Nassef Sawiris Overview

  • Investor Type
  • Angel
  • Investments
  • 3
  • Portfolio
  • 2
  • Exits
  • 1

Nassef Sawiris General Information


Nassef Sawiris is our chairman and chief executive officer. Mr. Sawiris is an industrialist, an entrepreneur and investor with a history of deal making and value creation at public and private companies across the globe. Throughout his career, Mr. Sawiris has operated and invested in a wide-range of industries and sectors, either through his executive positions at OCI N.V. (previously Orascom Construction Industries S.A.E.) and Orascom Construction PLC, the listed companies founded and controlled by the Sawiris family, or as the founder and executive chairman of NNS Group, the single-family office of Mr. Sawiris and his family, and NNS UK Group. Mr. Sawiris currently serves as the executive chairman of OCI N.V. (since August 2020) and as a member of the supervisory board of adidas (since June 2016). Mr. Sawiris has previously served as the chief executive officer of OCI N.V. (from January 2013 to July 2020) and as its chief executive officer (from March 1998 to January 2013) when it was operating under its previous name, Orascom Construction Industries S.A.E. In addition, Mr. Sawiris has previously served as a director of LafargeHolcim (from July 2015 to May 2019), having been a director of Lafarge S.A. prior to its merger with Holcim Ltd in 2015, and as non-executive chairman of Orascom Construction PLC (from March 2015 to May 2016), previously Orascom Construction Ltd. Since 1995, as chief executive officer or chairman of publicly listed companies (OCI N.V., previously Orascom Construction Industries S.A.E., and Orascom Construction PLC), Mr. Sawiris has a track record of creating value for shareholders, returning approximately $15 billion to shareholders through cash and share dividends and share buybacks. During his tenure at OCI N.V., Mr. Sawiris has directed and overseen the transformation of the company from a construction business to a top-ten global cement producer and a top-five global nitrogen fertilizer and methanol producer. Mr. Sawiris has deep and varied experience in mergers and acquisitions, financial and capital market transactions, executing approximately $55 billion in deal value throughout his career. Transactions executed during his tenure at Orascom Construction Industries S.A.E. include the sale of its cement division to Lafarge for a cash payment of approximately €8.8 billion ($12.9 billion) plus the transfer of approximately $2 billion in debt. During his tenure at OCI N.V., transactions include the joint venture with ADNOC to create the world's largest export-focus nitrogen fertilizer platform in 2019, the initial public offering of OCI N.V. on the Euronext Amsterdam stock exchange in 2013 with an initial market capitalization of approximately $8.1 billion, the approximately €310 million acquisition of DSM's Agro and Melamine assets in 2010 and the acquisition of a 20% stake in Gavilon, a commodity management firm, in 2008, eventually sold in 2013 for approximately $2.7 billion.

Contact Information

Primary Investor Type
Angel (individual)
Other Investor Types
Limited Partner
Primary Office
  • Cairo Egypt

Nassef Sawiris Investments (3)

Company Name Deal Date Deal Type Deal Size Industry Company Stage Lead Partner
Babylon Health 25-Apr-2017 Later Stage VC 0000 Information Services (B2C) Generating Revenue/Not Profitable 000000 0000000
000000 03-Nov-2015 0000 Recreational Goods Profitable 000000 0000000
000000 01-Jan-2015 0000 Recreational Goods Profitable 000000 0000000
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Nassef Sawiris Exits (1)

Company Name Exit Date Exit Type Exit Size
0000000 000000 21-Oct-2021 0000000 000000 00000
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Nassef Sawiris Team (1)

Name Title Deals Funds Boards Office
Nassef Sawiris Angel Investor 0 0 Cairo, Egypt
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