Monday - September 9th 2019


Marriott Cairo Hotel


200 Delegates


30 Distinguished Speakers

Event Speakers / Global Leadership

Ashraf Mohamed Naguib

Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer - Global Trade Matters

Ashraf Mohamed Naguib is Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Global Trade Matters, Egypt’s leading Private Sector Think Tank dedicated to the exploration and formulation of economic and political reform policies in Egypt and the MENA Region. (more…)

HE. Ambassador Jose Octavio Tripp

Ambassador of Mexico to Egypt

Member of the Mexican Foreign Service since 1994. He has a B.A. in International Relations by the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), a Master´s Degree in Diplomatic Studies by the Matias Romero Institute of Diplomatic Studies and a Ph. D. in Government and Public Policy

HE Ambassador Madalena Fischer

Ambassador of Portugal to Egypt

  • Ambassador in Cairo, Egypt – November 2015
  • Ambassador in Amman, Jordan Nonresident – November 2015
  • Ambassador in Khartoum , Sudan – Nonresident – November 2015
  • Ambassador in Asmara, Eritrea – Nonresident – November 2015
  • Observer to the League of the Arab States – November 2015
  • Minister

Dr. Maya Morsy

President - Egyptian National Council for Women

Maya Morsy's career spans more than twenty years of dedicated service to the advancement of women and defending their fundamental rights. Morsy took office as President of Egypt's National Council for Women (NCW) on 1 February 2016. Upon reformation of the NCW on 19 January 2016, members of the

Mr. Laurent De Boeck

Egypt Chief of Mission- International Organization for Migration

Expert  in  migration  management  and  policy  development,  Laurent  de Boeck  is  currently  based  in Cairo, Arab Republic of Egypt, where he represents the International Organization for Migration. (more…)

HE Ambassador Greg Lewis

Ambassador of New Zealand to Egypt

Greg Lewis was appointed New Zealand Ambassador to Egypt in January 2019. He is also Ambassador to Algeria, Lebanon, Libya, Tunisia and New Zealand’s Special Representative to the Palestinian Authority. (more…)

Mr. Ibrahim Laafia

Head of Cooperation - European Union Delegation to Egypt

Ibrahim Laafia is an Economist-Statistician; graduated in 1986 from ENSAE/CESD (Ecole Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Administration Economique – Paris). He has been posted to the EU Delegation to Jordan since September 2013 and serves as the Head of Cooperation; supervising the EU-Jordan Cooperation portfolio including

HE Ambassador Dina Mufti

Ambassador of Ethiopia to Egypt

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ethiopia to Egypt, Dina Mufti, presented his credentials to President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in March 2019.

Highlighting that cooperation is the key for the development and prosperity of the two nations, the President pledged to offer the necessary support to the

Mr. Mohsen Adel Helmey

Chief Executive Officer - General Authority for Investment (GAFI)

Graduated in 1999 from Helwan University with B.Sc. in Major Foreign Trade – Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration. In 2001 Diploma of Stock Exchange Market analysis, Faculty of Economics and Political Science Cairo University . Mohsen Adel started his professional career in the economic field in

Dr. Esmat Kamel

Executive Director - Global Trade Matters

Esmat Kamel comes to the Center for Business Excellence at Global Trade Matters from the American University in Cairo; where she was responsible for all conferences academic publications and giving consultancy on economic research and trade related policy documents and papers. (more…)

HE Ambassador Premjith Sadavisan

Ambassador of Singapore to Egypt

Mr S Premjith is currently Singapore’s Ambassador to the Arab Republic of Egypt as well as to the State of Libya (non-resident). Prior to these appointments, Mr Premjith was Singapore’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia from August 2010 till June 2013. (more…)

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ABOUT THE EVENT The Role of Youth in Global Competitiveness

Dear Global Trade Matters Members,

It gives me great pleasure to announce the launch of the “Fourth Annual Global Trade Matters Global Ambassadors Edition Competitiveness Summit 2019” to be held on Monday 9th of September 2019 at Marriott Cairo Hotel

The Global Trade Matters Ambassadors’ Edition Global Competitiveness Summit offers a wealth of information and content revolving around the notion of national and global competitiveness. This is a great opportunity to exchange ideas and share experiences on educations, economics, development, innovations, infrastructure, investment, trade and a multitude of other interesting and intriguing topics and issues.

The Global Trade Matters Global Competitiveness Summit Ambassadors’ Edition 2019 will review the performance of a multitude of different countries in different regions and on different continents on some of the major Indices measuring youth development, progress, welling being, and competitiveness.

The Global Trade Matters Global Competitiveness Summit Ambassadors’ Edition 2019 will review national strategies, policies, programs and initiatives aimed at empowering youth and enhancing youth national and global competitiveness.

The 2019 Summit will host a distinguished group on Ambassadors, senior diplomats, and business leaders to share their thoughts and experiences on youth inclusion in national and global competitiveness strategies and policies.

Researchers at the Global Trade Mattes Center for Global Business Excellence, led by Dr. Esmat Kamel, continuously monitor Egypt’s performance on multiple global indices with a focus on finding correlations between economic & regulatory reform polices and enhanced rankings on internationally recognized indices and reports.

Through this exercise we seek out best practices, successful experiences and effective polices undertaken by other countries resulting in enhanced performance on such global performance indices.

Ashraf Mohamed Naguib

Chief Executive Officer

Global Trade Matters

The Private Sector Think-Tank for Economic and Political Reform Policies


Summit Schedule / save the dates

Registration – Morning Networking

Mr. Hassan Hussien


Mr. Ashraf Mohamed Naguib / Chief Executive Officer – Global Trade Matters

Keynote Remarks

To be Announced
To Be Announced

Keynote Remarks

To be Announced
Moderator: Ashraf Mohamed Naguib

Recognition Ceremony

Special Recognition Ceremony

Session One – A Global Perspective – The Role of Youth in Global Competitiveness

His Excellency Premjith Sadasivan – Ambassador of Singapore to Egypt
His Excellency Jose Octavio Tripp - Ambassador of Mexico to Egypt
His Excellency Greg Lewis – Ambassador of New Zealand to Egypt

Session Two – Funding Human Capital Retention Strategies and Policies

Dr. Maya Morsy - President - National Council for Women
Mr. Laurent De Boeck – Egypt's Chief of Mission - International Organization for Migration
Mr. Salim Bourgi - Head of Med. Operations - European Institute for Cooperation and Development
Dr. Ger Graus OBE - Global Director of Education – KidZania (TBC)
MGen Ahmed Nasser – President – The Association of African Sports Confederations (TBC)

Session Three – Engage – Connect – Empower – Youth Participation in Development

HE Ambassador Madalena Fischer</strong> / Ambassador of Portugal to Egypt
Mr. Ibrahim Lafia - Head of Cooperation / EU Delegation Egypt - European Commission

Networking Break

Session Four – The Role of Public Diplomacy in Connecting Global Youth

Hnr. Tarek El Khouly – Member of Parliament - Foreign Affairs Committee - Egyptian Parliament
His Excellency Dina Mufti – Ambassador of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
Mr. Sherif Al-Erian – Secretary General - Egyptian National Olympic Committee

Session Five – Youth Competitiveness -The Role of the Private Sector

Mr. Mohsen Adel Helmey - Executive Chairman - General Authority for Investment (GAFI)
Mr. Walid M. Abdel-Rehim - Deputy Director - Cairo Office - KfW Bankengruppe
Mrs. Hanaa Gamal Elhilaly – Executive Advisor to the Chairman – Egyptian Arab Land Bank

Session Six- Youth Driven Investments – Access to Finance and Inclusion

Mr. Ahmed Habib - Chief Executive Officer - Harvest Holdings
Mr. Ezzeldin Ahmad – Chairman - National Technology Group (NTG)
Ms. Ingy Yousry Ismail – Chief Executive Officer – Flare PR
Mr. Omar Khalifa – Chief Executive Officer -

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