Egyptian national Ahmed Osman has been inaugurated as the president of the International Council for Small Businesses (ICSB), becoming the first ever Arab and Egyptian to be elected for the position.
Osman’s inauguration was held in the United Nations headquarters in New York.
The ICSB is one of the oldest bodies in the world to support the development of small, medium, and micro sized projects through more than 56 offices worldwide.
The organisation aims to provide technical support in the field of small and medium sized businesses, as well as providing funding channels through connections to boost the role of the businesses internationally.
As a partner of the UN, the council aims to create 600 million job opportunities worldwide in the upcoming ten years.
The council consists of more than 5,000 members, ranging from academics in the field, representatives of governments and countries, and entrepreneurs.
Osman, editor of the Global MSME Report for 2019, is also the Managing Director of the Global Entrepreneurship Network in Egypt (GEN Egypt) and is a Project Management & Strategy Advisor for several government and private organisations in Egypt. He holds both a Bachelor’s Degree in civil engineering with honours and a Master’s Degree in Engineering and Management from the University of Birmingham, UK.
Osman is also a certified Project Management Professional.