An Egyptian serial entrepreneur, Mohamed Helmy has a seemingly insatiable appetite for starting new enterprises and a strong record of running them successfully. In 2015, he founded progrss—a global platform that aims to support urban transformation in the 21st century.
Helmy has been driven by his passion to create change, challenge the status quo and establish game-changing startups. Helmy is involved in both for-profit and not-for-profit projects, bringing his expertise in both worlds to action.
In 2013, Rockefeller Foundation named Helmy one of the Top 100 Innovators for the Next Century. In addition, the United Nations Correspondents Association recognized Helmy for Innovation in Peace Building through his work with MasterPeace, a peace-building organization he co-founded. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon presented the award.
In 2010, Helmy joined forces with Dutch social entrepreneur Ilco Van Der Linde to co-found the global, bottom-up peace movement MasterPeace. Under Helmy’s leadership as CEO, MasterPeace has spread to more than 40 countries within five years, reaching millions and involving thousands of community leaders.
Helmy is also an investor in several industries, varying from real estate and construction to co-working, food and agriculture. He is shareholder at The District, a renowned co-working space in Egypt and one of the first in the Middle East. The District has been home to some of the most innovative startups in the region and has been featured in Forbes, Reuters and Al Jazeera for its pioneering and inspiring work environment. Helmy is also a shareholder in EWS, a high-end infrastructure engineering company with projects in Egypt, UAE and Iraq, serving top clients across the region such as USAID, National Security of Egypt, the Egyptian Armed Forces and Intercontinental Hotels Group.
Speeches & Events
With his outstanding leadership skills and hands-on experience, Helmy is a sought-after speaker for distinguished events, participating in the G8 and G20 Youth Summits (Paris 2011), Georgetown University Diversity Conference (Washington, D.C. 2014), McKinsey & Co. Annual Meeting (Greece 2011), The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Amsterdam 2011), and TedX Roermond (2013).
Helmy was also the former country coordinator of Dance4Life Egypt, part of the global Dance4Life campaign to increase HIV/AIDS awareness. The concert he organized in 2006 took place next to the Pyramids of Giza, concurrent to 10 other events around the world and is considered to be one of the largest cause-driven concerts in the region. The campaign gained exceptional visibility and created major buzz in Egypt due to the strong interest it attracted from young people.
He also represented Egypt in 2001 in the Qantas International Olympiad in Math, Science & Technology, in which his team placed second in the world.
Helmy’s leadership skills were recognized by the Coca-Cola Africa Foundation and led to his selection for the Best Leader in Africa award, through which he earned an M.B.A. in Strategy from Emory University in Atlanta. Helmy holds a BSc in Electronics and Communication from Cairo University’s Faculty of Engineering.
Watch Helmy’s Tedx talk about grassroots movements
Watch MasterPeace 2014 global peace concerts in 55 cities