President of BWE21

Dr. Yomna is the president of Business Women of Egypt 21, an Egyptian NGO dedicated to the empowerment of women and enhancing her contribution to the Egyptian economy. She has set Mission for the association: We seek to achieve positive change through our business development services and distinguished expertise through networking and international partnerships

Under her supervision BWE21 created an impact for women business owners to expand their reach.

  • Organize capacity building training workshops in different fields. In cooperation with the Egyptian Stock Exchange, European Bank, etc.
  • Create platform for business women from different countries around the world to share
  • Working on Successful partnerships and cooperation agreements as Global Partnership for SME’s, protocol for the cooperation of the Business Women Association of Bahrain, Jordan and Kurdistan, Cooperation agreement between BWE21 & the General Authority for Investment, Global Project Partners E. V. (GPP) & BWE 21 &Protocol of cooperation between SEEDS and BWE21.
  • Participating in many national and international seminars and conferences for the current situation in Egypt, participation in the Women’s Business Forum in the Middle East, videoconference OECD-MENA Women’s Business Forum Meeting of National Task Forces, Meeting between Egypt and Lebanon within Partnership project of the VDU and businesswomen associations in the Middle East, the 10th Economic Conference “People and Banks”, Rome, Italy The sixth meeting of the Middle East Working Group on SME’s entrepreneurship and Human Capital Development & the 2nd conference of the Arab Network for Economic Empowerment of Women.

Dr. Yomna is also responsible for the establishment of the Women for Success Annual International Conference, and is the founder of the Arab Business Women’s Council in the Arab League in March of 1999, and of the Liaise office for the International Pharmaceutical Students Association. She is also the co-chairperson of “Career Women”, an establishment at the American Chamber of Commerce, and has years of experience with NGO and SME support activities, Because of her extensive professional and social achievements, Dr. Yomna is often recommended to speak in Europe and Arab nations about SME and the empowerment of businesswomen.

Dr. Yomna is also an elected Board Member of Food Export Council and Board Member of Olives Products Council.

With over 20 years of experience as Founder and Managing Director of the Special Food Industry International, a leading manufacturer and exporter of table olives, pickled vegetables and sun-dried tomatoes, Dr. Yomna has contributed with her expertise to the growth of major global brands including Procter & Gamble, Mead Johnson, Bristol Myers, and Gerber Baby Food.

Awards and recognition

In addition to her academic background and years of experience, Dr. Yomna has received many honorary titles and prestigious awards, including:

  • The Award of Acknowledgement for success as International Business Women from German Chamber of Commerce.
  • The Long Standing Achievement from American Chamber of Commerce.
  • Women who can move Mountains Award from United Success International.
  • The Women of Achievement by Cairo Governorate.
  • The Outstanding Achievement award by the Egyptian Association for Mother and Child Survival.
  • Labeled as one of Africa’s most influential women in business and government.


Dr. Yomna holds a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Alexandria, as well as a Master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Socio Economics from the University of Iowa in the United States of America.

A Word from the President

Dear BWE21 partners and members

Once again, as we seek to renew our commitment to our valued Members, to the community of Businesswomen entrepreneurs and to our role to empower women leading to prosperity.
We are proud of our network, which has continued to expand and now includes companies of all sizes representing the spectrum of industries. At the heart of all our activities is BWE21 mission of advancing women economic role. Through advocating for a business friendly environment. Alongside this mission, we strive to help our Members achieve success by offering a variety of benefits.
We had successful Missions to :
Kenya – Korea – Germany – Tunisia – Algeria – Mauritius – Spain – Italy – India – Morocco
Coordinated jointly with counter Businesswomen delegations as well as other visits and business missions serve to advance dialogue and maintain open channels of communication with government officials and business leaders in both countries. This ensures that all stakeholders are well informed about Egypt’s reforms, pro-business measures, and existing opportunities.
Networking: In our annual surveys, Members list networking as the number-one reason for joining BWE21. Each year, We host more than 20 events, conferences and committee that reflect the needs of our members and help them expand.
WOB This year we are proud to launch our First Women Business Network WOB in cooperation with GPP and EBRD to offer an online platform to help women in the region access new markets ,find good references and suppliers.
Modern Fashion School Como/Egypt in cooperation with our Italian partners we are pleased to launch a modern school to explore potential of this major industry and develop talents with different diplomas.
The annual Membership Directory features detailed listings of all Member companies in addition to key contact information for our members and WFS delegates.
BWE21 network extends across the region and encompasses members of the MENA Regional Businesswomen Networks. In addition to several local and International organizations that support our members in different fields.