Dr Amany Asfour’s roles
Dr. Amany Asfour is graduated from Faculty of Medicine – Cairo University and had her Master Degree & M.D. degree in Pediatrics. In her academic career, she is a Lecturer of Pediatrics at the National Research Center of Egypt.
She joined the private sector since she was a student at the Faculty of Medicine. Within few years she was able to establish a company for Medical equipment with more than 30 brands.
Her interests were not limited to establishing her private Business only but soon she realized the importance of creating an organization targeting Economic Empowerment of Women, Young Women Entrepreneurship Promotion and Creating New jobs and Descent work for women and promoting the entrepreneurial culture. As a result she established the Egyptian Business Women Association in 1995 with the objectives of promoting young generations of Women Entrepreneurs & giving guidance to women business owners of Small & Medium enterprises. The organization supports the mainstream of feminine gender in the Global Market.
Dr. Asfour then established The Federation of Business & Professional Women BPW - Egypt.
From her belief that financial independence for women gives them the Power of Choice & Voice, she directed her activities toward Economic Empowerment of women, Capacity Building, Development of Human Resources & to stress on equal opportunity for girls and women for education & training and promotion of Women in Science and Technology.
From her belief that African Women should have one voice and that Empowerment of African Women is the Key for Africa’s development Dr. Asfour established the African Alliance for Women Empowerment which has focal points all over Africa & its main target is Women Empowerment in Africa & establishing projects and marketing of products for women entrepreneurs and women owners of small & medium enterprises in the African continent.
As half of the Arab Speaking World is in North Africa and South Mediterranean and the other half is in Asia Dr. Asfour established the AfroArab Alliance for Women empowerment to promote Women Empowerment across the whole Arab world and Africa.
She is working on the African, Arab, and Mediterranean regions & on an International Level and building partnerships. Due to the importance of civil society organizations as a partner of development Dr. Asfour was elected the Chair of Human Resources, Science & Technology Cluster of the AU – ECOSOCC (Economic, Social and Cultural Council) of African Union.
Dr. Asfour is also elected the Chair of the COMESA Business Council the apex Body of Private sector in COMESA and she is the first Woman to chair this organization.
Dr. Asfour also believes in the importance of Scientific Research & Technology for development she is the Secretary General of the African Society for Scientific Research & Technology where her target is also promotion of Women in Science & Technology and transfer of technology for women in Business for Africa's development and promoting women in STEM education.
Dr. Asfour is also elected the Vice president of the International federation for Business and Professional Women 2014-2017. BPW International develops the professional, business and leadership potential of women on all levels through advocacy, mentoring, networking, skill building and economic empowerment programs and projects around the world.
Dr. Asfour is awarded many awards from Egypt, Africa , Arab world , and from all over the world.