Sahar Nasr has been named independent director of Helios Fairfax Partners Corporation. She is the first Egyptian and African woman to be appointed to the High-Level Advisory Board of the United Nations Social Impact Fund. Sahar Nasr is an Associate Professor at the School of Business, Department of Economics at the American University of Cairo in Egypt, as well as the Al-Yamamah University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
In 2015, Ms. Nasr was sworn in as Egypt’s Minister of International Cooperation; in 2017, she was sworn in as Egypt’s Minister of Investment and International Cooperation; and in 2018, she was appointed Governor of Egypt to several international financial institutions.
Prior to her role in government in Egypt, Nasr worked at the World Bank for 20 years, overseeing portfolios focusing on financial and private sector development, financial inclusion, governance, and female economic empowerment. Her work on the Presidential Council for Economic Development included the development of a comprehensive economic and social reform program.
In 2014, Ms. Nasr joined the High-Level Advisory Board of the United Nations Social Impact Fund, becoming the first African and Egyptian woman to join the board. The New African Magazine recognized Ms. Nasr as one of the 100 Most Influential Figures in Africa in 2017.
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