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Karim Refaat

Chairman & CEO

Karim Refaat

"Our ambition is to help our partners manage their risks and overcome the challenges arising from the volatile business and economic environment. To do so, we need to reconcile between their business objectives, risk apetite, and the government's directions, priorities and plans. We believe that in this area our proposed engagement strategies and tools will help bridge the gap"

Karim is the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of N Gage Consulting, S.A.E since February, 2013. On October, 12, 2013, he was appointed a member of Egypt France Business Council. Prior to that, he spent 2.5 years from June 2010 to January, 2013 with British American Tobacco as Director of Corporate and Regulatory Affairs Function for BAT's North Africa Business Unit. During the period from August, 2008 to June, 2010, he was a Diplomatic Advisor to the Egyptian Minister of Trade and Industry. From October, 2003 to July, 2008, he was appointed as a diplomat to the Egyptian Embassy in France. He joined the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs since November, 1999.

He served in 1999 with Jordan based Talal Abu Ghazaleh (T.A.G) Intellectual Property Firm as a Junior Consultant. He started his career in 1998 with Egypt based Orascom for Projects and Touristic Development with its renowned EL Gouna Project. He held an Internship in 1997 at Cairo based Middle East Regional Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for the Refugees working in its Media and External Relations Department.

Karim received a M.A. in International Human Rights Law in June 2003 and a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations in February 1998 both from the American University in Cairo. He holds a Certificate of Specialization in Multilateral Diplomacy issued in April, 2002 delivered jointly by the Swiss Federal Government Program of Diplomatic Studies and the Geneva Institute for Higher International Studies. He was also certified by the Institute of Diplomatic Studies of the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in September, 2000. He is fluent in written and spoken Arabic, English and French.

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Mohamed Bahaa

Managing Partner & CFO

Mohammed Bahaa

"Any engagement strategy elaborated in isolation from a clear business strategy will be futile. We must begin by understanding our partners' business focus and objectives in order to define the correct engagement strategies that would help reach the desired goals. "

Mohamed Bahaa is Co-Founder, Vice Chairman and Managing Partner at N Gage Consulting and Co-Founder and CIO at N Gage Investments; & Co-founder and CFO at TRAIN.

Prior to his current positions, Bahaa started his career as the Research Assistant to the Associate Dean of the School of Business at the American University in Cairo, then joined Management inSites, a US based consulting firm as a Junior Consultant in 2009. In 2010 he co-founded his first company, Archimede Middle East; a US based firm operating in the Middle East specializing in selling high end doors and windows.

In 2012, Bahaa founded his second company the Egyptian Vegetables Group (EGY VEGGIE), an innovative agri-business that manages and cultivates more than 500 acres of more than 10 different crops that are marketed in Egypt and the Middle East. Egy Veggie is one of the three quinoa producers in Egypt. He currently serves as Vice Chairman.

In 2013, Bahaa co-founded N Gage Consulting as the first Government Relations and lobbying firm in Egypt, now serving more than 45 blue-chip multinational corporations growing to become the first multinational Egyptian consulting company operating in more than 8 countries by 2020. N Gage Consulting’s operations are now part of the N Gage Group along with N Gage Investments and TRAIN, the group’s investments and training arms.

Bahaa also co-founded Agrovate, LLC in 2013 as one of the leading fresh produce sourcing companies in Egypt, which he exited in 2015 with a 150% ROI.

Bahaa holds a Masters Degree in Finance from Harvard University, a masters Degree in Economics and a Bachelors degree in Finance from the Amercain University in Cairo, has attended the Mastering Trade Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and also holds a certificate of International Arbitration from Cairo University, an Advanced Management Certificate in Managing Uncertainty from the International Executive Education Institute at The American University in Cairo.

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Mohamed Badr

Senior Director

Mohammed Badr

He was appointed as a diplomat in the Egyptian Embassy in Madrid – Spain from October 2009 to September 2013. He worked in the commercial and economic office and was assigned to handle the commercial and investment relations.

During the period from November, 2006 to September, 2009 he was appointed as a member of International Relations team to the Egyptian Minister of Trade and Industry. He joined the Egyptian Ministry of Trade and Industry in August 2003 to October 2006 as a commercial diplomat. He joined the Norwegian multinational Jotun Paints from Jan.

2002 to July 2003 as a Financial Analyst. He started his career in the American Multinational Eli Lilly Pharmaceutical in December 2000 to December 2001 as an accountant. He Holds a Master degree in Company Management from ESERP business school in Madrid November 2011 and a MBA in International Markets from Arab Academy for science and Technology in Cairo February 2008. He Holds B.S in foreign Trade from the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration.

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Sherif Mahmoud Fahmy

Senior director

Sherif Mahmoud Fahmy

Dr. Sherif Mahmoud Fahmy is a professional with excellent credentials and exceptional track record in the area of international trade related issues.

He has contributed for around 12 years in various researches, studies at national and regional level that aims to facilitate trade among countries. Also he has been a consultant in several consultancy projects (Studies) with internationally reputed organizations such as COMESA. What deserves a special mention is that during the course of his career he has liaised with the top experts of the market and government in various countries in the field of international trade. Also he participated in several meetings related to international trade issues, represented Egypt in those meetings and presented the national position. This coupled with distinctive negotiation skills, communication skills and management expertise; gives me a unique edge from which he can add value to the business.

What is more important is his experience in preparing the national position and negotiating very technical trade areas related to the preparation of the COMESA customs union as he was a member of the national team who prepared the common external tariff for the COMESA customs union, participated in the process of tariff lines categorization and classification, preparing the regional trade policy and also participated in commenting on the draft COMESA customs management act. He was also officially notified as the Egyptian focal point for monitoring and handling the COMESA non-tariff barriers resulted in trade among member states. Also he was the COMESA desk officer in the Egyptian ministry of trade and industry. In the last 4 years he was the chief negotiators of Egypt in the tripartite COMESA-SADC-EAC free trade area negotiations.

His supervision of the technical office for the trade agreements sector in the Egyptian ministry of trade and industry enhanced his awareness and knowledge about all the trade agreements, its current position that Egypt is signatory.

He has utilized his strong negotiation skills, analytical thinking and creative problem solving capabilities in shaping challenges into concrete achievements and sustainable growth. Also he built his own capacity through concluding the MBA studies in 2008 and DBA studies in 2014. The topic of his thesis was ( Assessment of the impact of Egypt membership in COMESA FTA on the volume of trade).

Starting from the 1st of Oct 2015 he was appointed as Senior Director at N Gage Consulting and also the Vice President of TRAIN ( Trade Relations and International Negotiations ) Training company.

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Suzanne Hassanein

Director

Suzanne Hassanein

Suzanne graduated from the Institut des Droits des Affaires Internationales from Paris I University- Pantheon Sorbonne in 2000 with an equivalence from the law faculty- Cairo University.

She joined the Egyptian Customs Authority in 2007. She spent the first three years as customs officer at the Cairo International Airport passengers' inspection central directorate. After her accreditation as a tariff officer from the Customs Institute, she spent one year as a tariff officer at the CAI cargo village where she worked in all import directorates with all major air cargo operators. Her last within the ECA was a legal and technical officer at the Commissioner of the Egypt's Customs affairs sector. During her career in customs, she was nominated to represent the ECA in several meeting at the World Customs Organization based in Brussels mainly for air cargo security reforms and Intellectual Property Rights training programs, protection measures, anti-smuggling and contraband operation methods and consumer awareness initiatives.

Suzanne is a fellow of the WCO since 2011.
During the last two years, she has undertaken many courses with the World Intellectual Property Organization, such as the e-commerce effect on IPR, and arbitration and mediation procedures in virtue of the WIPO regulations, and others. Prior to her work at the ECA, she worked as an eligibility officer at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees- Cairo based Middle East regional office from 2001 to 2003.

Suzanne is fluent in written and spoken French, English, Arabic, Spanish and is currently learning Russian.

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Tarek Seif El Nasr

Corporate Communications & Business Development Officer

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Tarek brings in international experience having worked and studied abroad.

Tarek began his professional career working In Egypt with several real estate developers in Cairo, as well as a tourism services company.

Upon moving to London, Tarek continued to diversify and enrich his experience by working with Harrods' Food & Beverage department as a products analyst, and later an Asset Management Analyst in the city of London.

Tarek graduated from the American School of Paris and holds a degree in business administration from Regents Business School in London.

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Mohamed El Messidy
Mohamed Messidy

Consultant

Mohamed Messidy

Mohamed graduated from the American University in Cairo (AUC) in 2012. He holds a B.A. in economics. During his time at AUC, Mohamed took part of several activities and was a member of the AUC rugby team.

After graduating, Mohamed started working at the Egyptian Center for Economic Studies (ECES). He then moved to the Project Evaluation and Macroeconomic Analysis unit (PEMA) at the Ministry of International Co-operation. Also, Mohamed did an internship at the Financial Planning and Analysis department at Xerox (2012).

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Rana Kamal

Consultant

Rana Kamal

Rana Kamal has started her studies at the American University in Cairo, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International relations from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. Rana brings in diverse international experience having worked at Concordia University, the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC), Kinross Gold Corporation, Futurestep (A Korn Ferry Company), and the International Civil Aviation Organization; a specialized agency of the United Nations (ICAO).

In December 2014, Rana was chosen to represent Egypt on the Model ICAO Council. She was also nominated at CIBC for the John C. Maxwell - Winning with People course on leadership and people’s management, which she completed and obtained a certificate.

Rana is fluent in written and spoken Arabic, English and French.

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Farrah El Moghazi

Consultant

Farrah El Moghazi

Farrah El-Moghazi graduated from International School of Choueifat in Cairo and studied Actuarial Science and a minor in Economics at the American University of Cairo (AUC). She graduated with Honors in Fall 2014.

In her senior year, she was a part of the Finance and Economics Club where she conducted sessions for other students under the Investment Council Committee. Also, she passed the Probability Exam, an exam that develops the knowledge of the fundamental probability tools for quantitatively assessing risk.

Directly after graduation, Farrah joined a boutique investment bank, Akanar Partners, as an Analyst for a year (2014/2015). She participated in M&A transactions across a variety of sectors including healthcare, F&B and Real Estate.

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Farida Abboud

Junior consultant

Farida Abboud

Farida graduated from the American University in Cairo with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, with a specialization in International Relations, and a double minor in Economics and History. During her studies, she joined the research team of Egypt’s first Political Satire show, Al-Bernameg and worked towards airing it on television for the first time, and continued to work there for a total of three years upon graduation.

Afterwards, she worked in Digital Media Planning for a year and a half and in November 2015, she joined N Gage Consulting as a Junior Consultant, and also acts as an active member of the Corporate Communications team.

When not working, Farida swims, cycles and runs.

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Mohamed Mehanny
Mohamed Mehanny

Senior Analyst

Mohamed Mehanny

Mohamed is a Masters Student at the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies in Geneva specializing in International Affairs with a focus on Economic/Trade global and regional integration. Prior to that, he graduated from the American University in Cairo with a B.A in Economics (highest honors) in 2014. During his studies, Mohamed concluded four internships at the Commercial International Bank (Finance and Treasury departments), The South Centre in Geneva and finally the International Trade Centre in Geneva.

In addition to his work experience, he was also part of many extracurricular activities including: AIESEC AUC (vice president) and the Finance and Economics club (Academic Committee head).

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Dania Ghoneim

Senior Analyst

Dania Ghoneim

Dania Ghoneim graduated from the Deutsche Schule der Borromärinnen in Cairo and majored in Political Science, specialising in both International Law and International Relations and minored in both Business Administration and History at the American University of Cairo (AUC). She graduated with High Honors in Spring 2013.

She is currently pursuing her MSc. in Global Affairs - International Security.

During her university years, she worked at the Cairo Model United Nations. The student-led activity entailed holding a yearly mock United Nations conference and competing at the National Model United Nations (NMUN) in New York. Her team received the Outstanding Award for 3 years running.

She also worked extensively with the Student Union and held the position of Vice President of the Student Union in her senior year.

Following graduation, she interned at both the Arab Forum for Alternatives (AFA) and the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs.

Dania is fluent in Arabic, English and German.

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Hassan Fayed

Senior analyst

Hassan Fayed

Hassan holds a BSc in Politics of the International Economy from King’s College London. During his studies, he interned at Baker & McKenzie Law Firm in Cairo and at the Centre of Environmental Studies at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina. He then joined IHS Global Insights as an events collector and political risk analyst. He was also a member of the Free Egyptians Party economic policy committee from 2012 to 2014.

In 2014, Hassan held a summer internship at N Gage Consulting, and then became the company’s London liaison officer while completing his final year at King’s College. During this year, he increased N Gage Consulting’s exposure by networking with key London-based companies. He also organised the Invest in Egypt Conference, which was held at the Egyptian Cultural Centre in Mayfair. Hassan is now a full-time senior analyst at N Gage Consulting’s Cairo office.

Besides his professional career, Hassan is an amateur kitesurfer, golfer and footballer.

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Sarah El Fata

Senior Analyst

Sarah El Fata

Sarah was born and raised in Cairo, Egypt, and studied at the American International School of Egypt. She travelled to London in 2011 to carry out her undergraduate studies. She completed her foundation year at Royal Holloway, University of London then transferred and graduated from City University London. Sarah recently moved back to Cairo and started her career as an Analyst at N Gage Consulting.

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Mustafa Gamal

Analyst

Mustafa Gamal

  • Mustafa studied Political Science with a specialization in International Relations. He graduated from AUC in June 2016 with Honors.
  • He represented the American University in Cairo as a Senior Delegate to the American Student Government Association Conference, held in Washington, 2015.
  • Mustafa was the President of the Student Union of the AUC in his senior year. He managed to represent and advocate for students’ rights and forge several initiatives and partnerships with the university administration.
  • During his university years, he had internships in Al Ahram Weekly newspaper and Al Nahar channel.
  • Mustafa joined N Gage Consulting in June 2016 as an intern in N Gage Consulting first summer internship program.
  • Mustafa is now an analyst at N Gage Consulting’s office in Cairo.
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Ramy Taha

Research Analyst

Ramy Taha

Ramy Taha graduated cum laude from AUC with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, double specialized in International Relations and Political Economy. During his university career, he embarked on a cross-cultural educational program called Semester at Sea, which is sponsored by the University of Virginia. The program entailed traveling to 16 different countries on a floating university campus.

During his studies, Ramy took part in internships with the League of Arab States' Division of African Affairs, and the National Center for Middle Eastern Studies. He also engaged in a number of entrepreneurial activities such as helping start up Koretna, an application that offers amateur football players an online social platform to connect, and founding 3al Mashy, an innovative mobile fast food chain. After graduating from AUC, Ramy volunteered with AIESEC for 3 months between Colombia and Mexico.

Ramy is fluent in in Arabic and English, and speaks an intermediate level of Spanish.

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Rana Badawi

Intern

Rana Badawi

Rana Badawi holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics from McGill University.

Upon graduating, Rana started working as a policy analyst at the Strategic Planning Division within the Egyptian Ministry of Planning. Her main tasks included coming up with innovative policy solutions to improve Egypt's public investment management in coordination with local and international experts, as well as analyzing the annual investment plans.

During her studies, Rana interned at Baker & McKenzie and ExxonMobil's Public and Government Affairs Department in Cairo. She was also a board member of McGill's Egyptian Students' Association.

As of September 2016, Rana will continue to work with N Gage Consulting from Paris as she will be starting her master's degree in Public Policy, specializing in Markets and Regulation at Sciences Po Paris.

Rana is fluent in Arabic, English, French and Spanish.

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Ahmed Wareth

Senior Analyst

Ahmed Wareth

Ahmed Abd El Wareth is currently working as a senior analyst in "N Gage Consulting since November 2015. His last before joining N Gage Consulting was International Trade Policies Researcher in the Ministry of Trade and Industry – Trade Agreements Sector , since 2008. Before 2008 he was an Economic Researcher in Export Development Fund.

Ahmed contributed in negotiating Trade Agreements, representing the Egyptian Ministry of Trade and Industry in the Joint Trade committees and meetings, putting economic and trade studies and analyzing commercial and economic relation with other parties, handling the problems arising from the implementation of trade agreements, specially the COMESA agreement and Preparing different economic and analytical studies about the impact of trade agreements and different integration stages ( FTAs, CUs, Common Markets…etc) on the national business environment.

Ahmed participated also in several bilateral negotiations rounds between Egypt and other countries like (Georgia, Russia, Belarusia, Poland, South Africa), Also on the regional level he was a member of the Egyptian delegation on the negotiations with (D8, COMSIC, EFTA, COMESA, Tripartite).

He has also participated in finalizing the regional frame work agreement on the Liberalization of trade in services among COMESA member states and concluded studies on sensitive products, regional NTBs, regional trade policies and tariff alignments that are related to COMESA customs union.

Ahmed has completed a diploma in Feasibility Studies for Small Project (SMEs) and is currently finalizing his Masters degree in international trade.

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Alia Khalil

Junior Consultant

Alia Khalil

Alia Khalil graduated from the German School in Bab el Louk and studied Business Administration, with a concentration in Finance, and a double minor in Psychology and Economics at the American University in Cairo (AUC). She graduated with summa cum laude (Highest Honors) in Fall 2013.

In her senior year at university, she attended the Sauder Summit Global Case Competition in which she represented her university in a team of four. Her team won the second place in one of the case competitions.

Alia did several internships of which one was in the Brokerage department in Beltone Financials (2012), one in the export department in Korzilius GmbH, specialized in the production of extruded ceramics for inside and outside located in Mogendorf, Germany (2010), one in the logistic department in Festo AG& co., a privately owned German industrial control and automation company (2009) and one in the Training department in Semiramis Intercontinental (2008).

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Mohamed Hafez

Administrative Affairs Manager

Administrative Affairs Manager

Ex Undersecretary of Egyptian Ministry of Trade and Industry, Mohamed Hafez joined N Gage Consulting team in May, 2013 with more than 35 years of on the ground experience in government affair. He spent the last 20 years of his career heading the secretariat and administrative matters of the Minister of Trade and Industry. He served under the direct assistant to 10 different ministers and has developed wide contacts and relations within the Egyptian government and bureaucracy.
Mohamed Hafez holds a B.A. in Commerce specialized in Business Management.

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Mohamed Ismail

Accountant /Trade & Import Expert

Accountant

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Salah Mohamed

Export and Import Specialist

Export and Import Specialist

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Kamal Tawila

Export and Import Specialist

Export and Import Specialist

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Mahmoud Atef

Junior Admin Officer

Junior Admin Officer

Ahmed Saleh
Ahmed Saleh

Junior Accountant

Junior Accountant

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