How do you build Egypt’s largest private sector employer and become a billionaire in the process? Naguib Sawiris knows. Mr. Sawiris, Executive Chairman and CEO of Orascom Telecom Media and Technology Holding, is scheduled to speak at the 61st ICSB World Conference.

About Naguib Sawiris

Mr. Sawiris joined Orascom, his family’s business, in 1979. He helped build the company into one of Egypt’s largest businesses. Mr. Sawaris founded Orascom Telecom Holding in the late 1990s. Under his leadership, the company became the principal regional telecom provider. In 2011, OTH merged with Vimpelcom Ltd, creating what was then the world’s sixth largest mobile telecommunications provider, with 181 million subscribers across 20 countries.

In addition to serving as Executive Chairman and CEO of Orascom Telecom Media and Technology Holding., Mr. Sawiris is also the Chairman of the Board of Orascom TMT Investments S.à r.l. and the Chairman of La Mancha Inc.

Mr. Sawiris is the recipient many awards, including France’s highest honor, the “Legion d’honneur,“ the “Stella della Solidarietà Italiana” from Italy, and the “Sitara-e-Quaid-e-Azam” award from Pakistan.

About ICSB 2016

Founded in 1955, the International Council for Small Business (ICSB) was the first international membership organization to promote the growth and development of small businesses worldwide. The organization brings together educators, researchers, policy-makers and practitioners from around the world to share knowledge and expertise in their respective fields. Each year, ICSB members and affiliates come together to discuss relevant issues and share information at conferences all around the world.

This year, the ICSB World Conference will take place at multiple locations in New York and New Jersey. We will start at NYU on June 15. On June 16, we will be at the United Nations, and then at the Stevens Institute of Technology on June 17 and 18. Registration is open to the public, but limited and expected to sell out. ICSB 2016 will focus on the role of entrepreneurship and innovation in advancing the UN New Sustainable Development Goals.

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