About Us | Magdi Yacoub Heart Foundation

Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub FRS, OM

Honorary President

Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub is Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London and Founder and Director of Research at the Magdi Yacoub Heart center. Professor Yacoub is also the Founder and Director of Research at Harefield Heart Science center (The Magdi Yacoub Institute) overseeing over 60 scientists and students in the areas of tissue engineering heart valves, myocardial regeneration, novel left ventricular assist devices, stem cell biology, end stage heart failure and transplant immunology.

Professor Yacoub was born in Egypt and graduated from Cairo University Medical School in 1957, trained in London and held an Assistant Professorship at the University of Chicago. He is a former BHF Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery for over 20 years and Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Harefield Hospital from 2001-1969 and Royal Brompton Hospital from 2001-1986. Professor Yacoub established the largest heart and lung transplantation program in the world where more than 2,500 transplant operations have been performed. He has also developed novel operations for a number of complex congenital heart anomalies.

A world pioneer in heart surgery, Professor Yacoub received the highest award possible from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth in 2014, the Order of Merit, for his services to humanitarian work and the fight against cardiovascular disease. He was knighted for his services to medicine and surgery in 1991 and awarded the Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 1998 and Fellowship of the Royal Society in 1999. A lifetime outstanding achievement award in recognition of his contribution to medicine was presented to Professor Yacoub by the Secretary of State for Health in the same year.

In Egypt, Professor Yacoub was awarded the order of the Nile in 2011, the highest state honour. Dedicated to global healthcare delivery, Sir Magdi founded the Chain of Hope in 1995 treating children with correctable cardiac conditions from war-torn and developing countries and establishing training and research programs in local cardiac units.

DR. MOATAZ AL ALFI

Chairman

Mr. Al-Alfi is the Chairman and CEO of Egypt Kuwait Holding Co. (EKH), a private equity and venture capital company focusing on strategic sectors such as utilities, petrochemicals, fertilizers, gas distribution and insurance. He is also the Founding President of Americana Group-Kuwait.

Mr. Al-Alfi established Al Alfi Foundation to help through education and training discover future leaders among Egyptian youth. Moreover, he founded and assumes leadership roles in several non-profit NGOs in the fields of education, health care and community development.

PROFESSOR MAGDY ISHAK, FRCS, CCIM, FRSM

Vice Chairman And Acting CEO

Professor Magdy Ishak was born in Egypt in 1947, and currently lives in London, UK. He graduated from Ain Shams Medical School in Egypt and was trained as an Orthopaedic and Spinal surgeon in the United Kingdom. During his Medical career, he pioneered the work on lower limb graded pressure stockings which reduce the risk of DVT and Pulmonary Embolism, currently these stockings are used worldwide in all type of surgeries.

Professor Ishak was instrumental in the adaptation of the ISO 9001 in healthcare accreditation, he was chosen by his peers as an Honorary Companion Charter Institute of Management, he also teaches Healthcare Economics to MBA students and was made Freeman of the City of Glasgow for his Civic work.

He is a senior judicator in disputes between government and private healthcare providers in the UK. Professor Ishak is one of the early participants in PPP and has three major projects with the British National health service including the Neuroscience Institute in Preston University.

Professor Ishak is the Chairman of the Egyptian Medical Society-UK, Vice Chairman of the British Egyptian Society, he is member of the IOD, and the Supervisory Board of London Middle East Institute London University. Professor Ishak is one of the leading entrepreneurs in UK healthcare, his entrepreneurship has created a wealth of GBP 800 Million. He is the former founder and CEO of Scotcare group, Crestacare PLC, and Covenant Healthcare Group, and currently he is the Executive Chairman of Optive Group.

DR. AHMED SHAWKI

Secretary General

Dr. Ahmed Moustafa Shawki has been a Managing Partner at Mostafa Shawki & Co. (MAZARS) since 1992. Dr. Shawki participated in the development of audit and accounting standards for Egypt. He has worked with the Capital Market Authority to rationalize policies for the evaluation and audit of unit trusts. He served as Office Managing Partner at Arthur Andersen Shawki & Co. from 1981 to 1992, Senior Auditor at Arthur Andersen (London, UK) from 1978 to 1981, EDP Director of Management Program, American University in Cairo from 1976 to 1978, Executive Consultant at Industrial Company or Extraction from 1975 to 1978 and Senior Process Engineer at National Research Centre from 1967 to 1975. He serves as Non-Executive Director of the Arab Contractors Osman Ahmed Osman & Co. He serves as a Director of the Egyptian Society of Accountants and Auditors and the Egyptian Taxation Society.

Dr. Shawki was a founding member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt and served as its President from 1997 to 1999. He also served as Executive Vice President, Treasurer and Vice President, Program at American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt. Dr. Shawki has spoken at several high-profile conferences on Egypt's privatization program both in Egypt and overseas in London; New York, Washington, DC and Stanford University in the United States; and in Bahrain. He received B. Sc. in Accounting from Ain Shams University, Cairo, 1978.

MR. MOHAMED A. EL-HAMAMSY

Treasurer

Mr. El-Hamamsy graduated from Cairo University with a degree in Electrical Engineering in 1967. He later earned an MBA and subsequently a master’s degree in Islamic Art and Architecture in 1992. Mr. El-Hamamsy has had a distinguished career with the IBM Company, where he was assigned as IBM Egypt’s General Manager responsible for Egypt and Sudan in 1979. In 1982, he was assigned to the IBM Europe Headquarters in Paris, later returning to Egypt to lead IBM Egypt’s rapid expansion in the growing market. In 1997, Mr. El-Hamamsy founded the MegaCom Company that specializes in Management and Business Consultancy services.

In 1999, Mr. El-Hamamsy assumed the position of Vodafone Egypt CEO. In May 2002, he became Deputy Chairman of the Board of Vodafone Egypt and is currently Managing Director of the MegaCom consulting firm. Mr. El-Hamamsy served as a board member of a number of organizations, including Bank Misr, Banque du Caire, Raya Holding and others, and serves on the board of trustees of a number of charity and development organizations, including VodafoneFoundation, Bank Misr Foundation and others.

DR. ASSEM ALLAM

Board Member

Dr Allam was born in Egypt in 1939, Allam studied Economics at the University of Hull before working as an accountant at Tempest Diesel. In 1981 he used a loan to begin a buy-out of the company. Ultimately renaming the company Allam Marine, and leading the company to international success. Dr Allam and his son gained a place on the Sunday Times Rich List 2010.

In 2006, he was named the Ernst & Young UK Entrepreneur of the year. Dr Allam is the owner and the chairman of Hull City football club in the English Premier League.

AMBASSADOR GEHAD MADI

Board Member

Ambassador Madi is currently a member of the United Nations Group of Experts on the Rights of the Child since 2011. The group is responsible for monitoring the fulfillment of states party to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child of their obligations under the convention, and issues recommendations to states, as well as receive and investigate complaints against violations of children's rights.

Throughout his diplomatic career, Ambassador Madi held different positions abroad and in the headquarter in Cairo, including as Ambassador to the Republic of India (2002 - 1998), and Ambassador to the United Kingdom (2008 - 2004), as well as representing Egypt in many international and regional conferences. Ambassador Madi holds a Bachelor's degree in German Language and Literature from Ain Shams University, and a Bachelor's degree in Law from Ain Shams University..

MR. TAWFIK S. DIAB

Board Member

Mr Diab is the Chief Executive Officer of PICO Energy Services – a leading Petroleum Services Company in Egypt. In January 2016, he moved to head PICO Energy Services, the Petroleum Services arm of PICO Group, as the Chief Executive Officer, running the Company activities in Egypt, Mexico and the United States. Prior to this job, he was the Managing Director of PICO International Petroleum (“PIP”) – the Exploration & Production arm of PICO Group - since 2003.

Under his leadership, the Company has expanded its operations onshore and offshore to increase its reserves and production by ten folds. As part of the Strategic Plan, he also redirected the company operations to position PIP to be an expert in the redevelopment of small to medium size oil & gas fields. Today PIP is the largest indigenous E&P Company in Egypt with daily production in excess of 40,000 bop, and is considered the country leader in the redevelopment of mature fields. Since then PIP expanded its operations to include fields in both Mexico and Romania. Mr Diab graduated in June 1998 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the American University in Cairo. Later that year, he joined PICO in Egypt.

Mr Diab is the Vice Chairman of the Egyptian Gas Association. He is also the Vice Chairman of the Board of Al Ahly for Development & Investments (“ADI”) - Private Equity Company with Investments in Egypt - and a Founding Member and Board Member of Cairo Financial Holding Co. (“CFH”) – a Financial Services Company. He is also a member of many economic Associations in Egypt including the Egyptian Businessmen Associations (“EBA”), the American Chamber of Commerce (“AmCham”), and the Young President Organization (“YPO”).

DR. AKEF EL-MAGHRABY

Board Member

Dr. El-Maghraby is the founder and Chairman of the Magrabi Eye Hospitals and Centres (34 total) in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Each year, this network of eye hospitals provides quality eye care to over a million patients and performs over 120,000 sight-preserving surgeries. He has also founded five non-profit eye hospitals and centres in Bangladesh, North Yemen, Sudan, North Lebanon, Egypt, and Cameroon. Treatment and surgery are available for poor patient in all these hospitals free and minimal charge. He also founded the Magrabi Eye Foundation (first nonprofit organization for prevention of blindness) in the Middle East. He co-founded the Middle East Journal of Ophthalmology, which is the only peer reviewed journal for ophthalmology in the Pan Arab Middle East and African regions.

Dr. El-Maghraby Founded the Middle East African Council of Ophthalmology (MEACO) and was its President for 18 years. He is now MEACO Honorary President for Life. He is the former Vice-President of the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO). Dr. El-Maghraby is the board member of many nonprofit organizations, including Future Foundation for Housing, Nile University of Egypt and formerly in the Egyptian Fund for Social Development. He is also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Saudi Institute of Health Services, and the Chairman of the Board, El- Mansour & El-Maghraby Investment and Development Company, Egypt.

Former Board Member of Board of Trustees of John’s Hopkins University in USA. His great concern for Prevention of Blindness in undeveloped countries is obvious and instrumental in the formation of the International Federation of Eye Banks. He personally donated six eye banks to different Arab and East European countries. He also endowed a Professorship chair for prevention of blindness at the Wilmer Eye Institute at the Johns Hopkins University. He is a former member of the advisory Board of Trustees of Wilmer Eye Institute, USA.

He operated and lectured in 23 countries all over the world and has 30 publications to his credit. His many international awards and recognition include among others the Shield for Outstanding Work in Humanitarian Causes from the Red Cross in 1997 and the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health Dean’s Medal–2000. He was chosen Physician of the Year in the Arab World by the International Public Opinion Association. In 2003, Dr. El-Maghraby was awarded the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Senior Achievement Award.

Dr. El-Maghraby was decorated with the Lion Badge of Honor by the President of Senegal in 1993; the Order of Merit by the late King of Jordan in 1997, the Order of the Two Niles, by the President of Sudan in 1998, the Cedar of Lebanon by the President of Lebanon in 2001, also decorated by the President of Tunis in 2003, and was awarded the Golden Medal Award of the Algerian Ophthalmological Society in 2004.

DR. HANI SAREIELDIN

Board Member

Dr. Sarie-Eldin is a prominent legal practitioner in Egypt and Middle East with an expertise of nearly thirty years in corporate, banking, project finance, PPP Projects, arbitration and capital market. He is the Founder & Managing Partner of Sarie-Eldin & Partners Legal Advisors.

Dr. Sarie-Eldin is a professor of Commercial and Maritime Law at Cairo University, and a Visiting Professor of Economic Development Law Queen Mary College at University of London. He holds a Ph.D. in International Business Law from Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London.

In addition to his private professional career, Dr. Sarie- Eldin had served in executive and non-executive public positions including Chairman of Capital Market Authority; Board Member of the Central Bank of Egypt, and General Authority for Investment, and first official US-Egyptian Fund to promote investment in Egypt. He also holds inter- alia, the positions of Chairman of SODIC a leading Real Estate Development Company.

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about magdi yacoub heart foundation

Brief

About Magdi Yacoub Heart Foundation

The Magdi Yacoub Heart Foundation (MYF) – an Egyptian registered charity NGO – was founded in 2008 by Sir Magdi Yacoub, the late Dr. Ahmed Zewail and Ambassador Mohamed Shaker. MYF is running one of the exceptional projects of enormous significance to the health and wellbeing of the Egyptian people that is entirely based on donations: the Aswan Heart Centre (AHC).

responsible for strategic management and administration of the Aswan Heart Centre and Aswan Heart Research Centre. MYF is managed by one of the most reputable Board of Trustees in Egypt.

The Magdi Yacoub Heart Foundation (MYF) – an Egyptian registered charity NGO – was founded in 2008 by Sir Magdi Yacoub, the late Dr. Ahmed Zewail and Ambassador Mohamed Shaker. MYF is running one of the exceptional projects of enormous significance to the health and wellbeing of the Egyptian people that is entirely based on donations: the Aswan Heart Centre (AHC). The MYF is the body responsible for strategic management and administration of the Aswan Heart Centre and Aswan Heart Research Centre. MYF is managed by one of the most reputable Board of Trustees in Egypt.

Our

Mission

1

Offering Free of Charge state-of-the-art medical services to the Egyptian people, particularly the underprivileged and vulnerable age-groups.

2

Training a generation of young Egyptian doctors, nurses and scientists at the highest international standards.

3

Advancing basic science and applied research as an integral component of the program and promoting biomedical research in Egypt.

Our

vision

Since its establishment in 2008, MYF has committed to building and maintaining a state-of-the-art cardiac care facility in the city of Aswan, Egypt to provide high-quality treatment to the underprivileged. AHC aims primarily to provide free medical care services, as well as advanced training programs for personnel, including nurses, doctors and technicians. Moreover, AHC dedicates effort and resources to the Research Department, which touches on a wide variety of research opportunities, including Bio-Engineering and Life Sciences, to improve our medical care and ensure an advanced, well-rounded treatment experience for the patient.

The Aswan Heart Centre offers an exciting new development in cardiovascular surgery, treatment and research, and seeks to transfer knowledge, skills and experience to new generations and across the region. We also aim to help create a biomedical and innovation knowledge-base, which can be passed on and benefit the world at large.

In line with this vision, the Magdi Yacoub Heart Foundation has recently embarked on an exceptionally big and ambitious project that is of dire significance to the health and well-being of the people in Egypt and the region. The Magdi Yacoub Global Heart Centre is set to advance cardiac care and treatment, as well as widen our scope for training and expand our capacity for research.

Our core objective with building the Magdi Yacoub Global Heart Centre in Cairo is establishing a centre of excellence and international standing, to provide high-quality cardiac treatment at absolutely no cost, thus improving the level of medical care presented to children, youth, and adults in the region, with hopes to save as many hearts and solve as many complex cases as possible, all while offering training and performing ground-breaking research that will benefit generations to come

A Message from

Prof Sir Magdi Yacoub

The last few years have witnessed considerable progress in the integrated clinical, training and research programmes. This was exemplified by an increase in the number, diversity, complexity and novelty of many of the procedures being applied at the Aswan Heart Centre. These procedures included new approaches to dealing with completely blocked coronary arteries, percutaneous valve procedures, advanced Heart Failure, Heart Attacks, neglected complex Congenital Heart Disease, Rheumatic Heart Disease and others. Apart from its obvious value for the local and global community, these services provide a unique resource for teaching and Research, with many of these advances being reported in international meetings and Peer Review Journals as detailed in the recent report to the Scientific Advisory Board (available on demand from MYF). This report includes disease-based Research projects, population studies and importantly, basic science and bioengineering projects emanating from the basic science platforms available in AHC. In conclusion, the expanded recent activities of the AHC has helped to enhance the sense of commitment and excitement of the entire staff in preparation for the Magdi Yacoub Global Heart Centre in Cairo, considered by many to be the ultimate step towards achieving “Excellence”.

meet our

board of trustees

Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub FRS, OM

Honorary President

Dr. Moataz Al Alfi

Chairman

Dr. Magdy Ishak, FRCS, CCIM, FRSM

Vice Chairman and Acting CEO

Dr. Ahmed Shawki

Secretary General

Mr. Mohamed A. El-Hamamsy

Treasurer

Dr. Assem Allam

Board Member

Ambassador Gehad Madi

Board Member

Mr. Tawfik S. Diab

Board Member

Dr. Akef El-Maghraby

Board Member

Dr. Hani Sareieldin

Board Member

Magdi Yacoub

Heart Foundation Management

Ms. Zeina Tawakol

Executive Director

Ms. Dina El Gazzar

VP for Development and Fundraising

Ms. Reem Gadelrab

Director of Marketing

Mr. Marwan Afifi

Director of Administration

Mrs. Mary Iskander

Ambassador to MYF