Eng. Ibrahim Mahmoud El-Araby is an engineer by education and an industrialist and trader by profession. He has worked for almost half a century in the family-owned El Araby Group, where he progressed to become the CEO and head of its executive committee and later the Group Vice Chairman.
During his tenure, he was instrumental in expanding the group's portfolio and establishing industrial complexes, making El Araby Group the leading manufacturing and trading name in Africa and the Middle East for electronics, white and durable goods. Today, the group manufactures and distributes its own brands as well as leading international brands with a turnover exceeding US$ 4 billion.
Eng. El Araby has been actively involved in public service throughout his career. He has served on the boards of various industrial zones, investor's associations, and business councils, chairing TVET programs, technological universities, and the Egypt Japan Business Council. He has also chaired the Cairo Chamber of Commerce for three terms and the Federation of Egyptian Chambers for one term. Currently, he serves as the chairman of the Federation of Egyptian Chambers, the Union of African Chambers, the vice chairman of the Islamic Chamber, and the treasurer of the Union of Arab Chambers.
Eng. El Araby has also co-chaired various business councils, including the African Chinese, Turkish, Japanese, and Korean Chambers, and the Egypt Japan and Egypt Kuwait Business Councils. He also sits on the board of tens of government bodies, including the Electricity and the Water Regulatory Authorities, the Export Development Fund, the IPR Authority, and the Social Insurance Fund.
Beyond his professional commitments, Eng. El Araby is highly observant of his corporate social responsibility. He has established and run hospitals, schools, mosques, and orphanages, besides supporting start-ups, innovators, and sports, providing scholarships, and conducting a host of environmental and NEETS initiatives throughout the country.
Eng. Ibrahim Mahmoud El-Araby was born on July 2, 1953. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the Department of Architecture in 1977. After graduation, he joined his family owned El-Araby Group, progressing up to CEO and head of its executive committee then Group Vice Chairman.
In 1978, Eng. Ibrahim became the Founder and Director of Al Araby branch in Port Said. He continued to excel in his career and in 1982, he became the Founder and Director of Al Araby branch in Shubra. In 1985, he was promoted to the position of General Manager of the Central Sales Management in Al Araby Group. He continued to climb the ranks and became the Chairman of the commercial sector in 1990.
In 2005, Eng. El-Araby became a Member of the Board of Directors in the Al Araby Group and was also appointed as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors in Qwisna Industrial Zone Investors Association. He also became a Member of the Board of Directors in Qwisna industrial zone.
In 2006, Eng. Ibrahim established The Union of African Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Agriculture, and Professions (UACCIAP) online portal where professionals of all trades and cultures can access our resources to meet their needs and objectives, and was elected its Chairman.
In 2008, Eng. El-Araby was appointed as the Managing Director of Al Araby Group and also became the Board of Trustees Chairman for Qwisna Technology College. He was also appointed as the Board of Trustees Chairman for the reform project and the development of technical and vocational education in Menofia (TEVET).
In 2010, Eng. El-Araby was appointed as the Chief Executive and Managing Director of Al Araby Companies and Factories Group. He also became the Chairman of Cairo Chamber of Commerce and the Second Deputy Chairman of the General Egyptian Federation of Chambers of Commerce. Additionally, he was appointed as a Member of the Board of directors for Creative Center in Menofia Governorate.
In 2012, Eng. El-Araby became the Egyptian Business Council's Treasurer. He has had a successful career in the business and industrial sector and has made significant contributions to the development of technical and vocational education in Egypt.
In 2021, The Federation of Islamic Chambers of Commerce, Industry, and Agriculture (ICCIA )'s Board of Directors elected Eng. Ibrahim Mahmoud El-Araby, Chairman of the Federation of Egyptian Chambers of Commerce (FEDCOC) and Chairman of Cairo Chamber of Commerce (CCC), as Vice-President of ICCIA by acclamation at the thirty-second meeting in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Eng. Ibrahim believes in the integration of Egypt's multiple comparative advantages for production and manufacturing to enter regional and global markets is the way to develop its commodity and service exports in light of the challenges that the global economy has faced in recent years.
He advocates the practice of multilateral cooperation to achieve overall growth and economci development of Egypt.
In his own words:
"During the years of economic reform, the Egyptian government has worked to implement a legislative and procedural wealth to facilitate the business climate and remove all barriers to joint cooperation, as well as adopting an urgent programme to develop infrastructure to link our markets with all global markets." It also implemented all free trade agreements for global economic blocs' marketplaces, as well as the Continental Free Trade Agreement, which covered the whole African continent”.
Recognition and Awards
- About | Elaraby group
- Formation of University Council | Benha University
- Interview with Eng. Ibrahim El-Araby, Chairman of Egypt-Japan Business Council - Bridges Magazine | bridges
- Ibrahim El-Araby Picked for FEDCOC Presidency | UNION OF ARAB CHAMBERS
- Cairo Chamber of Commerce | Cairo Chamber of Commerce
- Arab Brazilian Chamber announces offices in Cairo, Riyadh | MENAFN
- China-Africa Joint Chamber of Commerce to Be Formally Set up | china.org.cn
- Uacciap - Overview, News & Competitors | ZoomInfo
- Egypt exerts increasing efforts to develop exports, open new markets: El-Araby | Egy Africa
- Union of African Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Agriculture & Professions | ASCME
- Union of African Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Agriculture, and Professions | Rocketreach
- African chambers unite to strengthen private sector role | ICC - International Chamber of Commerce