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Dr. Ziad Bahaa Eldin

Managing Partner and consultant


Dr Ziad Ahmed Bahaa-Eldin is an Egyptian Attorney-at-Law and expert on financial law, governance, compliance, and economic legislation, and a former Member of Parliament representing Assiut. He is currently a non-executive member of the Board of Directors of HSBC Bank Egypt, the National Bank of Egypt (UK), and the Director of the Egyptian Initiative for the Prevention of Corruption. He was the Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Development and Minister of International Cooperation (2013-2014), Executive Chairman of the Egyptian Financial Supervisory Authority (EFSA) (2009-2011) and the Executive Chairman of the Egyptian General Authority for Investment and Free Zones (2004-2007). He is also a former non-executive member of the Board of Directors of the Central Bank of Egypt (2004-2011), of the National Bank of Egypt (2005-2010), and a former Senior Legal Advisor to the Central Bank of Egypt (2011).

From 2000 to 2004, Dr Bahaa-Eldin was a practicing lawyer in Egypt, and from 1997 to 2000 the senior legal advisor to the Minister of Economy. Prior to this, he was in private practice in Cairo and Washington. He is the founder and member of the Board of Directors of the Ahmed Bahaa-Eldin Cultural Foundation, a charity promoting education, training, and creative thinking among Egyptian youth in Upper Egypt, and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the American University in Cairo. Dr Bahaa-Eldin received his Ph.D. in Financial Law from the London School of Economics (1997), an LL.M. in International Business Law from King’s College London (1989), a BA in Economics from the American University in Cairo (1987) and a Bachelor of Law degree from Cairo University (1986).

Shaimaa Elian

Legal Consultant


Shaimaa is a legal consultant at Thebes Consultancy. She is involved in consultancy projects, legal and regulatory advisory. She has recently started with Thebes (2015) after having worked with Baker & McKenzie’s Cairo office focusing on mergers and acquisitions, antitrust and general corporate, commercial and employment advisory (2008-2014). Shaimaa worked previously as attorney at the Egyptian Competition Authority (2006-2007) and as junior associate at AmarellerRechtsanwaelte in Cairo (2004-2005). Shaimaa has studied law at the Institut de Droit des Affaires International, a cooperation program between the Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne and the Cairo University, obtaining her degree Maîtriseen Droit des Affaires (LL.B. in Business Law) (2004) from Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. Shaimaa obtained a master’s degree in European Business Law from the Institut de Droit des Affaires International (2007) and she was a Fulbright student at the Georgetown University Law Center where she obtained her LL.M. in International Legal Studies with distinction (2008). She is admitted to practice law in Egypt (2004) and in New York (2012). Arabic is her native language and she is fluent in German, having completed the Abitur, the German Secondary School Certificate, as well as in English and in French.

Sara al Ashry

Executive Director


Sara is the Executive Director of Thebes Consultancy. Prior to her current position, she worked as a Business Development Officer at Thebes Consultancy and was responsible for the marketing of the Egypt Legal Update service, which provides a legal commentary on laws and regulations pertaining to business in Egypt. Sara was the Executive Assistant to the Chairman of the Egyptian Financial Supervisory Authority (EFSA) (2009-2011). Sara worked previously as a Conference Specialist at COMESA Regional Investment Agency, Egypt (2008-2009), and in the past served as an Economic Researcher of the Egyptian General Authority for Investment and Free Zones (2003-2008). She holds a Marketing & Sales Certificate from the American University in Cairo (2008). She also holds a BA of Arts from Ain Shams University (2003) and has twelve years of working experience.

Yasmeen Qotbi

Junior Associate


Yasmeen joined Thebes Consultancy in 2012. She works on corporate and commercial law matters, and has significant experience incorporating and representing both private companies and non-governmental organisations. She also advises on licensing, real estate transactions, and compliance with Egyptian law. She drafts and edits legal opinions for the Egypt Legal Update. Yasmeen is a registered attorney-at-law with the Egyptian Bar Association. She obtained her Bachelor of Laws degree from the Faculty of Law (English section) at Cairo University (2012).

Dalia Sokkar

Legal Assistant/ Paralegal


Dalia has been working as a legal assistant at Thebes Consultancy since 2013. Prior to that, she was a legal secretary at Trowers and Hamlins’ Cairo office (2010-2013). Dalia also worked as an International Account Adviser at Vodafone Egypt (2009), and in the past served as Assistant to Sales Manager Middle East and Africa of dpa, Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH (The German Press Agency) (2004-2009). She holds a BA in Management Studies from the Sadat Academy of Management Sciences (2003) and has eleven years of working experience. Arabic is her native language and she is fluent in English.

Isabelle Shaker Guirguis

Executive Secretary


Isabelle has been working at Thebes Consultancy since 2012. She is responsible for internal administrative matters and office expenses. She is concurrently the Executive Secretary of the Ahmed Bahaa-Eldin Foundation, where she is responsible for correspondence, filing systems, and event preparation. Previously, Isabelle was the Office Manager at Egypt’s Insight Magazine. Isabelle is a graduate of the Faculty of Law, Cairo University.

Dina Yehia

Legal Assistant


Dina is a legal researcher at Thebes Consultancy. She is involved in legal advisory and consultancy projects. Dina is a member of Sheraa Independent Association for Legal Support. She was a Public International Law Fellow at Shalakany Law Office. Dina’s work is focused on in issues related to legal reform and legal education in Egypt. Dina earned a high honours Bachelors of Art in Political Science from the American University in Cairo, and a high honours Masters of Art in Islamic Studies from the University of Chicago.

Miral Selim

Economic Analyst


Miral started working at Thebes Consultancy in October 2015. Prior to that, she was senior economic researcher at the Cabinet of the Minister of International Cooperation (2007-2010 & 2012-2015) where she was coordinator of the Ministerial Economic Committee (headed by the Prime Minister of Egypt), as well as officer in charge of cooperation between the Government of Egypt and International, Regional and Arab Financial Institutions. Miral also worked as senior research and evaluation officer at the Centre for Project Evaluation & Macroeconomic Analysis (July-December 2012). In 2011, she was short-term consultant at the World Bank Institute, Growth & Competitiveness Unit/Trade Cluster, in Washington, DC, USA. During the period from 2003-2008, Miral was a part-time teaching and research assistant at the American University in Cairo, Economics Department. Miral’s published work includes a chapter titled “Sustainomics: The Rise of Environmentalism” in a book that was published in 2009 by AUC Press (Cairo). Miral holds an MPA from Columbia University in the City of New York, School of International and Public Affairs (2012), an MA in Economics from the American University in Cairo (2007), and a BA in Economics from the American University in Cairo (2003). Arabic is her native language and she is fluent in English.

Dina El Husseiny

Legal Consultant


Dina El Husseiny Dina is a qualified lawyer both in Egypt (2006) and the State of New York (2014). She holds an LL.M from the University of California, Los Angeles (2010), and a Bachelors in Law from Cairo University’s Faculty of Law – English Section (2005). Dina has extensive experience as a commercial lawyer, gained through years of private practice in Egypt as well as abroad. Before joining Thebes Consultancy in August 2016, Dina worked with the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (Cairo, 2015), and at Bank Information Center (Washington, DC 2014 – 2015). Prior to that, she held the position of Associate at Baker & McKenzie’s Cairo office (2012 – 2014). From 2011 to 2012, Dina worked with the Legal Transition Team at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (London) on assessments of the commercial laws of Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco and Jordan. From (2006 – 2009) she was junior associate at DLA Matouk Bassiouny, then the Egyptian affiliate of DLA Piper. Arabic is Dina’s native language, and she is fully fluent in English.

Bahaa Ezzelarab

Legal Consultant


Bahaa is a legal consultant at Thebes Consultancy. He is involved in legal advisory and consultancy projects and is responsible for the Egypt Legal Update service, which provides a legal commentary on laws and regulations pertaining to business in Egypt. Bahaa was the Legal Adviser of the North African Litigation Initiative of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights. He was involved in strategic human rights litigation before the human rights mechanisms of the African Union and the United Nations. Bahaa worked previously at Baker & McKenzie’s Toronto Office (2011-2012), focusing on mergers and acquisitions both from the antitrust/competition and transactional side. He also worked as a legal assistant at the Cairo office of the International Finance Corporation, the World Bank’s private sector arm (2005-2007). Bahaa received his Juris Doctor from the University of Toronto (2011), an LL.M. degree with distinction from the School of Oriental and African Studies (2008) and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations with highest honours from the American University in Cairo (2005). He received the Arthur C. Helton Fellowship from the American Society of International Law (2009). His native language is Arabic. He is fluent in English and conversant in German, having completed the German Secondary School Certificate (Abitur). Bahaa has been called to the Ontario Bar in 2012.

Nora Harb

Legal Consultant


Nora joined Thebes Consultancy since its inception and she provides investment advisory and legal consultancy services. Prior to joining Thebes, Nora worked as Legal Assistant to the Chairman at the Egyptian Financial Supervisory Authority (2010-2011), Legal Consultant at Trowers and Hamlins, Cairo Office (2008-2010) and as Junior Legal Consultant at Sarwat A. Shahid Law Firm (2005-2007). Nora was also the General Manager of Legal Affairs at Majid al-Futtaim Retail, Egypt (2015-2016) and rejoined Thebes in 2016. Nora simultaneously earned a bachelor’s degree in law at Cairo University and political science at the American University in Cairo (2005), and obtained her LL.M. from the London School of Economics and Political Science with special focus on corporate and commercial laws (2008). She is admitted to practice law in Egypt. Arabic is her native language and she is fluent in English.

​​Hisham Ezz Al-Arab - Chairman and Managing Director - CIB

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Aly El Shalakany - Senior Partner - SHALAKANY LAW OFFICE

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