Heba El Sewedy

Doctor of Letters, honoris causa

Cape Breton University is proud to honour the outstanding courage and exemplary philanthropy of Heba El Sewedy

Heba El Sewedy is the Founder and Chairwoman of the Ahl Masr Foundation. Her father Mr. Helal El Sewedy is one of the founders of the El SEWEDY ELECTRIC Company in Egypt and Saudi Arabia, originally established in the 1960s. In 1994, Heba earned a Bachelor Degree in English Literature from King Abdul Aziz University, Saudi Arabia. After graduation, Heba El Sewedy founded the Arabian French Textiles Company.

In 2011, during the Arab Spring, Ms. El Sewedy took responsibility for treating approximately 4,000 injured victims from Libya along with looking after the families of those who lost their lives.  In 2013, she founded Ahl Masr, a non-governmental organization for social development in Egypt.  Through its dedicated and diversified team, Ahl Masr has quickly risen to prominence to become a unique and effective organization, helping hundreds of burn victims all over Egypt.

Heba El Sewedy is also an investor and socially minded entrepreneur with a strong vision to reform the Egyptian healthcare sector. Currently, she is a major shareholder in the EL SEWEDY ELECTRIC Group.

Heba El Sewedy, a woman who is an active community member and a true role model to Egyptian youth, sharing her vision for philanthropy across Egyptian society.