Name Year of Birth Position  
Khaled Bichara 1971 CEO  
Eskandar Tooma 1977 CFO  
Abdelhamid Abouyoussef 1975 Chief Hotel Officer  

Khaled Bichara - Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Khaled Bichara currently holds the position of Chief Executive Officer of Orascom Development Holding. He is also a Co-Founder of Accelero Capital.  Mr. Bichara previously served as Group President and Chief Operating Officer of VimpelCom Ltd (“VimpelCom”). He was also Chief Executive Officer of Orascom Telecom Holding S.A.E. (“OTH”) as well as Chief Operating Officer of Wind Telecomunicazioni S.p.A. (“Wind Italy”). He played a pivotal role in the merger of VimpelCom with Wind Telecom S.p.A, (“Wind Telecom”) for a total consideration of USD 25.7Bn to create the world’s sixth largest telecommunications carrier.   Mr. Bichara managed ten operations across the globe through OTH and Wind Italy and 22 operations across the globe through VimpelCom.  Mr. Bichara was the Co-founder, Chairman and CEO of “LINKdotNET”.  In 2011, Mr. Bichara also served as Group Executive Chairman of OTH as well as Chairman of Wind Italy. Mr. Bichara currently serves as a board member of various telecom and IT companies, including Orascom Telecom Media and Technology Holding S.A.E.; SUPERNAP International S.A., the developer of the world-renowned SUPERNAP data centers; and Joyent Inc., a global provider of cloud computing software and services. He is the chairman of the board of Italiaonline S.p.A., the leading Italian Internet Platform and the #1 email service in Italy; as well as the chairman of the board of SEAT Pagine Gialle S.p.A., the Italian leader in internet services for SMEs (website, directories, local adv).  He is also a board member of Orascom Construction Limited, a company dually listed on NASDAQ Dubai and the Egyptian Stock Exchange. Mr. Bichara is also a member of the Advisory Board for the Computer Science and Engineering Department of the American University in Cairo. He was previously a member of the GSMA board.  Mr. Bichara holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the American University in Cairo.

Eskandar Tooma - Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Tooma is a tenured professor of finance at the School of Business, the American University in Cairo. He has also held a visiting associate professor (reader) position with Imperial College’s Business School in London, England. He is a member of the American Economic Association (AEA), the American Finance Association (AFA) and also the secretary general of the African Finance Association.

Mr. Tooma has always combined academic experience with practical exposure through assuming a variety of public and private professional posts. From 2005 to 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 Citadel Capital Private Equity, Beltone Financial Holding and the Arab African International Bank. Tooma has sat on the board of EGX listed and actively traded companies including 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 money market fund.

Mr. Tooma obtained his BA in business from The American University in Cairo and Adelphi University. He 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 PhD in finance from Brandeis University.

Abdelhamid Abouyoussef - Chief Hotels Officer

Serves as Chief Hotel Officer. He is a tourism entrepreneur who started his career in design and installation of hotel electro-mechanical systems in 1998 moving on to Project Management and Owner's Representation until 2004 when he founded his first company Shores Hotels to manage a single hotel of 200 guestrooms. With the growth of Shores Hotels' portfolio, Mr. Abouyoussef pursued Hotel Development developing three hotels in three different destinations across Egypt. In addition to his role in Orascom Development, Mr. Abouyoussef is a board member of six other tourism companies, among them Sinai for Touristic Investments, Sinai for Hotel Management and Touristic Marketing, Golden Sharm Resort, Mediterranean for Touristic Investments and Allied Touristic Investment. Mr. Abouyoussef is a holder of a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the American University in Cairo and a Master of Science from the University of California at Berkeley. He is also a commission member of the International Federation of the Automobile (FIA).