Ehab Abu Oaf, AUC Alum, elected to board of trustees

Reham El-Adawi , Thursday 11 Nov 2021

The American University in Cairo (AUC) has recently elected Ehab Abu Oaf as the newest member of the university’s Board of Trustees.

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Abou Oaf is vice president for the Middle East and Africa at Kimberly-Clark Corporation in Singapore, which operates in more than 100 countries with over 40,000 employees.

He graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering and a minor in computer science from the AUC.

“It’s an honour and privilege to serve my beloved university as a member of its Board of Trustees,” said Abou Oaf.

“I cherish the time I spent at AUC and am proud to be one of its graduates. My experience as a student was pivotal to my career and I look forward to giving back to the university and working alongside such distinguished board members.”

Abu Oaf has more than three decades of professional experience in fast-moving consumer goods and consumer packaged goods, leading and building multi-billion-dollar businesses across different markets and regions worldwide.

Rapidly rising to the C-Suite, Abu Oaf served as a regional president of Mars Wrigley Confectionery for Australia, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.

He joined Mars in 2000, going up the ranks from market manager in Egypt and expanding his leadership to North Africa, the Levant, Eastern Mediterranean, and Asian Pacific countries, and the Middle East.

He then began his career in research and development at P&G, holding strategic roles in Belgium, Japan, and Saudi Arabia.

Throughout his career, Abu Oaf led the geographic expansion, strategic growth, and transformation of international markets across the Asian Pacific, the Middle East, and Africa.

He managed mergers, integrations, and entry into emerging markets as well as the establishment of new manufacturing sites and innovative products that resulted in increased revenue, profitability, and growth.

Abu Oaf has numerous professional affiliations. He served as the chair of the Board of Trustees of the International School of Beijing and the president of Food Industry Asia. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Singapore American School and an adjunct professor at Nanyang Technological University’s School of Management in Singapore.

“I am pleased that Ehab Abu Oaf has agreed to serve as a trustee. His business acumen, astute leadership, and global exposure make him an asset to the board. As an alum, he also brings a deep familiarity and affinity with AUC,” said Mark Turnage, the chair of AUC’s Board of Trustees.

“We are eager to work with him at this transformative time in the history of our university, as AUC welcomes President Ahmad Dallal and prepares for a second century of service and excellence.” 

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