center development services

CDS Team

  • + Mr. Karim Reda, Driver (CDS) -
  • + Dr. Alaa Saber -
  • Chairman

     

    Email: asaber@cds-mena.com

     

    Dr. Saber is a founding member and Chair of CDS.  His postgraduate studies are in Behavioral Science at Cairo Medical School, and Public Administration at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. For over twenty five years of his career, Dr. Saber has occupied positions within public, business, and non-profit organizations, and served in diverse cultural settings in the Middle East and North America.  He translated Paulo Freire’s “Pedagogy of the Oppressed” into Arabic, and wrote on civil society in the Arab World for Alliance magazine. He served as the Middle East representative in a faculty-student committee at the Kennedy School of Government to establish an executive program on “Democratic Processes in Governance.” Over the past ten years, he has been focusing on poverty alleviation - leading Egypt’s participatory poverty assessment for the World Bank in 2000. Dr. Saber is adept in managing and consulting development studies and research, training and organizational development projects, developing human resources management systems, and designing analytic models for organizations and society.

  • + Mr. Ali Mokhtar -
  • Chief Executive Officer

     

    Email: amokhtar@cds-mena.com

     

    Mr. Mokhtar is a founding member and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of CDS. Mr. Mokhtar has more than 25 years of international development experience. His postgraduate studies at the Cranfield School of Management in Bedford, England focused his early career on economic development - particularly in relation to small and micro-enterprise development. Mr. Mokhtar provided technical assistance to different national and international organizations. He is experienced in complex program coordination with large agencies - whether in planning, management, or evaluation phases.  His extensive field based experience in community development and project management gained him the position of the Global Coordinator for the RCPLA Network as well as Jury member for the World Bank Development Market place.

  • + Dr. Hesham Khalil -
  • Programs Manager

    E-mail: hissa@cds-mena.com

    Senior development practitioner with more than 20 years progressive experience in the field of development with special focus on socio-economic development, education and health programmes in Egypt and the Middle East. Hesham’s competencies include strategic planning; programme development and management; programme implementation, monitoring and evaluation; qualitative research and impact assessments; advocacy; people management; donor relations and relationship building for influence; provision of capacity building and technical assistance activities in various development and humanitarian fields.  Hesham holds a PhD in social anthropology from the University in Hull, UK and a Master’s degree in political science with specialization in professional development from the American University in Cairo. 

  • + Mr. Mikaal Wahab -
  • Global Programmes Manager

     

    Email: mikaalw@cds-mena.com

     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

  • + Dr. Hesham Khalil -
  • Programs Manager

     

    Email: hissa@cds-mena.com

     

    Dr. Khalil is a senior development practitioner with more than 20 years progressive experience in the field of development with special focus on socio-economic development, education and health programs in Egypt and the Middle East. Hesham’s competencies include strategic planning; program development and management; program implementation, monitoring and evaluation; qualitative research and impact assessments; advocacy; people management; donor relations and relationship building for influence; provision of capacity building and technical assistance activities in various development and humanitarian fields.  Hesham holds a PhD in social anthropology from the University in Hull, UK and a Master’s degree in political science with specialization in professional development from the American University in Cairo. 

  • + Mr. ahmed Abdel Aziz -
  • Finance Manager

    Email: aabdelaziz@cds-mena.com

    Mr. Abdel Aziz, financial manager at CDS since 2006, is responsible for office financial tasks concerning all monetary transactions. His field of work includes the supervision of all Egyptian Pound and US Dollar accounts, expenditure control and cost allocations. He prepares and updates sound financial policies and presents financial reports to donors. He also supervises other staff members and performs the audit oversight. Mr. Abdel Aziz is responsible for the planning and management of cash flow and prepares and revises annual budgets. His financial management tasks include the approval, processing, follow-up and closure of contracts and grants. He oversees invoices, the standardization of billings and income registration and controls expenditures. He, furthermore, provides technical assistance to management staff for understanding and dealing with financial management policies. Mr. Abdel Aziz also conducts financial assessments and internal controls for NGOs in different governorates to help them comply with donor regulations. Several NGOs in various governorates have received his training and assistance in adhering to donors’ regulations.

  • + Mrs. Passinte Isaak -
  • Program Manager, Partnership Development Unit

     

    Email: pisaak@cds-mena.com

     

    Mrs. Isaak is currently working as the Partnerships Program manager at CDS. She has more than 14 years of professional experience in development work. She authored several research papers and guides, conducted regional training workshops, and participated in the editing of several publications. She completed her post-graduate studies in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility at Nottingham University, UK.  Her professional experience coupled with her academic qualifications give her a sound expertise in establishing institutional partnerships that enable the achievement of development goals and objectives, especially among stakeholders from diverse fields with particular emphasis on engaging the private sector in development. Ms. Isaak has excellent communication and networking skills and experience in managing regional and global networks.

  • + Mr. Sherif Kamel -
  • Senior Program Specialist

    Email: skamel@cds-mena.com

    Mr. Kamel holds the position of senior program specialist at the Partnerships Unit at CDS. Over 18 years of professional experience in urban community development, Mr. Kamel has a considerable experience in conducting rural and urban research and particularly working with NGOs. Mr. Kamel conducts participatory needs assessment, participatory rapid appraisals, and field research using participatory methodologies and is experienced in Monitoring & Evaluation of development projects, budget handling and dispersing, documentation and reporting of development projects, and organizing workshops.

  • + Dr. Mohammed Farouk -
  • Head of Health Management and Research Unit, HMR

     

    Email: mfarouk@cds-mena.com

     

    Dr. Farouk is a medical doctor with a dual postgraduate specialization in Transfusion Medicine and Healthcare Business Administration from Cairo University, Egypt and Clarkson University, US, respectively. Over his career path in both governmental and private sectors, he developed a special interest and experience in research methodologies, healthcare policy, and public health. Among other posts during his 17+ years of experience in the development and blood transfusion fields, he served as the key expert for several EU technical assistance programs and Swiss Red Cross development projects in the MENA and Balkan regions. Currently he is heading the Health Management and Research unit at the Cairo-based CDS.

  • + Kari Ibrahim, Program Specialist -
  • kibrahim@cds-mena.com

    Ms. Ibrahim provides support in the implementation of many projects at CDS as well as assisting in research, report and proposal writing. She has professional experience in several development sectors: economic empowerment ,child education, entrepreneurship, and community development. Coordinated a variety of workshops and vocational training as well as human development trainings with a focus on interpersonal skills and entrepreneurship for youth and women. Focused her early career on educational development worked with children with learning disorders in private schools and has volunteered for several development associations. Ms. Ibrahim has competences in fieldwork and grassroots development, studying impact assessments as well as providing coaching and mentorship services. Kari holds a bachelor degree in Spanish Translation  from the Faculty of Al Alsun, Ain Shams University.

  • + Mr. Milad Mowad -
  • Art Director

    Email: mmowad@cds-mena.com

    Mr. Mowad is a multi skilled photographer who joined CDS in 1990. He has documented almost all of CDS's activities throughout the years.  Mr. Mowad oversees the artistic design of CDS and its clients’ visual communication tools and print materials. He is in charge of formulating layout designs and copy writing for visual communications media for publications. He mainly works with CDS's Program Support Unit, but also provides technical assistance to other programs within CDS. Mr. Mowad's field of work is centered around four tasks, namely creative design and development, review and management of printing and publications, program learning support, and communication and networking. His work demonstrates both a creative component in that he generates ideas for visual communications, and a logistical component in terms of maintaining and networking ties with clients and for various projects. His work is vital for promoting the vision, mission, and strategic goals of CDS and its individual projects.

  • + Mr. Mazen El Shahed -
  • Accountant

    Email:mshahed@cds-mena.com

    Mazen El-Shahed is a senior accountant at CDS since October 2006. Mr. El-Shahed has a solid experience in the accounting field where his academic background, career development and communication skills can be applied and further enhanced. Mr. El-Shahed holds a diploma in financial analysis enhancing his financial expertise. Hehas a full range of financial and administrative tasks in CDS such as financial assessment of a wide range of institutions from which NGOs, private and public sector, prepares balance sheet submitted to headquarter financial reports submitted to different donors, cash flow, cost analysis and reconciliation between accounts with clarifying and interpreting variances that may arise, organizes the procurement system, and controls the inventory system and salaries calculation.

  • + Mr. Ahmed Abdou -
  • Finance officer

    Email: aabdou@cds-mena.com

    Mr. Abdou is a graduate of the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration from Helwan University and holds a degree in NGO management from the faculty of Economics and Political Science in Cairo. Mr. Abdo also studied NGO and Income Tax laws. He has experience in financial analysis and cost accounting. Mr. Abdou has been an accountant in CDS since February 2008, and is currently engaged in all financial operations.

  • + Mrs. Reim Abdelaziz -
  • Office Manager

    Email: rabdelaziz@cds-mena.com

    With more than 8 years of experience between Marketing, Operations, Customer Service and IT, Reim’s educational background includes a Bachelor degree in Economics and Political Science from Alexandria University, with a Dean’s Recommendation of Honors.

    Reim obtained her Higher French affair Diploma from the Paris Chamber of Commerce and passed the Local Examination Syndicate from the University of Cambridge. Her strong academic background qualified her for an assignment in Nova Scotia, Canada where she served as a member of the YMCA Association and participated in fund raising initiatives and other social activities.

    Reim has held multiple Administrative and Marketing roles at the Egyptian Cabinet of Information & Decision Support Center (IDSC) and affiliates. 

    With her role as an Assistant Director at IMPACT/ BBDO, a leading worldwide advertising group, Reim was in charge of the day-to-day operations. Her role then grew into an IT Administrator capacity where she took a big part in the implementation of the Y2K project reporting directly to the Regional IT Management group in Dubai. Reim then became a Media Executive, playing a critical role in identifying sales opportunities, analyzing competitors’ information and other economic trends. Her role in tracking and implementing improvements to the sales process insured that budget goals are being met and or exceeded.

    Reim has recently joined CDS as an Office Manager, where she is providing support to senior level management in order to ensure a smooth effective work flow.

  • + Mr. Reda Hassan -
  • Training Material Specialist

    Email: rhassan@cds-mena.com

    Mr. Hassan has been with CDS for over ten years. He is currently assuring the quality of various capacity building and training materials for short and long term project implementation. He provides substantial input in the design and layout of materials for the different CDS program units. He also helps out with the field implementation. Mr. Hassan conducts needs assessments, organizes data and acquired information, designs and reviews training and capacity building materials and determines if the work is up to quality standards. His work is vital for the lessons-learned stage of project implementation.

  • + Mr. Muslim Abdel Kader (CDS) -
  • + Mr. Khaled A. Rehim (CDS) -
  • + Mr. Mahmoud Ibrahim (CDS) -
  • + Mr. Ibrahim Abdelfatah Driver (CDS) -
  • + Mr. Reda Sayed (CDS-FHI) -
  • + Mr. Ashraf Mohamed (CDS-FHI) -
  • + Dr. Ahmed Abdelmoety -
  • Senior Specialist - Health Management & Research

    Email: aabdelmoety@cds-mena.com

    Dr. Ahmed Abdelmoety is a global health professional with an extensive experience in applying multidisciplinary approaches towards understanding human wellbeing. Dr. Ahmed possesses both theoretical and practical experience in undertaking quantitative & qualitative research methodologies, alongside health economic evaluations. Dr. Ahmed holds a Master’s Degree in Global Public Health (MPH) from Sweden, boosting his career towards being engaged on global health issues. Dr. Abdelmoety developed through 5 years solid practical experience in healthcare service delivery in the public/private sector in Egypt and various developing countries. Dr. Abdelmoety also works in human capacity building, through managing training programs, where he shows significant ability to develop training materials and conduct interactive sessions using innovative training methodologies.