EFE Network Board Chairs

Anis Aclimandos

Chairman, EFE-Egypt

Mr. Aclimandos is President of TransCentury Associates and served as Chairman of the Egyptian-American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham Egypt). He first joined the AmCham Egypt board in 1987 and has served as chair of AmCham Egypt's Customs, Investment & Trade and International Donor Programs committees, and as vice president of membership from 2001 to 2005. A certified accountant, Mr. Aclimandos earned a Bachelor's of Arts in accounting from Cairo University and holds Egyptian and U.S. certification in financial management and analysis.

Abdulmohsen Al-Ajaji

Chairman, EFE in Saudi Arabia

Abdulmohsen F. Al-Ajaji has been Secretary General of Suliman Saleh Olayan Foundation (SSOF) since 2006. The Foundation assumes the responsibility of managing and overseeing charitable contribution and social activities on behalf of The Olayan Group. Prior to this position, Abdulmohsen held various senior positions within the Olayan Group. He joined Olayan group in 1975. He served in various committees in Chamber of Commerce & industry on regional and national level. Abdulmohsen graduated from USA in 1971 with a BA degree in Political Science and History after completing his elementary and secondary education in Lebanon.

Alwan Al-Shaibani

Chairman, Yemen EFE

Alwan Shaibani is the Chairman of Yemen Education For Employment, as well as the Chairman of the Universal Group of Companies, which he founded in 1982. Prior to founding the Universal Group, he worked as the Commercial Director of Yemen Airliens from 1973 to 1980. At present, he serves as a Board member for 15 NGOs that are active in youth development, poverty alleviation, and women’s empowerment. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and International Relations.

Donia Hedda Ellouze

Chair, EFE-Tunisie

Maître Donia Ellouze is a lawyer at the Supreme Court of Tunisia. In 1986, she founded the law firm Cabinet Donia Hedda Ellouze, one of Tunisia’s largest corporate law firms and a market leader in corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, privatization, and international arbitration. Maître Donia Hedda Ellouze was profiled as one of the 25 most influential businesswomen from francophone Africa in Jeune Afrique’s May 2013 edition, and in 2014 blogged about Tunisian women’s employment in The Huffington Post.

H.E. Samir Murad

Chairman, Jordan EFE

Mr. Samir Murid is a Member of the Jordan Senate and former Minister of Labor. Previously, he served as Chairman, Electricity Distribution Company; Vice-Chairman, MedGulf Insurance Company, and a Member of National Committee on Human Resource Development, among other positions. He held the role of Chairman of multiple entities, including: Social Security Corporation, Vocational Training Corporation; Employment – Technical & Vocational Education and Training Fund; National Company for Employment & Training; and, Jordan Post. He is the Co-Founder of the Arab Foundation for Sustainable Development (RUWWAD) and Chairman, Amman Baccalaureate School Endowment Fund.

Brahim Slaoui

Chairman, EFE-Maroc

Mr. Slaoui is the President and CEO of Mafoder Group, an international iron and steel foundry. He is at the forefront of several youth empowerment and leadership initiatives and currently serves as President of the “Circle of Progress” foundation, President of AMIDEP on design and innovation, and as a board member of Espace Bidaya for Social Entrepreneurship. Past offices of Mr. Slaoui’s have included board memberships on Injaz and Endeavor Morocco and as President of the International Association for Human Values, Morocco (IAHV). He is also the founder of Youth President’s Organization – Morocco (YPO), a global network of young chief executives.

Mazen Sinokrot

Chairman, Palestine EFE

Mazen was born in East Jerusalem, Palestine on 30 November 1954. In 1980, Sinokrot received a BSC in Industrial Engineering and Production Management with honors from The University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom. Sinokrot is the founder of Sinokrot Global Group, the leading family owned business in Palestine with regard to investment size and number of employees. SGG focuses its investments in Food and Agro-Industries, Agriculture, Tourism and Hospitality, Trade and Consumable products, and Information Technology. He led the national effort to establish a number of private sector institutions including the Federation of Industries which he chaired for a full term. He was founder and first chairman of Palestine Trade Center (Paltrade), and continues to serve on the boards of a number of these institutions He also serves on the boards of foundations that promote youth development, chairman of EFE, public participation and social responsibility, and a member of the board of trustees of Al-Quds University, AlQuds chamber of commerce and industry. Sinokrot serves on the Board of Directors of the Palestine Investment Fund and has along with the PIF and other Jerusalem entities and leading individuals, who like him are residents of Jerusalem, established the first holding company, Al-Quds Holding, to serve the area. Sinokrot, who is politically independent and non-partisan, served and held the post of Minister of National Economy between 2005-2006. He is a frequent participant and speaker at a number of local, regional and international conferences seeking to promote national Palestinian interests and economic development. He is a major promoter of the Public/Private partnership in formulating laws and legislations leading to a competitive economy.

MENA Region Board 

Jordan EFE

  • Samir Murad (Chair): Owner, Saed Murad and Sons Co
  • Luay Abugazaleh: Managing Partner, Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual
  • Oraib Aryan: Front store director -Pharmacy 1
  • Mohammed Batayneh: Chairman & CEO, Agri Jordan
  • Ronald Bruder: Founder, Education for Employment
  • Taima Khoury Kawar: Social and Civic Leader
  • Isam Salfiti: Chairman, Al Etihad Bank for Savings and Investment



  • Brahim Mouamed Slaoui (Chair): Former President, EFE-Maroc
  • M’hammed Abbad Andaloussi: President, Injaz Al-Maghrib
  • Brahim Benjelloun-Touimi: Chief Administrative Officer, BMCE Bank
  • Amine Berrada: Director, Souni Aiguebelle
  • Abdelkader Boukhriss: General Manager, Societe Feduciare du Maroc
  • Ronald Bruder: Founder, Education For Employment
  • Omar Chaabi: Chair, Executive Vice President, Chaabi Group
  • Anas Guennoun: Principal, Abraaj Capital Morocco
  • Ali Kadiri: General Manger for Morocco and Director of Casablanca Branch, Fundacion La Caixa
  • Laila Mamou: Executive Board President, Wafasalaf


Palestine EFE

  • Mazen Sinokrot (Chair): Chair & CEO, Chairman, Sinokrot Global Group (SGG)
  • Samih Al Abid: Advisor, Former Minister of Public Works and Housing, Palestine Investment Fund
  • Asmaa' Alkhoudary: Financial Officer, Saqqa & Khoudary (Gaza)
  • Ronald Bruder: Founder, Education For Employment
  • Rushdi Ghalayini: Deputy General Manager, Bank of Palestine
  • Hiba Husseini: Senior Attorney & Managing Partner, Former Vice Chair, Palestine Securities Exchange
  • Nafez Husseini: VP, ICT & Digital Business; Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC)
  • Mazen Ja’bari: Director, Youth Development Department (YDD)
  • Jamal Jawabrah: Secretary General, Palestine Chamber of Commerce
  • Samer Khoury: President Engineering & Construction, Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC)
  • Safa Nassereldin: Former Minister- VP for Jerusalem, Alquds University, Al-Quds Open University
  • Maha Abu Shusheh: General Manager, Abu Shousheh Trading Company
  • Umayyah Khammash: Head of Department of Health, UNRWA (Jerusalem)



  • Anis Aclimandos (Chair): President, TransCentury Associates
  • Ahmed Abou Ali: Partner, Hassouna & Abou Ali
  • Hossam Allam: Managing Director, Head of MENA and New Markets, Hassan Allam Services
  • Walid Bakr: Principal, Riyada Enterprise Development
  • Ronald Bruder: Founder, Education For Employment
  • Adel Danish: Chairman & CEO, The Smart Village
  • Hisham Fahmy: CEO, American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt
  • Elizabeth Khalifa: Chief People Officer, Zooba
  • Gamal Moharam: Non-Executive Chairman, Newscape Egypt
  • Shahira Zeid: Vice Chairman & CEO, MZ Investments


 EFE Saudi Arabia- Advisory Committee 

  • Abdulmohsen Al-Ajaji: (Chair, EFE in Saudi Arabia): General Secretary, Suliman O. Olayan Foundation 
  • Noura Alturki: Organization Development Manager, Nesma Holding Company Ltd.
  • Rami Alturki: President, ALTURKI
  • Waleed Al Banawi: Vice – Chairman, Banawi Industrial group
  • Omar Boulos: Regional Director of Middle East and North Africa, Accenture
  • Hamad Al-Kaltham: Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, ALTURKI
  • Ibrahim Al-Suwaiyel: Corporate Affairs Group Manager, Intel Corporation 


EFE - Tunisie

  • Maitre Donia Hedda Ellouze (Chair): Lawyer, Supreme Court of Tunisia, Hedda-Ellouze, Ellouze & Belajouza-Felli
  • Souheil Ben Abdallah: VP, Bacosport Group
  • Taher Bayahi: Chairman & CEO, Société Magasin Général
  • Ronald Bruder: Founder, Education for Employment
  • Douja Gharbi: Owner, CNFCE
  • Adel Goucha: Principal, The Abraaj Group
  • Hedi Sellami: Director General, Tunisie Cables
  • Salwa Smaoui: Director, MENA region advertising and online services (formerly Director of Microsoft Tunisia), Microsoft
  • Slim Zeghal: CEO, Altea Packaging
  • Abderrazak Zouari: President du Conseil d'Administration; Professor of Economics, Former Tunisian Minister, UBCI Groupe BNP Paribas


 EFE-UAE Advisory Board

  • Najla Al-Midfa: General Manager, Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center
  • Abdul Aziz Al-Yaqout: Founder & Partner, Meysan Partners
  • Mariam Farag: Head of CSR, MBC Group
  • Raza Jafar: Founder GSN, ENSHAA
  • Yogesh Mehta: CEO, Petrochem Middle East
  • Nadim Nakfoor, MENA Franchise Senior Vice President & General Manager, PepsiCo
  • Karim Seifeddine: Corporate Communications Head, Middle East & Africa, CITI


 Yemen EFE

  • Alwan Shaibani (Chair): Chairman of the Board, Universal Group of Companies
  • Amat Alsoswa: Assistant Administrator and Regional Director Regional Bureau for Arab States, UNDP
  • Ronald Bruder: Founder, Education For Employment
  • Yusuf Al-Kuraimi: Managing Director, AlKurami Express Islamic Microfinance Bank
  • Jamal Al-Mutarreb: Owner and Founder, Al-Mutarreb Group
  • Maha Salah: Training & Performance Director, CAC Bank
  • Mohammed Abdo Saeed: Regional Director, Hayel Saeed Anam Group
  • Huda Al-Sharafi: VP, Almaz Group
  • Hani Shehadeh: Area GM (construction) and GM (oil and gas), Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC)

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