Abdelhameed Sharara

Abdelhameed Sharara

Founder and CEO

Abdelhameed Sharara, is the founder and CEO of  RiseUp; the Middle East and  Africa’s top and biggest entrepreneurship summit with around 5000 attendees from 52 countries.

 Before founding RiseUp with his co-founders and the whole startup ecosystem in the GrEEK Campus in November 2013, Abdelhameed worked at Injaz-Egypt where he helped creating the first startups’ pipeline in all Junior Achievement countries worldwide. The program design was awarded the “MetLife foundation award for the most outstanding award in all JA countries.

Sharara had also worked as an English conversation and soft-skills trainer at Dale Carnegie and Berlitz, and was the co-founder and business development manager of Adams, a soft skills and training company. He graduated from Ain Shams University’s Faculty of Law (English Section) he was the founder of Ain Shams Model Arab League and a graduate of one of Injaz Egypt’s programs at that time.

Sharara is also a “Young Global Shaper”, which is a network of young people (under 30 years of age) who are exceptional in their potential, achievements and drive from all over the world. The Young Global Shaper Community was initiated by the World Economic Forum. He also serves on the board of multiple organisations supporting entrepreneurship and innovation in Egypt and the Middle East, which includes TIEC (Egyptian Government Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center ). 

Sharara was invited as a speaker in many conferences on entrepreneurship in the world. He was a speaker at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Morocco  , Egypt’s Economic Conference and the World Economic Forum on MENA plus tens of other global conferences worldwide

His efforts were acknowledged in more than 250 local and international media and he was selected as Egypt’s top influential due to the RiseUp Summit 2015 impact on the regional entrepreneurship ecosystem.


Some of the media are:

  • Cairo Scene
  • Techcrunch
  • Forbes
  • Egypt Business Directory
  • The National
  • Wall Street Journal

-   PBS, Frontline World

  • Junior Achievement Global Annual Report
  • Egyptian Streets
  • Elmens Magazin