The Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat has issued a decree
appointing Amr Mahfouz
Assistant Minister for Growth and Development, for one year, as well as Acting CEO of the Information Technology
Industry Development Agency (ITIDA), succeeding Hala El Gohary, whose term came to an end. The decree is effective
as of July 20. Talaat also thanked El Gohary for the efforts she exerted during her term.
A number of responsibilities have been assigned to Mahfouz, including proceeding the implementation of the strategy
of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) for developing the Egyptian IT industry and
keeping pace with the State’s efforts for achieving the digital transformation and building Digital Egypt.
This is in addition to promoting Egypt in the global markets as an IT hub; attracting more foreign investments;
helping grow and increase efficiency and competitiveness of local companies to access global markets; and increasing
the size of Egypt’s digital exports.
Moreover, Mahfouz will be responsible for developing mechanisms for the growth and development of the outsourcing
industry; creating an enabling environment for supporting the new generation of business services, in a way to keep
up with the fourth industrial revolution; supporting applied research and innovation in advanced technologies; and
maintaining and improving Egypt’s positioning in innovation indicators.
This is in addition to developing mechanisms for fostering innovation and supporting startups; contributing to
implementing MCIT strategy for capacity building in the ICT sector to create a base of Egyptian calibers, capable of
meeting the needs of local and global markets; and fulfilling the existing initiatives, as well as launching news
ones to promote innovation and create an enabling environment for supporting creativity.
Mahfouz has a vast experience, spanning 33 years, in the IT field, especially in business development, with applying
technologies that help achieve the planned goals through a number of pillars including digital transformation,
administrative consultation, human resources development and capacity building. He also has experience in business
development and growth in emerging markets.
Mahfouz specializes in entrepreneurship in consultation and services. He built and developed this sector in many
countries all over the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region, and led a team of partners and executives in the region
to develop business and implement transformative projects, with managing all operational aspects of business to
develop the presence of IBM company.
Throughout his career, Mahfouz occupied the position of the Global Business Services (GBS) Leader at IBM- Egypt,
where he managed the implementation of large-scale projects in the government, telecommunication and banking
sectors. He was also the Communications Sector Leader at IBM MEA, in Dubai, and the Managing Partner and GBS Leader
at IBM Saudi Arabia.
Mahfouz holds a B.Sc. in Engineering from Cairo University and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from
Maastricht School of Management in Netherlands.