Yasser ElKady

Yasser ElKady
Minister of Communications and Information Technology
Assumed office
19 September 2015
President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi
Prime Minister Sherif Ismail
Preceded by Khaled Negm
Personal details
Born (1962-04-06) April 6, 1962
Nationality Egyptian
Political party Independent

Yasser ElKady ياسر القاضي is the Minister of Communications and Information Technology in Egypt. ElKady has been in the IT and Telecom industry for over 25 years with solid experience in strategic planning, technology integration, business development and organizational transformation.


After earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics and Data Communications Engineering from Cairo University, ElKady received a number of professional Degrees in computer design and communication networks from USA.


In January 2014, ElKady held the position of the Regional Director for HP Networking in the Middle East, Mediterranean and Africa (MEMA) for HP Egypt.

From October 2010 to January 2014, he was the CEO of the Egyptian Information Technology Industry Development Agency(ITIDA) leading its efforts to develop the IT industry in Egypt, achieving export revenue of USD 1.4 billion and maintaining healthy growth margins for local IT vendors in the economic downturn following the revolution.

Throughout his career, ElKady spearheaded a number of national developmental initiatives. As a first deputy to the Minister of Investment, he led Egypt Investment promotion efforts, and supervised strategic investment projects worth USD 16 billion; he also contributed to developing the national ICT and innovation strategy, as a board member in ITIDA, and a member in the Ministry of ICT advisory board.

Before joining the government ElKady led several notable, highly successful enterprises through periods of significant growth. He started Cisco Egypt from ground up and grew the business by 70-fold. He then led Cisco’s strategy and business development efforts in MEA and Emerging Markets to realize 40% Y-to-Y growth and a business worth USD 750 million. He managed to establish Orascom IIS as the first communication supplier in Egypt, and led Jeraisy Co. to double its market share in a year time.


In september 2016 ElKady was portrayed as a burglar in an online campaign protesting against the apparent high cost of telephone cards in Egypt.

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ElKady’s expertise has been the reason for his selection as a board member in key economic and developmental institutions including Egypt’s General Authority for Investment and Free Zones (GAFI), the advisory board of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Credit Agricole Egypt and Information Technology Industry development Agency prior to his appointment as the CEO.


He was awarded the Algerian Government Country Transformation Award (2006), the Jordan Education Initiative certificate of excellence (2005), and The Palestinian Telecom Organization reform recognition (2005). Throughout his career at Cisco, he has been recognized as the Country Manager of the year for 2 consecutive years, in addition to a number of other awards for Team Building, Thought Leadership, and Outstanding performance.


Leading ITIDA efforts to develop the IT industry in Egypt

Overseeing the Ministry’s investment promotion initiatives, and strategic investment projects worth USD 16 billion.

Leading Cisco’s Strategy and Business Development efforts in 60 countries in the Middle East, Africa, and Emerging Markets, achieving 40% Year-on-Year growth and a business worth of USD 750 million.

Driving Cisco’s business in the region to reach USD 450 million, and maintaining 30% YoY Growth rates


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