Shafik Gabr


M. Shafik Gabr, Chairman and Managing Director of the ARTOC Group for Investment & Development, is a renowned leader in international business, one of the world's premier collectors of Orientalist art, and an accomplished philanthropist.

ARTOC Group for Investment & Development celebrated 42 years of successful investment activities in November 2013 and is a multi-disciplined investment holding company with subsidiaries operating in the fields of industry, automotive, airport terminals, consumer products, energy, publishing, real estate and construction.

Mr. Gabr is the Chairman and a founding member of Egypt’s International Economic Forum, member of the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum and serves on Yale University President’s Council on International Activities.  Mr. Gabr is also a Global Leadership Council Member at the Brookings Institution, a member of the Jackson Institute Council and also serves on the Advisory Boards of MIT’s Center for International Studies, The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Zurich Financial Services, one of the world’s leading insurance companies, and Stanhope Capital, LLP.

Mr. Gabr was previously the Chairman of COMESA (Common Market for East and South Africa) Business Council and a member of the Executive Board of the International Chamber of Commerce (Paris).  Furthermore, Mr. Gabr was a founder of the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt in 1982, serving as its first Egyptian President from 1995 until 1997.

Mr. Gabr ranks among Arabian Business and The Middle East magazines 2012 “Most Influential Arabs” and “Our Top 50 Arabs.”  In 2009 Mr. Gabr was presented with the Foreign Policy Association’s (FPA) award for Corporate Responsibility.  In 2014 Mr. Gabr was awarded The Meridian Global Citizen Award.

Through the Shafik Gabr Social Development Foundation, Mr. Gabr is helping to improve elementary school education throughout his native Egypt, introducing students to arts and culture and promoting sports and physical fitness for youth.  In the area of higher education, Mr Gabr is the biggest Egyptian supporter of the American University in Cairo.  The Foundation also developed a free medical care system by providing “Medical Caravans” for residents of underprivileged areas of Greater Cairo.  The Foundation is constructing and launching its first Medical and Social Development Center in Mokattam, Cairo in 2014 offering free medical and health services.  In 2012 Mr. Gabr established in the U.S. the Shafik Gabr Foundation which supports educational and medical initiatives.  Additionally, in November 2012 the Foundation launched the East-West: The Art of Dialogue initiative ( promoting exchanges between the U.S. and Egypt with the purpose of cultural dialogue and bridge-building.


  • MA, Economics, University of London
  • BA, Economics and Management, American University in Cairo


  • Member, Buck Advisory Council, The Buck Institute for Research on Aging
  • Chairman, Founding Member, International Economic Forum, Egypt
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