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Chief Executive Officer of SEKEM
“I love missions impossible!“
Helmy Abouleish, born 1961 in Graz, Austria, is CEO of the SEKEM Initiative in Egypt, founded by his father Ibrahim Abouleish in 1977. SEKEM promotes sustainable development in ecology, economy, societal and cultural life. The SEKEM Holding produces, processes and markets organic and biodynamic foodstuff, textiles and herbal medicine in Egypt, Arabia and internationally. They also operate educational facilities. SEKEM is regarded as the Egyptian pioneer in Organic farming, and was awarded the Right Livelihood Award (‘Alternative Nobel Prize’) in 2003 under the stewardship of Helmy Abouleish.
Helmy Abouleish is deeply involved in SEKEM since it was founded. He studied economics and marketing in Cairo and was for a long time campaigning in national and international politics to promote responsible competitiveness, social entrepreneurship and tackling the greatest challenges of the 21st century, such as climate change and food security. He is member of a number of international organizations and councils, such as Fair Trade USA. In 2017 he was elected as member of the World Future Council and became NAP-Champion for adapting to climate change. In June 2018 he was elected as president of Demeter International.
Helmy Abouleish represents SEKEM on various national and international events and conferences and is a popular speaker in regard to topics associated with sustainable development.
Helmy Abouleish has four daughters and lives with his wife on the SEKEM Farm.