Board

Dr. Sawsan El Messiri

Dr. El Messiri holds a BA in sociology and a MA in Anthropology from the American University in Cairo(AUC) and a phD in social Anthropology from Hull University England. Dr. El Messiri has more than 30 years of experience in consultancy as a senior social anthropologist, she provides technical assistance in the area of visual impairment, gender & development, community development. Dr. El Messiri monitored and evaluated women in development projects, upgrading projects, credit programs and community development programs and Comprehensive Integrated Eye Service Program for Visually Impaired Children. Moreover, Dr. El Messiri Participated in a number of international missions for project formulation, impact evaluation and research.
In addition Dr. El Messiri assisted a number of Egyptian Ministries and Arab institutions in establishing their Gender Unit and acted as a consultant and Gender trainer for these national machineries in mainstreaming gender issues. She Acted as a consultant to major organizations such as FAO, UNICEF, UNDP and ILO. Dr. El missir. Dr. El Messiri has major publications in international journals, most notably her book Ibn Al Balad: A concept of Egyptian Identity, Leiden, E.J. Brill, 1978.

Dr. Ahmed Taher
Dr. Taher has taught marketing at The University of Georgia, Offenburg University in Germany and The American University in Cairo since 1991, and won the excellence in teaching Award from the University of Georgia in 1995, and from the AUC in 2005/2006.   He taught many undergraduate courses including Marketing Research, Consumer Behavior, Advertising and Promotion Management, International Marketing, Sales Management, Public Relations. He also taught the MBA courses: Business Development, Marketing Channels, Marketing Strategy, Retailing Management, Sales Management, and International Marketing. He has also developed and delivered hundreds of marketing training courses of all types and levels.

Dr. Taher has published several articles in the Journal of Business Research, Journal of Product and Brand Management, among others. He wrote 2 books one called: Pharmaceutical Marketing and another called Business Development.  He also translated 3 masterpieces of Peter Fisk: Marketing Genius, Customer Genius, and Creative Genius.  Dr. Taher supervised more than 20 doctoral and master dissertations in the Netherlands.   Finally, Dr. Taher is a professional public speaker who also serves on the boards of more than 10 successful local businesses and charity organizations.

He holds a BSc. in Civil Engineering from Cairo University, an MBA from the Ohio State University, a Diploma in Book and Magazine Publishing from New York University, and a Ph.D. in Marketing from the University of Georgia.

Dr. Mostafa El Cherbini
Dr. El-Cherbini graduated with a MB from the faculty of Medicine in 1982. Dr. El-Cherbini completed a French Fellowship of Ophthalmology in 1990. In addition he completed a postgraduate clinical fellowship from Johns Hopkins University in 1993. Dr. El-Cherbini was assigned as an expert for the Pediatric Ophthalmology in the Egyptian National Eye Center in Rod El Farag.

Dr.El-Cherbini held a number of different positions locally and internationally. He worked as a the chief of the department of Pediatric, Ocular Motility & Genetic Ophthalmology at Magrabi Eye Hospital in Jadda from 1993 until 2000 and assumed the same position  from 2000 until 2004 in  Cairo, Egypt. Some of the many achievements of Dr. El-Cherbini is the establishment of the Pediatric Ophthalmology Department in El Magrabi Eye Centers in Abu-Dhabi, Cairo, Egypt, Dammam and MaMs.Gamea El Menawara in Saudia Arabia. In addition,

Dr. El-Cherbini established a screening program for school children and applied it to several schools in Jeddah, SA. Dr. El Cherbini is a member of many renowned international organizations in Ophthalmology such as the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), International Society of Strabismology, American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology Society, French Society of Ophthalmology, Egyptian Ophthalmological Society( EOS), among others. Currently Dr. El Cherbini runs a private Ophthalmology centre. 

MS. Dina A. Gamea
Ms.Gamea has over 12 years of experience in the finance industry mostly on the buy-side.  She has joined Paradise Capital (PC) in 2012 and is currently the company’s Investment Director in charge of overseeing current direct investments; studying potential business ideas and proposals; as well as manage the group’s legal and corporate affairs.  Prior to PC, Ms.Gamea worked for over four years with the Egypt office of Concord International Investments, an SEC registered company that is among the first and most reputable Asset Managers in Egypt.  Ms.Gamea was in charge of Construction and Building Materials industries at Concord.  She has had exposure with the government as well working for one year with the Egyptian General Authority for Investments & Free Zones (GAFI) in a team that was responsible for developing Egypt’s first "Investor Information System" in cooperation and under the supervision of the World Bank’s MIGA Group and that directly reported to Dr. Ziad Bahaa El-Din.   Ms. Gamea holds a BSc. in Economics from Cairo University and has attended a number of trainings and programs in Investment Promotion; Private Equity; Shariaa Compliance; and Asset Management.  In 2015, Ms.Gamea was selected by the US State Department to take part in the prestigious Fortune - US State Department Global Women Mentorship Program where she was mentored by Deanna Mulligan, CEO and Chairman of Guardian Life Insurance – a Fortune 300 and a 150 years old company.

Ms. Doaa Mabrouk
In partnership with her mother Dr. Sawsan El Messiri, Ms. Mabrouk founded Baseera foundation for people with visual impairment in 2004 and has been serving as the director of the organization since its establishment. Ms. Mabrouk is a board member of the National Council of Disabilities Ms. Mabrouk has 25 years of experience in field of enhancing the lives of people with visual impairment. Her interest and study in the field  started when she had a blind child  in 1987. Ms. Mabrouk continued a post-graduate diploma in orientation and mobility in 1994 from the University of Mohawak from Canada. Ms. Mabrouk participated in many international associations that serve the visually impaired and defend their rights, she has worked in the field of visual impairment in the Canadian " National Foundation for the Blind" CNIB  and has been a guest speaker in many international conferences for the visually impaired. Ms. Mabrouk took part in writing major publications about people with visual impairment, most notably a book to raise people's awareness about visual disability that was published by the UNICIF.

Ms. Mabrouk has initiated many programs and projects that serve the visually impaired in collaboration with government entities, international, regional, and local partners. In addition, she has helped many children to be well integrated in society and in mainstream education.

Mr.Mohamed Farid

Mohamed works as a sales manager at Varsity Tutors, in the USA, prior to which he was a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Company based out of Dubai, and as a software developer at several companies in the USA and Canada. He received his MBA from Harvard Business School, and a BSc. In Systems Design Engineering. From the University of Waterloo. Mohamed is visually impaired, and in December 2015, Mohamed was honored by the President of Egypt for his accomplishment representing the visually impaired.