Component A

Component A – Stimulating Entrepreneurship


Component A of USAID’s Strengthening Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development (SEED) Project works to stimulate Entrepreneurship among Youth and Women by strengthening the capacity of the different counterparts as well as the services provided to aspiring or existing Entrepreneurs.

This component focuses on building and strengthening the Ecosystem in disadvantaged areas and aims to increase awareness about Entrepreneurship as a career and paves the way to economic growth.

This is done through increasing Entrepreneurship education in Schools and Universities, mentoring services and increasing access to Incubators and Accelerators and other Entrepreneurial Services.

Component A works with different partners of the Ecosystem to ensure improved management practices, technical capacities, sustainable business models available to serve all type of Entrepreneurs and Start-ups. An integral part of Component A’s mandate is Gender inclusion and encouraging more Youth and Women to pursue an Entrepreneurial career.


The Team


Nashwa Ali – Entrepreneurship Development Team Lead


Nashwa currently leads the Entrepreneurship Development team with the USAID’s SEED Project. She spent her career working with Multinational Corporations in strategic planning, project management, marketing, employer branding and events management. She managed both local and regional markets for brands like PepsiCo, Shell and GE. After leaving GE, she decided to shift to the development sector where she effectively contributes to the well-being of her country from a new angle. Nashwa is a graduate of Ain Shams University, Al Alsun Faculty.

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Christine Sedky – Entrepreneurship Development Senior Advisor


Christine’s experience ranges from the World Bank in Washington D.C to the World Economic Forum in Geneva as well as her own ventures and Non-Profit Organizations. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and International Relations from the University of Southern California, a Master’s Degree in International Development from the American University and an MBA from Columbia University. She is passionate about Start-Ups, Cultural heritage and baking.

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Mohamed Sultan – Incubators and Accelerators Senior Advisor


Mohamed is leading the USAID’s SEED technical assistance to public and private stakeholders to improve the services offered to Early-stage Entrepreneurs. He does this by strengthening existing and fostering the establishment of new business incubators/accelerators. He has more than 15 years of experience in strategic project management and corporate finance. Mohamed is a graduate of the Faculty of Commerce (English Section), Aim Shams University with a major in Accounting. He also holds an International MBA from Instituto de Empresa (IE) of Madrid, Spain.

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Omar Abou El-Gheit – Program Assistant


Omar works with USAID SEED on developing and supporting Entrepreneurs who are aspiring to enter the Start-Up scene in Egypt. His previous experience was in the Services and Renewable Energy Industry. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the American University in Cairo.

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