Ahmed Mahmoud Bastawy

Managing Director, icealex innovation hub

Ahmed Bastawy is a mechanical engineer who became a social engineer! He believes that grassroots initiatives are the keys to scaling up social impact. He founded a couple of training initiatives and companies after being involved in different national and international organizations. He currently runs icealex innovation hub that supports startups and entrepreneurship ecosystem in Alexandria, in addition to founding and being the international business development manager at iceHubs Global CIC (a UK based social enterprise) that focuses on transforming sustainability challenges into green businesses. Recently, Ahmed has co-authored a hands-on book (both in English & Arabic) entitled “Social Innovation Handbook for Practitioners: Innovating Ideas for the Labor Market in Egypt”. He is actively participating at the Global Innovation Gathering, Afrilabs network, Fablab networks and many other local & international conferences and events. He’s been a lead trainer, facilitator and programmes architect on different topics in Africa and Europe. In addition to mentoring and coaching different startups and enterprises, Ahmed also consults government organizations in Africa and Europe on designing & implementing programmes focusing on youth empowerment, social innovation, entrepreneurship and sustainable development. Going through a long journey he started, from being part of Charity-based NGOs to development, from sustainable development to entrepreneurship, and all the way to social innovation & social entrepreneurship he settled where he found his passion.