Under the Patronage of
Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai
Mr. Soliman’s career spans over 22 years with experience in managing over 200 companies in diverse sectors, with a record of accomplishments in global investments and transactions, and a long-standing career in managing complex assets and mega transactions.
Over the past 17 years, Mr. Soliman served as a board member of a wide range of companies with various capacities inclusive of Orascom Investment Holding, Beltone Financial, Lamancha Holding (Gold mining), Euronews plc, RiverBank (SME Banks inEurope), Auerbach Grayson (USA), Texegy (Oil & Gas USA), Ora Developers BV (Realestate), Nile Sugar Co (Egypt), Ezdehar Fund to name a few.
Mr. Ayman Soliman was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Gemini Holding for the past 10 years, a company investing in various industries. He led multiple merger and
acquisition transactions for the Gemini group, as well as startups and greenfields, to build a diversified portfolio of assets in more than eight distinct industrial verticals.
These fields included, technology, food, fashion, agroindustry, energy, financial services and fintech, media and real estate. The key success in this period was the
ability to navigate through two global economic cycles and a local revolution in Egypt with a complex portfolio while hedging key areas of exposure against market and
Prior to joining Gemini, Mr. Soliman headed Orascom Telecom Holding’s corporate strategy team where he spearheaded the formulation of the business development and growth strategy for the company. In addition to his role in the acquisition of Wind Telecom, by Weather Investments II in 2005, Mr. Soliman also helped formulate the
turnaround strategy of Wind Telecom. The business development roadmap also led to several successful acquisitions which resulted in expanding Orascom’s footprint in
Asia. Through this scope, Mr. Soliman was exposed to the fields of mobile and fixed telecom, software development, e-commerce, cloud infrastructure, construction and
Prior to joining Orascom, Mr. Soliman had a career in investment banking, where he closed numerous IPO’s, Corporate Finance and M&A transactions spanning technology, food, and building materials sectors. Moreover, as Vice President of EFG-Hermes Private Equity, he focused on managing technology funds. In this period, he
gained experience in various industries and dealt with global investment banks on landmark IPOs and M&A’s in the banking, cement, steel and food sectors and
witnessed an accelerated growth in the equities market in Egypt which paved the way to the merger between EFG-Hermes and CIIC back in 2002, where he was part of the
Mr. Soliman holds an MSc. degree in International Business and Finance and a BSc. degree in Economics with a Minor in Computer Science, both from the American
University in Cairo. In addition to the academic degrees, he attended various training courses including Leadership skills by London Business School, Strategy and Risk
management by McKinsey and Credit and Evaluation course by EFG-Hermes. In addition to numerous specialized courses in the areas of finance, marketing and
commercial strategies, computing and cost allocation.
11:25 - 12:00
FPI Pillar Session 2 – The Role of Central Banks, Multilateral/Regional Development Banks & Development Funds in Promoting Sustainable Economic Growth
Economic transformation requires long-term investment to support the expansion of productive capacities, as well as infrastructure development that underpins industrial activities and reduces bottlenecks. Rapid, transformative growth will also require, from the developing world, a more autonomous development strategy, in light of the fragile world economic recovery and the uncertainty about developed country demand and capital as drivers of advancing country growth.
The financing needs to support the Sustainable Development Goals are formidable. Investment in infrastructure development alone, which is a crucial bottleneck to economic transformation and thus sustainable growth, faces financing needs at the global level that amount to $5 trillion–$7 trillion per year.