Farming the desert

by Helmy Abouleish

Helmy Abouleish is the managing director of SEKEM, which was founded with the idea of sustainable development and giving back to the community. Under his stewardship of its commercial arm, the SEKEM Initiative received the Right Livelihood Award 2003 for sustainable development, and became a member of the Schwab Foundation for Outstanding Social Entrepreneurs.

Helmy is also the founder and chairman of Ecotec (Ecological Technologies), which operates in the fields of production and sales of renewable energies equipment, provision of renewable energies, water treatment solutions, clean development mechanism consulting, tailored IT solutions, real estate development of ecological lodges, mining and glass processing.

He is also the founder and co-founder of various organisations, including The Egyptian National Competitiveness Council (ENCC), the International Association for Partnership (IAP), the Egyptian Biodynamic Association (EBDA), the Centre for Organic Agriculture in Egypt (COAE), SEKEM Development Foundation (SDF).

From Jun 2005 until Dec. 2006, he has been appointed as the Executive Director of the Industrial Modernisation Centre (IMC), the biggest development fund in Egypt funded by the EU and the Egyptian Government, aiming at improving sustainable competitiveness of Egyptian enterprises.

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