Dr. Heba El Sewedy is the founder and chairwoman of “Ahl Masr Foundation,” the first non-profit organization of its kind in the Middle East and Africa dedicated to treating, preventing, and researching trauma and burn injuries. After graduation, El Sewedy established her own business in the Cotton & Textile Industry, “The Arabian French Textiles Co.”, which she managed successfully for years.
With the increase in the number of injuries during the 25th of January 2011 events, and considering the alarming humanitarian situation, El Sewedy believed that her social responsibility should go beyond successful business and entrepreneurship. She understood the importance of civil society and engaging in charity works. Therefore, El Sewedy compassionately cared for the injured in Egypt, taking the responsibility of treating 4000 victims.
Her generosity was not limited to Egypt, but she also helped the injured in Libya during the Libyan revolution and looked after the martyrs’ families in Egypt. In 2013, Heba El Sewedy decided to establish “Ahl Masr Foundation,” under registration number 728/2013, to be the first and largest NGO of its kind in the Middle East and Africa dedicated to treating, preventing, and researching trauma and burn injuries. In 2016, shortly after establishing the foundation, El Sewedy started building “Ahl Masr Hospital” to be the first specialized non-profitable hospital and research center to treat and care for burns in the Middle East and Africa.
Heba El Sewedy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from King Abdul Aziz University, Saudi Arabia. In 2016, she was also awarded an honorary doctorate from Cape Breton University, Canada.