Eskandar Tooma is a tenured professor of finance with the School of Business at The American University in Cairo. He has also held a visiting professorship position with Imperial College’s Business School in London, England.
Eskandar served as executive board member and the Group Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Swiss listed Orascom Development Holding, AG (ODH) from 2013-2016. He was appointed to the board of directors effective May 13th 2013 and asked by the board to step in as the CFO in July 2013. Eskandar played a pivotal role in raising and structuring more than USD 500Mn and restructuring the company’s organization, resulting in the successful turnaround from a previous 3 years of loss to a stable profit making regional real estate and hospitality leader.
Tooma has always combined academic experience with practical exposure through assuming a variety of public and private professional posts. From 2005-2008, he was senior advisor to the Egyptian Capital Market Authority, as well as a member of a variety of committees including the EGX30 Index Committee, Market Advancement Committee at the Egyptian Stock Exchange, an advisor and member of the Derivatives and Commodities Exchange Committee with the Ministry of Investments and an advisor to the Ministry of International Cooperation on Egypt’s Debt Swap Experience. Privately, he has advised leading financial institutions including but not limited to: Citadel Capital Private Equity, Beltone Financial Holding and the Arab African International Bank. Dr. Tooma sits/sat on the board of EGX listed and actively traded companies, to name a few: Telecom Egypt (TE), Egyptian Resorts Company (ERC), Madinat Nasr for Housing and Development (MNHD) and Orascom Hotels and Development (OHD). In 2015, he joined the oversight board of the HSBC Egypt’s money market fund.
Eskandar obtained his B.A. in Business from The American University in Cairo and Adelphi University. Dr. Tooma holds two M.S. degrees, the first in Finance and the second in International Economics from Adelphi and Brandeis Universities respectively. Finally, he holds a Ph.D. in Finance from Brandeis University.
Eskandar’ interests include travel and sports (basketball and marathon running). He has played professional basketball and was a member of the Egyptian national team where he played in the 1997 world championships in Australia. Eskandar is married with two children, one daughter and one son.