Mr. Sawiris is Chairman of the advisory board of La Mancha, Chairman of the Board of Orascom TMT Investments S.à r.l., and Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orascom Telecom Media and Technology Holding S.A.E. The Sawiris Family have substantial interests in the telecom, construction and fertiliser, cement, real estate and hotel development industries and other businesses. Mr. Sawiris founded Orascom Telecom Holding and developed it into a leading regional telecom player until a merger with Vimpelcom Ltd created the world’s sixth largest mobile telecommunications provider.
Mr. Sawiris has received a number of honorary degrees, industry awards and civic honors, including the “Legion d’honneur” the highest award given by the French Republic for outstanding services rendered to France, the Honor of Commander of the Order of the “Stella della Solidarietà Italiana”, the prestigious “Sitara-e-Quaid-e-Azam” award for services rendered to the people of Pakistan in the field of telecommunication, investments and social sector work. Mr. Sawiris serves on a number of additional Boards, Committees and Councils including the Advisory Committee to the NYSE Board of Directors, the International Advisory Board to the National Bank of Kuwait, the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs and the Arab Thought Foundation. Mr. Sawiris holds a diploma of Mechanical Engineering with a Masters in Technical Administration from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich ETH Zürich and a Diploma from the German Evangelical School, Cairo, Egypt.