Country Director | Egypt
Karim Helal started his career in banking in 1972 at the Arab African International Bank as Head of International Finance Department, later moving to Bahrain to establish the banks new OBU subsidiary following which he joined another regional bank based in Bahrain
as MD of the group operating in the GCC, South East Asia and London.
In June 2008, returned to Cairo as the group CEO of CI Capital Holding and has since led the company to new heights. Upon his arrival at CI Capital Karim initiated the launch of L.E 250 million SME focused private equity fund, and launched the CI Capital "Look East' initiate, positioning CI Capital as the financial partner of choice in Egypt for Asian companies . He led CI Capital investment banking deals and transaction which resulted in CI Capital becoming the best investment Bank in Egypt according to the Egyptian Stock Exchange and Global Trade Matters in 2010.
Published articles and interviews in Forbes, Oxford Business Group Reports, USA today, New York Times, Institutional investor, Middle East Finance, Euro Money Publications, MEED and Global Trade and Investment Report.
Currently chairman of ADIB Capital ( the investment banking arm of Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank in Egypt), MD corporate Finance at Carbon Holdings ,Chairman of Asia Egutp Business Association, member of the National Committee for State Assets.
In September 2012, received the Medays Business Award from the Amadeus Institute of Morocco.
BA (Hons) in Business Administration from Cairo University