With a degree in Business Administration from Oxford University, Hassan Morshedy successfully brought a fresh approach to Memaar Al Morshedy soon after becoming CEO. By venturing into new markets, his foresight has taken him miles ahead of his competitors. His latest projects include Skyline, which is set to be the largest building in the world extending over a total area of nearly 200,000 m² in Kattameya. Furthermore, Memaar Al Morshedy is expanding internationally, with several projects in Greece and other countries.
With a family lineage of automotive connoisseurs, Youssef Ghabbour has always had an evident passion for anything and everything on wheels. Growing up amidst his family’s growing empire, devising business development plans came easily to him. The charismatic and innovative millennial is set to expand Ghabbour Auto’s already leading presence in the local market. He has his eyes set on the highest peak of the Egyptian automotive industry.
A globe trotter, an heir to the throne and entrepreneur, Ahmed Nour is a real busy bee. A graduate of the London school of Business and Finance, Nour lived between three continents until he decided to move back home to manage his family-business NourPack Group, specialized in printing and packaging. He has also started his very own company, PitchChat L.L.C. – a platform that aims to connect entrepreneurs, professionals and investors.
Acting on her passion since the age of 14, Fatma Said went on to receive her Bachelor of Music degree from the prestigious Hanns Eisler School of Music in Berlin in 2013. Her singing career quickly took off and she became the first Egyptian soprano to study and perform at the prestigious Accademia del Teatro alla Scala in Milan. Said has already won a number of competitions, including the 8th Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition in Dublin in 2016. She was also the first Egyptian opera singer to be awarded the Creativity Award from Egypt’s National Council for Women for her international achievements in the music industry.
Actor, singer and heartthrob, Mohamed El Sharnouby gained praise in 2018 for his prominent role in the TV series Ladayna Aqwal Okhra (We Have Further Comments), multiple concerts and a successful single song. This multi talented millennial gained further recognition with his collaboration with superstar Angham in the much loved Gouna Film Festival song celebrating the history of Egyptian cinema, and with his participation in the international musical production for the latest International Youth Festival in Sharm El Sheikh.
After making their Royal Albert Hall debut in 2016, Sarah and Laura Ayoub have been changing the classical music scene around the world, bringing a millennial generation to the genre with their classical instrumental reinterpretation of pop hits. The duo was discovered by Mark Ronson and signed to Decca Records in partnership with Classic FM. Their first album dominated the coveted No.1 in the Official Classical Artist Albums Chart upon release. The sisters were also nominated for a classic BRIT award during 2018.
WOWING OUR SCREENS
Daughter of actress Randa Awad and director Adel Awad, Jamila Awad naturally had the genes to excel in cinema, but it was her talent that led her to become one of the country’s most well-known young actresses. Her starring role in the TV series, Taht El Saytara (Under Control) in 2015, jumpstarted her career and attracted tremendous praise from critics and fans. She went on to star in the hit TV series La Totfea El Shams, which also garnered her much acclaim.
After a successful modeling career, Salma Abu Deif turned to acting and in a span of just two years became one of the country’s leading young actresses. Aside from prominent roles in acclaimed film productions such as Sheikh Jackson, Deif has also performed in prominent roles in a number of TV series, becoming Egypt’s modern definition of the girl next door. During 2018, Deif played various roles on screen, including Fatma in TV’s Ladayna Aqwal Okhra (We Have Further Comments) with Superstar Yousra, and Alia in the TV series Teleat Rohy (Drop Dead). Meanwhile, she has also graced the cover of many regional luxury magazines.
One of Egypt’s most recognized actors, as well as a favorite of both critics and fans, Ahmed Malek’s big break came in 2010 when he played the role of young Hassan El Banna, leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in the famous TV series Al Gamaa (The Brotherhood). His performance as the young Sheikh Jackson in 2017 was another milestone in his career. During 2018, Malek played the role of Alaa Abu Zeid in Eyar Nary (Shotgun) and Bolonaky in Elkwaysen (The Good Ones). Also noteworthy, he was selected among four international rising actors to be presented at the Toronto International Film Festival 2018.
MAKING US LOOK BEAUTIFUL
With the country’s top celebrities as her clients, Yasmine Eissa is certainly an A-list stylist, who dresses the likes of Yousra, Dorra, Jamila Awad, Kenza Fourati and Mona Zaki among others. Her work has already been seen on many red carpets around the world. She was recently selected by Cartier to dress all of their celebrity guests for their Dubai’s 2018 gala event.
The makeup master, Sally Rashid, has taken evident leaps in her field of specialty during 2018. With a growing list of celebrity clients that includes Salma Abu Deif, Elisa Sednaoui, Dorra and many more, her work has already been seen everywhere around the region.
The progressive fashion designer, Norine Farah, started her label in 2014, right before she took part in Tiffany’s New York Fashion Week Competition the next year. Over the course of a few years, she achieved star status, with her designs rocking the country’s leading red carpets. Today, she can easily be defined as one of the top Egyptian designers.
Mohanad Kojak is one of the fashion industry’s most adored shining stars. The millennial fashion talent has grown to become a well-established designer right in front of TV audiences throughout the entire region. Following his grueling experience in MBC’s Project Runway Middle East, the designer went on to showcase his work in several events between Cairo and Dubai. Most notably, he organized his first runway show as part of Dubai Fashion Forward Season 10.
FOR THE LOVE OF FOOD
Marie-France and Maryline Lakah are known for their culinary experiments which they document on their Instagram account (@hungryEgyptian). They travel frequently to discover new places and new dishes. Meanwhile, Marie-France is also utilizing her natural business skills in managing and growing her own successful candle company, Maison Marie.
Soraya, Nour & Amina, received their specialized education at Le Cordon Bleu, the world’s most renowned hospitality education institution. Sharing an eagerness to experiment with international ingredients, they are well on their way to revolutionizing the catering industry in Egypt since they founded the Cookery, their boutique catering company.
OUR PRIDE IN SPORTS
Often referred to as the Golden Fish, Farida Osman is Egypt’s Olympic swimmer par excellence with a vast collection of medals and accolades. After making her Olympics debut in 2012 at the age of 17, Osman competed at the 2016 Olympics, finishing in 12th place overall and setting a new African record. At this year’s Mediterranean Games, she won two gold medals, a silver medal, and set a new swimming record in the 50m Butterfly competition. She is currently gearing up for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
Nour El Sherbini left squash fans around the world amazed when she became the youngest world champion in the history of the sport to win the women’s title at the World Junior Squash Championship in 2013. Many more titles and championships followed, including once again becoming the youngest athlete to win the Women’s World Championship in 2015 and retaining her title in 2016. This year, El Sherbini won the British Squash Open Title.
Known for his skillful moves in the field, Amr Warda is a member of Egypt’s national football team as well as an attacking midfielder for the Greek club PAOK FC. Warda began his professional career at El Ahly Club, then was recruited to play for Al Ittihad Alexandria Club on loan before joining Panetolikos F.C. His current annual salary is estimated at £312,000.
This professional squash player has been named the world’s no. 1 player not once but twice. El Shorbagy reached the coveted world-wide top ranking in November 2014 and March 2018. The athlete’s first big break took place in 2007, when he became the first player in history to secure a maiden Professional Squash Association’s (PSA) World Tour title at a five star event.
With a strong attitude and distinctive features, Iman El Deeb is currently the country’s most famous model. She has already been featured in a number of local and regional fashion shoots. Her heat-free waves and long legs are the perfect match to the Middle East’s roster of up and coming edgy labels. Her pictures have already been seen in Italian Vogue, Vogue Arabia, Elle Arabia, Mind Magazine, Jute Magazine, and Elements Magazine.
After a successful career at Careem in Cairo, this millennial entrepreneur, accompanied by his lifelong friends Mahmoud Nouh and Ahmed Sabbah, went on to develop SWVL, a mass transit APP that provides a new affordable solution to the local transportation market. SWVL disrupted the way Egyptians commute and has become the rising star of the local startup scene with an $8 million fund in series A round. Meanwhile, in series B funding from new and existing investors, the company valuation has come close to $100 million.
This entrepreneur is the co-founder and design director of Up-Fuse; an environment-friendly brand, which upcycles plastic waste by transforming it into accessories, such as bags, laptop sleeves and even notebooks. In collaboration with the NGO, “Roh El Shabab,” the brand supports unprivileged local communities by providing fair job opportunities and shedding light on local craftsmanship.
Dealing with the scrutiny that comes with TV shows is not easy for young talents. Nonetheless, Farah Wali not only survived the challenge, but also managed to win the second season of Dubai One’s Fashion Star. This rising fashion designer is specializing in modern ready to wear garments for both genders and her designs were recently featured in Italian Vogue.
At a relatively young age, Maram Aboulenein already made a name for herself as a fashion designer in France, Canada and Egypt. Known for her intricate designs with elaborate embroidery and fashion-forward silhouettes, she has been nominated for a number of awards dedicated to millennial talents, such as the “Young Entrepreneur” award by Ernst & Young.
At the age of 23, Ali Mohamed has already founded his own company, VOUND. Using augmented reality and artificial intelligence he developed technology to help individuals with hearing loss. VOUND’s achievement has been recognized by Forbes Magazine and the company has received awards from MIT, Harvard, Intel and Microsoft for its contribution in empowering disabled people through the utilization of technology.
With twelve IBM Invention awards under his belt, Haythem Assem is a technical manager and chief scientist at IBM Dublin. His achievements have landed him on Forbes’ annual list of 30 under 30. Meanwhile, Assem was recognised in 2015 for being the youngest Master Inventor in IBM history.
After cultivating thousands of online followers and collaborating with the region’s top brands, Nourhanne Eissa went viral with her fashion-fueled content and is currently a successful business woman leading one of the country’s most promising digital agencies. This year, Eissa has taken her company, Double Trouble, to new heights with events between Cairo and Dubai as well as a growing portfolio of top-notch clients, including Oppo, Jumia and BTC Watches.
An architectural engineer by degree and a sportsman by passion! Mamdouh Eid is a guru of everything football related. The acclaimed agent has a long list of clients, which include the biggest stars of the national team. When he is not closing a deal or two, Eid is often seen at the sidelines of monumental national football games.
A truly revolutionary photographer, Batool Al Daawi’s portfolio ranges between heart-felt portraits and star-studded editorials. During 2018, her work was seen on numerous magazine covers, downtown billboards and store windows. Al Daawi is also the founder of Blow Creative studio, a broadcasting and media production company.
A fashion influencer gone PR entrepreneur, Hadia Ghaleb embraces a nonconventional fashion aesthetic and a fast-paced lifestyle. After years of taking part in the region’s top marketing campaigns, Ghaleb started her own digital agency specializing in content, digital PR, events and digital marketing. She currently uses her experience to cater to her own many clients’ needs around the region. Her portfolio includes brands such as Lancome, Bulgari, Baraka Optics and Swarovski among others.
One of the few Egyptians on this year’s 30 under 30 list by Forbes, Nour Ahmadein is a true business force. Currently the head of Marketing and Business developments at Uber, this San Francisco University graduate is the hidden soldier behind the company’s evident leaps in the local market. Meanwhile, he also has his very own exporting company, Delta Valley Group.