Samih Sawiris - Chairman & CEO
After receiving his Diploma in economic engineering from the Technical University of Berlin in 1980, Mr. Sawiris founded his first company, National Marine Boat Factory. In 1996 he established Orascom Projects for Touristic Development and in 1997 Orascom Hotel Holdings, the two companies that later merged to form Orascom Hotels & Development S.A.E. (OHD). He has served as CEO and chairman of OHD since its incorporation. Furthermore, Mr. Sawiris established El Gouna Beverages Co. in 1997, which he sold in 2001 when it was the largest beverage company in Egypt. He also serves as chairman or as a member of the board of a number of Orascom Development subsidiary companies.
Eskandar Tooma - Chief Financial Officer
Dr. Eskandar Tooma, Canadian-Egyptian double citizen, is a tenured professor of finance, chair of the finance department and holds the British Petroleum endowed chair with the School of Business at The American University in Cairo. He combines academic experience with practical exposure through assuming a variety of public and private professional posts. He was senior advisor to the Egyptian Capital Market Authority for 3 years, as well as a member of a variety of committees. Dr. Tooma sits on the board of two EGX listed and actively traded companies: Egyptian Resorts Company (ERC) and Rowad Tourism. He also heads the Audit Committee for ERC. Dr. Tooma obtained his B.A. 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 as well as a Ph.D. in Finance from Brandeis University.
Abdelhamid Abouyoussef - Chief Hotels Officer
Eng. Abouyoussef, Egyptian National, started his career in design and installation of hotel electro-mechanical systems in 1998. He soon moved to project management in hotel construction, in addition to being the owner’s representative at Amphoras Holiday Inn, Sharm El Sheikh. In 2004, Abouyoussef founded his first company, Shores Hotels, to manage a 200 room hotel in Sharm El Sheikh. Within two years, Shores Hotels grew to manage 3 hotels with a total capacity of 1,000 rooms. In 2008, Abouyoussef started developing 600 rooms in three new destinations across Egypt. Later that year, he founded a travel agency, today handling over 100,000 tourists per year. Abouyoussef is also the Managing Director and 25% owner of “Orascom Hotels Management”; the hotels asset management subsidiary of Orascom Development. Abouyoussef received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the American University in Cairo and a Master’s of Science degree from the University of California at Berkeley. He is also a commission member of the International Federation of the Automobile (FIA).