Walid Hassouna


Walid is the CEO of valU, the Chairman of Paytabs Egypt and the Vice Chairman of EFG EV Fintech. He sits on multiple boards including KarmSolar, and Bedaya for mortgage finance. 

Walid’s leadership of the NBFI platform at EFG Hermes over 5+ years has seen it grow multiple businesses and launch innovative brands. Prior to joining EFG Hermes Holding in 2016, Walid had a successful 17-year banking career. He was General Manager and Head of Structured Finance and Investment Banking at Bank Audi, where he closed structured and project finance transactions in excess of USD 15 billion. He first started in Misr International Bank, structuring and executing several award-winning deals, in project finance and M&As within Egypt and the GCC. He was the Head of structured finance and syndication in Banque Misr where he successfully managed to top the league table of the MENA region in syndicated loans. 

Walid holds a Cairo-University B.B.A with highest honors, an MBA from J. Mack Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University and an Islamic Finance Qualification from CISI- UK.

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