Soha Soliman, Managing Director, Social Fund for Development – Egypt
Soha Soliman Graduated from the Faculty of Commerce Cairo University and started her banking career in 1995 joining Egyptian American Bank (affiliate of American Express Bank). In 2006 after being promoted several times, she reached the position of Corporate banking vice president in credit Agricole Bank after this later acquired Egyptian American Bank. Also, in 2006, she used to train in AUC the curriculum for credit certificate.
In 2008, she joined Audi Bank as Head of Small and Medium Enterprises to start her new challenges with the analysis of the Egyptian SMEs access to finance, challenges, obstacles and suggested solutions . In April 2010, she moved as Head of Small and Medium Enterprises in National Bank of Egypt. (the Largest Bank in Egypt – 100 % government owned), where she increased the SMEs portfolio from EGP 3 bn to EGP 13 bn in 4 years disbursed to around 38.000 clients financed by banks sources in addition to EGP 5 bn credit lines from multinational institutions.
In November 1st, 2014, she was nominated as Managing Director of Social Fund for Development. Since November 1st & till end of October 2015, SFD witnessed an increase of 68% MSE loans to reach aprox. around EGP 4.5 bn & an increase in Public Works by 113 % to reach around EGP 784.4 Mn
She has been granted a number of training courses and International certifications in Credit, also Credit Specialized Certification in SME. She has visited a number of countries to represent Egypt in the SME topics (United States of America – United Kingdom – Germany – Jordan – Lebanon – France – United Arab of Emirates – Kuwait). Adding to this, she is chairing the Arab Union for Small Enterprises –League of Arab States, and she was awarded the Union of Arab Banks (UAB) for most influential woman in Arab economic and banking sectors 2015.