Laila is a Principal at 500 Falcons, 500 Startups’ MENA Fund based out of Dubai. Prior to that, Laila has worked with several Venture Capital across the MENA region; Middle East Venture Partners (MEVP) in UAE and Algebra Ventures in Egypt where she led transactions and worked with portfolio companies on fundraising and operational enhancements.
Prior to joining, Laila was active in the venture capital and startup landscape in Egypt, where she worked as a consultant for several start-up businesses assisting them in developing operational and fundraising schemes. She led investment assessments and provided recommendations to several VCs and family offices in the region.
In 2014 – while completing her MBA – Laila joined the investment banking division at Morgan Stanley in London as a summer associate, after which she opted to move back to Egypt to pursue a career among the now-thriving startup community. Prior to her postgraduate studies, she worked as an associate at Qalaa Holdings, a regional private equity firm based out of Cairo, where she focused on the alternative energy, oil & gas and glass sectors.
Laila earned her master's in Business Administration from the London Business School. She holds a dual undergraduate degree in Business Administration and Law from the American University in Cairo and Cairo University respectively.