Board of Directors

The EAEF’s Board of Directors consists of three Egyptians, three Egyptian-Americans, and three US citizens, all of whom have extensive experience in the private sector and are passionate about the EAEF’s success. They work tirelessly to manage the Fund and provide investees with access to international resources and partners.

James A. Harmon


James Harmon is the Founder and Chairman of the Caravel Fund, an emerging and frontier market fund. He served as Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of the Export-Import Bank of the United States from 1997-2001. James was appointed as EAEF Chairman in 2012 to establish the EAEF. Bringing extensive investment and emerging markets experience, he nominated the board and selected the management team, establishing the EAEF as a reputable player in the Egyptian market today. In 2004, James was elected Chairman of the Board of the World Resources Institute, a global policy and research institution. Prior to working at the Ex-Im Bank, James was Chairman and CEO of Schroder Wertheim & Co. investment bank.

Hythem T. El-Nazer

Vice Chairman

Hythem T. El-Nazer is Managing Director of TA Associates, a global private equity firm with USD 24 billion of investment capital. He has over four decades of investment experience.

Daniel Zelikow

Board Member

Daniel Zelikow is Global Head of JP Morgan’s Public Sector Group, the former Executive VP and COO of the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, DC and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury responsible for financial policy toward countries in the Americas, Asia, and Africa.

Dr. Hani Sarie El-Din

Board Member

Dr. Hani Sarie El-Din is a Founding Partner of Sarie-Eldin and Partners, former Chairman of the Egyptian Market Authority, and board member of the Central Bank of Egypt.

Tarek Abdel-Meguid

Board Member

Tarek Abdel-Meguid is a Founding Partner and Head of Asset Management at Perella Weinberg Partners, where he oversees USD 3.5 billion of assets under management. He is the former Head of Worldwide Investment Banking at Morgan Stanley.

Hala-El Mohandes

Board Member

Hala-El Mohandes is Deputy Vice President of the Structured and Project Finance Division of the Export-Import Bank of the United States.

Haydee Celaya

Board Member

Haydee Celaya is a co-founder of Avanz Capital, where she is Chief Investment Officer. Previously, Haydee was Head of the IFC’s Private Equity and Investment Funds Group and Chairperson of the IFC Global Funds Investment Committee.

Nadim El Gabbani

Board Member

Nadim El Gabbani is a Managing Director of the Private Equity Group of Blackstone. Nadim currently focuses on the FIG and retail sectors.

Nada Shousha

Board Member

Nada is the former Country Manager for Egypt, Libya and Yemen at the IFC. Nada joined the IFC in 2002 as an Investment Officer in the Financial Markets Department, where she led transactions in areas such as mortgage finance, factoring, and banking across the MENA Region.