EFE-Global Board

We start with the labour market, we start with employers. That’s the reason why we have over 2,000 employer relationships. Our staff are going to employers and saying "What do you really need?"

Ronald Bruder
Founder, Chair of the Board

We start with the labour market, we start with employers. That’s the reason why we have over 2,000 employer relationships. Our staff are going to employers and saying "What do you really need?"

Ronald Bruder
Founder, Chair of the Board

EFE-Global Board of Directors

Ronald Bruder:

Founder and Board Chair, EFE

Honored by TIME Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People for his nonprofit achievements in founding EFE, Mr. Bruder began as a serial entrepreneur and launched businesses in real estate, travel, pharmaceuticals and energy. In 1977, he created the real estate firm Brookhill Group, which enables the commercial redevelopment of distressed real estate. At the World Economic Forum in Tianjin in 2012, Mr. Bruder was named a Schwab Foundation Global Social Entrepreneur for his work in founding EFE. He is frequently invited to share EFE's best practices at major international conferences and fora, and has addressed audiences at the Clinton Global Initiative, World Economic Forum and the United Nations, among others.

Anis Aclimandos:

Chairman, Egyptian-American Chamber of Commerce; Chairman, EFE|Egypt

Mr. Aclimandos serves as the chairman of the Egyptian-American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham Egypt) and the President of TransCentury Associates. 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.

David Arkless:

President, International, CDI Corporation

Mr. Arkless is also the CEO and Founder of ArkLight Consulting Ltd. Established in early 2013, it follows nearly 25 years within Manpower Group where he held office as President of Global Corporate and Government Affairs Mr. Arkless also holds office as a Development Board Member of the Centre for Social Justice and Board Member of the Arab International Women’s Forum, both in the UK. David works tirelessly on humanitarian issues where he was the former president of the End Human Trafficking Now organization and is currently a member of the global Business Coalition Against Trafficking (gBCAT). In 2014, David also joined the Board of the Durham University Business School and has created an ArkLight Lecture Series for students.

Carol Bellamy:

Chair, Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF) Board of Directors

Ms. Bellamy served as Chair of the Global Partnership for Education where she oversaw a significant transformation of the Partnership Prior to this, Ms. Bellamy served as President and CEO of World Learning, a private, non-profit organization promoting international understanding through education and development. Bellamy also served 10 years as Executive Director of UNICEF, the children's agency of the United Nations and she was the first former volunteer to become Director of Peace Corps. Ms. Bellamy was named one of Forbes magazine's 100 Most Powerful Women in the World in 2004. In 2009, Bellamy was awarded the Légion d'Honneur by the Government of France.

Maître Donia Hedda Ellouze:

Founder, Cabinet Donia Hedda Ellouze and Lawyer at the Supreme Court of Tunisia; 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.

Dr. Alton Frye:

Presidential Senior Fellow Emeritus, Council on Foreign Relations

Dr. Frye is the Presidential Senior Fellow Emeritus and a former president of the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington D.C. A widely-published author who provides frequent testimony before the U.S. Congress, Dr. Frye has taught as a visiting faculty member at Yale University, the University of California (Los Angeles) and Harvard University.

Tariq Hassan:

Senior Vice President, Global Brand Strategy and Marketing, Bank of America

Mr. Hassan began his career with D’Arcy, progressing through domestic and international assignments with Leo Burnett and FCB Worldwide until joining Element79 Partners as a founding partner and Chief Strategic Officer of the Omnicom start up. He went on to lead HP global marketing for the Imaging and Printing division and later Corporate Marketing. In 2012, Tariq returned to the Middle East as Omnicom’s the first President of the Middle East & Africa managing holdings for the region with a focus on integrating capabilities across a broad range of marketing services

Badr Jafar:

CEO, Crescent Enterprises

Badr Jafar is CEO of Crescent Enterprises and President of Crescent Petroleum. Within the energy sector, he is Chairman of Gas Cities LLC and Pearl Petroleum. Additionally, Mr Jafar serves as Chair of the Executive Board for Gulftainer, and sits on the boards of The Abraaj Group and GrowthGate Capital. In 2010, he co-founded the Pearl Initiative, a non-profit venture in cooperation with the United Nations Office for Partnerships to promote a corporate culture of transparency and accountability across the Middle East. He is a member of the Advisory Boards of Cambridge University Judge Business School, American University of Beirut and American University of Sharjah. Mr Jafar was honored as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2011, is Co-chair of their Family Business Community, a Global Agenda Trustee for Economic Growth and Social Inclusion and a member of the Global Future Council on the Humanitarian System.

Samer Khoury:

President, Engineering & Construction, Consolidated Contractors International Company (CCC)

Mr. Samer Khoury is the President, Engineering & Construction, of Consolidated Contractors International Company (CCC), one of the largest Arab international construction companies operating throughout the Middle East, Africa, CIS, Europe, and the U.S. For more than 20 years, Mr. Khoury has been highly involved in business, social and educational activities in the Middle East and Europe. He is co-chair of the Aspen Institute's Middle East Strategy Group.

Aldo Olcese:

Chairman, Fincorp Mediacion; Chairman, EuropEFE

Mr. Olcese is member of the Royal Academy of Economics and Chairman of Fincorp Mediacion (Merchant Bankers). He is also board member of AC Hotels; independent director of Attijariwafa Bank Maroc; and senior advisor of N+1 Investment Bankers, McGraw Hill, world leader financial and industrial restructuring firm Alvarez & Marsal, and leading Spanish satellite and Wi-Fi communications company Eurona. He is also Chairman of Fundación Independiente, the oldest institution in Spain advocating for an open, participative and solidary Spanish civil society. He was awarded the Civil Merit Highest Cross by HRM the King of Spain for his contribution to good corporate governance and corporate social responsibility, having published over ten books on these subjects. He has received the Grande Ufficiale dell’Ordine del Mèrito by the Republic of Italy, the Commander of the Order of Wissam Al-Alaoui by the Royal Throne of Morocco, and the Commander of the Order of Civil Merit by the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg. He received his doctorate, with honours, in Economics and Business from the Autonomous University of Madrid. Mr. Olcese sits on the EFE-Global Board of Directors.

Nayla Rizk:


Ms. Rizk currently consults with start-ups in Silicon Valley and New York City. She has been active with, and led, a number of non-profit organizations. Ms. Rizk is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and an advisory board member of the Harvard Business School California Research Centre. Formerly, she was a trustee of the World Affairs Council of Northern California; board member of the Harvard Business School Alumni Association, board chair of the Harvard Business School Club of Northern California (over 20 years on the board), member of the President’s Council of Cornell Women, and board member of TechWadi.

Isam Salah

Former Senior Finance Partner, King & Spalding

Isam Salah is a senior finance partner in King & Spalding’s New York and Dubai offices and heads up the firm’s Middle East & Islamic Finance Practice Group. His practice covers a broad range of international and domestic finance and investment matters, with particular emphasis for nearly twenty years on the structuring of Shari’ah- compliant finance and investment transactions, particularly finance and investment transactions in the United States. His work in this area has included the first, and more than a dozen, Shari’ah-compliant financings for private equity investments, dozens of Shari’ah-compliant real estate investment funds that have invested in a broad range of property sectors, the utilization of a Rule 144a high-yield note offering to fund the Shari- ah-compliant financing of a private equity investment, the implementation of the first Euro-Sukuk transaction on behalf of a corporate issuer, the structuring of mezzanine and junior secured property financings (securitized and rated), and the structuring of a home mortgage product. He is a frequent writer and speaker on the topic of Islamic finance and investment. He is a former President of the Arab Bankers Association of North America. A graduate of Case Western Reserve University, Mr. Salah received his law degree from Cleveland State University, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Cleveland State Law Review. He received his LL.M from Georgetown University, where he held a fellowship at that University’s International Law Center.

Frederic Sicre:

Managing Director, The Abraaj Group

Mr. Sicre has over 20 years of experience in engaging the private sector on global issues, regional development agendas and community building. He spearheads the Abraaj Strategic Stakeholder Engagement Track (ASSET) at The Abraaj Group that works with leaders from all fields, including governments, private sector, media and culture. Prior to joining the Group, Mr. Sicre spent 16 years as Managing Director and Member of the Executive Board at the World Economic Forum and was made responsible for the Center for Regional Strategies. Mr. Sicre is the Chairman of the Mustaqbali Foundation and serves on the board of Dubai Cares, Education for Employment and Junior Achievement’s MENA Board. He is also a member of the United Nations Global Compact Business For Peace Steering Committee and a member of the World Presidents’ Organization.

Brahim Mouamed Slaoui

CEO, Mafoder; 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.

Yorick van Slingelandt:

Managing Director and Head of MENA, Moelis & Company

Mr. van Slingelandt has over 19 years of investment banking experience in Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. He specializes in cross-border M&A and capital markets transactions across a broad range of industries. Prior to joining Moelis & Company, Mr. van Slingelandt worked at J.P. Morgan for 15 years in a variety of senior roles in Dubai, London and Hong Kong.

Dr. Shibley Telhami

Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development, University of Maryland

Dr. Shibley Telhami is the Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development and a non-resident senior fellow at the Saban Center at the Brookings Institution. In the past, Telhami served as a senior advisor to the U.S. Department of State, advisor to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, advisor to Congressman Lee Hamilton, and as a member of the Iraq Study Group. Shibley is an expert on U.S. policy in the Middle East, on Arab politics, and on shifting political identities in the Arab world. He regularly conducts public opinion polls in the Arab world, Israel, and the United States. Among his many publications are “The World Through Arab Eyes: Arab Public Opinion and the Reshaping of the Middle East” (Basic Books, 2013), “The Peace Puzzle: America’s Quest for Arab-Israeli Peace 1989-2011” (Cornell University Press, 2013), and the best-selling “The Stakes: America in the Middle East” (Basic Books, 2003), selected by Foreign Affairs as one of the top five books for that year. He received is Ph.D. in Political Science from University of California, Berkeley; his M.A. in Philosophy and Religion from Graduate Theological Union; and, his B.A. in Mathematics from Queens College of CUNY.

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