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SEKEM Board of Directors

Helmy Abouleish (Chair & Managing Director)

Helmy-AbouleishMr. Helmy Abouleish (*1961) is serving as Chair of the Board and Managing Director of SEKEM. He is member of the Board of the German-Arab Chamber of Commerce, member of the Board of Trustees of the Egyptian Junior Business Association. Helmy Abouleish is also a member of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), the World Future Council, the International DEMETER Organization (IDO) and Social Entrepreneur Council (Schwab Foundation).

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Ahmed Abu Ali (Member)

Ahmed-Abou-AliAhmed Abou Ali is a founding partner of Hassouna & Abou Ali law firm (since 1988), with a LL.M. degree from Harvard Law School (1984) and LL.B. (1980) and Diploma in Private Law (1982) from Cairo University. He practiced law in the US with Sidley Austin law firm in the banking and corporate areas (1985-1987). Acting on behalf of multinational companies and international agencies, he has expertise in the areas of banking, capital market, corporate, investment, mergers and acquisitions, project finance and restructuring, and legislative and economic reforms. He acts both as a transactional and litigator attorney.

Christophe Floride (Member)

Christophe-FlorideChristophe Floride (*1959) is Managing Director of LOTUS and since 1986 serving as Technical Manager for the SEKEM Group. Before joining SEKEM, Christophe Floride was head of CNC department of Feinmechanische Werkstätten Baumgaertel GmbH in Malsch/Karsruhe, Germany.

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Cherif Massoud (Member)

Cherif-MassoudMr. Cherif Massoud (*1967) has held a number of distinguished positions with leading private equity, investment banking institutions as well as commercial banks in the region. With more than 23 years of experience in the private equity, investment and corporate banking industries, he serves on SEKEMs Board of Directors as well as SEKEMs Audit & Risk Committee.

Elfrieke van Galen (Member)

Elfrieke-van-GalenMs. Elfrieke van Galen, LL.M, has a background in law and broad managerial experience in the logistics and service industry. She held positions as Managing Director of KLM Cityhopper and CEO of KLM UK, and as Senior Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility at KLM. Elfrieke serves on SEKEMs Corporate Governance & Remuneration Committee and currently holds a number of non-executive positions. She is also partner and co-founder of TheRockGroup.

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Heather Henyon (Member)

Heather-HenyonMs. Heather Henyon is a socially motivated finance professional with 18 years of experience in entrepreneurship, emerging markets, angel investing, financial technology, crowd-funding, micro-finance and impact investment. Her recent responsibilities include management and/or founding roles with Athena CFO, Eureeca, Balthazar Capital, Grameen-Jameel, Dubai Angel Investors and the Women’s Angel Investor Network. She has lived and worked in the UAE, Egypt, Lebanon and Palestine. Heather’s training is from Wall Street, where she was a corporate bond ratings analyst. Heather serves on SEKEMs Audit and Risk Committee.

Konstanze Abouleish (Member)

Image of SEKEMs Board Member Konstanze AbouleishMs. Konstanze E. Abouleish (*1963), born in Germany, grew up in Greece and moved to Egypt in 1976. Since then, with one year interruption for final education, living in Egypt, being involved in SEKEM since 1982. Since then, she has been in SEKEMs developments, in particular in the educational initiatives, and cultural activities, as well, as in NatureTex. She is Managing Director of NatureTex and Member of SEKEMs Future Council.

Marcus Fütterer (Member)

Marcus-FuettererGerman born Marcus Fütterer has a finance background of 22 years with German and multinational investment banking institutions. He works for GLS Gemeinschaftsbank eG, a cooperative Bank since more than 40 years solely focussed on biodynamic agriculture & food, renewable energy, education & culture, social & health businesses and sustainable building in Germany. He is also a managing director of several renewable energy companies and advisor on special funds. His previous challenges also comprised the founding of private equity platform PE NorthRhine-Westphalia, and developing the German Stock Exchange towards smaller companies and entrepreneurship.

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Rembert Biemond (Member)

Rembert-BiemondMr. Rembert Biemond, M.Sc. (*1958) is a Dutch born management consultant and cultural entrepreneur now based in Sweden. He has hold executive positions at the Goetheanum, Switzerland, was CEO of Lehmann Natur, a major player in the field of trade, packaging and distribution of organic fruit and vegetables in Germany and managing board member of the Vidar Foundation in Sweden. He serves on SEKEMs Corporate Governance & Remuneration Committee and holds also number of non executive board positions in the field of finance and real estate but also in the field of culture, education and NGO´s.

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