Cairo – The American University in Cairo (AUC) has recently elected Ehab AbouOaf ’89 as the newest member of the University’s Board of Trustees. AbouOaf is vice president for the Middle East and Africa at Kimberly-Clark Corporation in Singapore, which operates in more than 100 countries with over 40,000 employees.
AbouOaf has more than three decades of professional experience in fast moving consumer goods and consumer packaged goods, leading and building multi-billion dollar businesses across different markets and regions worldwide. Rapidly rising to the C-Suite, AbouOaf served as regional president of Mars Wrigley Confectionery for Australia, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. He joined Mars in 2000, going up the ranks from market manager in Egypt and expanding his leadership to North Africa, the Levant, Eastern Mediterranean and Asia-Pacific countries, and the Middle East. He began his career in research and development at P&G, holding strategic roles in Belgium, Japan and Saudi Arabia.
AbouOaf graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering and a minor in computer science. “It’s an honor and privilege to serve my beloved University as a member of its Board of Trustees,” said AbouOaf. “I cherish the time I spent at AUC and am proud to be one of its graduates. My experience as a student was pivotal to my career and I look forward to giving back to the University and working alongside such distinguished board members.”
Throughout his career, AbouOaf led the geographic expansion, strategic growth and transformation of international markets across the Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa regions. He managed mergers, integrations and entry into emerging markets as well as the establishment of new manufacturing sites and innovative products that resulted in increased revenue, profitability and growth.
“I am pleased that Ehab AbouOaf has agreed to serve as a Trustee. His business acumen, astute leadership and global exposure make him an asset to the board. As an alum, he also brings a deep familiarity and affinity with AUC,” said Chair Mark Turnage. “We are eager to work with him at this transformative time in the history of our University, as AUC welcomes President Ahmad Dallal and prepares for a second century of service and excellence.”
AbouOaf has numerous professional affiliations. He served as chair of the Board of Trustees of the International School of Beijing and president of Food Industry Asia. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Singapore American School and an adjunct professor at Nanyang Technological University’s School of Management in Singapore.
Founded in 1919, The American University in Cairo (AUC) is a leading English-language, American-accredited institution of higher education and center of the intellectual, social, and cultural life of the Arab world. It is a vital bridge between East and West, linking Egypt and the region to the world through scholarly research, partnerships with academic and research institutions and study abroad programs.
The University offers 40 undergraduate, 52 master’s and two PhD programs rooted in a liberal arts education that encourages students to think critically and find creative solutions to conflicts and challenges facing both the region and the world.
An independent, nonprofit, politically non-partisan, non-sectarian and equal opportunity institution, AUC is fully accredited in Egypt and the United States.