Abdelhameed Sharara is the founder and CEO of  RiseUp; the Middle East and  Africa’s top and biggest entrepreneurship summit with around 5000 attendees from 52 countries.

Before he founded RiseUp with his co-founders he also started the whole startup ecosystem in the GrEEK Campus in November 2013. He also worked at Injaz-Egypt where he was actively involved in creating the first startup pipeline in all Junior Achievement countries worldwide. This program designed was awarded the “MetLife Foundation Award” for the most outstanding award in all JA countries.

Sharara had also worked as an English conversation and soft-skills trainer at Dale Carnegie and Berlitz and was the co-founder and business development manager of Adams, a soft skills and training company. He graduated from Ain Shams University’s Faculty of Law (English Section).

Sharara is a part of a network known as  “Young Global Shaper”, which is a network of young people (under 30 years of age) who are exceptional in their potential, achievements and drive from all over the world. The Young Global Shaper Community was initiated by the World Economic Forum. He also serves on the board of multiple organizations supporting entrepreneurship and innovation in Egypt and the Middle East, which includes TIEC (Egyptian Government Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center ).

Sharara was invited as a speaker in many conferences on entrepreneurship in the world. He was a speaker at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Morocco, Egypt’s Economic Conference and the World Economic Forum on MENA plus tens of other global conferences worldwide. His efforts were acknowledged in more than 250 local and international media and he was selected as Egypt’s top influential due to the RiseUp Summit 2015 impact on the regional entrepreneurship ecosystem.

We are proud of his achievement and exploit. We recognize him as one of the Most  Influential People of African Descent, Business and Entrepreneurship category Class of 2018.