Name Year of Birth Position  
Khaled Bichara 1971 CEO  
Ashraf Nessim 1965 CFO  
Abdelhamid Abouyoussef 1975 Chief Hotel Officer  
Tarek Gadallah 1980 General Legal Counsel  
Nermine Faltas 1972 Chief HR & Organization Development 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 $25.7 Bn 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.  In 2009, Mr. Bichara was appointed Chief Executive Officer of OTH and Wind Telecom, bringing with him a wealth of experience in both telecommunication and information technology coupled with strong management and entrepreneurial expertise.  Prior to this position, Mr. Bichara was Chief Operating Officer (“COO”) of Wind Italy, which he joined in 2005, heading the fixed line and portal business unit before being promoted to COO of the company. He played a key role in restructuring the company’s organization, resulting in the successful turnaround of Wind Italy from a continuously loss making company to a leading mobile, fixed line and broadband integrated operator in Europe within a three-year time span.  Prior to joining Wind Italy, he was the co-founder, Chairman and CEO of “LINKdotNET” (“LDN”), one of the largest private Internet Service Providers in the Middle East. In 2001, following successful negotiations, Microsoft chose to partner with LDN to launch MSN Arabia, the Middle East’s first global portal, bringing the full internet experience of MSN to users in the region.  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.; and SUPERNAP International S.A., the developer of the world-renowned SUPERNAP data centers. He is the chairman of the board of Italiaonline S.p.A. (a company listed on the Milan Stock Exchange), the Italian leader in internet services for SMEs (website, directories, local adv), as well as the #1 Internet Platform and email service in Italy.  He is also a board member of Orascom Construction Limited, a company dually listed on NASDAQ Dubai and the Egyptian Stock Exchange, as well as a board member of Orascom Hotels and Development S.A.E., a company listed on 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.

Ashraf Nessim - Chief Financial Officer

Eng. Nessim has more than 20 years of experience in various fields including finance, infrastructure and hospitality. He currently holds the position of the Group’s Chief Financial Officer of Orascom Development Holding.  He is also the Chief Financial Officer of Orascom Hotels and Development the Egyptian largest subsidiary of the group. Prior to joining the group, he was the Chief Financial Officer representing Beltone Private Equity in their Pick Albatros Investment.   From 2007 to 2010 he was the Group Chief Financial Officer of Mobiserve, a key player in the mobile telecom network infrastructure in 9 countries within the Middle East and South Asia. Prior to shifting his career to finance he established the operation of Raya Distribution in Algeria and managed merchandising activities in all 34 shops in of Nokia and Samsung in Egypt. Mr. Nessim holds a Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering and he is also one of the earlier people in Egypt to hold the CFA designation in 2004. 

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).

Tarek Gadallah - General Counsel

Tarek Gadallah serves as General Counsel of the Orascom Development Group. He has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, private equity, restructuring, and debt and equity capital markets transactions. His experience also includes project financing and PPP projects covering all stages of the process from inception to commercial operations. 

Prior to joining the group, Tarek spent eight years in private practice as senior partner with a top tier law firm in Egypt where he advised local and international clients on high value, complex and cross-border transactions across a wide range of industries including financial services, real estate, tourism, energy, and pharmaceuticals. He also advised public companies on regulatory, compliance, and corporate governance issues. In conjunction with his corporate practice, Tarek has handled a number of high value and complex international commercial arbitration and represented financial institutions and investors in several securities and capital markets litigation. Prior to his private practice, he worked as Group General Counsel of a regional investment bank where he handled a variety of debt and equity transactions in Egypt and GCC region. 

Tarek received his Mater of Law from Cairo University and Executive Education in accounting and finance from Wharton Business School and Cambridge Judge Business School.

Nermine Faltas - Chief HR & Organization Development Officer

Nermine has more than 20 years of multi-disciplinary experience in Human Capital, Organizational Development, IT and Process Re-engineering. She started her career in 1995 as software engineer, then joined LINKdotNET as Project Manager, working on many process and quality improvement assignments. As the company was expanding, she grew interest in organization development, where she was appointed HR & Operations Sr. Manager. Nermine has managed multiple strategic initiatives and change management projects including mergers, regional expansion, restructuring and many other organizational development initiatives. In September 2010, Nermine became VP for Operations & Human Capital in A15, Nermine led all centralized supporting Operations including; Human Resources, Administration and Management Information Systems, serving 10+ subsidiaries, 16 regional offices and with more than 1000 employees. Nermine is PROSCI Certified change management practitioner.  She is a Certified Trainer/Facilitator. She is also corporate a Co-active coach, accredited by the (International coaching federation). Additionally she holds a certification in HR competency analysis profiling from HRCG Canada. She obtained her Bachelor of Science, Computer Science from the American University in Cairo in 1995.