Alumni Council Members
The Alumni Council is a small volunteer service body representing alumni worldwide. Serving two-year terms, members of the council facilitate communications between alumni and the University, increase the University’s visibility, and support the advancement of the University’s strategic goals. Members will also play an integral role in AUC’s 2019-2020 centennial celebrations.
Founding members of the AUC Alumni Council (local and regional)
Mohammed Ismail '87 (President)
Managing Director and CEO - Egyptian Kuwaiti Foundry (EKF)
General Manager and CEO - Egyptian German Automotive Co. (EGA)
Ismail '87 holds a bachelor degree in mechanical engineering from AUC. Ismail is now the managing director and CEO of the Egyptian Kuwaiti Foundry (EKF) and the general manager and CEO of the Egyptian German Automotive Co. (EGA). Ismail was the vice president for operations and projects, Trident Petroleum Company. Ismail has been engaged for almost 32 years in many fields with different expertise.
During his study at AUC, he acted as the chairman of the Student Judicial Board (SJB). He has always been a very active and engaged alumnus. He was the head of the 1987 class chapter, the founder and administrator of the Facebook group called “We of AUC Forever” which he started 11 years ago. Using his vast network of friends, Ismail hosts much-anticipated events and trips throughout the year - not only for his classmates but for all AUC alumni. His warmth of spirit and generous nature have made him a friend to everyone he meets and he has become well known among his peers for his lively gatherings in Cairo, Dubai and London. For his longstanding dedication and his commitment, he was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Volunteer Awards back in 2012. In addition, Ismail was a member of the Parents Association Board and a proud parent of AUC alumnus Omar.
Maher Asham '90 '97 (Vice President)
Managing Director, Egypt for Information Dissemination S.A.E.(EGID)
Asham earned his BSc and MBA from The American University in Cairo (AUC).
Asham held several positions in a number of multinational organizations including IT manager at Santa Fe Drilling, several positions at Reuters in Cairo and Geneva, ending as the marketing and business development manager for the Eastern Mediterranean and North Africa region. During that period, he built the exchange data on Reuters platforms for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) markets and developed several products and services related to the MENA financial markets.
Asham currently serves as the chief executive officer and board member of Egypt for Information Dissemination (EGID), a subsidiary of The Egyptian Exchange (EGX) and a joint venture with NASDAQ. In addition, he is the managing director of EGIT, another subsidiary of EGX and EGID, as well as a board member of the Citadel Capital Financial Information Center at AUC. Asham’s research is in the area of development of Middle East financial markets. He was also actively involved in the development of electronic trading in Egypt, defining strategies of EGX and the automation of many financial markets in the region. Asham is a faculty member at the AUC School of Business, where he is teaching the first FinTech course in the master’s program in Spring 2018. Asham is a member of the Financial Information Services Division (FISD) and FIX Protocol Limited (FPL) in the FinTech arena, as well as the founder and chairman of Shorouk Misr, an Egyptian NGO in Upper Egypt operating in the field of micro-finance.
Sara Selim (Pinky) '07 (Secretary)
Credit Exposure Management Associate, Commercial International Bank (Egypt)
Graduating in 2007 from The American University in Cairo with a bachelor’s in accounting, Selim represents the second generation of her family to attend AUC. After obtaining her degree, Selim started her career in the American Chamber of Commerce where she worked as a communications specialist in the CEO’s office and has since moved to CIB where she has worked as a senior corporate analyst and is currently a credit exposure management associate.
In addition to her career in the financial sector, Selim dedicates her time to the arts, specifically dancing. During her undergraduate years, Selim continued to express her passion for the arts, joining the AUC Folklore Group during her second year at the University.
Prior to attending AUC, Selim studied classical ballet, jazz, hip-hop contemporary and Latin dancing. Upon graduation, she founded the AUC Alumni Folklore Group with the help of the Alumni Office and the Office of Advancement and Communications. Her idea grew, inspiring alumni dancers from 20 different generations to join together to pursue their love of art and dance. Selim followed her passion and exerted time and efforts to make her dream come true by helping to promote the Egyptian folklore culture as part of our heritage and sustain its activity among the alumni community.
For her longstanding dedication and her commitment and to keeping the AUC spirit alive among her alma mater, Selim (Pinky) was the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Volunteer Award at the 2017 Alumni Awards Ceremony.
Randa Abdou '88
Founder Marketing Mix Consultancy and CEO/Chief Strategist Creative Creative Lab Group
Randa holds a BA in Mass Communication (with honors) from AUC in ’88. In 1991, as a Chevening Scholar, earned her Master of Science in International Marketing from the University of Strathclyde, Scotland.
In 1996, Randa Ibrahim Abdou quit her job and embarked on a marketing endeavor to support local companies. She introduced the concept of hands-on consultancy and founded Marketing Mix, which succeeded in turning around several Egyptian brands and in launching major ones from scratch. The success stories earned Randa the recognition of the Ministry of Investment in 2007 for her positive contribution to the Egyptian Economy. Joined by two partners in the success of Marketing Mix and a passionate team, Randa co-founded in 2001 Creative Lab Advertising, which grew to handle major leading local, regional and multinational brands. The expansion continued into ICE Branding in 2009 then Change4Good in 2012 as well as Creative Lab Dubai. In 2017, Randa co-founded MountPR as a non-executive partner. Randa, her partners and the team pride themselves with being linked to exceptional RESULTS and in recognition of such results, Randa was recently selected by Wharton University in the book titled Arab Women Rising - 35 Arab Women Entrepreneurs Making a Difference. In 2006 she was also featured in the book “Entrepreneurs at the Crossroads” published by the Beyster Institute, University of California San Diego. In Egypt, Randa was also featured in the book “Entrepreneurship; published by the Ministry of Investment and the Social Fund profiling leading entrepreneurs in Egypt.
Earlier in 2000, she was selected by Egypt Today Magazine as one of Ten Dynamos Who Will Shape Egypt in the Next Decade. In addition to her role as CEO and Chief Strategist of Creative Lab Group, Randa is a board member of 138 Pyramids, a mentor with Endeavor Egypt, a judge with Injaz and Goldman Sachs, member of the AmCham core Marketing Committee, and was also a member of the Advisory Council of the President of AUC. As a payback to Egypt, Randa, in 2014 founded madronos initiative aiming at spreading practical marketing knowledge among junior marketers and marketing students. Before founding Marketing Mix, she was the Marketing Manager of PepsiCo Foods Egypt and previously the Market Research Planning Manager of Procter and Gamble Egypt and had started as an account executive at Americana Advertising. She was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award back in 2015.
Abdalla El Ebiary '94
Managing Director, Qalaa Holdings and Chairman, Egyptian Private Equity Association
El Ebiary is currently a Managing Director of Qalaa Holdings and the Chairman of the Egyptian Private Equity Association. Before joining Qalaa Holdings, an African leader in infrastructure and industry, in February 2006, Mr. ElEbiary was a banker with the Investment Banking Division of Merrill Lynch in New York, where he participated in Merger and Acquisition transactions, in addition to public and private financing of telecom and media companies in the US and Europe. Previously, he was Business Analysis Manager at the Corporate Finance Department of the MeadWestvaco Corporation in New York. Mr. ElEbiary also spent five years with Procter & Gamble’s Finance Group, his last post was Finance Group Manager - Internal Control for Egypt, Lebanon and East Africa. He sits on the board of Renaissance Capital Egypt and a number of Qalaa Holdings platform companies’ boards including ASEC Cement, Al Takamol Cement, ASEC Engineering and ASEC Automation. Mr. ElEbiary holds a BA in Economics from the American University in Cairo and an MBA from Columbia University in New York. In recognition of his role as a loyal alumnus, Mr. ElEbiary was awarded the American University in Cairo Distinguished Alumni Award for 2018.
Omar Khalifa '09
Khalifa, majored in political science and started off his career by founding his own company called Omedia in 2009, specialized in publishing, outdoor advertising, and thermal paper advertising services.
Later in 2015, Khalifa launched Shaghalni.com, inspired by the employment fairs of AUC. Once the website was in beta version with only 500 users and 50 companies, he had a five-minute meeting to pitch to Naguib Sawiris the idea, which resulted in Sawiris's decision to invest in the company to tackle unemployment.
Today Shaghalni.com has more than 100,000 registered job seekers and more than 8,000 registered companies. Omar is a member of the AUC fund committee.
Lamia Gabr '96 (Region - Dubai)
Former Relationship Manager - Investments, Oman Insurance Company
Gabr has been serving on the alumni chapter committee in Dubai for the past ten years during which she held the positions of vice president and president. She is an active and enthusiastic alumna.
Soha Athanasios ’87, ’89
Director of Risk Services – OSHA Practice, Sedgwick Claims Management Services
Born in Cairo, Soha earned a BA and an MA in Engineering from AUC and a PhD in Industrial Engineering from the University of Miami in Florida. She currently serves as Director of Risk Services – OSHA Practice at Sedgwick Claims Management Services. Since moving to the Bay Area in 1995, she has been actively involved with AUC alumni and the Egyptian community at large. She is president of the Bay Area Egyptian American Society.
Fady Khalil Jacob ’81
Enterprise Sales Manager, Riverbed Technology
Fady was born in Cairo Egypt. He graduated from the American University in Cairo (AUC), majoring in Materials Engineering with a minor degree in Electronics. Fady started his professional career at AT&T International in Egypt working with the USAID to update the digital phone switching system nationwide. After two years, he moved to New York and joined Bell Labs for three years where he met his soul mate Hoda Rafla, also an AUC graduate while she was visiting the United States from Egypt. They got married and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area. They have two sons Andrew and Michael. Fady worked for a number of technology companies in the silicon valley such as Nokia, Fortinet and Riverbed.
Fady is looking forward to serving the AUC Bay Area chapter and the Egyptian American community at larger. He resides in the East Bay in Danville with wife Hoda Rafla.