Helmy Abouleish

Chief Executive Officer of SEKEM

“I love missions impossible"


helmy_abouleish_ceo_of_sekemHelmy Abouleish - graduate of Faculty of Commerce, Major in Business Administration of Cairo University and Marketing Diploma of American University in Cairo - is deeply involved in the development of SEKEM - an initiative started 1977 in the Egyptian desert striving for sustainable development in the fields of economy, culture and social / political life. Further to his engagement as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the SEKEM Holding, Helmy Abouleish has been very engaged in the national and international political sphere fostering responsible competitiveness, social entrepreneurship and the abatement of the huge problems of the 21st century, such as climate change and food security.


Under his stewardship of its commercial arm, the SEKEM Initiative received the “Right Livelihood Award 2003” for sustainable development, better known as “Alternative Nobel Prize”, and became a member of the Schwab Foundation for Outstanding Social Entrepreneurs.


Currently, he is the Chief Executive Officer of SEKEM Holding that consists of five companies (ISIS For Food Industries, ATOS Pharma, NatureTex, Lotus and SEKEM for Land Reclamation), which cover the fields of Biodynamic agriculture cultivation, production of phyto-pharmaceuticals, Organic textiles and foodstuffs, with a capacity of 1600 people.


From June 2005 until December 2006, he has been appointed as the Executive Director of the Industrial Modernization Centre (IMC), the biggest development fund in Egypt funded by the EU and the Egyptian Government, aiming at improving sustainable competitiveness of Egyptian enterprises.


Helmy Abouleish was the Chairman of the Egyptian National Competitiveness Council (ENCC) from 2004 to February 2011and Chairman of the Egyptian Junior Business Association (EJB) from June 2004 to June 2006.


He represented SEKEM in the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008, 2009, 2010 as well as on various regional events of the World Economic Forum (WEF) and various other national and international events and conferences.


Read about his father Dr. Ibrahim Abouleish


Helmy Abouleish is founder and co-founder of various organizations, including:- Egyptian National Competitiveness Council (ENCC)- International Association for Partnership (IAP)- Egyptian Biodynamic Association (EBDA)- Centre for Organic Agriculture in Egypt (COAE)- SEKEM Development Foundation (SDF)Helmy Abouleish has been appointed as Board Member in various organizations (selection):- United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)- Egyptian Environment Affairs Agency (EEAA)- German Arab Chamber of Industry & Commerce (GACIC)- General Industrial Development Authority (GIDA)- Science and Technological Development Fund (STDF)- Federation of Egyptian Industries (FEI)- Agricultural Technology and Research Fund- Agricultural Export Council (AEC)- Egyptian-German High Joint Committee for Renewable Energy- Energy-Efficiency and Environmental Protection- Egyptian Coalition for Transparency and Anti-corruptionHelmy Abouleish is member of the following institutions (selection):- Arab Sustainability Leadership Group (ASLG)- International Association of Partnership (IAP)- World Future Council Climate and Energy Commission- Social Entrepreneurs in the World Economy Forum- International Demeter Organization (IDO)- International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM)Helmy Abouleish is Member of the following Board of Trustees:- Heliopolis University for Sustainable Development- Egyptian Junior Business Association (EJB).

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