Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Egypt
In January 2013, Eng. Atef Helmy was appointed as the Minister of Communications and Information Technology.
As Minister of CIT, Eng. Helmy Chairs the Board of Directors of the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA), the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) and the National Telecommunication Institute (NTI). He also chairs the Board of Trustees of the Information Technology Institute (ITI) and the Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (TIEC), and oversees the supervision of Egypt Post.
Eng. Atef Helmy has more than 30 years of solid experience in Information Technology, Executive Management and Business. During his long career, he assumed numerous executive management and leadership positions, including 24 years in managing two of the top 100 Fortune Multinationals covering the United States of America, Europe, Middle East and Africa regions.
Eng. Helmy worked for NCR/AT&T for 13 years (from 1983 to 1996) where he held several Sales, Marketing and Executive positions. From 1992 until 1996, he was the United Arab Emirates Managing Director, leading the organization to a tremendous growth in terms of revenue, profit margin and customer and employee satisfaction.
In 1996, Eng. Helmy worked at Oracle Egypt as Managing Director, achieving outstanding success by growing the operation and the business significantly as well as expanding partnerships with more than 80 Egyptian companies. He also participated in launching the professional training initiative for the engineering and computer science students, in cooperation with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and the Egyptian universities. Within the framework of this initiative, more than 5000 students were trained; enabling them to step in the marketplace.
In 2005, he launched in Egypt one of the largest Global Support Centers for Oracle Corporation to serve Oracle customers worldwide. This Global Support Center has become one of the most successful references that contributed to position Egypt as one of the top destinations in outsourcing and off-shoring.
From 2008 to 2013, Eng. Helmy was a member of the Board of Directors of the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) . He was also a member of Egypt Post Board of Directors from December 2011 till January 2013; a Chairman of the Board of Directors CIT chamber from September 2009 to May 2010, a member of the Consultant Council of the Minister of ICT for Incubators and Innovation from September 2008 to September 2009 and a member of the Board of Directors of the Egyptian Council for IT Exports from 2005 to 2006, he was also a Board Member in a number of ICT Organizations.
Eng. Helmy honorably served in the Egyptian Military Forces for ten years in the field of communications and information technology from 1973 to 1983.
Eng. Atef Helmy awarded his Masters degree in 1981; a Diploma in Computer Science from Ein Shams University in 1979, and B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering (Distinction with Honor) from the Military Technical College in 1973.
Eng. Helmy is a major contributor in developing, supporting, implementing and promoting “Egypt Strategic Master plan of the Information Technology Sector” on both local and international levels. This is in addition to his effective contribution in developing the IT exports industry in a way that positioned Egypt in top ranks worldwide, winning several global prizes for being one of the promising outsourcing destinations.