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First Egypt Day in New York brings together some of the most distinguished people with in-depth knowledge of investment opportunities in the Middle East.


Dr. Mahmoud Mohieldin, Minister of Investment of the Arab Republic of Egypt

Mr. Maged Shawky, Chairman of the Cairo and Alexandria Stock Exchange (CASE)

Mr. Duncan Niederauer, Chief Executive Officer of NYSE Euronext

Mr. Aladdin Saba, Chairman and founder of Beltone Financial

Mr. Angus Blair, Head of Research - Beltone Financial

Mr. Hazem Barakat, Chairman of Beltone Private Equity

Mr. Robert Mosbacher, Jr., President & CEO OPIC

Ms. Tanya Amaya, Assistant Vice President Bank of New York Mellon

Mr. Wahid Chammas, Senior Research Analyst - Janus Capital

Mr. Karim Sawabini, Managing Director - Moon Capital

Mr. Ammar Al-Khudairy, Managing Director - Amwal AlKhaleej

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Dr. Mahmoud Mohieldin

Minister of Investment of the Arab Republic of Egypt

Dr. Mohieldin has been Minister of Investment of the Arab Republic of Egypt since 2004. Dr. Mohieldin is a member of the General Secretariat, the Policies Secretariat and is the Co-Chairman of Economic Committee of the National Democratic Party. Dr. Mohieldin was nominated a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and is a member of the Commission on Growth and Development of the World Bank.

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Mr. Maged Shawky

Chairman of the Cairo and Alexandria Stock Exchange (CASE)

Mr. Shawky is chairman of the Cairo and Alexandria Stock Exchange (CASE). Prior to his current post, Mr. Shawky was a Board Member of the Exchange, and represented the regulating Capital Market Authority for three years. Previous to this, Mr. Shawky worked as Senior Assistant to the Minister of Economy and Foreign Trade for Securities Markets Issues for 10 years.

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Mr. Duncan Niederauer

Chief Executive Officer of NYSE Euronext

Mr. Niederauer was appointed Chief Executive Officer of NYSE Euronext on December 1, 2007. He is NYSE Euronext's President, co-Chief Operating Officer and head of US Cash Markets, as well as a member of NYSE Euronext's Management Committee, positions he has held since April 2007. Prior to joining NYSE Euronext, Mr. Niederauer served as co-head of Goldman Sachs' Equities Division execution services since 2005.

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Mr. Aladdin Saba

Director and co-founder of Beltone Financial

Mr. Aladdin Saba, Chairman of Beltone Financial founded the firm in 2002. Mr. Saba was a co-founder of Hermes Financial, which in 1996 became EFG-Hermes. Prior to founding Hermes he was a Senior Portfolio Manager at Kidder, Peabody & Co. Inc. in New York. Mr. Saba holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from The Wharton School, and a further Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from Cairo University.

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Mr. Angus Blair

Head of Research of Beltone Financial

Mr. Angus Blair, Head of Research of Beltone Financial, is spearheading the Research product across the MENA region with sectoral research teams specialising in all the key sectors of the region’s markets. Mr Blair has more than 24 years' experience of investment banking. Prior to joining Beltone he was a consultant and was previously Head of Asset Management and Product Development at Al Rajhi Bank. Blair served as managing director of Safron Advisors, one of the first private equity firms specialising in the MENA region. Previously, Mr Blair headed the sales, trading and research operations of a number of emerging markets at ING Barings and ABN-AMRO.

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Mr. Hazem Barakat

Chairman of Beltone Private Equity

Mr. Hazem Barakat, Chairman of Beltone Private Equity. As well as holding the position of Chairman of Beltone Private Equity, Mr. Barakat is also CEO of MIRACO-Carrier. He is an experienced investor in private equity ventures as well as an accomplished business strategist. Mr. Barakat graduated from the New York Institute of Technology in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is currently a Member of the Advisory Council of the School of Business, Economics, and Communication at the American University in Cairo and a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Egyptian Economic Forum. He is also a member of the American Chamber of Commerce, the British Egyptian Business Association, and the Egyptian Businessmen’s Association.

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Mr. Robert Mosbacher, Jr.

President & CEO OPIC

Nominated by President George W. Bush, Robert A. Mosbacher, Jr., was sworn in as the ninth President and Chief Executive Officer of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) in October 2005. From 1986 to 2005, Mr. Mosbacher was President and CEO of Mosbacher Energy Company of Houston, Texas, an independent oil and gas exploration and production company. He was also Vice Chairman of Mosbacher Power Group, an independent electric power developer, which began in 1995, and was sold in 2003. Mr. Mosbacher was Chairman of the Board of the Greater Houston Partnership in 2004, a private, nonprofit organization that serves as the city’s chamber of commerce. He also served as Chairman of the Partnership’s Health Care Advisory Committee, and member and former Chairman of its Education & Workforce Advisory Committee. Mr. Mosbacher received a law degree in 1977 from Southern Methodist University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgetown University in 1973.

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Ms. Tanya Amaya

Assistant Vice President Bank of New York Mellon

Ms. Tanya is an assistant vice-president at The Bank of New York and leads the Institutional Investor Access team within the Global Capital Markets group. Her previous experience includes marketing at the independent research firm IRG Research and Japanese equity sales at Merrill Lynch. She received a bachelor of arts degree from Boston University.

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Mr. Wahid Chammas

Senior Research Analyst - Janus Capital

Mr. Wahid Pierre Chammas is a Senior Equity Research Analyst, focusing on Janus’ investments in emerging markets (Russia, E. Europe, Middle East, and Africa) as well as the consumer group (gaming, lodging, food and tobacco). Mr. Chammas joined Janus in February 2005. Prior to joining Janus, he spent eight years at Goldman, Sachs, & Co., where he was a Vice President and Equity Securities Analyst, covering the media, sector. Mr. Chammas joined Goldman Sachs’ Investment Research Division in 2002 from Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM), and was promoted to Vice President later that year. At GSAM, he served as the Chief-of-Staff to Gary Black (now CEO of Janus) and the senior leadership in day-to-day strategic planning and management activities across the Asset Management Division. He graduated with highest distinction honors, Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude, from Amherst College in 1997, and also conducted research and spent time at the University of Michigan Medical School and Harvard University. Mr. Chammas was awarded two Howard Hughes Fellowships and the James R. Elster Award for outstanding achievement in Biology.

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Mr. Karim Sawabini

Managing Director - Moon Capital

Mr. Karim Sawabini joined Moon Capital from OCM EMF where he had been an Analyst since 2003. Prior to that, Karim worked for Morgan Stanley for three years in the Investment Banking Division, most recently as an Associate in the Global Communications and Media Group. Before that, Karim spent 1 ½ years at J.P. Morgan & Co., Investment Banking Division, as an Analyst in the Financial Institutions Group. Karim received a B.S. degree in International Business and Finance along with a minor in Economics from Georgetown University.

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Mr. Ammar Al-Khudairy

Managing Director - Amwal AlKhaleej

Mr. Al-Khudairy is a Managing Director, Chief Executive Officer and founding shareholder of Amwal AlKhaleej. Prior to founding Amwal, Ammar held a number of senior management positions with Saudi Banking institutions, including Head of Strategic Business Development and Central Region Head with Banque Saudi Fransi, Country Head with Gulf International Bank, etc. Ammar’s professional track record spans a number of banking disciplines including M&A, Project Finance, Corporate Finance, Corporate Banking, and Merchant Banking. Ammar also sits on a number of corporate boards, including SAVOLA (Jeddah), Damas (Dubai), AlTayyar Travel (Riyadh), United Sugar Company (Jeddah), Amwal Invest (Amman), Lebanese Canadian Bank (Beirut), and Kingdom Holding (Tadawi listed). Ammar earned his Masters degree in Engineering Administration from The George Washington University in Washington D.C., after earning a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering.

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