Hisham El Khazindar is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Qalaa Holdings, a leading investment company in Africa and the Middle East. Prior to co-founding Qalaa Holdings (formerly Citadel Capital), El Khazindar was Executive Director of Investment Banking at EFG Hermes where he advised on landmark M&A and IPO transactions in the region. During 1999-2000, he was on secondment to Goldman Sachs in London. El Khazindar serves on the boards of leading regional companies, including El Sewedy Electric and Magrabi Retail, and on the Advisory Committee of the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association. He also serves as a Trustee of the American University in Cairo, as a Trustee of the Cairo Children's Cancer Hospital and as a Fellow of the Aspen Institute's Middle East Leadership Initiative. He holds a BA in Economics from the American University in Cairo (1996) and an MBA from Harvard Business School (2003).