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I am an executive management professional with 28 years experience in Project Finance, Investment Banking, Strategic Planning, Business Development and Executive Management. He was a change agent to a number of Government and Private organizations and worked in 4 continents. I am the founder and Executive Partner of FACT, a leading Investment Banking firm in Egypt established since 1999 focusing on Investment Banking and Corporate Finance advisory throughout the NENA. For more than three years ending 2009, I was the Chairman of the Egyptian General Authority for Investment and Free Zones (GAFI – the Government Organizations in charge of Corporate Registration, Investment Promotion and Economic & Free Zones in Egypt) as well as the Chairman of the Gulf of Suez Special Economic Zone Authority (SCZone) during which Egypt achieved the highest Foreign Direct Investments in its history as well as landmark improvements in Business Environment and Regulations recognized by the International Business Community and the World Bank.

I came to GAFI following a distinguished corporate career with prominent multinational financial institutions, including Procter & Gamble, Accenture & Arthur Andersen (in the U.S., Gulf, and Egypt), the National Bank of Egypt, and Barclays (in MENA) where he gained world class experience in institutional building, strategic management, and investment banking. As Director of Investment Banking and Structured Finance for the MENA region at Barclays Bank, I led a regional team focused on growing market share, with improved competitive advantage, through comprehensive Structured Finance and Investment Banking solutions and greater regional client relationships. Among his accomplishments, I accelerated development of a leading-edge product offering for the Investment Banking and Financial Institutions functions, including Project Finance, Acquisition Finance, Debt Capital Market Placements, Debt Syndication and Risk Management solutions. He also led the origination, structuring, and syndication of landmark syndications, structured finance and Debt Capital Market transactions.

Prior to Barclays, I was the advisor to the Chairman of the National Bank of Egypt for three years, where I worked closely with the Chairman and Board of Directors to restructure key functions, transform operating performance, and build-up the strategic management, syndication, investment banking, corporate finance, and capital markets capabilities of the largest bank in the country (more than 25% market share on corporate and retail with franchise in UK, South Africa, China, and USA). Prior to the above, I held leadership positions in a number of multinational as well as leading organizations in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the USA including; Arabian International Construction, Accenture & Arthur Andersen, and Procter & Gamble. I hold degrees in Business Administration and Chemical Engineering from the American University in Cairo and Alexandria University, respectively.

Ahmed is currently the managing director of NBK Capital Asset Management Egypt. During his career he structured and/or actively managed Money Market, Equity Funds and Proprietary Portfolios in excess of USD 6 billion.

Ahmed is a Professor of Financial Management, Investment and Portfolio Management at ESLSCA Business School.

He received Lipper fund award for best Islamic Equity fund over 5 years in Egypt 2016 and the Lipper fund award for the best Islamic Equity fund on 3 years return in Egypt 2014. He also received the Zawya fund award for the best Balanced Fund in Egypt 2013.

Ahmed has been recognized by the MENA Fund Manager Magazine as “The Best Performing Fund” in its Balanced Class in the region in 2015.

He was the Head of Fixed Income and Money Market at Beltone Financials and the fund manager of Bank Misr, HSBC and ABC money market funds in EGP, USD and Euro, prior to that he was Senior Vice President at Lazard Asset Management Egypt and the fund manager of Egypt trust, MIDB and Misr Exterior equity funds, Ahmed was the founder and the managing partner of Al-Rowad Securities Brokerage Company, founder and board member of Falcon Portfolio Management.

He published articles in the Journal of Finance and Investment Analysis, Mokhtar, Ahmed (2016). “An Empirical Examination of the Behavioral CAPM”, vol. 5, no.3, 2016, 15-57, Scienpress Ltd, 2016 and Mokhtar, Ahmed (2014). “Behavioral Finance, Investor Psychology Perspective”, vol. 3, no.2, 2014, 41-60, Scienpress Ltd, 2014.

Ahmed is a reviewer in the Journal of International & Interdisciplinary Business Research.

Ahmed holds a Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) and Master of International Business Administration (MIBA) from Ecole Supérieure Libre des Sciences Commerciales Appliquées (ESLSCA Business School), Paris in 2016 and 2001 respectively and Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering from Cairo University in 1993.

Gabriel de Lastours is responsible for developing the EBRD’s oil and gas portfolio in the southern and eastern Mediterranean region (SEMED). Gabriel has worked in EBRD’s Natural Resources team for the last ten years coordinating a variety of oil and gas and mining financing across Eastern Europe, the CIS and SEMED. Prior to joining the Bank, Gabriel worked with Ernst & Young’s Transaction Advisory Services in Paris and Credit Agricole CIB in New York.

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