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Ayman Ismail

Ayman Ismail

Associate Professor American University in Cairo


Ayman Ismail is an international expert in the area of entrepreneurship and economic development. He is currently the Abdul Latif Jameel Endowed Chair of Entrepreneurship and Associate Professor at the American University in Cairo School of Business; director for the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation; and founding director of the AUC Venture Lab and AUC Angels. He is also a co-founder, angel investor or board member of six fast-growing startups in fintech, microfinance, and logistics.

Dr. Ismail is a former Research Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School. He received his Ph.D. in International Economic Development from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He also holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering and an MBA from the American University in Cairo, and a master’s degree in city planning and information systems from MIT.

Dr. Ismail had an extensive consulting career in management, technology, and economic development. Previously, he was a consultant in McKinsey & Company’s business technology office in New York and a co-founder and managing partner at Enovio Consulting. He was also a consultant for international organizations, such as the World Bank/IFC, African Development Bank, UNCTAD and USAID.

In 2012, Dr. Ismail was selected as a Young Global Leader (YGL) by the World Economic Forum (WEF). He is a co-founder and board member of Nahdet El-Mahrousa, a leading Egyptian NGO incubating social entrepreneurs and community initiatives.

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