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Helmy Abouleish

Helmy Abouleish, born on 28 July in Graz, studied business administration and marketing in Cairo. As the son of SEKEM founder Ibrahim Abouleish, he is deeply involved in SEKEM's development. SEKEM has been promoting sustainable development in the fields of ecology, economy, society and culture since 1977. SEKEM Holding produces, processes and markets biodynamic food, textiles and medicines in Egypt and international markets, and operates various educational institutions. In addition to his work as CEO of SEKEM Holding, Helmy Abouleish is involved in national and international politics for responsible competitiveness, social entrepreneurship or combating the major problems of the 21st century, such as climate change and food security.


Under his leadership, the SEKEM Initiative was awarded, among others, the "Right Livelihood Award 2003", also known as the "Alternative Nobel Prize".


Currently, Helmy Abouleish is Chairman of the Board of SEKEM Holding and SEKEM Initiative and Chairman of the Board of Heliopolis University for Sustainable Development. He is also a member of various international organisations and boards, such as Fair Trade USA. In 2017, he became a council member of the World Future Council and NAP champion for climate change adaptation. Since June 2018, Helmy Abouleish has been President of Demeter International.

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