as a Certified Practicing Planner by the Planning Institute of Australia.
Hazem KassemHead of Approvals
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.
Mohamad SaadDirector of Community Management
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.
Wael Abou AlamDirector - Finance and Administration
Prior to joining ERC, Mr. Abou Alam was the Group Financial Controller for Gozour, Citadel Capital’s food holding company, which comprises a number of leading brands such as Rashidi Al Mizan, El Masreyeen, Enjoy and Dina Farms. Prior to this position, he was the Financial Planning, Analysis & Reporting Manager for Misr American Carpet Company (MAC). Mr. Abou Alam was also employed by ExxonMobil for over 14 years, rising to become the North Africa Cluster Fuel Marketing Business Analysis & Reporting Manager. Mr. Abou Alam holds a Bachelors degree in Accounting from Cairo University and an MBA in Banking & Finance from the Maastricht School of Management.
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.
Sherif OmarHead of Infrastructure, Planning and 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.
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.