Dubai 2021 keynote speakers

How to successfully combine business performance with progress for society

Serving stakeholder interests is not necessarily at odds with the imperative for profit. Rather it is essential for long-term sustainability. Naguib Sawiris, Chairman and CEO of Orascom Investment Holding SAE will share his insights and experience with OWP Co-Director Prof. Sameh Abadir in an interview-style keynote address.

The Sawiris family have repeatedly demonstrated their capacity to do well by doing good, while creating and sustaining value. Insights will include inspiring examples of companies innovating boldly through the crisis, while working closely with NGOs to mitigate problems and support employees and their families.


Naguib Sawiris is Chairman and CEO of Orascom Investment Holding SAE, a holding company with a diversified investment portfolio targeting high-growth sectors where it sees opportunities of transformation and community impact in Egypt and Africa.

He founded Orascom Telecom Holding (OTH) and led it to become the leading regional telecom player until the much-publicized merger deal with VEON (formerly VimpelCom Ltd), creating the world’s sixth largest mobile telecommunications provider in April 2011.

Naguib is also Chairman of La Mancha Holding, the private natural resource investment vehicle of the Sawiris family group with equity investments in Endeavour Mining, Golden Star Resources, and Altus Strategies. He is also Chairman of Ora, a company undertaking high-end real estate developments in various prime locations around the world.

In 2015, the Sawiris family acquired a majority stake in Euronews where Naguib is Chairman of the Board.  The Sawiris family also has ownership in several assets in the media business in Egypt. At international and regional levels, he served and is serving on a number of boards, committees and councils including the International Advisory Committee to the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), International Advisory Board to the National Bank of Kuwait, London Stock Exchange’s Africa Advisory Group, External Advisory Council to the Global Institute for Advanced Study at NYU, the Boards of Trustees of the French University in Egypt (UFE) and the Arab Thought Foundation.

Naguib Sawiris is the recipient of numerous honorary degrees, industry awards and civic honors, including the “Legion d’Honneur” (the highest award given by the French Republic for outstanding services rendered to France). In July 2011 he was awarded the Honor of Commander of the Order of the “Stella della Solidarietà Italiana” (Star of Italian Solidarity). In 2006, the prestigious “Sitara-e-Quaid-e-Azam” award was conferred upon him by General Pervez Musharref for services rendered to the people of Pakistan in the field of telecommunication, investments and social sector work.

Naguib Sawiris holds a diploma of Mechanical Engineering with a Masters in Technical Administration from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zürich) and a Diploma from the German Evangelical School, Cairo, Egypt.

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Past keynote speakers

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Omran Sharaf, Director of the Emirates Mars Mission. Past keynote speaker at OWP Dubai
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Sibongile Manganyi-Rath, award-winning entrepreneur, named Africa’s most influential woman in business by CEO magazine. Past keynote speaker at OWP Lausanne