Ahmed Bastawy

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Ahmed Bastawy

Managing Director at IceAlex Business Incubator | Innovation Consultant and Venture Builder, Egypt


With over 15 years of expertise in innovation consulting, program design, and facilitation, Ahmed leads the charge in fostering innovation and providing vital support to emerging businesses and startups on the African and global scale. At the heart of his entrepreneurial journey lies the success story of Startups of Alex, the first business incubator in Alexandria, which Ahmed established to nurture impact-driven entrepreneurship. During his tenure as the International Business Development Manager and Cofounder at iceHubs Global CIC, a renowned UK-based social enterprise, he also played a pivotal role in transforming sustainability challenges into sustainable, green business solutions. His international reach extends across 18 countries in Africa, Southeast Asia, and Europe, where he has provided consultancy and mentorship to international organizations, startups, and impact ventures. Beyond his consultancy roles, Ahmed has made substantial contributions to the field, including co-authoring the acclaimed book “Social Innovation Handbook for Practitioners: Innovating Ideas for the Labor Market in Egypt.” As a renowned speaker, he has graced prestigious stages worldwide, speaking at prominent events such as Re:publica Berlin, Social Enterprise World Forum, Smart Cities World Congress Barcelona, the Egypt Entrepreneurship Summit, CeBIT Hannover, and the RiseUp Summit. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration, specialized in Entrepreneurship, from UCAM Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia in Spain and a Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from Alexandria University. He further contribute to academia as an Adjunct Lecturer at the Arab Academy for Science, Technology, and Maritime Transport, specializing in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship.