Prof Dr tech Dr med hc Ibrahim Abouleish
   
Sustainable Development is one of the most important challenges to man and it means the creation of living conditions today which will still allow future generations to live with dignity. “SEKEM” the sustainable development initiative was established 1977 in Egypt.

Born in Egypt in 1937, Dr. Ibrahim Abouleish moved to Austria in 1956. He studied chemistry and medicine at the University of Graz, Austria, receiving his Ph.D. in 1969. Thereafter he engaged in medical research, and was Head of Division for medical research until 1977. In 1975, on a visit to Egypt, he became aware of its pressing problems in education, overpopulation and pollution. In 1977 he decided to establish a comprehensive development initiative, SEKEM.

Taking its name from the hieroglyphic transcription meaning “vitality,” Sekem was the first entity to develop biodynamic farming methods in Egypt. Its strong commitment to innovative development led to the nationwide application of biodynamic methods to control pests and improve crop yields. However, Sekem is not just an agricultural enterprise. It believes that sustainable profit making should go hand-in-hand with an integrated socio-economic business model, providing employees and farming communities throughout the country the opportunity to improve their education, health and quality of life.

Dr Abouleish’s vision has earned him world recognition. In 2003, he and SEKEM received the   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Right_Livelihood_Award   "Right Livelihood Award" Right Livelihood Award (also known as the Alternative Nobel Prize) for integrating the commercial success with promotion of the social and cultural development of society. He was selected as an "Outstanding http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_Entrepreneur  \o "Social Entrepreneur" Social Entrepreneur" by the  http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Schwab_Foundation&action=edit&redlink=1  \o "Schwab Foundation (page does not exist)" Schwab Foundation in 2004.

FOUNDER AND CHAIRMAN NON-GOVERNMENTAL AND NON PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS
1984    
Chairman of the “Sekem Development Foundation”

1994    
Chairman of the “Egyptian Biodynamic Association“

1999   
Chairman of the “Heliopolis Academy for Applied Arts and Science”

2000   
Chairman of the “Cooperative of Sekem Employees”

2003   
Chairman of the “Cooperative of Habitat”

2005     
Chairman of the “Abouleish Foundation"

2007   
Founder of the “World Future Council”

2009   
Founder of the “Heliopolis University for Sustainable Development”

COMPANIES FOUNDED
1977   
LOTUS Company for medicinal herbs

1986   
ATOS PHARMA for natural pharmaceuticals

1988   
LIBRA for biodynamic cultivation of all crops in Egypt

1996   
HATOR for packing fresh fruits and vegetables

1997   
ISIS for production of processed organic foodstuff

1998   
NATURETEX for manufacturing organic textiles

2000   
SEKEM Holding

2005    
MIZAN for organic seedlings

2007    
ECOTEC Holding for facilitate sustainable industrial development

2007    
SEKEM for Land reclamation

PRIZES AND AWARDS:
2012   
“Business for Peace Award” by Oslo Business for Peace Foundation
 
2011   
German Environmental Management Association B.A.U.M. award for commitment for environmental protection and sustainable development

2010   
Honorary Doctorate awarded by Technical University of Graz

2009   
Medal of Honour Sinai University

2008   
The Medal of Merit of the German Government

2008    
“Ethics in Business Award for Outstanding Individual” of the European Parliament
 
2007   
Member of Honour in the Society for Healthy Food, Germany

2006     
The Armour of the Union of producers and Exporters of Horticultural Crops.

2006     
The Armour of El Azhar University Faculty of Agriculture.

2006     
The Armour of the Arab Administrative Development Orgainzation.

2005     
Honorary Doctorate awarded by University of Graz.

2005    
Award for Outstanding Pharmaceutical Performance by the Egyptian Pharmaceutical Syndicate  
                                                                                                                                                                 
2004    
Award of Outstanding Social Entrepreneurship by the Ashoka Foundation, USA

2004    
Award for Outstanding Medical Performance by the Egyptian Medical Syndicate

2004    
Award for Outstanding Drug Research Performance by the Egyptian Health Ministry

2004    
Award for Outstanding Business Performance by the Egyptian Businessmen Association

2004    
Honorary Citizen of Graz, Austrian

2004   
Honorary Citizen of Karlsruhe, Germany

2004    
Medal of Honour of the Egyptian Junior Businessmen Association (EJB)

2004    
Medal of Honour American University

2004    
Medal of Honour Ain Shams University

2004    
Medal of Honour Al Azhar University

2004    
Medal of Honour Zagazig University

2004    
Medal of Honour Mansoura University

2004    
Medal of Honour Suez Canal University

2004    
Medal of Honour Cairo University

2003    
Alternative Nobel Prize Laureate (The Right Livelihood Award), Sweden

2003    
Outstanding Social Entrepreneur 2003 by the Schwab Foundation, Switzerland

2002   
Medal of Scientific Excellence in comprehensive research cooperation from Cairo University, Egypt.

2000   
Medal of Honour from the Faculty of Pharmacy, Helwan University, Cairo.

1999   
Prize of “Agricultural Production Pioneer” from the Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, Egypt.

1999   
Medal of Honour from the Faculty of Pharmacy, Ain Shams University, Cairo, for outstanding scientific Research, Egypt.

1997   
Sustainable Rural Development Award from the SARD von Mallinckrodt, Germany, for sustainable rural development.

1988   
The award for Outstanding Social Entrepreneurship from the Arab Academy for Banking and Financial Sciences, Amman, Jordan.


P.O.B. 2834 – El Horrya, Heliopolis
Tel: (202) 26564140
Fax: (202) 26564123
E-Mail: Dr.Abouleish@Sekem.com


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