We start with the labour market, we start with employers. That’s the reason why we have over 3,000 employer relationships. Our staff are going to employers and saying "What do you really need?"Ronald Bruder
Founder, Chair of the Board
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.
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.
Ron Bruder is the Founder and Chair of Education For Employment (EFE), the leading nonprofit job placement Network in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). A social franchise of independent, locally-run Affiliates, EFE identifies critical skill gaps in the local economy, then develops and delivers targeted training programs for youth with limited opportunity. Graduates are linked to jobs through, with employers, civic and educational organizations. After graduating its first class in 2006, EFE expanded rapidly, and operates in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia, Yemen, and Saudi Arabia with support hubs in the USA, Europe and UAE. Honored by TIME Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People for his non-profit work with EFE, Bruder began as a serial entrepreneur. In 1977, Mr. Bruder founded The Brookhill Group, which owns and manages properties throughout the US with a focus on creating investment partnerships to develop or redevelop shopping centres, office buildings and multi-family homes. A globally recognized philanthropist, Bruder has addressed youth employment issues at the World Economic Forum in Davos and the United Nations, as well as in the media including the Financial Times, Forbes, Bloomberg and Al Jazeera. At the World Economic Forum in Tianjin in 2012, he was named a Schwab Foundation Global Social Entrepreneur for his work in founding EFE. Mr. Bruder earned a Bachelor’s degree from Adelphi University, an MBA from New York University, and a Post Master's degree in Accounting & Taxation from Iona College.
A journalist and professor, Mary Dedinsky helped establish Northwestern University’s international campus located in Qatar. For more than ten years she led a mission established by the Qatar Foundation and Northwestern to teach journalism to students of Qatar, the MENA region and other parts of the world and introduce them to employment experience at distinguished news and public relations firms. She served as Director of the Journalism and Strategic Communication Program and Director of the Journalism and Strategic Communication Residency at Northwestern University in Qatar. Before entering academia, Ms. Dedinsky was a Chicago newspaper journalist -- a beat reporter, investigative journalist, editorial writer and metropolitan editor before she became the first woman managing editor of a major U.S. metropolitan newspaper at the Chicago Sun-Times. Later she became associate dean and associate professor of journalism at Medill on Northwestern’s main campus in Evanston, IL, and served as internet web editor for the Chicago Tribune, coordinating the work of its newspaper, television, radio and internet news staffs. Awards include induction into the Medill Hall of Achievement, the Illinois Press Association Lincoln League and the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame.
Abed El-Jaouni is the founder of several successful real estate and aviation companies located in Germany, France and Lebanon. He began his career as a pilot with Team Lufthansa, where he attained the rank of Captain before transitioning to the private sector to launch a number of ventures. In 2004, he established Cirrus Middle East in Lebanon as a regional hub for his aviation group. Later renamed ImperialJet, the company operates aircrafts under Mr. El-Jaouni’s chairmanship. In 2010, he established Phoenix Real Estate, a luxury real estate company in France, where he currently serves as President. For more than a decade, Mr. El-Jaouni has actively supported charities and scholarships in Lebanon. He graduated from the FFL Flying Academy in Germany and earned his MBA from Atlantic International University.
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.
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 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. Prior to joining Petco, he served as Senior Vice President, Global Brand Strategy and Marketing at Bank of America.
Mr. Samer Khoury is the Chairman of Consolidated Contractors Group, 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.
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 retired as a Senior Partner and the Head of the Middle East Practice at King & Spalding in December 2017, after a 25-year career at that law firm. During his tenure at the firm, he led in the establishment of the firm’s offices in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Riyadh. His practice covered a broad range of finance and investment matters, in particular those financings and investments structured on a Shari’ah-compliant basis. He is best known for his expertise in representing Gulf financial institutions, investment companies and family offices in their real estate, private equity and leased equipment investments in the United States. 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 Law Center, where he held a fellowship at the university’s International Law Institute. He currently serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations, including the Global Board of Education For Employment.
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.
Noor Sweid is the founder and General Partner of Global Ventures (“GV”), a leading emerging market-focused venture capital firm. With a headcount of over 30 people, AUM of almost $300 million, backing from well-known investors such as General Atlantic, Tiger Global, Capria Ventures, Bupa Arabia, Mubadala, ADQ and SVC – Global Ventures has made 46 investments across ten markets since 2018 - and invested in several EdTech companies. Previously, Noor was the first woman to operate, scale and IPO a company in the MENA region, listing Depa on NASDAQ Dubai and the London Stock Exchange, for US$1.1 billion, in April 2008. Noor scaled Depa tenfold, expanding from six countries to 22, including four cross-border acquisitions. Identified by Forbes as one of the “World’s Top 50 Women in Tech”, Noor's previous roles include CIO at The Dubai Future Foundation, and a Founding Partner at Leap Ventures, a tech-focused, entrepreneur-led venture capital firm. Noor also founded the largest yoga studios chain in the Middle East, ZenYoga - acquired by Cedarbridge in 2014. Noor holds several board roles on Global Ventures’ portfolio companies. She is also Chairwoman of the Middle East Venture Capital Association, and Director of the Global Private Capital Association. She is a Director at TechWadi and the Karman Fellowship, a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network, and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders. Noor holds a Bachelors’ degree from Boston College, and an MBA from MIT Sloan.
Karthik Venkataraman is a partner in Bain & Company's Washington DC office. He is an expert in Bain's Results Delivery® practice. He has more than 10 years of industry and consulting experience and previously worked in Bain's London and Singapore offices. Karthik works across industries and has extensive experience in retail, airlines and healthcare, with a focus on organizational effectiveness. He also advises on M&A across industries with deep expertise in post-merger integration. Karthik is passionate about economic development and education and is a leader in the firm's social impact efforts. Prior to joining Bain in 2007, he worked in the technology space at SAP. Karthik earned an MBA from the Wharton School where he graduated as a Palmer Scholar. He also earned an MA in International Studies with Distinction from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a Bachelor's degree in History with High Honors from Princeton University.
Mr. David Arkless is our Global Ambassador and previously served as an EFE-Global Board member during its startup years. David is Founder and Chairman of ArkLight Consulting and The Future Work Consortium. David was formerly a Global President at ManpowerGroup, International President of CDI Corporation and European Director at Hewlett-Packard Europe. David has in-depth experience in corporate and international affairs and has advised the governments of China, Mexico, Vietnam, Serbia and Singapore, as well as the US Department of State, the European Union and the cities of Shanghai, Tianjin, Dalian and El Paso/Juarez. David also regularly appears on global media outlets such as Bloomberg, the BBC, CNBC and CNN and has lectured at Georgetown University, Durham University Business School and INSEAD. Voted one of the top 50 CSR influencers in the world, David has received awards from many institutions for his CSR work, including the Vatican. David was president, co-chairman and co-founder of anti-trafficking nonprofits, and serves on the boards of numerous nonprofits. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. David received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Durham where he is now a Professor, and participated in executive programs at INSEAD, IMD and the San Jose College of Business.
Shereen Ahmed is one of Broadway’s most notable rising stars. After her groundbreaking debut, Shereen has been recognized as the first woman of color to play Eliza Doolittle in Broadway & West End history.
Shereen was spotlighted as one of ‘40 Under 40’ accomplished Arab Americans in the United States by the Arab America Foundation, and was invited as a guest speaker for the United Nations 14th Conference of States Parties on ‘Disability, Diversity and Inclusion: The Broadway Masterclass.’
Shereen has studied human rights at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, and holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Sociology & Anthropology with a Concentration in Criminal Justice from Towson University. She was recently seen on NBC’s hit show New Amsterdam as Shenaz Shetty, and starred Off-Broadway in the Irish Repertory Theater’s virtual holiday production Meet Me in St. Louis as Esther Smith. Shereen is currently traveling the country starring as Eliza Doolittle in the first national tour of The Lincoln Center Theatre’s production of My Fair Lady, under the direction of Bartlett Sher.