Our Team

SFSD is a non-profit, non-governmental organization.  As a grant-making foundation and one of the first family donor foundations, it is set up with an endowment from the Sawiris Family. SFSD is supervised by a board of trustees, managed by Eng. Noura Selim, and staffed by a team of committed individuals.

Eng. Noura Selim

– Executive Director

Noura Selim is the Executive Director of the Sawiris Foundation for Social Development. Prior to that, Noura worked at McKinsey & Company in New York, Dubai and Cairo. At McKinsey, Noura served public and private sector clients, particularly on health care and education topics. Her healthcare work spans the pharmaceutical space as well as public payers and providers in the US, Europe and the Middle East, while her education work spans K-12 and technical and vocational training and education in the Middle East. In the past years, Noura was involved in leading the implementation of a large scale transformation in technical education and training, focused on improving performance and employment outcomes, as well as leading a health care reform program aimed at increasing access and quality of care. Prior to McKinsey, Noura worked as a Teaching Assistant at the University of Pennsylvania's Engineering school. Noura holds a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School, a Masters in Biotechnology from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelors of Science in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania, graduating Magna cum laude. Noura currently serves as Treasurer on the Board of the Harvard Arab Alumni Association and Treasurer of the Arab Foundations Forum (AFF,) representing the Sawiris Foundation on the AFF Board of Directors.


Rania Ramses

– Office Manager to the SFSD Executive Director

Rania Ramses performs a variety of administrative tasks and office support services. Rania organizes and screens correspondences and acts as a liaison between the Executive Director and the Foundation’s partners. She has 11 years experience with national and international organizations, private sectors and NGOs. Rania earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of the District of Colombia, Washington DC, 2000.


Rosa Abdel Malek

– Partnerships Manager

In this role, Rosa is responsible for the overall operations of the Foundation including the establishment of partnerships with NGOs and other donors, managing large restricted projects with its complex budgets and coordinating the implementation of the Gouna Technical Nursing Institute project. Prior to SFSD, Rosa was the Executive Director of SPAAC/The Human Empowerment Center (1988-2008). She also worked as project coordinator for the Marketing Management Workshops to SME’s in partnership with PEP-MENA, 2004 – 2007 and as Quality Advisor to IFC/PEP-MENA in the Middle East Region 2005-2006. Rosa was selected to participate in several international workshops organized by the World Bank on strategic management, marketing and training. Now, she is in the Board of Directors of the KULT Consortium (Knowledge Utilization through Learning Technology) supported by the World Bank Institute, and was elected as the Chairperson for the KULT in 2004. She is also a member of the recently established Arab Forum Foundation in her capacity as Operations Manager of SFSD. Rosa holds a B.Sc. in Commerce, Cairo University, 1987 and is alumna of the Mubarak Professional Development Initiative Program.


Nadine Reda Foty

– Partnerships Assistant 

Nadine joined the Foundation in October 2017 as Partnerships Assistant.

Before joining SFSD Team Nadine had a six months Internship at CARE International in Egypt, in the Women’ Rights Program where she was working on “Safe Cities free from Violence against Women and Girls” project, aiming at reducing gender-based violence and sexual harassment. Then she joined CARE for a year and a half as a Case Management Supervisor for Refugees and Asylum Seekers. Her role was to empower survivors of Sexual Violence through basic psychosocial support, assisting survivors with legal services and employment, and to advocate for them to receive other needed services from different service providers. She was also responsible for conducting Sexual and gender based Violence Trainings for Egyptians, Syrians and Africans.  

Nadine graduated in 2013 from the French Law School of International Affairs (Institut de Droits des Affaires Internationales “IDAI”), in Cairo University, a branch of Pantheon-Sorbonne University in Paris.


Mohamed Lotfy

– Partnerships Assistant 

Mohamed holds Bachelor’s Degree from the American University in Cairo (AUC) with a major in Political Science, specializing in International Relations and a minor in Economics. 
Completed a 4-month internship at the UNDP, working in the Innovation for Development team.Then he joined a digital advertising agency for 1 year and 2 months, working on uplifting and strengthening clients’ presence on digital platforms; he left from there as Senior Account Manager. Then he joined SFSD. 


The projects Department

The Projects Department is responsible for the Training for Employment program. The department reviews and assesses concept papers and proposals for Training for Employment projects, and manages and monitors those projects that are awarded grants by the Foundation. The literary awards and the scholarship programs also fall under the management of the projects department.

Nahed Yousry

– Projects Manager

Nahed is responsible for the general management of activities in the areas of project communication, document review and capacity building. She is also in charge of developing strategies for programs/ initiatives, based on best practices and field work experience and designing the ‘Training for Employment’ department work plan accordingly.

Nahed has more than 20 years of experience in social development. Prior to joining SFSD, Nahed worked in ‘Canadian International Development Agency’ CIDA-funded Participatory Development Program as Capacity Development consultant, ensuring successful project management, auditing and service delivery. She also participated in the preparation of assessment tools, project design, and strategic development. Before joining CIDA, Nahed had worked in both international organizations: ‘Japan international Cooperation Agency’ JICA and ‘Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit’ GIZ.

Nahed holds a BS Degree in Commerce from Tanta University, 1994. She holds a Diploma in Non-Governmental Organization Management, from the Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University, 2011, where she has done her research on ‘The role of NGOs in women empowerment- Reality and Truth’. She is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport. .


Thaira Shalan

– Principal Projects Officer

Thaira Joined Sawiris Foundation for Social Development since December 2016, she has more than 17 years of working experience on child rights programming, especially child protection; was responsible for developing the programme cycle and overseeing the strategic plan, supervising and monitoring the projects implementations. Conducted different researches, as well as planed and supervised several social assessments and training manuals. and participated in various rapid assessments as a team member and as a team leader.

Before joining SFSD, Thaira was Programme Director at Arab Council for Childhood and Development, for 10 years, before she was Chief of Child Protection, UNICEF Yemen, for five years, and earlier Head of Anthropology and Social Studies Department, Yemeni Center for Studies and Researches, for five years.

Thaira holds a Ph.D. with First Honors on political philosophy from University of Paris X– Nanterre,1993, and D.E.A. on History of Philosophy and Culture, University of Paris X - Nanterre, 1989. in additon to her B.A. from Department of Sociology and Philosophy, Sana’a University, 1984.

Thaira drafted the Nation Action Plan to combat Child Labour in Egypt.


Randa Khalifa

– Principal Projects Officer

Her role involves working with partner NGOs on the development of their projects’ concepts, proposal writing and project design, monitoring project progress through field visits, and reviewing and following up on their implementation. She is also responsible for following up on the German Scholarships Program of the Foundation. Randa has extensive experience in the development field and worked closely with a large number of local and international NGOs. Before joining the foundation, she worked with international development agencies in the sectors of health, environment, and Labor for more than 15 years including the International Labor Organization (ILO) in Egypt; the NGO Service Center, a USAID-funded project; and the Participatory Development Program of the Canadian International Development Agency. Randa holds a Bachelor of Arts in German Literature from Cairo University and a Linguistic diploma in German Language.


Maryam Khalil

– Senior Projects Officer

Maryam joined the Training for Employment Department in 2016 as Senior Projects Officer. Her responsibilities include providing technical support to partner NGOs implementing some projects funded by the foundation. Prior to joining SFSD, Maryam worked at the Ministry of International Cooperation for six years as a Senior Projects Specialist at the International Financial Institutions Sector- World Bank department. She was responsible for handling a portfolio amounting to approximately USD 1 Billion funding some social projects implemented by the Egyptian ministries in unprivileged areas.

Prior to MOIC, Maryam worked as Economic Researcher at the office of the Minister of Trade and Industry (ITASU) participating in preparing the Trade and Industry Quarterly Performance Indicators Booklet, as well as other publications issued by the MTI. Maryam holds a Masters in Public Administration from Mohamed Bin Rashed School of Government (Formerly Dubai School of Government) and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Statistics from Faculty of Economics and Political Science in Cairo University.


Nora Ghobrial

Projects Officer

Nora Ghobrial is a Projects Assistant in the Training for Employment department since January 2016. She graduated with highest honors from the American University in Cairo holding a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, and Minor in Community Development, Entrepreneurship and in Music. Nora has had previous part time volunteer involvement with NGOs such as Nebny, Takatof, and Healing Grace.


The Education & Scholarships Department

Mays Abou Hegab

– Education and Scholarships Programs Director

Since 2010, Mays Abou Hegab has been managing a portfolio of Governance and Social Accountability funded projects. Building internal and external governance capacitates of grass-root organizations at the local level in Upper Egypt communities has been her main mission.

Before joining SFSD, Mays was managing the Governance Department at CARE International in Egypt and was also the Acting Director of the Education Program. 

She is an active member of the International Initiatives of Change Organization based in Switzerland since 2003.

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in German Tour Guiding and Master’s Degree in Public Administration, School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, AUC. Her thesis was a process analysis focusing on education quality and readability improvement efforts in primary public schools in Egypt.Through her past experience, Mays has gained access in working with decision makers, thinks tanks, ministries and grassroots level organizations at local, subnational and national levels.

Mrs. Abou Hegab is fluent in German and English languages in addition to Arabic as her mother tongue. 


Alya Hegazy

– Education and Scholarships Program Senior Officer 

Before joining SFSD, Alya worked at CID Consulting as Business Development Coordinator, where she was responsible for leading the research, write-up and management process of proposals for private sector companies and international donors, as well as handling other various business development activities such as supporting the formulation of the department strategy and leading the communication and coordination with the different clients and partners. Prior to CID, Alya worked as Democratic Governance Program Assistant at the United Nations Development Program in Cairo, supporting in substantive and financial monitoring of program and project activities, formulation of Governance strategies and Country Programme Plan, as well as preparation of project documents, budgets and progress reports.

Alya holds a Master Degree in Public Administration from the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, at the American University in Cairo, graduating with high honors, and wrote her thesis on “CSR in Egypt: Towards Creating Shared Value”. Alya received her Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from the George Washington University in Washington DC. 

Alya is fluent in three languages: Arabic, English and German.


Hadeer Mohamed

– Education and Scholarships Program Officer 

Hadeer’s position entails monitoring the scholarship programs as well as following up with the students and graduates. Before joining Sawiris Foundation, she worked as a project coordinator at youth and development consultancy institute (Etijah) where she was responsible for two main projects; US- Egypt Higher Education Initiative for Public University Scholarship and Active Citizens.. Hadeer  was awarded an undergraduate fully- funded academic scholarship to have her bachelor degree in political science from the American University in Cairo with specializations in International relations and Middle East politics and a minor in History


Hana El Dakroury

– Education and Scholarships Program Officer

Hana EL Dakroury joined the education and scholarships department in October 2018 as a program officer. She graduated with highest honors from the American University in Cairo holding a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Integrated Marketing Communication. Hana was previously a Senior Coordinator in the Scholarship Department at Misr El Kheir Foundation. 


The Projects Financial Auditors

Projects Financial Auditors are responsible for providing financial and operational audits for the Projects. They monitor, evaluate and apply internal controls to ensure NGOs compliance to financial agreements with SFSD.

Mohamed Sayed

– Senior Financial Auditor

Before Joining to the Foundation in 2009, Mohamed worked as a senior accountant in the Technical and Vocational Education and Training Project (TVET), a joint intervention implemented by the European Commission and Egypt. He has several years of experience since 2001 in working with Save the Children (USA), the microfinance network of Arab countries (Sanabel) and ADEW.


Osama William

– Senior Financial Auditor

Osama received his BS in Accounting and Auditing from South Valley University and earned a diploma in Modern Accounting from the American university in Cairo. He attended a number of training courses on Financial Management. Prior to joining SFSD, Osama worked as an Internal Auditor at Caritas Egypt, a Multinational NGO dedicated to national and international human development. He also worked as an accountant at Ghabbour Company.


Belal Yassin

– Financial Auditor

Belal joined the foundation in  March 2017 as a financial Auditor, he worked as a senior Auditor in Grant Thornton Mohamed Hilal.  He has 11 years of experience working as an external auditor with many international institutions, including CARE International, Plan International, USAID, European Union, UNDP, Word Bank, and Dorsch.  Belal has also traveled and reviewed many projects in  USAID Iraq including Tijara  for Micro Finance, Cooperative Housing Foundation (CHF), Marcy Corps, Cardno Emerging Markets Group , Aircraft Charter Solutions Afghanistan and The Asia Foundation (TAF), Afghanistan.


The Micro-Credit Department

The Micro-Credits Department is responsible for the Training for Employment program. The department reviews and assesses concept papers and proposals for Training for Employment projects, and manages and monitors those projects that are awarded grants by the Foundation. The literary awards and the scholarship programs also fall under the management of the projects department.

Mohamed Barakat

– Micro-Credit Manager 

Since he joined SFSD in March 2008, Mohamed has established an independent, economically and financially sustainable micro-finance business support service. He has diverse expertise in designing, developing and implementing special tools like financial management, loan management, monitoring and evaluation. Prior to joining SFSD, Mohamed worked with the Association for the Development & Enhancement of Women (ADEW) as a Projects Manager and with Abd El Lateef Gamel Company in Saudi Arabia as a Micro-finance Projects Consultant. Mohamed provided technical advice and micro-finance consultancy for variety of national and international organizations including Bank Misr, Swiss fund, Sanabel Micro-finance Network of Arab countries (Cairo), Grameen Bank (Bangladesh), Micro-fund for Women (Jordan), El Amana (Morocco), and Lunaria Foundation (Italy). He has participated in a number of international conferences and workshops.


Samy Abd Al Rahim

– Senior Micro-Credit Projects Officer

Since he joined the foundation in July 2008, Samy has been providing technical evaluation for the micro-credit projects and monitoring their implementation. Samy has over 25 years of hands-on experience working on micro-finance in a number of reputable organizations. Before joining SFSD, Samy worked as an area manager in Lead Foundation and as a branch manager in Egyptian Junior Business Association.

Samy hold BCS in Social Work class of 1992, in addition to a Diploma in Non-Governmental Organization Management, from the Faculty of Economics and Political Science 2016, Cairo University.


Ahmed Abd-El salam

– Senior Projects Officer

He joined the foundation in August 2008 to manage Micro-credit activities including evaluating and monitoring Micro-credit projects according to SFSD policies and regulations and offering technical and financial recommendations. Before joining SFSD, Ahmed worked as Area Manager with “Al Tadamun Micro-finance Program” implemented by Women’s Health Improvement Association, where he developed a dynamic and high performance loan portfolio through effective motivation and management of the Field Force team Members. He also worked with Save the Children as a Branch Manager where he planned and monitored the Loan portfolio for the designated target areas.


The Financial Department

The Financial Department is responsible for all financial aspects related to the management of the Foundation. The department issues and manages grants and donations, handles staff salaries and consultant fees, and prepares the necessary files and documents for audit reviews.

George Fekry

– Financial Manager

George joined the foundation in February 2002, with a special interest in organizational development and nonprofit finance. He worked to support the planning and implementing of strategies and procedure that allow for organizational growth. Before joining the foundation, George was a senior accountant in Artic for Construction where he was responsible for all business accounting. He also worked in Beshay Steel Company as an accountant assisting the company staff in their mission to transform the steel industry to an environmentally friendly operation. George received his BS in Accounting and Auditing from Ain Shams University and is currently studying to be a Certified Treasury Professional (CTP).


Bahaa Wagih

– Senior Accountant

He joined the foundation in January 2010. Before that, he has been working for Petroleum & Industrial Consultants (PIC) for ten years in the position of senior accountant. Bahaa received his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Auditing from Ain Shams University.


The Administration Department

The Administration Department oversees all administrative activities, including procurement, human resources, information technology and communications. The department is also responsible for branding the Foundation’s communications materials.

Riham Sadek

– Human Resources and Administration Manager

Riham plans, directs, and coordinates the administrative functions of an organization. She oversees the recruiting, interviewing, and hiring of new staff; consult with top executives on strategic planning; and serve as a link between an organization’s management and its employees. Prior to joining SFSD in 2009, Riham worked as a Senior Specialist in the office of the Minister of Trade and Industry (ITASU) providing internal administrative and technical support. Before that, she worked at the Industrial Modernization Center (IMC) as a public relations and communication manager. She held the position of Office Manager in two USAID-funded projects: the National Law Commission (NLC) under the umbrella of the Cabinet of Ministers & Ministry of Justice; and the Egyptian Center for Economic Studies (ECES). Riham holds: a BS in commerce and Business Administration from Helwan University , The NGO’s Management Diploma from Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University , Web-Developing from RITI and a Graphics diploma from the Russian Cultural Center.


Wessam Ragab

– Senior Media & Communications Officer

In her position, Wesam is able to apply her writing, editing and communications experience in order to support the foundation's communications needs. She manages the production of the publications, promotional materials, and the coordination of media campaigns and Sawiris Cultural Awards. She has more than 10 years of experience as writer, editor and translator for a variety of NGOs, magazines and newspapers. Before joining the foundation, Wesam served as media & communications officer for the Culture Resource (Al Mawred Al Thaqafy) to develop and implement promotion and media strategies for its national and regional programs. She also worked as a free-lance translator for some magazines and newspapers including Weghat Nazar Magazine, Literature and Criticism Magazine and Kuwait's Awan newspaper. She also worked as online copywriter & editor for advanced web-solutions company located in London, UK. Wesam holds a Bachelor Degree in English language and literature.


Mena Nabil

– Senior Network Administrator

In this role, Mena designs, administers and maintains campus-wide network. He leads the deployment of major networking initiatives and resolution to major network, implements best practices into established procedures and provides guidance to team members. Mena earned a certificate in Adobe file Maker and is currently studying for a master degree in PHP MySQL, the most popular open-source database system, to qualify as a web designer. Prior to joining SFSD, Mena served in a number of reputable companies like Amoun Holdings, Master Technology and Ember for Travel, where he got an extensive professional and practical experience in computer networks.


Nermine Rashed

– Human Resources and Administration Specialist

Before Joining SFSD, Nermine was Responsible for managing and implementing all-inclusive Human Resources system for the company, Implementing HR Policies, Administers HR policies in accordance with local laws and procedures, Developing job description, the job specification for all employees, preparing company handbook. Identifying staff Training and Development needs in conjunction with line managers. Arranges local training events and coordinates arrangements for external courses and seminars. preparing training, recruitment  budgets, for Petroceltic Company for seven years.

Nermine holds MBA from The Arab Academy for Science, Technology & Maritime Transport, Major: Human Resources, and
Human Resources Diploma from the American Universty in Cairo, in addition to her BSc of Mass Communication, Cairo Universty.