Mr. Hisham Ezz Al-Arab


Hisham Ezz Al-Arab is the founder and chair of HE Advisory. With over 40 years of experience as an international banker across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, he advises corporations on Growth Strategies, Resources Mobilization and Financial Risk Management. He also provides fundraising advice and strategic counsel to start-up fintechs. 

Mr. Ezz Al-Arab is the former Chairman and Managing Director of Commercial International Bank - Egypt (CIB), where he served in that role from 2002 to 2020. During his tenure, he transformed the institution from a wholesale lender with a market capitalization of EGP 1 billion into Egypt’s largest private-sector bank with a market capitalization of EGP 100 billion. As the blue-chip component of the Egyptian Exchange with ADRs and GDRs listed on the New York and London Stock Exchanges, the stock is the global investment community’s preferred proxy for Egypt and a benchmark for the banking industry in emerging markets.

His leadership was committed to cultivating and perpetuating a culture of entrepreneurial spirit and meritocracy and to global best practices with respect to corporate governance and risk management. Equally committed to the bank’s global responsibility, in 2013, Mr. Ezz Al-Arab introduced sustainability and gender equality initiatives. CIB was the first bank in Egypt to issue a sustainability report and to join the signatories for the United Nations Environment Program Financial Initiatives: Principles for Responsible Banking. CIB was also included in the Low Carbon Select Index in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). In 2019, CIB was named to the Bloomberg Gender Equality Index, the only company in Egypt and Africa to be listed.  He also led the digital transformation of the bank’s processes and practices, including the establishment of a Data Analytics unit, the first such effort at an Egyptian bank. This unit subsequently advised the Egyptian government regarding data collection and analysis.

Recognizing the potential opportunities in Africa, particularly East Africa as a trade hub, Mr. Ezz Al-Arab led the transaction to open CIB Mayfair Bank in Kenya to provide trade finance and credit facilities for the bank’s Egyptian mid-sized corporate customers looking to expand into Africa. He was also instrumental in a fintech initiative for youth in East Africa.

Mr. Ezz Al-Arab has been recognized by a number of global publications for his leadership and the bank’s performance. He was named “Best CEO in Egypt and Africa” by EMEA Finance in 2014.

In 2016 Euromoney recognized his “Outstanding Contribution to Financial Services in the Middle East” CIB was awarded Euromoney’s Best Bank in Global Emerging Markets, the first bank in Egypt and MENA to receive this award. The same year they were awarded Best Bank in the Middle East. In 2018, CIB received the Best Bank for Social Responsibility in the Middle East. CIB was named Best Emerging Markets Bank by Global Finance in both 2018 and 2020.

Mr. Ezz Al-Arab is the Chair of the CIB Foundation, which he founded in 2010. The CIB Foundation has built strategic partnerships with healthcare providers from the government, private, and non-government sectors focused on the health and wellbeing of underprivileged children throughout Egypt. As a result of its efforts, the Foundation has impacted the lives of more than 3.2 million children and is a leading Egyptian voice for universal access to quality healthcare extended to underprivileged children.

Mr. Ezz Al-Arab is a Member of the Institute of International Finance (IIF) in Washington, member of the Emerging Markets Advisory Council (EMAC) and board member of Ripplewood Advisors MENA. He is also former Chairperson of the Federation of Egyptian Banks, a former board member of the American University in Cairo (where a scholarship in his name was established for a dedicated undergraduate student), Smart Africa, and Fairfax Africa.

Prior to joining CIB in 1999, Mr. Ezz Al-Arab spent his career as a banker at Merrill Lynch, J.P. Morgan and Deutsche Bank in London and the Middle East.

Dr. Nadia Makram Ebeid


Dr. Nadia Makram Ebeid is presently the Executive Director of the Centre for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE), an international diplomatic position she assumed in January 2004.

Dr. Makram Ebeid was Egypt’s first Minister of the Environment and the first female minister to hold this position in the Arab World. Some of her most notable achievements were raising environmental awareness through mainstreaming environmental considerations into Egypt’s national development policies as well as declaring the River Nile free from polluted industrial wastewater discharge.

In addition to being a former member of CIB’s Board of Directors, Dr. Makram Ebeid is also the chairperson and board member of various prestigious institutions, and the holder of more than fifty international and national awards.

Mr. Amr El Ganainy


Mr. Amr El Ganainy joined Commercial International Bank (Egypt) as General Manager of the Financial Institutions Group.  In January 2010, he assumed his role as President of the Global Customer Relations Department before taking on his current role as Chief Executive Officer, Institutional Banking.

Mr. El Ganainy is a Board Member of Misr for Central Clearing, Depositary and Registry Company and the Egyptian Sport Fund.  He is also the General Assembly Member of Egyptair Holding Co., Honorary Chairman of both Interarab Cambist Association (ICA) and Egyptian Dealers Association (ACI Egypt) and a member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt.

Mr. El Ganainy has served as Chairman of CI Asset Management Co., Commercial International Brokerage Co., Normalization Committee of Egyptian Football Association, International Securities & Services Co. (Falcon Group), and Board Member of CI Capital Holding Co., TE Data, Telecom Egypt and The Egyptian Holding Co. for Airports and Air Navigation, Executive Board Member of ACI International (The Financial Market Association), Chairman of Port Marsa Alam for Tourism Investment, Board Member of Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Co., and the Chairman of Capital Securities Brokerage Co.

Prior to joining CIB, he worked at the United Bank of Egypt as General Manager, Treasurer and Head of Correspondent Banking and was Chief Dealer of the Export Development Bank.  He began his career as a dealer at Suez Canal Bank.


Dr. Dalia Abdel Kader


Dr. Dalia A. Kader spearheaded the discipline of Sustainable Finance as early as 2003. Ever since, she brought vision and passion to this domain, conceiving far-reaching organizational initiatives and seeing their implementation through. She is currently Chief Sustainability Officer of Commercial International Bank (CIB) Egypt’s leading private sector bank and Board Member of the CIB foundation. She is also a member of the UNEP FI Banking Board “Principles for Responsible Banking” representing the MENA region and a member of the Net Zero Banking Alliance (NZBA) Steering Committee representing Africa. Dr. Kader is also a member of the Regional Advisory Board for Sustainable Finance. She is also Founder, Vice Chairman and Board Member of “We Owe it to Egypt” foundation. Dr Kader is also member of the Board of Trustees of CIB Foundation.

She was Head of the Sustainable Development Committee at the Federation of Egyptian Banks from 2014-2020 where she managed an EGP 400 million FEB integrated Slum Development project and now she is the chairman of the Green Finance committee at the Federation of Egyptian Banks.

Sustainable Finance is a core focus for her ongoing advocacy since 2003, that entailed challenging mainstream finance, pursuing innovation, making her marks towards creating industry trends. Dr. Kader represented Egypt in the working sessions of the G20 Green Finance Study Group that issued the 2017 Green Finance Synthesis Report. In 2014, she helped launch MOSTADAM, the first platform for advancing Sustainable Finance in the Middle East with a focus on capacity building, policy advocacy and promoting sustainable products and services that initiated an industry movement in Egypt. In 2018, she participated in launching the Principles for Responsible Banking during her term at AAIB and has been appointed by the UNEP FI to promote the principles in the MENA region.

Since 2009, she has been advancing the cause of Equator Principles and introduced social and environmental risk management policies and procedures in banks, along efforts to enact international frameworks within the financial industry including the PRI & the TCFD to advance sustainable finance.

Substantiated with an inter-disciplinary exposure to finance, political science, economics and sustainability, Dr. Kader conceived the concept of “Humanizing Finance” which was launched in a TEDex talk at the American University in Cairo in 2013. She also introduced and lectured a proprietary postmodern interpretation of the Marketing discipline in international platforms. Dr. Kader Initiated advocacy for sustainable finance and sustainability branding through lecturing and speaking engagements in local, regional and international conferences including the Financial Times conference “Future of Marketing” in New York in 2016.

Dr. Kader holds a B.A from the American University in Cairo in 1984 (Major in Political Science & Minor in Economics), M.A. degree in Political Science from the American University in Cairo in 1989 and Ph.D. in Political Science from Cairo University in 2003 with distinction.


Mr. Rafik Madkour


After graduating from the Faculty of Commerce at Cairo University, Mr. Madkour joined CIB in 1978, and has served in different departments of the Bank, including Book Keeping, Money Transfer, Treasury and the Dealing Room. He also served as Deputy CEO Institutional Banking and Group Treasurer. Furthermore, he served as the Consultant to the CEO at CIB.


Ms. Maha El-Shahed

Member of The Board

Ms. Maha El-Shahed – Head of Corporate and Board Affairs – CIB.

Since she joined the Bank, Ms. Maha El-Shahed has been assisting CIB senior management after obtaining her degree in Business Administration from the American University in Cairo (AUC) in 1983.


Ms. Nadia Moustafa Hosny

Secretary General

In February 2014, Ms. Hosny joined CIB Foundation Board of Trustees, and currently she is assuming the role of Secretary General. Besides, she is CIB representative as a Member in the Sustainable Development Committee at the Federation of Egyptian Banks since May 2014.  She recently joined the Board of Trustees of the National Foundation for Family and Community Development in November 2021. 

Prior to that, Ms. Hosny was CIB Division Head of the Centralized Banking Services, Custody and Capital Markets till October 2015.  Also, she was nominated as CIB Sustainability Ambassador in November 2014, and was a member in CIB Corporate Social Responsibility team concerned with “Protecting the Green Environment” in April 2013. 

Ms. Hosny graduated from the Faculty of Commerce Cairo University. She joined CIB in 1981, and worked in different departments, such as the Money Transfer Department, Central Processing Unit, as well as the Custody Operations and Bookkeeping Department.

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