Ranya Shalaby is a business development consultant and brand strategist promoting professional advancement for corporations, organizations and individuals.
Before joining Soliman, Hashish & Partners, Ranya launched her professional career supporting the development of non-profit organizations at The American University in Cairo (AUC), INJAZ Egypt, the Middle East Leadership Association (Mela) and most recently spearheading the launch of the Swiss Chamber in Egypt. Her professional skills include fundraising and development, overseeing media, public relations, donor acquisition and retention, and community engagement – she has worked with Etisalat, IFC, FinBi, The Swiss Arts Council Prohelvetia and more.
As Executive Director of the Middle East Leadership Association, Ranya managed the organization’s business network and operations across 14 MENA nations and liaised on leadership program collaboration between the global network’s 46 countries – forging cross-cultural relationships to expand business and learning.
Through her twelve years of service to AUC, Ranya contributed to all divisions of Institutional Advancement – working across the Office of Development maintaining AUC’s vital relations with its donors; the Office of Communications managing external and internal communications; and the Office of Alumni and Trustee Affairs maintaining AUC’s alumni and Trustee stakeholder relations and communications.
Ranya also supports Egypt’s burgeoning entrepreneurship ecosystem as a mentor and startup competition judge for accelerators and competitions. Ranya spent her formative years in Kuwait and since 1990 has resided in Cairo, where she currently lives with her family.
At the educational level, Ranya holds two degrees from The American University in Cairo. Her graduate thesis, published in 2011, is a comparative study of Egyptian and American short fiction, reflecting her dual nationality and affinity for cross-cultural dialogue.