Ghada Waly, is currently the Advisor to the Chairman of Egyptian Financial Supervisory
Authority for Micro Finance and Access to Finance. Ghada Waly worked at the United
Nations Development Program, UNDP as Assistant Resident Representative responsible
for the Poverty Reduction and Job Creation Portfolio. She was also the Private Sector
Development officer and the MDGs focal point. Ms. Waly holds a masters degree from
Colorado States University, USA and a diploma in Development Management. She is
a development professional with seventeen years experience in small and micro enterprises
development and poverty reduction programs, as Program Director of CARE International
in Egypt and as micro finance team leader at The Social Fund for Development SFD.
She is member of the Economic Committee in the National Council for Women and other
Mr. Khalid has more than 25 years of experience in developing and managing innovative
projects that empower women and the poor. Beginning as a practitioner in 1994, Mr.
Khalid has been playing different roles in the microfinance sector such as serving
as the founding director and a senior trainer of Sanabel as well as working as a
consultant and an advisor for several donors in the region including the Rockdale
Foundation, Grameen Foundation/U.S. (later Grameen-Jameel), Agfund, and the UNDP.
Since 2008, Mr. Khalid has been the CGAP MENA Regional Representative.
Mr. Al Tabaa is also the chairman of the Egyptian Micro Finance Network and a member
at its steering committee. In addition to that, he is a board member in several
investment companies. Moreover, Mr. Al Tabaa is a financial and managerial consultant
and trainer in the Arab academy for science & technology. He is also a senior trainer
for CGAP, Sanabel and Planet Finance for many topics including but not limited to
credit courses, product development, strategic planning, business planning, monitoring
& supervision, marketing etc. Mr. Al Tabaa has more than six years of experience
in microfinance with ABA and 7 years of experience in financial markets with EFG-Hermes.
He also has 18 years of banking experience with Commercial International Bank (CIB)
and American Express Bank.
Ms. Bahubaish graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor of commerce from the University
of Calgary in Canada and is currently doing her long distance MBA from Open University
Malaysia. She has been working for the SFD since June 2008 and she is currently
the project officer responsible for supervising two MFI's, namely Aden Microfinance
Foundation and Abyan Microfinance program. She is also the project officer for the
Graduation out of poverty project with the SWF.
Refaat Hegazi, is the Director of Human Development Department in the State Planning
Commission since 2006. He is working on issues like planning for the human development
sectors, including the micro-finance sector. He is also working on the implementation
of these policies, programs and projects and evaluating their impact. Mr. Hegazy
holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Economics from the University of Damascus and Specialist
Diploma in Population and Development in Cairo Demographic Centre.
Mr. Nourse has been implementing and supporting microfinance programs for more than
twelve years in Africa, the Middle East and Europe. Mr. Nourse began his career
with Catholic Relief Services managing or advising local microfinance institutions.
Afterwards, he focused on post-conflict countries with the American Refugee Committee
(ARC) working to provide both market development and microfinance services in East
and West Africa. With ARC, he pioneered approaches to providing cross-border microfinance
services, integrated two-step grant and lending programs as part of reconstruction
efforts and utilizing for-profit structures to advance microfinance in conflict
environments. Mr. Nourse joined the Academy for Educational Development (AED) in
2006, as their Microfinance and Enterprise Development Specialist on the USAID supported
Field Support program, advising programs in Afghanistan, Palestine and other fragile
states. For the past two years, Mr. Nourse has been working as the Chief of Party
of an USAID funded financial sector development program in Palestine. He has published
articles on microfinance and conflict in the Enterprise Development and Microfinance
Journal, the Forced Migration Review and for USAID.