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Thursday, 4 February 2021

Kudos: Gender equality, industry awards, arts and culture

GENDER EQUALITY- CIB is one of 380 companies included in Bloomberg’s Gender Equality Index (pdf), making this the third third consecutive year the bank has made it to the index since 2019, and is one of the few companies in Africa to make it to this year’s gauge.

Elsewhere on the gender equality front, Rania Elghobashy (LinkedIn), a product localization engineer at General Motors, became the first and youngest Egyptian, African and Arab mechanical engineer to snag a Silver Stevie Award for woman employee of the year in the automotive industry.

SPORTS- Coptic football player Girgis Magdy has joined the Egyptian Premier League after signing with Enppi, making him one of the very few Copts in recent memory to land a contract with the league.

ARTS AND CULTURE- Cairo International Film Festival head Mohamed Hefzy and adopted Cairene Hend Sabry (the actor is Tunisian, but she’s been resident in Egypt since 2008) were awarded France’s Order of Arts and Letters last week. Composer Amir Hedaya landed the Hollywood Music in Media Award for Best Title in Music.

INDUSTRY AWARDS- The Egyptian Food Bank received the Middle East Institute Visionary Award for their efforts to support Egyptians during the covid-19 pandemic. Elsewhere, Alaa El Zoheiry, the managing director of gig Egypt, was named professional of the year at the MENA Ins. Awards. Banque Misr snapped up five accolades from the European Magazine’s 2021 Global Banking and Finance Awards.

CHARITY AND DONATIONS- Shopping mall chain Carrefour has partnered with the Magdi Yacoub foundation this month on an initiative that would direct change from shoppers’ purchases to the construction of the Magdi Yacoub Global Heart Center in Cairo. Cairo Festival City Mall is partnering with Misr El Kheir to sponsor a school in Fayoum, including renovating the campus and providing students with supplies and equipment.

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