Board and Management

Dr. Raouf Ghabbour

Dr. Raouf Ghabbour

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Dr. Raouf Ghabbour founded the Ghabbour Group of Companies, which he began incepting in 1985. Dr. Ghabbour began his career working in his family’s auto-related trading business, where he initially established himself in the tire division. Having quickly gained a commendable reputation in the market for his business savvy, Dr. Ghabbour went on to acquire agency agreements from global OEMs, which he transformed into successful businesses. Dr. Ghabbour has grown the Company to a leading automotive assembler and distributor in the Middle East and North Africa.

Mr. Mansour Kabbani

Mr. Mansour Kabbani

Non-Executive Director

Mr. Mansour Kabbani brings more than 30 years of experience to GB Auto, where he joined as VP for project co-ordination in 2015 and currently overseas group investments as well as investor relations. Mr. Kabbani spent a decade working in textile spinning before becoming CFO at Technological and Electrical Systems (TES) for two years. With Dr. Ghabbour and partners, he helped establish CITI in 1997 which later merged with GB Auto. From 1997 to 2015, Mr. Kabbani has run his family investments and accumulated vast experience in capital markets. Mr. Kabbani graduated from AUC in 1981 with a BA in Economics.

Mr. Nader Ghabbour

Mr. Nader Ghabbour

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Nader Ghabbour brings over thirteen years of specialized experience in the automotive industry to his role, which he has cultivated through the managerial and operational positions he has held at GB Auto. Prior to his current role, Mr. Ghabbour served as Group Chief Operating Officer, where he was responsible for a multitude of vehicular operations in Egypt and the region. Beforehand, he had served as Passenger Car Chief Operating Officer and Project Management Officer Leader. Mr. Ghabbour trained in Mergers and Acquisitions at the London Business School in London. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Boston University, and an MBA from IE Business School, Madrid.

Mr. Mounir Fakhry Abdelnour

Mr. Mounir Fakhry Abdelnour

Independant Board Member

Mr. Mounir Fakhry Abdelnour is currently the Chairman of Beltone Financial Holding (BHF) and of Rashidi El Mizan, and Member of the Board of Directors of Audi Bank, Ghabbour Auto, EDITA, and Domty. He also acts as Senior Adviser for Rothschild & Co., one of the world’s largest independent financial advisory groups. Mr. Abdelnour, between 2011 and 2015, was Minister of Tourism, Minister of Investments and Minister of Trade and Industry; between 2006 and 2011, Secretary General of the Wafd Party; and between 2000 and 2005, leading the opposition in the Egyptian Parliament. Prior to joining the Egyptian Cabinet, Mr. Abdelnour was founder and Chairman of Hero Middle East and Africa, previously Société Egypto-Française pour les industries agro-alimentaires (Vitrac), member of the Board of Directors of Egypt Arab African Bank, Founder and Managing Director of Egyptian Finance Company, Vice President of American Express Bank and representative of Banque de l’Union Européenne Paris in Egypt and the Middle East. Mr. Abdelnour was a member of the Board of Directors of the Federation of Egyptian Industries, the Egyptian Competition Authority, the Cairo Stock Exchange and the Egyptian Expo and Convention Authority. He has also served as Chairman of the Egyptian Center for the Economic Studies. Mr. Abdelnour earned his undergraduate degree in Statistics from the Faculty of Economics and Political Science from Cairo University and a Master’s degree in Economics from the American University in Cairo.

Mr. Abbas El Sayed

Mr. Abbas El Sayed

Executive Director

Mr. Abbas El Sayed joined GB Auto in 2014 as Group Vice President Finance. He has 14 years of experience gained from KPMG and Deloitte including 1.5 years in the UK at KPMG UK LLP. Mr. El Sayed has vast experience in corporate finance, restructuring, strategic planning, audit, internal controls, advisory and compliance. He holds a BA in Accounting from Ain Shams University. He is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) in the UK and is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA).

Mr. Mohamed Naguib

Mr. Mohamed Naguib

Independant Board Member

Mr. Mohamed Naguib has served at the boards of various prominent banks and corporations in Egypt and has accumulated nearly 40 years of experience in the fields of Banking, Leasing and Credit. Between 2011 and 2018, Mr. Naguib was Chairman and Managing Director of SAIB Bank and prior to that as Vice-Chairman and Head of the Credit and Investment Committee at Banque Misr. Mr. Naguib had also served at Misr International (MIBank) for over 20 years as General Manager of Credit and Marketing before joining Incolease as Member of the board from 2000 till 2010. Furthermore, Mr. Naguib served as Non-Executive Chairman of Misr Bank-Europe in Germany for two years as well as his membership of the boards of the National Bank of Egypt, the Civil Aviation Finance Holding Company, and the Small and Medium Sized Projects Fund among many others. Mr. Naguib has attended various banking and credit seminars across the United States and the UK in addition to retaining a CPA certification in the state of Colorado for 12 years. Mr. Naguib holds a bachelor’s in Accounting from Cairo University and an MBA from the American University in Cairo.

Mr. Hisham Ezz Al-Arab

Mr. Hisham Ezz Al-Arab

Independent Board Member

Mr. Ezz Al-Arab is a visionary and philanthropist and founder of HE Advisory. With 40+ years of experience across the Middle East, Africa, and Europe, building his international banking excellence at the likes of Merrill Lynch, then to JP Morgan and Deutsche Bank where he left as a Managing Director, until he joined CIB in 1999 and elected as the Managing Director and Chairman of CIB in 2002. During his tenure, he transformed the organization from a corporate bank to a full-fledged financial institution while growing the bank’s market capitalization from c. USD 200 million to more than USD 6 billion. Mr. Ezz Al-Arab also served on the boards of a number of institutions, whether in his own capacity or in his capacity at the helm of CIB, with focus on the territory where he is synonymous with such as Master Card, Smart Africa, Fairfax Africa, EU-AU Digital Task Force, and AUC’s Board of Trustees to mention a few.

Ms. Marwa El Ayouti

Ms. Marwa El Ayouti

Independent Board Member

Ms. El Ayouti is currently the CFO of Orange Egypt since 2018, and was previously the CFO of Vodafone Egypt from 2011 to 2018, becoming the first Egyptian and first female to take the role at the age of 32. Ms. El Ayouti brings over 20 years of local and international experience in finance and telecommunications and has held various senior finance roles in Egypt and the United Kingdom. She also has extensive hands-on experience in senior management and strategic leadership as well as a wealth of experience in financial management. Ms. El Ayouti has been ranked on the Forbes 200 Most Powerful Arab Women since 2014, selecting in 2018 on the Middle East Most Influential Women, and been recognized further by several accreditations for her influence. Ms. El Ayouti graduated from the American University in Cairo in 1998, and holds an MBA from Maastricht School of Business.

Ms. Lobna El Dessouky

Ms. Lobna El Dessouky

Independant Board Member

Ms. El Dessouky leverages over two decades of professional experience in a wide range of sectors to fulfill her numerous advisory and board roles. She’s currently an independent member of the Advisory Board of Alexandria Business Association Small and Micro Enterprise Project, independent Board and Audit Committee member at Cleopatra Hospital Company, Advisor for the European Bank for Construction and Development’s Enterprise Growth Program and is an Advisor to the Audit Committee at Qalaa Holdings, having served as a member of the committee from December 2012 to 2014. Prior to this, she spent six years as Group Chief Financial Officer at Asec Holding and served on the Group’s board for eight years. Ms. El Dessouky spent most of her career with Coca Cola Egypt, starting as Head Office Financial Controller in 1997 and eventually working her way to Group Chief Financial Officer in 2001 and serving in that post till 2006. She began her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers as part of the audit staff in 1993, ending her stint at the company as Audit Senior in 1997. She has also been highly involved in teaching since 1997, she worked with Eslsca Business School, Edinburgh Business School, The American University in Cairo (AUC), and The Regional Information Technology Institute (RITI) in association with Maastricht School of Management (MSM). Ms. El Dessouky holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Helwan University and an MBA in Management Consultancy from Sheffield University, UK. She is a CPA, CFM, and CMA holder and is also a Member of the Association of Corporate Governance Practitioners and a Certified Director from the Egyptian Institute of Directors.

Dr. Raouf Ghabbour

Dr. Raouf Ghabbour

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Dr. Raouf Ghabbour, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer, is the founder of The Ghabbour Group of Companies, which he began incepting in 1985. Dr. Ghabbour jump-started his career working in his family’s auto-related trading business, where he initially established himself in the tire division. Having quickly gained a commendable reputation in the market for his business savvy, Dr. Ghabbour went on to acquire agency agreements from global OEMs, which he steadfastly turned into successful businesses. Dr. Ghabbour has grown the Company to the leading automotive assembler and distributor in the Middle East and North Africa.

Mr. Nader Ghabbour

Mr. Nader Ghabbour

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Nader Ghabbour brings over thirteen years of specialized experience in the automotive industry to his role, which he has cultivated through the managerial and operational positions he has held at GB Auto. Prior to his current role, Mr. Ghabbour served as Group Chief Operating Officer, where he was responsible for a multitude of vehicular operations in Egypt and the region. Beforehand, he had served as Passenger Car Chief Operating Officer and Project Management Officer Leader. Mr. Ghabbour trained in Mergers and Acquisitions at the London Business School in London He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Boston University, and an MBA from the IE Business School in Madrid.

Mr. George Sedky

Mr. George Sedky

Chief Human Resources Officer

Mr. George Sedky has two decades of experience in personnel management, having held positions in the Human Resources divisions of several major corporations. He has a long track record of success in recruiting and gaining top talent, organizational transformation, and building cultures of engagement. He was successful in re-engineering GB Auto’s Human Resources department goals and practices, aligning them with the Group’s strategic business goals. He is specialized in strategic management and planning; directing all HR functions; introducing new methodologies that maximize performance through training and development; compensation and benefits; and organizational development. He holds a BSc. In Aerospace Engineering from Cairo University and an MBA with an HR Specialization from Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport.

Mr. Kamal Khafagy

Mr. Kamal Khafagy

Chief Information Technology Officer

Mr. Khafagy joined GB Auto as SVP Business Solutions in the IT department in 2015 and is currently the Chief Information Technology Officer. He came to GB Auto with more than 22 years of experience, most of it was gained from KPMG, Saudi Telecom, and Oger International. During his career, he contributed to enabling business transformation; implementing business-oriented and value-driven information systems aligned with organizational strategies and objectives. He has diverse business and IT knowledge in the sectors of automotive, manufacturing, construction, retail, and telecom.

Ms. Cherine Kallal

Ms. Cherine Kallal

Senior Vice President Business Development & CEO Support

Ms. Cherine Kallal joined GB Auto in November 2011 and currently spearheads the Group’s Business Development Division in her capacity as Senior Vice President Business Development. She is responsible for overseeing the successful execution of business development initiatives and strategic projects as part of the Group’s growth strategy. She also directs the Group’s China based unit. In January 2016, Ms.Kallal was appointed as CEO Support in addition to her Business Development role, where she directly supports the Group’s CEO in designated operational and organizational tasks. In her roles, she is a member of the Group’s Executive Committee and Management Steering Committees. A diligent and results-oriented strategist with strong experience in structured planning and cross-functional management; Ms. Kallal spent several years in the Telecom services sector where she served in several roles prior to joining GB Auto Group. Ms. Kallal holds a BSC in Mechanical Engineering from Loughborough University in UK.

Ms. Odette Gamil

Ms. Odette Gamil

Senior Vice-President, Internal Audit

Mrs. Odette Gamil joined GB Auto in September 2013 as Senior Vice President – CEO Assistant. She brings 22 years of experience in finance and internal audit in multinational companies. Prior to joining GB Auto, Mrs. Gamil spent five years at Heineken Egypt as Head of Internal Audit, where she was responsible for auditing the company’s operations in Egypt as well as offices across Africa and the Middle East. Prior to this, she spent nine years with Nestle Egypt across multiple functions including budgeting and reporting, financial analysis, cost analysis, and cost control.

Auto and Auto Related


Mr. Ramez Adeeb

Mr. Ramez Adeeb

Chief Manufacturing Officer

Mr. Ramez Adeeb joined GB Auto in 1995, holding a number of positions and gaining experience in functions including planning, engineering, and quality control until he left the company in 2001 for a position as a project manager at RITEC Consultancy. Mr. Adeeb rejoined GB Auto in 2003, garnering additional experience in the segments of localization management, aggregate planning, sales technical support, industrial projects management and, finally, the group technical support directorship. Mr. Adeeb graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Cairo University’s Mechanical Engineering Department in 1993. He served as a Research Assistant in Rotor Dynamics and Vibration at Cairo University from 1994-95. He earned an MBA in Marketing Management from the Netherlands’ Maastricht School of Management in 2005.

Mr. Abbas El Sayed

Mr. Abbas El Sayed

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Abbas El Sayed joined GB Auto in 2014 as Group Vice President Finance. He has 14 years of experience gained from KPMG and Deloitte including 1.5 years in the UK at KPMG UK LLP. Mr. El Sayed has vast experience in corporate finance, restructuring, strategic planning, audit, internal controls, advisory and compliance. He holds a BA in Accounting from Ain Shams University. He is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) in the UK and is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA).

Mr. Ghassan Kabbani

Mr. Ghassan Kabbani

Chief Operating Officer of Two- and Three-Wheelers

Mr. Ghassan Kabbani brings more than 30 years’ experience to GB Auto. He first worked in the family textile business from 1980 through 1994, when he left to join T.E.S. sheet metal. In 1996, together with Dr. Ghabbour and other partners, he established CITI (a 2- and 3-Wheeler company). In 2007 CITI merged with GB Auto, at which time Mr. Kabbani joined the company. Mr. Kabbani graduated from AUC in 1979 with a BA in Economics and Business Administration.

Mr. Karim Gaddas

Mr. Karim Gaddas

Group Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Karim Gaddas joined GB Auto in 2015 as Chief Executive Officer of Tires, boasting 20 years of experience in general management, operations, and sales and marketing. In the last 16 years he occupied various positions at Pirelli that included headquarter-level roles in Milan and regional-level roles in Paris, Cairo, Alexandria, and Dubai. In addition to being the Global Sales Director for BU trucks, the CEO of the company’s Middle East and India operations, and the CEO of African and Egyptian operations, Mr. Gaddas also served as Pirelli’s Vice Chairman. He was also a member of the board at the Alexandria Tire Company for eight years. Mr. Gaddas began his career in 1996 at Gewiss, an electrical materials company based in Bergamo, Italy, where he was the Area Manager for Central America, the Middle East, and Africa. He holds a B.A. in Business Administration from the Sup de Co Montpellier in France and an MBA from SDA Bocconi in Milan, Italy.

Mr. Ahmed Fathy

Mr. Ahmed Fathy

SVP Tires

Mr. Ahmed Fathy brings over sixteen years of experience in the automotive and engineering fields to his role at GB Auto. Prior to his current role, he served across a plethora of positions at the Group, which include VP Commercial Vehicles in the Heavy Trucks, Trailers and Superstructure Department, as well as Division Head B2B, Trucks Sales Manager B2B and Trucks Senior Sales Engineer B2B for Volvo. Before joining GB Auto, Mr. Fathy held the position of Sales Engineer at Cairo Hydraulic Group. He has a BSc. in Engineering from the faculty of Engineering in Zagazig University, and a mini-MBA in management from the Knowledge Academy.

Mr. Ibrahim Naguib

Mr. Ibrahim Naguib

Chief Operating Officer of Passenger Car Operations

Mr. Ibrahim Naguib has accumulated over 15 years of experience in the automotive industry. Mr. Naguib currently serves as Chief Operating Officer of the Passenger Car Operations where he is responsible for both Sales and After Sales operations. Mr. Naguib first joined GB Auto in 2003 as the Tires Department General Manager where he managed to double the business turnover in a period of three years. In 2007, he took charge of the Commercial Vehicles business where he managed to grow sales volumes and expand market share. In 2009, he assumed the role of Sales and Marketing Director for the Hyundai and Mazda franchises. After briefly relocating abroad, Mr. Naguib returned to GB Auto in 2016 where he was appointed SVP of the Passenger Cars sales operations where under his leadership, market share surged to an unprecedented 36%. Mr. Naguib holds a BA from the American International University in London, UK and an MBA from the Maastricht School of Management, The Netherlands.

GB Capital


Mr. Ahmed Ossama

Mr. Ahmed Ossama

Drive Chairman and MD

Mr. Ahmed Ossama holds the position of Chairman and MD of Drive. He has under his belt over two decades of experience in accounting and finance across a broad range of industries, including telecoms, petroleum, manufacturing, mining, and financial institutions. He holds a BA in Accounting from Helwan University.

Mr. Sherif Tawadros

Mr. Sherif Tawadros

Senior Vice President Finance

Mr. Tawadros is currently the Senior Vice President Finance for GB Capital. He has under his belt over 29 years of experience in the field of finance in Treasury & Cash Management, Banking, Leasing Company Portfolio Management, Financial & Strategic planning. He holds a BA in Business Administration and MBA from the American University in Cairo.

Mr. Sherif Sabry

Mr. Sherif Sabry

GB Lease Chairman and MD

Mr. Sherif Sabry is the Chairman and MD of GB Lease, having held the post since 2008 when he was appointed to manage the restructuring of the company upon GB Auto Group’s acquisition of the firm under its financing arm. He has been a member of the GB Auto family since 1995 in several capacities, including Group Treasury Division Head and Group Treasury Director. He holds a BA of Commerce from Cairo University and an MBA in Finance and Banking from Maastricht School of Management. He is also a graduate of the Chase Manhattan Bank Credit Program.

Mr. Mounir Nakhla

Mr. Mounir Nakhla

Founder and CEO of MNT - Halan

Mr. Nakhla is the Founder and CEO of MNT - Halan, Egypt’s largest and fastest growing lender to the unbanked. Due to Mr. Nakhla’s entrepreneurial drive, shrewd management style and hands-on, bias-for-action approach to problem-solving, Halan is positioned to being the fastest growing Fintech player in the region with two million downloads surpassed and the facilitation of millions of transactions. Prior to Halan, Mr. Nakhla established what is now Egypt’s largest microfinance company in 2015 and an asset-based microfinance company in 2010 that focused on selling 2- and 3-wheelers, where both companies have disbursed more than USD 1.7 billion since inception. Nakhla holds a Master of Science in Environment & Development from the London School of Economics (2003), and a Bachelor of Science in International Business Studies from the European Business School (2000).

Mr. Hisham Helmy

Mr. Hisham Helmy

Haram Tourism & Transport MD

Mr. Hisham Helmy joined GB Capital in 2021 as Managing Director (Executive) for Haram Tourism & Transport (HTT). He brings more than 30 years of experience in tourism and transportation services to GB Capital. Mr. Helmy gained his accumulative experience by joining multinational franchisees such as Hertz, Thrifty, Dollar, SIXT, as well as the American Telecom giant Lucent Technologies (AT&T). He also served in several major national entities such as New Shahd Limousine (Abu Ghali Group), Alkan Travel (Alkan Group), and Corplease (CI Capital). Before joining GB Group, Mr. Helmy has been functioning during the last 17 years in the role of General Manager. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature from Cairo University, with additional education in business management, leadership management, contracts management, budgeting and cost management, leasing, as well as customer service and client satisfaction.