Shehab Nawawi

Shehab Nawawi

Shehab Nawawi

Biography

Shehab ElNawawi is the Chairman and CEO of Giza Systems, the leading systems integrator (SI) in Egypt and the Middle East (http://www.gizasystems.com) Shehab joined the company as CEO in late 2000. On his watch, the company saw a comeback that catapulted it to be the leader of the SI pack in the region, with a footprint that now spans the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa, and with established and growing subsidiaries in KSA, UAE, Qatar, Kenya, Tanzania and Nigeria. With his team he built a strong and robust vertically focused and customer-centric organization that enabled the development of business in different industry segments, and oversaw the inception of a number of subsidiaries geared to penetrate key growth markets and further expand the company’s geographic footprint. He became the Chairman of the company as well as its CEO in 2007. Shehab started his career in the oilfield, working as a field engineer for Schlumberger Wireline based in Mumbai, India from 1987 to 1991. He then moved to Canada and became the Network Manager for Rogers Data Services in Ontario, and eventually headed the technical trials of dataover-cable (what is now the @home service offered by ISP’s in North America) in 1994. In 1996 he moved back to Egypt and ran the North Middle East sales office for Newbridge Networks, a world-class manufacturer of voice and data switches. Newbridge Networks was later acquired and merged into Alcatel Networks – now Alcatel-Lucent. Shehab believes strongly in the responsibility of private sector companies towards their communities and their role in spurring development and inspiring change. To that extent he is involved in many education-based initiatives in Egypt; he participates on the board of Injaz Egypt-member of JA WorldWide (http://injaz-egypt.org/) – an NGO dedicated to development of Egyptian youth, and has been an active board member of Wataneya Society for the Development of Orphanages since 2008; Wataneya (http://www.wataneya.org/en) is an NGO dedicated to establishment of minimum standards of care for orphans. In 2012 Shehab established the Giza Systems Education Foundation (http://m.facebook.com/GizaSystemsFoundation), an NGO focused on the use of technology to improve the outputs of the Egyptian educational system. To that extent GSEF is establishing digital fabrication makerspaces (Fablabs) to serve the communities in the south of Egypt, and will have setup five such makerspaces by the end of 2017 (https://m.facebook.com/FabLabOnWheels/). In 2015 he joined the Board of Trustees of EducateMe (http://educateme-egypt.org/), a nonprofit foundation that aspires to redefine education in Egypt through a progressive learnercentered and skill-based education model. Shehab is also a member of the Leadership Council of Rise Egypt (http:// http://www.riseegypt.org/) a global nonprofit that is leveraging its network of top experts, investors, and researchers to accelerate entrepreneurship for development in Egypt. He is also the Chairman of the Board Advisory Council of Enactus Egypt (http://www.enactusegypt.org/) a non-profit organization that uses the power of enterpreneural action to improve the quality of life and standard of living for people). Shehab holds a Bachelors (Hons) degree in Biomedical Engineering from Cairo University 1987.

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