Meet our Board of Governors

Our Board of Governors is made up of a minimum of 7 members whose only interest is the development of the school. It includes at least 2 parents appointed to represent both the International and National Section and are expected to serve for 2 academic years. The Board oversees the strategic direction of EGIS in conjunction with the School Principal, by reviewing the policies, plans, procedures and budget, ensuring the provision of the best possible education.

Dr. Carlo Ferarrio

Chairman of the Board

An international educator with more than thirty years’ experience as a teacher and a school leader.

 “I have been the Principal of three British international schools – in Dubai, Milan and Cairo – all of which have been in membership of international organisations such as COBIS, BSME, HMC, IAPS and IBO.

My experience covers all through schools with children from 3 to 18 years, as well as a range of curricula including the National Curriculum for England (A Levels, BTEC and GCSE) and international qualifications (International Baccalaureate and IGCSEs).

I am a Geographer by training with a First Class degree from the University of Oxford and a PhD from the University of London. Geography aside, I love languages and study them on a daily basis. English aside, I am a mother-tongue Italian speaker and also speak French; in addition, I can converse in Spanish, Portuguese, German and Dutch.” 

Mr. Mohamed Ashour

Vice Chairman

Mr. Mohamed Ashour – El Gouna’s Head of Commercial and Business Development

Mr. Mohamed Ashour is the Head of Commercial and Business Development of El Gouna.  He has over 17 years of professional experience in marketing, sales, business development in commercial fields across various industries such as Real Estate, Retail and Oils and Fuels Industries. He holds a BA in Economics from the American University in Cairo; attended several interpersonal skills and management courses with ExxonMobil Global Training and successfully completed an Executive Education programme at the London Business School, UK in July 2019.

Mr. Mohamed Ashour

Vice Chairman

Ms. Maha Shenouda

School Principal

Maha Shenouda graduated from the American University in Cairo (AUC) with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. She launched her career in education at prestigious schools in Egypt, starting as a Mathematics teacher in Gezira Preparatory School for 5 years. She continued to pursue further education by obtaining a diploma in Computer Programming from the AUC. During this period, she advanced to the position of teaching Computer Science at Misr Language School where she distinguished herself over a period of 5 years with responsibilities including setting the curriculum of computer for all stages and training teachers on how to incorporate technology into their teaching. Maha then transferred to El Alsson International School where she served as a Maths Coordinator then moved to Dar El Tarbiah School and taught Mathematics for IGCSE students. In 2000, Maha was appointed as the Principal of Dar El Tarbiah American School then later established Solaimaneyah International School in 2010.

Mme. Khadiga Yassin

Madam Khadiga Yassin has served in the Board of prominent schools in Egypt and she is a devoted philanthropist particularly in support of education, health care and non-profit organisations. 

I have always felt, still do and will always continue to feel passionate about students being given a chance to an education that aspires for excellence. An education that will allow children not only to tap their full potential but can also inspire them to reach beyond their potential, one of excellence… This happens when all those involved work hand-in-hand: students, parents, teachers and school management… I have witnessed this in the past, as a Board Member in other schools, both national and international, and I feel that EGIS is such a school in its endeavour to become (and remain as) a school of excellence. I have full faith in its students, parents, teachers and the senior leadership team.”

Mme. Khadiga Yassin

Mrs. Sherifa El Said


Mrs. Sherifa El Said has been working in the field of education for many years.  She was appointed as a Board Member of one of the top British schools in Cairo for many years and therefore understands the important role that Board Members have in the strategic growth of the school.  

Mr. Mahmoud El Baroudi


Mr. Mahmoud El Baroudi previously served as the General Manager of El Gouna from 2014-2019 and also as the Chair of the school Board during that period.  He moved to the Sultanate of Oman to take on the post of Chief Operating Officer for Muriya: Oman’s largest and most-diversified private real-estate and tourism developer, a joint venture between Orascom Development Holdings (70%) and Omran (30%), the tourism development arm of the Omani Government.

Mr. Mahmoud El Baroudi

Mrs. Ghada Amin

Parent (National Language School Section)

Mrs. Ghada Amin joined Orascom Hotels and Development in 2007, where she took on various positions in sales analysis, events coordination and PR; creating a blend of field experiences in the hospitality industry complemented by her educational background in Mass Media and Communication Arts which has served well in her current position as Communications Manager of Orascom Hotels Management.

Mrs. Samira Barakat

Treasurer - Representative Parent (International Section)

Ms. Samira graduated from the American University in Cairo with an Engineering degree. She has a rich background in executive leadership and risk management within the financial services industry, having worked in various multinational companies in Egypt and abroad since 1981. Her extensive experience with domestic and international regulators in the implementation of risk weighted governance, P&L accountability as well as, business support leadership provides a unique perspective for a more diverse governing body in her role as Treasurer. 

As an appointed guardian of one of our EGIS students, Ms. Samira is a Representative Parent of the International British Section who prioritises both the education and well-being of a child above everything else.  

Ms. Samira Barakat

Treasurer - Representative Parent (International Section)


The Board formed a number of subcommittees which are:

Academic Subcommittee: Dr. Carlo Ferrario, Ms. Maha Shenouda, Mme. Khadiga Yassin and Mrs. Sherifa Said with Ms. Rachel Abundo as Deputy Principal

Finance Subcommittee: Mr. Mohamed Ashour, Mahmoud ElBaroudy, Ms. Samira Barakat, Ms. Maha Shenouda

Safeguarding Subcommittee: Mrs. Ghada Amin, Dr. Carlo Ferrario, Ms. Maha Shenouda with Ms. Rachel Abundo as the Designated Safeguarding Lead

Should you wish to contact the Board for any reason, please write to being mindful that it is always more advisable to contact the school first on to ask to see the person responsible for the area you are interested in, and only as a last resort, contact the Board.