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Mariam Magdy Sedky

Mariam Magdy Sedky

Startup Mentor and Advisor at The World Bank and USAID
Cairo, Egypt, Egypt

Mentorship Connection

This connection is free for all venture stages.
Accepting requests from:

Two meetings per month

Unlimited chat, email, or text within boundaries.

Usually responds in about 2 days


I have been working in the development field for more than 6 years with a demonstrated history in managing international and national funded projects that seek gender equity, economic & social development for women, children, youth, entrepreneurs, and migrants.

I currently work with the World Bank as an E-commerce Advisor and mentor for women business owners in collaboration with Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi) in Egypt. I work on preparing and running mentoring sessions with matched SMEs, and provide follow up support. In addition, provide e-commerce support to women owned businesses and startups to upskill their technical knowledge to enter new markets, increase sales and revenue. Also, I create a development plan for the startups to increase sales using various e-commerce platforms, maintain communication with the programme leads, and complete pre/during/post assessment forms.

Moreover, I am a business mentor for startups with The United States Agency for International Development (USAID). I work on providing guidance, advice, feedback, and support to the mentee. Also, I conduct assessments and provide development plans for startups, empower women led businesses and startups to resolve current issues and to develop coping strategies for the future.

I have managed the Women Economic Empowerment project funded by US DFC for almost 4 years to build the capacity of women business owners in Upper Egypt. I have created a toolkit to help women monitor their finances and understand how they can manage their business. I have trained more than 50 women entrepreneurs on the toolkit. I managed over 200 workshops in various governorates around Egypt, where 4000 women business owners were trained on financial literacy, banking knowledge, advanced financial management, feasibility study, and digital marketing. Also, I worked on monitoring and evaluation of Women in Business Capacity Building Project.

Spoken languages

Arabic English

Geographic focus

Mentorship motivation

  • I like to learn about industries and new businesses
  • I want to give back to the startup ecosystem and entrepreneurs coming up
  • I want to scout for new opportunities in engaging as an advisor or for a board seat

I have mentored 20+ women owned businesses in different sectors (arts and crafts, pharmaceuticals, food and beverage, clothing..etc). I want to support more women and startups to boost their business growth. In addition, I want to widen my network of experts and build partnerships with them to create better opportunities in the ecosystem.