AUC Alumnae, Trustees Named Most Powerful Arab Businesswomen in 2015 by Forbes Middle East

This year's Forbes Middle East ranking of the 100 Most Powerful Businesswomen in the Arab World includes 11 from AUC. Photo: Forbes Middle East
This year's Forbes Middle East ranking of the 100 Most Powerful Businesswomen in the Arab World includes 11 from AUC. Photo: Forbes Middle East

Forbes Middle East recently released its third annual ranking of the 100 Most Powerful Businesswomen in the Arab World.  This year, 11 ambitious women from the AUC community were included.  Several AUC alumnae and a Board of Trustees member were honored at an awards ceremony in Dubai last month.  Two sets of sisters who studied at AUC made the list; the Khamis sisters who sit on the board of Oriental Weavers, and the Wassef sisters, co-founders of Diwan bookstores. Of the 100 women named, a total of 25 are from North Africa, 16 from Egypt.  To see the full list, click here.

  • Elham Yousry Mohamed Mahfouz '84 - Mahfouz worked for the Commercial Bank of Kuwait as unit head of financial institutions and syndications for the past 16 years. In November 2014, she was appointed the bank’s CEO.  She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, with honors, from AUC.
  • Marwa Mostafa Kamel El Ayouti '98 -  El Ayouti has 18 years of finance experience, 15 of which were spent with Vodafone, Egypt’s biggest mobile firm operator.  She has a BA in economics and  Bachelor of Business Administration from AUC.
  • Hania Mohamed Sadek '82, '90 - Sadek is the chief operating officer of HSBC Bank Egypt.  Previously, she headed the audit department of all the branches in the country.  She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from AUC.
  • Nevine Ibrahim Loutfy '74 - Loutfy heads the Egyptian branch of the Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, which has $2.5 billion in assets. She received her Bachelor of Arts in economics from AUC.
  • Yasmine Mohamed Khamis '99, Farida Mohamed Khamis '00 - Sisters Yasmine and Farida Khamis are executive board member at Oriental Weavers. Yasmine is also vice president of sales and marketing in the company and holds a  Bachelor of Arts in mass communications from AUC.  Farida is vice president of corporate finance and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the AUC.
  • Hosna Mohamed Rachid - Rachid is an AUC trustee and chairperson of Rachid Mashreq Group, fast-moving consumer goods company, and  co-founder of I, the Egyptian foundation that seeks to address problems of street children.  
  • Hala Adel Bassiouni '86, '88 - Bassiouni has 28 years of experience in corporate banking and is currently group corporate treasury director at Ezz Steel.  She holds bachelor’s and master’s degree in economics from AUC.
  • Nayera Nazih Amin '76, '81 - Amin was appointed executive vice chair of Piraeus Bank in 2013 after serving as CEO and managing director. Before joining Piraeus, she spent 31 years at Citibank and two years at Bank Audi Egypt. She holds a bachelor's and MBA in international business and marketing from AUC.
  • Hind Ramzi Wassef '92, '95, Nadia Ramzi Wassef '94, '96 -  Sisters Hind and Nadia Wassef co-founded Diwan Bookstore in 2002.  Hind received her bachelor's and master's in English and comparative literature. Nadia holds bachelor's and master's degrees in English and comparative literature, as well as a Master of Arts in social anthropology.