Neveen El-Tahri

Chairperson Delta Shield for Investment
Chairperson Delta Investment for Investment
Chairperson 138 Pyramids for Development

El-Tahri currently sits on numerous boards, with 40 years of financial and business experience, including Egypt’s Sovereign Wealth Fund, BM Leasing, Orange Egypt, Hassan Allam Holding, AlBaraka Group for Investments, Raya Holding Company, CI Capital, the AUC Dean’s Strategic Advisory Board, and MENARC Harvard Business School Research Center. For the term of 2021-2026 she was appointed by the President of Egypt to sit as an independent Parliamentarian member in the Egyptian Upper House Senate.

She commenced her career in 1980 as a corporate banker with the Chase Manhattan Bank’s Egyptian JV, which turned into Commercial International Bank. Endeavored into self-employment, as of 1992, she established numerous ventures in the financial sector (brokerage, asset & fund management, fund services, leasing, investment & corporate banking, private equity, and venture capital).

El Tahri was the first elected woman to sit on the Board of the Egyptian Stock Exchange from 1997 to 2003 and a long list of firsts as a women board member. She occupied representation seats over the past 25 years on numerous public, private, and NGO-based companies, mostly at the turnaround or infrastructure phase.

In 2011, El-Tahri repositioned “Delta Shield for Investment” to focusing on start-ups and early stage start-ups, while creating subsidiaries in the SME investment and management space. Shield now focuses on advising family businesses how to remain profitable, transitioning to the next generation. Meanwhile, “Delta Inspire” is specialised in SME management, managing its first Venture Capital in 2014 via “138 Pyramids for Development”.

Twice named by the Financial Times as one of the leading businesswomen in the Arab world, she won various awards; locally for contributing to the Egyptian investment environment, and internationally for the economic empowerment of women. In 2014, El-Tahri was named “Egypt’s Lead Corporate Woman” by the American Chamber of Commerce, and nominated by the region’s nine AMChams as the “Region’s Top Corporate Woman”. In the same year, Forbes named her one of the “Region’s 200 Leading Businesswomen”.

El-Tahri graduated from the Faculty of Economics & Political Science, Cairo University, in 1980, and holds several degrees from both Harvard Business School and London Business School.