CHAIRMAN & CEO OF “BENYA GROUP”
Ahmed Mekky, is a prominent leader in the field of Digital Transformation in Egypt and the MENA Region. With a wealth of industry experience spanning over 24 years, Eng. Ahmed Mekky has held several leadership positions in international institutions and made countless contributions to the advancement of the field in the region.
Throughout his career, he achieved significant successes in the telecommunications and satellite domain, where he played a pivotal role in establishing international alliances between players like Al Madar Communications, Falcon Stream and ZakSat, in conjunction with major satellite operators like New Skies, Intelsat, AsiaSat and Arabsat, to implement massive scale projects.
Eng. Ahmed Mekky was among the team of professionals who planned the construction, launch, and operation of diverse satellites and led teams of international experts to build and manage ground stations in the United States of America, Hong Kong, Britain, Spain, and the Philippines, ultimately connecting the stations to the satellites.
With his strategic vision for the future, Eng. Ahmed Mekky founded ‘Gulf Bridge International (GBI)- in 2008, to construct and operate a submarine cable network connecting 25 countries, from the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and Asia, through Egypt. This project represents a monumental technological advancement for the Middle East and became the cornerstone of economic growth for the Gulf and the Middle East. Eng. Ahmed Mekky was responsible for developing a strategic plan for this project which was later extended to 40,000 km following the support and request of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
As a patriot, and in alignment with the ambitious digitalization vision of the Egyptian government, Eng. Ahmed Mekky returned to Egypt to contribute to the state’s plan to achieve digital transformation. He founded “Benya Group”, formerly known as Fiber Misr, in 2017, along with its five subsidiaries focusing on unique ICT verticals. Through its strategic partnerships with renowned international institutions and industry leaders and with the support of national authorities, “Benya Group” has been able to achieve unprecedented successes in the field of digital transformation.
On an international level, Eng. Ahmed Mekky was appointed as the Group Chair of SAMENA’s Telecommunications Council in 2011, a leading entity in telecommunications services in South Asia and MENA region. In addition, he was selected as a member of the Pacific Telecommunications Council (PTC) Board of Governors in 2012, to be the first Middle Eastern leader to hold this position.
Eng. Ahmed Mekky was a member of the Industry Committee at the National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA), a Board Member of the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) in 2013. He received the ITP Group Award for ‘Best CEO’ in the telecommunications sector in the Middle East in 2014 and was listed among “Global Telecoms Business Power 100 list” in 2013 and 2014. Furthermore, Eng. Mekky actively participated as a member of the Egyptian Kuwaiti Cooperation Council in 2015, which has been of great importance in strengthening the economic cooperation between Egypt and Kuwait.
Eng. Ahmed Mekky has been recognized for his achievements through numerous nominations and awards over the past few years. He has been honored with the MERIT Leader Award by “Telecom review” for three consecutive years (2019, 2020 and 2021), as well as being a Board Member of the Science and technology parks for electronics and research industries in 2021.
Moreover, as recognition for his contributions in the Digital Transformation field, Eng. Ahmed Mekky was selected to be the president of Fiber Connect Council MENA, to be the first Egyptian to ever hold this position in 2022. He was shortlisted twice among the final nominees for the World Communications Award. In addition, he received “Fakhr Al Arab 2021” award for his significant and valuable contributions to the advancement of the industry in the region.
He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the Faculty of Engineering with high honors from Cairo University in 1995 and specialized in Telecommunications Engineering where his graduation project was distinguished and honored for excellence. Right after that, he received a pre-master’s degree in computer engineering from the Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University.
Then he joined the Information Technology Institute (ITI) and received his latest master’s degree in Information Technology from the University of Nottingham.
DEPUTY CEO & CFO OF “BENYA GROUP”
Sherif Nabih is an accomplished entrepreneur and veteran banker with over 36 years of practical experience and specialized in turn around, restructuring, management consulting, investment banking, private banking, corporate, retail, asset management and brokerage.
Having graduated from Ain Shams University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1984, Nabih developed an iconic career trajectory in the private and public banking sectors on local, regional, and global levels. After obtaining his master’s degree in international finance from Webster University in London, Nabih acquired leading positions in a myriad of formidable financial firms and banking groups. in 1998, he was accredited as a financial consultant (FC) Series “7”
In the early stages of his career, Nabih worked as an area private banking manager at Arab Bank in London and a liability management team leader at Mashreq Bank in Dubai. Between 1998 and 2008, he held many positions including the vice president of Merrill Lynch International Bank in London and Bahrain, the deputy general manager and head of Private Banking at Commercial International Bank (CIB), the senior vice president heading retail, private banking and capital market groups at Union National Bank, the country head for GAMPB (Global Asset Management and Private Banking) at Arab Bank, and the CEO and managing director of the investment bank Prime Securities.
Nabih also acquired a prominent governmental role from 2015:2019 when he was named the Chairman of the Egyptian Ministry of Transport Investments and Projects (MOT) where he spearheaded all state-led investment projects.