Mr. Nezar Sami
Having been awarded the “One of The Top 100 Most Influential Characters in the Arab
Region” award by The Arab Entrepreneurs Union for his contribution in supporting
entrepreneurship and innovation in the region, Nezar has been always recognized for his
contributions in the area of startups, entrepreneurship, and innovation.
Nezar is the author of “Al-Maknaz™ for Entrepreneurship” book, which is a
comprehensive guide for entrepreneurs and startup companies to take their ideas and
turned it into products and/or services. He developed the “STARS™” model for
technology commercialization and the “Project & Management Interaction Model™”.
Nezar is the Innovation, Entrepreurship and Competitiveness Advisor to Chairperson of
the Arab Council for Social Responsibility.
In 2017, Nezar also founded the “Nilepreneurs” Initiative; which is a nation-wide
initiative that supports the Small and Medium Enterprises (SME’s), Startups and
Entrepreneurs in Egypt. The initiative is under the auspices of Central Bank of Egypt
(CBE) and managed by Nile University. Nilepreneurs Initiative acts as the enabler and
catalyst between banks and SME’s ecosystem in Egypt. Nevertheless, Nezar also
founded the NU100 nationwide competition.
Nezar has 20+ years of experience in managing multi-million projects nation-wide
projects in sectors such as Government, Banking, ICT, Education, FMCG and Healthcare.
Nezar is the co-founder and Vice President, IEEE Technology Engineering and
Management Society (TEMS) – Egypt Chapter. Also, he is the co-founder and vice
president of the EgyMOT: Egypt Chapter of the International Association of Management
of Technology (IAMOT). Also, he is the co-founder of NU100 Entrepreneurship Initiative
and the Professional Services Lead.
He has reputable certifications in training, facilitation and other technical aspects
including, but not limited to, Certified Innovation Management Coach, DDI Certified
Facilitator®, WakeUpBrain Facilitator, American Management Institute, Intel Certified
Ideation Master Trainer, StartUp Cup Master Mentor Trainer, ITIL and others.
Nezar was the course leader of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Project Management
courses in the Presidential Leadership Program (PLP). He was the former deputy director
for academics for the PLP in 2016-2018.
Nezar was the advisor to Ministry of Planning (MOP) for the establishment of the
Government Innovation Unit, 2016. He developed with the MOP team the vision,
mission, strategy and the Business Model of the unit. Also, since 2016 till present, Nezar
is the training program designer and the master trainer of Egypt Innovation in
Government Competition under the Cairo Innovates Initiative.
Since 1997, he conducted 1000+ training courses and sessions in different Business areas
including, but not limited to, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Business Strategies,
Leadership, Contemporary Management, Project and Risk Management, IT Service
Management, Quality Management, and others.
As a trainer, Nezar served Egyptian and regional clients as well as multinational
companies and banks; including but not limited to: Central Bank of Egypt, Banque Misr,
National Bank of Egypt (NBE), Egypt Air, Saudi Airlines, Mercedes Benz, Astrazeneca,
Telecom Egypt, Etisalat Misr, Edita Co., and others.
Over the last 15 years Nezar received 10+ “Certificate of Recognition” and “Teaching
Honor” from reputable organizations such as Ministry of Investment, American
University in Cairo (AUC), Nile University, Entrepreneurship Magazine, Egyptian
Banking Institute (EBI) and many other organizations.
Nezar mentored new technology-based and FinTech startup companies and
entrepreneurs participating in international business plan competitions such as Hajj
Hackathon, MIT Arab Startup Competition, Valeo Innovation Challenge, Idea-to-Product
(I2P), Made In Egypt (MIE) and others through different incubators in Egypt, such as
Start IT, Falak Incubator, Intelaq Incubation Program .
Nezar has been selected as a member of HONORABLE SELECTION COMMITTEE for
the 2019 Hult Prize. Also, he judges nation-wide and regional innovation and
entrepreneurship competitions such as Hajj Hackathon (named to be the Guinness World
Record Award as the largest hackathon in the world), Google Mobile Application Launch
Pad (MAL), Orange Startup Cup, MIT Arab Startup Competition, Challenge 22
international competition, TechniSummit Competition, Nawah ILO Competition, Intel
Business Challenge, Intel ChallengeME, Startup Weekend, and Technology Business Plan