About The Speaker
Chief Investment Officer of the American University in Cairo’s Endowment, , Partner at 500 Global, Senior Advisor on COP27 to the World Resources Institute and founder of The Lotus Collective, an organization supporting access to finance for women an dclimate solution for sustainable & inclusive growth. As CIO of AUC, Amal invests and oversees the University’s endowment across diverse asset classes with the goal of achieving sustainable generational equity and access to education. At 500 Global, Amal leads the firm’s early stage investments in Egypt in high growth sectors including healthtech, fintech and Saas in addition to managing the wider Egypt programs and building the team. Amal was the former Executive Director of the Egyptian-American Enterprise Fund “EAEF”. Amal joined EAEF as the first employee and since then, the organization grew to over USD 300 mn under management, seeded four first time fund managers and invested in several Egyptian companies that address high development needs in Egypt. Prior to EAEF, Amal was part of a team of economists at the Macro-Fiscal Policy Unit in the Ministry of Finance where she formulated reform policies, drafted sections of the State Budget and negotiated with international organizations on matters that touch the lives of millions of Egyptians. Before the Ministry of Finance, Amal built her investment experience at the International Finance Corporation where she was an Associate Investment Officer at the Infrastructure Department working on debt and equity projects in MENA. Amal started her career in the research department of EFG-Hermes as a junior economist and became a CFA Charter holder in the years to follow. Amal received an MBA degree from Harvard Business School, a Masters in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor’s in Economics from Cairo University. Amal is a MELI fellow at the Aspen Institute and Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum. Amal currently serves on the Board of the Suez Canal Container Terminal, the Board of UEFFIC (AUC’s investment arm in Egypt), the Board of Premium Card and the Board of SmartCare Medical. She served on the Board of Sarwa Holdings from 2015 to 2018 and the Board of Dawi Medical from 2018-2019. Amal loves creative writing, theater, yoga and hiking. She recently found a passion for diving and conserving the red sea.