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Tim Hatem El-Hady is the managing director of the Middle East Leadership Initiative (MELI) at the Aspen Institute. In his current role, Tim is responsible for supporting MELI Fellows with their ventures, capturing the impact they make, and raising capital to grow the number of Fellows from the region. Previously, Tim served as vice principal and COO of The University College of Estate Management (UCEM), a UK degree awarding online university with students in more than one hundred countries, Tim was the director of business planning and operations for Microsoft where he was responsible for growth strategy of Microsoft's business in the UK. Tim held several roles during his thirteen-year tenure at Microsoft including global and regional roles, and he has earned several prestigious awards in the company. Before joining Microsoft in 2001, Tim worked at Oracle China, where he built and led their change management practice.
Since 2010, Tim was drawn to exploring the developing social discourse in his country of birth Egypt, and in particular to issues of citizenship and equality. Following the revolution of 2011, Tim took an active part in contributing to the national discourse, and was asked to represent the Baha’is of Egypt, a Relegious minority in Egypt that Tim belongs to, in several forums at the National level. He eventually moved with his family to Egypt in 2017 to pursue this passion and has since contributed to these discourses through participating in social forums, writing opinion articles on national news paper and speaking with Egyptian and pan-Arab media on social issues including: citizenship, civil rights of relegious minority groups in the Middle East, the status of women in Arab societies, and the role of media in establishing social cohesion.
Tim is a Fellow of the Middle East Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.