Mr. Samih Sawiris is the founder and Chairman of Orascom Development Holding, a Swiss-incorporated company listed on the Swiss Stock Exchange and a leading developer of fully integrated destinations that include hotels, private villas, apartments, and leisure facilities. Mr. Sawiris is a major shareholder of Orascom Construction Industries (OCI N.V.), a Dutch based global producer of natural gas-based chemicals and engineering and construction contractor with projects and investments across Europe, the Americas, Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa. He is also a significant stakeholder in Lafarage, a world leader in building materials and a major player in the cement, aggregates, and concrete industries, operating in 64 countries and listed on the Paris Stock Exchange. He is a member of the Sawiris Foundation, which was founded in April 2001 with an endowment from the Sawiris family and dedicated to social development. He received a BA in Economic Engineering from the Technical University of Berlin in 1980.