shafik gabr

M. Shafik Gabr, Chairman and Managing Director of the ARTOC Group for Investment & Development, is a renowned leader in international business, one of the world's premier collectors of Orientalist art, and an accomplished philanthropist.

ARTOC Group for Investment Development celebrated 40 years of successful investment activities in November 2011 is a multi disciplined investment holding company with subsidiaries operating in the fields of industry, automotive, airport terminals, consumer products, energy, publishing, real estate and construction.

Mr. Gabr is the Chairman and a founding member of Egypt's International Economic Forum, member of the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum and serves on Yale University President's Council on International Activities. Mr. Gabr also serves on the Advisory Boards of MIT's Center for International Studies and Zurich Financial Services.

Through the Shafik Gabr Social Development Foundation, Mr. Gabr helps improve elementary school education throughout his native Egypt, introducing students to arts and culture and promoting sports and physical fitness for youth. In the area of higher education, Mr Gabr is the biggest Egyptian supporter of the American University in Cairo. The Foundation also developed a free medical-care system by providing "Medical Caravans", which are directed to the residents of underprivileged areas of Greater Cairo, Egypt. The Foundation is constructing and launching its first Medical and Social Development Center in 2011 in Mokattam, Cairo.

Mr. Gabr holds a BA in Economics and Management from the American University in Cairo and a MA in Economics from the University of London.

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