High-Impact Entrepreneurship

Khaled Ismail, first Endeavor Entrepreneur in Middle East, appointed Endeavor Egypt Board Chairman

Endeavor Egypt announced that Khaled Ismail has been elected as the organization’s Board Chairman.

After being selected as Endeavor’s first high-impact entrepreneur in the Middle East in 2007, Khaled Ismail built the company he founded, SySDSoft, which became one of the leading companies in designing wireless communications systems. SySDSoft sold most of its IP and assets to Intel in March 2011. Ismail now serves as the Managing Director of Intel Mobile Communications.

“I’m much honored to be chairing the Endeavor Egypt Board. I am passionate about Endeavor, and I have a dream to see Endeavor playing a significant role in driving entrepreneurship in Egypt. Being selected as an Endeavor Entrepreneur was truly a turning point,” says Ismail.

Khaled Ismail is a former Cairo University Professor with a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering (nano -electronics) from MIT (1989). He worked at IBM’s Watson Research Center in the design of novel devices and materials for the semi-conductor industry. He has published over 160 papers and issued 22 US patents, and received various honorary awards. Between 2005 and 2007, Ismail was the senior adviser of the Egyptian Minister of Communications and Information Technology, overseeing the technology development sector.
Endeavor Egypt’s Board of Trustees includes some of the leading business figures in Egypt, such as: Khaled Bichara (Executive Chairman, Orascom Telecom), Hassan Abdallah (Vice Chairman/Managing Director, AAIB), Tarek Mansour (Country Senior Partner, PriceWaterhouseCoopers) and Tarek Tawfik (Managing Director, Cairo Poultry Group). Naguib Sawiris, former Board Chairman, will continue to support Endeavor Egypt as Board Chairman Emeritus.

For more information, please visit Endeavor Egypt’s website.

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