MEA Executive Board

Ian Gray OBE
Chairman

Biography

From late 2015 -2018, Ian Gray served as CEO of Vodafone Qatar, a company listed on the Qatar Stock Exchange with a market cap of around $2.5bn, leading the company through a turnaround.  Although Gray retired from his executive role as Regional Director of Vodafone Group in 2010, he continued as Chairman of Vodafone Egypt until April 2017, having served on the board for over 16 years as CEO, Managing Director or Chairman including time as CEO of the company, living in Cairo 2002-2007.

Vodafone Egypt is the leading Technology operator in Egypt with over 10,000 staff, 40million Mobile subscribers and a number of subsidiaries in outsourced and web services.

Gray now provides advisory services for companies and clients including previous employers.  Prior to Vodafone, he was CEO of the FTSE listed companies Brown and Jackson PLC and later General Cable PLC. For nearly 20 years prior to this, he held various senior roles in the Thorn EMI Group.

Ian Gray is the Chairman of the Egyptian-British Chamber of Commerce and is also UK Co-Chairman of the Egyptian British Business Council (EBBC) which was set up under the auspices of the Egyptian and British Governments in 1998 as a top level strategic body to facilitate trade and investment links between Egypt and the UK. In May 2018 he has taken up the Chairmanship of the revived Middle East Association.

Mark Lawrence
General Manager

Biography

Mark has worked with the EBCC for many years in a range of capacities, including event management, marketing, and with the business missions teams. In April 2023, he assumed the role of General Manager of the EBCC to advance its mission to promote bilateral trade between the UK and Egypt. Before joining the EBCC, Mark spent many years working with companies in South and Central America. He honed his business acumen through an early career in digital marketing and print media, as well as five years working in the City of London. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Portsmouth.

Company Directors

Andrew P. Baker
Company Secretary

Biography

Andrew Baker qualified as a solicitor in London in 1972 and has worked in corporate finance and international transactions for many years. Andrew is now Chairman of Allenby Capital Limited, a well-known corporate broker and nominated adviser to companies whose equity capital is quoted on the AIM market of The London Stock Exchange. Andrew was involved in the establishment of the Chamber and has been a director since its inception. He is now also its Secretary and a Counsellor.

Iman Elsherif
Chief Executive Officer

 

Biography

Iman has worked as a Business Relationship Manager for several international companies for the past 6 years, including Infracon and Shimco International.  Before that she worked as a Business Development Manager at the Medical Office of the Egyptian Embassy in London in which she used British expertise to lead collaboration programs in the medical field to improve medical services in Egypt (such as nursing, ambulance, GP surgeries, etc.).  She worked in the international department of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment and was leading the project between the UK and capital market authorities in Egypt, UAE, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia to create a duplicate of the institute in those countries. The aim was to introduce obligatory CPD (continuing professional education) to brokerage firms to ensure the professional level in the industry.  Before she arrived to the UK in 2004, she worked as a Communications Advisor at the USAID project (CMD) for 4 years, in which she worked very closely with the Chairman of the Capital Market Authority.

Management Team

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Inji Shabrawishi
Events & Marketing Manager
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