Naguib Sawiris
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Global Telecom Holding


Executive Chairman

Egyptian billionaire Sawiris led the growth of the country’s phone company Orascom, which culminated in a merger with Italy’s Wind Telecom and VimpelCom in April 2011, creating a mobile telecom provider that was then the world’s sixth largest according to number of subscribers, with operations in 20 countries. Known as an innovator in the TV sector, in 2015 Sawiris bought a controlling stake in pan-European TV channel Euronewsand subsequently launched sister pan-African channel Africanews. More recently, he has bankrolled the ambitious El Gouna Film Festival on Egypt’s Red Sea, which is rapidly getting traction as both a driver of the Arab film industry and a launchpad for international art movies across the Middle East.


  • ONTV
  • Renaissance Cinemas
  • Orascom Investment Holding


  • Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (Switzerland)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
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Sylvester Stallone, 'A Land Imagined' Honored at El Gouna Film Festival

Sylvester Stallone, 'A Land Imagined' Honored at El Gouna Film Festival

Egypt’s El Gouna Film Festival has wrapped its second edition, with Singaporean director Yeo Slew Hua’s noir title “A Land Imagined” winning the Golden Star, the fest’s top prize, awarded by a jury headed by Oscar-winning Croatian producer Cedomir Kolar (“No Man’s Land”).The genre pic, shot mostly at night, is about a jaded Singapore cop investigating the disappearance of a Chinese construction worker. It previously won the Locarno Film Festival’s Golden Leopard in August. The El Gouna award carries $50,000...


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