Ayman Ismail


Ayman Ismail is an international expert in entrepreneurship and economic development. He is the Abdul Latif Jameel Endowed Chair of Entrepreneurship and Associate Professor at the American University in Cairo School of Business and the founding director of the AUC Venture Lab, AUC Angels, and AUC Innovation Hub.

Dr. Ismail has a broad multidisciplinary experience in entrepreneurship, economic development, business strategy, and technology based on professional practice and academic research. Previously, he was a co-founder and Managing Partner at Enovio Consulting, a US-based management & strategy consulting firm. Before that, he was a consultant in McKinsey & Company’s Business Technology Office based in New York, and throughout his career, Dr. Ismail has advised numerous entities including the World Bank, IFC, UNDP, African Development Bank, UNCTAD, USAID, GIZ, as well as multiple US government agencies.

Dr. Ismail is a co-founder, angel investor, or board member of several fast-growing startups, including PayMob Solutions, Ready-to-Ship R2S, Klickit, and Tamweely. He was a member of the board of directors and investment committee for CVentures, the corporate venture capital fund of CIB Bank. He has mentored and supported many entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs through AUC Venture Lab, Nahdet El-Mahrousa, Endeavor, and other support organizations.