Samih Sawiris – driving sustainable development across Egypt
Sawiris Foundation for Social Development
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About the philanthropist
Samih Sawiris is founder and chairman of Orascom Development Holding. He is a founder and board member of the Sawiris Foundation for Social Development (SFSD), which was established in 2001 by the family to help create sustainable job opportunities and empower Egypt’s citizens. From 2001 to 2018, SFSD granted US$57m to hundreds of NGOs, impacting 212,000 individuals across Egypt through economic and social empowerment, education and scholarships.
This content was first published in 2020 by Project Inspired, a collection of video interviews and case studies drawn from conversations with some of the Arab region’s leading philanthropists and foundations. Project Inspired is supported by the Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and produced by knowledge partners The Bridgespan Group and Philanthropy Age.