EFE|Egypt was established in 2007 to give youth a brighter future while helping business find the skilled entry-level employees they need. With support from the United States Department of State’s Office of The Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI), the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) and local corporate partners and donors, EFE|Egypt has launched programs to prepare unemployed Egyptian youth to succeed as employees and entrepreneurs.


  • Ron Bruder

    • Founder, Education For Employment; Chairman, EFE-Global


    Honored by TIME Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People for his nonprofit work with EFE, Mr. Bruder began as a serial entrepreneur with businesses in real estate, travel, pharmaceuticals and energy. In 1977, he founded The Brookhill Group, which owns and manages properties throughout the US with a focus on creating investment partnerships to develop or redevelop shopping centers, office buildings and multi-family homes.

    Mr. Bruder was an attendee at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. At the World Economic Forum in Tianjin in 2012, he was named a Schwab Foundation Global Social Entrepreneur for his work in founding EFE. He has served as a delegate of the Council on Foreign Relations to the Jeddah Economic Forum, and a contributor to the US-Islamic World Forum in Doha, Qatar. 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.

    Mr. Bruder earned his bachelor's degree from Adelphi University, a MBA from New York University, and a Post Master in Accounting & Taxation from Iona College.


  • Hossam Allam

    • Director of the Board, Hassan Allam Holdings

    Hossam Allam sits on the Board of Hassan Allam Construction and is Managing Director of the Group’s Asset Management arm. In this role he oversees maintenance and facilities management functions as well as an investment fund focussed on real estate and energy. He previously spent 10 years originating oil and gas opportunities for Shell International across the Middle East and Asia. Hossam has an avid interest in job mobility and sits on the Boards of the National Employment Pact and Education for Employment. He founded Cairo Angels, the Middle East’s first formal network of business angels and a change agent for Egypt’s entrepreneurship ecosystem. Hossam holds a BSc in marine science from Southampton University and an MBA from London Business School.

  • Walid Bakr

    • Director, The Abraaj Group

    Walid Bakr is a Director with the Abraaj Group, a leading private equity group in global growth markets. Walid is a member of the Middle East investment team and is based out of the ofthe Egypt office where he is responsible for sourcing, evaluating and structuring investment transactions, lead portfolio management and value creation initiatives. Prior to joining Abraaj, Walid has led a career spanning investment, advisory, operational and entrepreneurial roles across the US, France and the GCC. He maintains interest in entrepreneurship, education and technology where he is engaged with various industry groups and associations (including, among others, EFE, AUC’s EIP Council, Bidaya Fund, Endeavor Egypt and others).Walid has been named a Kauffman Fellow as of July 2013. He  holds a BSc  in communications engineering from Alexandria University.

  • Gamal Moharam

    • Non-Executive Chairman, Newscape Egypt

    Mohamed Gamal Moharam is the Founder and Chairman of MGM Financial & Banking Consultants, an Egyptian joint stock company. He is also the Chairman of ServFund, the largest fund Administration Company in Egypt. He also acted as Chairman and CEO of the Egyptian Commercial Bank from March 2002 to June 2006 and was the former CEO and Managing Director of Piraeus Bank Egypt (June 2006 - December 2008). He is a member of various business chambers and federations as well as a board officer of several prominent corporations and institutes.

  • Shahira Zeid

    • Vice Chairman & CEO, MZ Investments


    Shahira Zeid is Chairman of MZ Investments, which is a holding company for several entities in the fields of Petroleum and Marine Services, Tourism and Hotels, Inland transport/ freight forwarding. Ms. Zeid is also Vice Chairman of Maridive Group.

    Ms. Zeid graduated from the American University in Cairo in 1982 with a BA in Business Administration and she strongly believes that tourism is a major growth area for Egypt and could provide an answer to many education and employment problems.

    Forbes Magazine ranked Shahira Zeid among the 50 most influential Arab women in 2008. Also, in 2014, Forbes Middle East selected Ms. Zeid # 22 of the 200 Most Powerful Women in the Middle East. Ms. Zeid is a board Member of Egypt’s International Economic Forum (EIEF) and its affiliate the Arab Global Forum, and head of the Forum’s Woman’s Strategy Group. She is also a board Member of the Egyptian Food Bank and a participating Member of the Arab International Women’s Forum.


  • Elizabeth Khalifa

    • Executive Director, Binational Fulbright Commission Egypt

    Elizabeth B. Khalifa is an experienced management, human resource and training development professional specializing in the leadership of initiatives that build human capacity. She currently holds the position of Chief People Officer for Zooba, a Gourmet Egyptian Street Food brand. Zooba has four restaurants in Cairo with plans to expand locally and regionally. Ms. Khalifa is responsible for corporate culture development, human resource strategy and infrastructure, and training services. Prior to joining Zooba, Ms. Khalifa has held senior management and technical assistance positions in Egypt since 1983 with the Bi-national Fulbright Commission, the Institute of International Education, AMIDEAST, Chemonics, the American University in Cairo and private commercial banks. Ms. Khalifa served as the Executive Director of the Bi-national Fulbright Commission in Egypt, a position she assumed in September 2012. Since 2002, Ms. Khalifa served as the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region Director for the Institute of International Education (IIE) based in Cairo, Egypt. From 2004 to 2012, she was the Country Director for AMIDEAST Egypt. Ms. Khalifa was educated at Hobart and William Smith Colleges (B.A. 1978) and in 1982 earned an M.B.A. degree from New York University’s Stern School of Business. She is a member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt where she co-chairs the Education Committee and has served on numerous committees concerned with human resources, women in management, and international development. Ms. Khalifa was a member of the Fulbright Commission’s board of directors from 2006 to 2012. She is an alumna of the American Field Service’s Beirut Program.

  • Anis Aclimandos

    • Board Chair, EFE|Egypt
      President, TransCentury Associates; Chairman of The American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt

    Anis Aclimandos is an International Business Development Specialist with experience in Project Management, Project Advising and Financial Analysis and an in-depth knowledge of the international business climate and of development assistance procedures and regulations.He has designed and implemented Development Programs and projects in Egypt, Yemen, Sudan, and Somalia, managed components of the USAID funded projects, and assisted several US Firms in the establishment of Middle-East bases.

    He has managed, marketed, and maintained the Regional Office of TransCentury in Egypt for 30 years and has served as a member and Chairman of the USAID/ Ministry of Finance Committees, as Vice-Chairman of the Investment Committee for the Chamber of Commerce, and Vice President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt. Anis is a member of the EFE-Global board of directors.

  • Ahmed Abou Ali


      Partner, Hassouna and Abou Ali Law Firm


    Ahmed Abou Ali is a founding partner of Hassouna & Abou Ali law firm since 1988, with a LL.M. degree from Harvard Law School. He practiced law in the US with Sidley Austin law firm in the banking and corporate areas. Acting on behalf of multinational companies and international agencies, he has expertise in the areas of banking, capital market, corporate, investment, mergers and acquisitions, project finance and restructuring, and legislative and economic reforms. He acts both as a transactional and litigator attorney. He is a Board member and chair of the Compensation Committee of Telecom Egypt; and a Board member of BLOM Bank Egypt. He is also a member of several trade and professional organizations, including the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt, where he is its current Chair of Legal Affairs Committee and past Executive Vice President. He is also member of the U.S. Egypt Business Council and the current President of the Egyptian Society for the Protection of Intellectual Property.

  • Adel Danish

    • Chaiman & CEO, MASREYA Information System

    Adel Danish is the current Chairman and CEO of Smart Villages Company. He has previously held CEO positions with Xceed, BayaNet, along with several terms as Co-founder and President of Danish International Inc., Polytel Computer Products, and StandarData S.A. He has studied extensively outside of Egypt and is particularly interested in enhancing Egypt’s communications infrastructure and taking advantage of its skilled, professional and highly motivated pool of talent. He has been Chairman of the advisory Board of the school of Business of the American University , was founder and chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt’s IT committee, and currently serves as member of the French Egyptian Presidential Council.

  • Hisham Fahmy


      CEO, American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt


    Hisham Fahmy has been serving as executive director then CEO of the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt since December 1999, before which he was general manager from 1987 to 1993. Fahmy has been playing an instrumental role in promoting US-Egypt business relationship, through the organization of over 26 business missions to Washington D.C. and other States. Fahmy is a familiar face in Washington DC offering experience on a wide range of strategic bilateral issues and is often invited to speak and participate on panels addressing different aspects of the economic relationship between Egypt and the United States. During his tenure at AmCham Egypt, membership has reached over 1800 members. For over 20 years, Fahmy has been advocating for a friendly business environment for US companies operating in Egypt and Egyptian companies working with the United States. Fahmy helped in the formation of the AmCham MENA council in seven countries to promote US business and investment in the MENA region. Fahmy has been engaged in supporting the establishment of AmCham Bahrain and Afghanistan.

    Fahmy previously served as acting director of the Egyptian Center for Economic Studies, a nonprofit think tank that carries out and disseminates independent economic research. Fahmy currently serves on the advisory board of AUC's School of Business, and is a board member of Education for Employment Egypt and a member of the American Society for Association Executives ASAE. He is also the founder and former chairman of the Egyptian Society of Association Executives (EgSAE). Fahmy graduated from the American University in Cairo (AUC) in 1974 with a Bachelor's degree in chemistry.



In 2013, EFE|Egypt diversified its programming and scaled its operations. Currently, EFE|Egypt offers the following current programs:

Job Placement Training Program

The Job Placement Training Program (JPTP) is a six-week employability skills program that works with long-term unemployed youth, and provides concrete job placements after the completion of training.

Fast Track Program

The Fast Track Program is an accelerated one-month employability skills program, focuses on long-term unemployed youth, followed by job placement. 

Career Directions

The intensive five-day Career Directions program focuses on CV writing and interview skills, and is targeted at university students and the short-term unemployed.

Bina’a Civic Engagement Program

The Bina’a Civic Engagement Program is a six-week employability skills and civic engagement program for university students, followed by internships at Cairo-based NGOs after completion.

Vodafone Youth Academy

The Vodafone Egypt Foundation is supporting a project to provide young graduates with employability skills through Education For Employment Egypt’s job training programs in Alexandria, Port Said, and Qena.

Forsa Program

The Forsa Program, a UK-Sponsored initiative of the Deauville Partnership, is an entrepreneurship mentoring program delivered in partnership with the Mowgli Foundation.  It connects young entrepreneurs in Cairo and Alexandria with mentors who can provide them with guidance and expertise to help grow their businesses.

Previous Programs

In the past, EFE|Egypt offered training programs in Banking Training (BTP), Textile Training (MTP) and Junior Professional Training for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), as well as providing Workplace Success skills through the School-to-Market Program.



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ismail habrouk

Ismail El Habrouk has been with EFE|Egypt since July 2012, when he joined as a trainer before becoming Operations Manager and finally CEO. Ismail founded Recruit Egypt, one of the leading recruitment agencies in Egypt. Bringing with him a wealth of expertise in the field of recruitment, self-taught knowledge of computer programming and unparalleled enthusiasm for EFE|Egypt's work, Ismail has proved his visionary leadership and commitment to help EFE|Egypt impact the lives of thousands of youth. Ismail graduated from City University of Seattle with a bachelor’s degree in business.


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