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THE FinHub-NGU Launching Event

NGU is pleased to announce the launching event of The FinHub-NGU on April 15, 2019.

The Fin-Hub-NGU, faculty-supervised and student-led, has a mission to promote finance-related activities and careers throughout the NGU community. Through different initiatives, associations, and subsidiary clubs, members will have access to workshops, competitions and career events that can equip them with a wide variety of required practical skills and knowledge to effectively and ethically compete in the financial markets.

This year’s first launching arm is CFA Ambassadors, a CFA-approved student activity that prepares students to compete in the CFA Research Challenge through several councils covering topics from financial Instruments valuations to Fin-Tech.

Click here for the event agenda. For registration click here.

Guest speakers: 

Walid Hassouna, Chief Executive Officer | EFG Hermes Finance and CEO of valU 

Walid Hassouna is the Chief Executive Officer of EFG Hermes Finance. In addition to his role as CEO of the non-bank financial institute, Walid Hassouna is also a non-executive board member of Tanmeyah microenterprises and EFG Hermes Leasing, both subsidiaries of EFG Hermes Finance. Vice Chairman of EFG-EV fintech accelerator, board member of Karm solar and Kazyon hard discount stores

Prior to joining EFG Hermes in 2016, Walid Hassouna was General Manager and Head of Structured Finance and Investment Banking at Bank Audi, where he closed structured and project finance transactions in excess of USD 15 billion over a seventeen-year banking career that began at Misr International Bank. He also structured and executed several award-winning deals, in project finance and M&A within Egypt and GCC, in addition to several investment banking transactions. He has also been the Head of structured finance and syndication in Banque Misr where he successfully managed to top the league table of the MENA region in syndicated loans.

Walid is a Cairo-University B.B.A holder, where he graduated with highest honors. He also holds an MBA from J. Mack Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University as well as Islamic Finance Qualification from CISI- UK.

Ahmed Abou El Saad, CFA, MBA

Ahmed Abou El Saad is Chairman and Managing Director of Rasmala Egypt Asset Management managing a total AUM of EGP 10 billion (USD 560 Million) in a wide range of institutional/HNW portfolios as well as Public Equity and Money Market funds. Ahmed also Co-Heads the Mena Region for Rasmala Holding based in Dubai managing approx. USD 1.8 billion in different asset classes and investment instruments.
Previously, he was head of asset management at Naeem Holding managing a total MUM reaching USD 520 million of HNW Gulf portfolios. Earlier, Mr. Abouelsaad was Head of Capital Markets at MIBank, where he managed the bank’s investment portfolio in public trading equities, Fixed income instruments and private equity. He has also served as head of surveillance at the Cairo and Alexandria Stock Exchange, where he was on the executive committee that works on introducing new instruments and regulations to the market.
Ahmed is currently a board member at the Egyptian Stock Exchange. He is also the President of CFA Society Egypt & the Secretary General of the Egyptian Investment Management Association.
Mr. Abou El Saad has a Bachelor of Arts from Alexandria University, an MBA from the Arab Academy for Science and Technology, and a professional certificate in project finance and investment appraisal from the Harvard Institute for International Development.

Mr. Ayman Abu Hend

Ayman is an Entrepreneurial Capitalist with more than 9 years experience in investment banking, private equity, distress investing, restructuring and turnaround management and Hedge funds investing in financial, tech, real estate, F&B, FMCGs and service industries

Besides being Private equity and Hedge fund investor, Ayman is the Co-founder and Chief analytic officer at “Advisable Wealth Engines, Inc”, an American company that works in algorithmic trading, wealth management and portfolio management with clientele including Goldman Sacks, Greatwest financials, PCR and Morgan Stanley.

Also, Ayman is the major shareholder of Wall Street Chamber, Inc, a rising start up and Microsoft partner that provides Financial institution with fintech technologies that serves different needs.

Ayman started his career life by joining his school friend, Yahia Megahed, creating a VC fund that invested in Middle Eastern startups. Collectively Ayman and his partner have had three exits and two mergers with aggregated deal values that exceed $50 millions. They are supervising now the acquisition of 360 imaging, Inc, a bio-medical dental company that they started 7 years ago, by a $10 billion dollar NYSE public company.

Ayman is also the treasurer of the CFA Society Egypt since 2014.

Ayman is a geeky persona. He hold’s BSc in communication and electronics engineering and earned his CFA charter in August 2011 and has scored 730 in his GMAT test.

Academic visit by King’s College London

Next week, NGU will be pleased to host Dr Leone Leonida, Senior Lecturer in Economics and Finance at KCL, from Sunday 14 April until Tuesday 16 April.

This visit is part of the academic collaboration between NGU & KCL. The three-day visit will deliver several lectures with the students of the School of Business & Finance, in addition to academic meetings with the school’s faculty members and management.

About Dr Leone Leonida:

Dr Leone Leonida holds MSc Economics and a PhD in Economics from University of York (2005) and a PhD in Financial Economics from University of Naples (2001). His research interest lies in studying the extent to which the predictive ability of the Early Warning Systems in forecasting systemic banking crisis is improved by variables capturing the concentration level in the banking sector, its securitization activity and mechanisms of systemic contagion. He is also studying the relationship between corporate investment and the firm’s capital structure, and developing semiparametric techniques describing the evolution of the wages and the per capita income distribution across the world and EU economies.
Leone’s research has been published in outlets such as, among others, The Journal of Banking and Finance, The Journal of Applied Econometrics, The Global Strategy Journal, Economics Letters, The Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, The European Journal of Political Economy, and Empirical Economics. He has refereed for thirty different journals in economics and finance.