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Ahmed Heikal

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Qalaa Holdings S.A.E.

1984, BSc in Mechanical Design and Production, Cairo University; 1991, PhD in Industrial Engineering and Management, Stanford University. Formerly, with EFG Hermes: Executive Board Member and Managing Director; Head, Asset Management, Securities, Investment Banking and Private Equity; spearheaded successful private equity investments, including the creation of Raya Holding, Egypt's leading IT company, and Genco, the nation's largest natural gas distribution company; led landmark equity raisings on public markets, including three rounds of finance for regional mobile telecommunications operator Orascom Telecom and IPOs of Orascom Construction Industries and Orascom Hotels. 2004, Founder, Citadel Capital.