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Assem Ragab

Founder and Executive Partner

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.

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