AeTrade Group
Board of Directors

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Dr. Amany Asfour (Egypt) graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University, and holds a Master & M.D. degree in Pediatrics at the National Research Centre of Egypt. Within a few years, she was able to establish a company for medical equipment with more than 30 brands. She realized the importance of the economic empowerment of women and established the Egyptian Business Women Association (EBWA) in 1995.

Dr. Asfour also started the African Alliance for Women Empowerment with focal points all over Africa as well as the Afro-Arab Network for Women Empowerment. Their main goal is to promote young generations of women entrepreneurs in Africa and to give guidance to women business owners of small & medium-sized enterprises. Dr. Asfour than established The Federation of Business & Professional Women BPW, Egypt. Dr. Asfour was elected the Chairperson of the Human Resources, Science & Technology Cluster, ECOSOCC (Economic, Social and Cultural Council) of the African Union, the FEMCOM-Egypt Federation of Business Women Associations in the COMESA Region and the COMESA Business Council.

She serves as the President of the Organization of Women in Trade (OWIT), the Mediterranean Congress for Business & Professional Women, and the African Organization for African Heritage and Culture. She is the Secretary General of the African Society for Scientific Research & Technology and the Vice President of the International Federation for Business and Professional Women 2014-2017. Dr. Asfour is awarded many awards from Egypt, Africa, Arab World, and from all over the world.

Key Leadership Positions

President of the International Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW) from 2018 to date

Chair of COMESA Business Council since 2014 COMESA: Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa) until 2019. Dr. Amany is the first Woman to be elected and chair this organization, which is the apex Body of Private sector in COMESA. As a chair she lobbied for the Government Procurement policies with Heads of States. 30 % of Government Procurement goes to SMEs Women, Youth and Disabled. Dr Asfour also implemented a project for Corporate Procurement and trained 480 SMEs  half of which are women to supply big corporates and export in COMESA Countries.

Chair of FEMCOM 2007-2015 (Federation of National Associations of Women in Business in Eastern and Southern Africa) a COMESA Institution. Lobbying for gender policy and integration of economic empowerment of women in gender policy.

Chair of Human Resources, Science and Technology Cluster of African Union ECOSOCC (Economic, Social and Cultural Council) 2008 together with BPW Egypt Dr. Amany organized in collaboration with UNESCO the African Congress for Women in Science, Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. She managed to attract funds for a group of young women  innovators.


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Former Deputy Director-General United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)

Mr Engida has spent the last 20 years leading and managing international organisations advancing the cause of poverty eradication, peace building and, sustainable development. He has extensively worked on rural and agricultural developments, water and climate challenges, education, sciences, technology and innovation, intercultural dialogue and cultural diversity, communication and information with emphasis on freedom of expression and the free flow information on and offline as well as good governance. Mr Engida brings to the international public service a broad range of leadership and management skills from his academic background and rich experiences in the private sector. Mr Engida is a specialist in change management, good governance and transformative leadership in diverse international setting. Mr Engida has travelled widely in public speaking and leadership engagements at international conferences on peace and sustainable development issues and conferred with political leaders, policy makers, international, regional and national non-governmental organisations, the private sector academia and civil society.

Mr Engida has served as the World Bank nominee on the Boards of Trustees in a number of international organizations including Africa Rice (as a Chair) , the International Water Management Institute (Audit Committee Chair) . He is currently a member of CoRA – Conseil d’orientation de I’Agence franc;aise inter-etablissements de recherche pour le developpement, the Harvard Business Review Advisory Council and the McKinsey Executive Panel. 

Born in July 1956 in Addis Ababa, Mr. Engida holds a B.A. (Honours) degree in Economics from the University of Manchester (UK) and an MBA with Commendations in Strategic Management from City University Business School in London (UK).

Mr Engida is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales since 1995 and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (UK) . Mr Engida worked in progressively responsible managerial and leadership positions at Ernst & Young, BOC and Thompson-Reuters, the latter for ten years in the UK and Kenya (1986-1995). He was a senior executive at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (Rome), a Director at the International Livestock Research Institute (Nairobi). Mr Engida has also served as a governance and management specialist on External Program and Management Review Panels of three major agricultural research centres supported by the World Bank, FAO, UNEP and UNDP.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon appointed Getachew Engida to be a member of the Board of Governors of the United Nations System Staff College beginning January 2016 on the recommendation of the High Level Committee of Management. Engida currently serves as a distinguished professor and co-president of the China-Africa Leadership Development Institute at the Tsinghua University in Beijing. Engida holds a BA in Economics from the University of Manchester (1981) and an MBA in Strategic Management from City University Business School in London (1993.)


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Mr. Marc Gauthier, University Treasurer

“An effective governance structure is foundational for any and all progress.”

Few people would imagine financial services playing the role of ambassador for a university’s vision and values. But then, Marc Gauthier isn’t your typical university treasurer. Since 2011, when he was promoted to the new position of treasurer and investment officer, Gauthier has championed innovative and forward-thinking approaches to managing the university’s capital.

His success has generated substantial interest abroad. In the last two years alone, Gauthier has been interviewed about asset management in China, and been invited to Japan and the United States to speak about the investment strategy that he developed for the university’s pension plan.

“I started my studies here in 1989 as a 19-year-old with no money, and the university really gave me a platform to evolve,” he says. “I worked hard and I just kept moving up.” After completing his degree at Concordia in finance and accounting, and becoming an accredited accountant, Gauthier (BComm 94) proved his mettle as a financial analyst in various positions within the university. Prior to his appointment as Concordia’s treasurer, he worked for five years as the executive director of finance and business operations in the Services sector.

As treasurer, Gauthier is responsible for overseeing and managing the financial assets and liabilities. This includes five portfolios: benefits, investment, corporate risk, capital and financing .

Culture change
If there’s one thing that unites all of his responsibilities, says Gauthier, it’s a risk.  

“Risk is about planning, preparing, positioning, and managing the unknown. I want to best position myself for any vulnerabilities that my institution is subject to in a way that is proactive rather than reactive. I try to stay ahead of the game so that the sustainability of the institution is never put in danger.” To do that, he explains, you need to create a governance strategy that allows people at the institution to work together and look at all aspects of a problem. Gauthier and his team have effectively put this into practice, fostering a culture of constant dialogue. 

Following the global economic recession in 2008, Gauthier undertook to update the culture of governance surrounding the plan so that a new, more integrated investment strategy could be developed. He approached the pension committee and requested approval to perform a risk assessment. “The new design of the pension plan allows us to better prepare for and manage eventual risk,” Gauthier says. “It’s about embracing risk rather than trying to eliminate it.”

Gauthier believes his work has generated so much interest on the international stage because many portfolio managers around the world are struggling with evolving governance structures.

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United Nations Assistant Secretary General and Director General African Risk Capacity (ARC)


Mr. Mohamed Beavogui, an Expert in Agricultural Finance, was elected as the first Director General of the African Risk Capacity in January 2015, during the 3rd annual Conference of the Parties, which took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


Mr. Beavogui has over 25 years’ international experience in development. Prior to his appointment with ARC, Mr Beavogui worked as Director of Partnerships and Resource Mobilization and Senior Advisor to the President of the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). He joined IFAD in 2001 as Director of Programs for West and Central Africa, and was responsible for delivering the lending and grant program, and managing a large portfolio of projects.


Prior to joining IFAD, Mr. Beavogui worked for 7 years for the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) in New York as Senior Project Management Officer, and subsequently as Regional Director for West and Central Africa.


Previously, he worked for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) as Chief Technical Adviser, respectively in Burundi and in Rome, Italy. Before this, Mr Beavogui worked in the African Regional Centre for Engineering Design and Manufacturing (ARCEDEM) in Nigeria, and for the Government of Guinea.


Mr. Beavogui is a member of several panels focusing on regional and global issues related to food security and rural development. Mr Beavogui is recipient of several awards and distinctions.

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Former Director of Trade and Industry, African Union Commission

Ms. Treasure Thembisile Maphanga has dedicated her career towards poverty reduction, establishing an enabling environment for private sector development, trade, investment and industrial development. She has led major programmes in the spheres of policy development, trade-related capacity building and investment promotion, and people-centred development. She has served as a leader and an advisor to Government, public enterprises, inter-governmental organisations, non-governmental organisations and private sector organisations.

Treasure Maphanga commenced her professional career as a Human Resources Practitioner in 1990, worked for eight years with multinational companies in Swaziland and South Africa in senior human resources management positions in different export sectors, including platinum mining, sugar and pulp and paper. She was a Business Owner/Consultant in Swaziland providing professional services to private companies, public enterprises, international agencies and some non-profit organizations for a total of seven years. At the age of 36, she was the first female appointed to serve as Chief Executive Officer in the Federation of Swaziland Employers and Chamber of Commerce and was instrumental in the operationalisation of a successful merger and institutionalising public-private dialogue in Swaziland. She was the founding Chairperson of the Conciliation, Mediation Arbitration Commission (CMAC) from 2000-2003, and the founding Chairperson of the Swaziland Competitions Commission. She has served on the Business Economic and Advisory Council, SOS Children’s Villages Board of Trustees (Swaziland chapter), First National Bank, Swazimed (Medscheme) and served for ten years is on the Waterford Kamhlaba United World College of Southern Africa Governing Council.

In 2011 she joined the Young Global Leaders Alumni of the World Economic Forum. From 2008 – 11 she was the Chief, Office for Africa, International Trade Centre (ITC), a joint agency of the World Trade Organisation and the United Nations, based in Geneva where she coordinated the ITC strategy and programmes in Africa. She served briefly as the Deputy Country Director for ICAP Swaziland before joining the African Union Commission in April 2012 as the Director, Trade and Industry responsible for trade, industry, mineral resources, blue economy and customs matters within the Commission. She was responsible for managing the African Continental Free Trade Area negotiations and implementation strategy as well as the African Union Commodity strategy, two flagship initiatives under Agenda 2063. The AfCFTA project is one of the most ambitious and successful continental integration initiatives undertaken by the African Union, encompassing trade in goods, trade in services, investment, intellectual property rights and e-commerce. It is a legally binding treaty signed by 44 countries on the day it was lunched, with 54 countries and ratified by 28 countries within 16 months and entry into force within 14 months.

From April 2019 engaged as strategic advisor to the Kingdom of Eswatini on various continental initiatives including the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement and Special Envoy of His Majesty King Mswati III on the AfCFTA Bid. In September 2019 appointed the Project Director for the African Ecommerce Platform implementation for the Southern African region and charged with coordinating the establishment of all the five regional offices and headquarters once these have been identified by the AeTrade Board of Directors.

Treasure Maphanga holds an Executive Master’s Degree in International Negotiations and Policy making from the Graduate Institute of Geneva, Switzerland (2010), a postgraduate certificate in Strategy, Leadership and Change Management from Wits Business School, South Africa (1995) and a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) from Trent University, Canada (1989)

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