Rachid is a prominent business leader and former Minister of Trade, Industry & Investment for Egypt. He is the founder Alsara Investment Group, an investment group that strategically invests in companies in creative industries in the United States, Europe and the Middle East, with a focus on luxury, wellness, design, innovation and technology. In addition to founding Alsara, Rachid is Chairman of both Valentino and Balmain, two of the world’s leading luxury fashion companies. He is the Vice chairmen of Ekterra ( The largest global Tea company) , and CEO of Mayhoola for Investment and a Board Member of the Katara Hospitality Group. A former President of Unilever North Africa, Middle East, Turkey and Member of Unilever’s Board of Directors, Rachid holds degrees from the University of Alexandria and Harvard Business School. He is the recipient of the Cavaliere di Gran Crose, Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana, the highest Order of Merit in Italy.