Ashraf Bakry is the Managing Director of Unilever Mashreq and a member of the NAME (North Africa and Middle East) Leadership Team. He has over 20 years of experience in both Supply Chain and General Management in multinational organizations.
In 1992, he started an academic career as a demonstrator in the Faculty of Engineering.
One year later, he joined Procter & Gamble in the quest for new challenges where he spent 6 years in various manufacturing assignments in Saudi Arabia as well as regional category international assignments which involved working in UK and France looking after a consolidation project in the Middle East, Africa and Pakistan.
In 1999, Ashraf joined Unilever as Factory Manager in the Supply Chain department after which he joined Unilever Mashreq Board as Supply Chain Director in 2001. During the following four years, he was given the additional role of Regional (Africa, Middle East and Turkey) Oral care and Deodorants Supply Chain Director and joined the Global Oral Care Supply Chain Leadership Team.
In 2006, he moved cross-functionally as General Manager for Levant & Iraq where he managed to double the business in three years.
In January 2009 he joined the NAME board as Regional Supply Chain Vice President looking after Supply chain in 20 countries spanning between Dubai and Casablanca. This involved managing 10 factories across the region as well as associated procurement, Logistics, cross-border sourcing, customer service and Demand/Supply planning.
Out of interest in the business side, he moved back in 2014 to become the Managing Director leading the Unilever business in the Mashreq region based in Egypt.
Ashraf co-chairs the Industrial and Trade committee in the American Chamber in Egypt, is part of the internal trade development committee and is also the head of the Egyptian cosmetics export council (Part of the medical/cosmetics export council). He is also an advisory board member in Faculty of science in Alexandria.
Recently he has been appointed as a non-executive board member in Banque du Caire.
He is one of the founders of Eid*Eid NGO involved in lots of social development activities in Egypt as well as a board member in Association of Management Advisors (AMA) focusing on Youth development in Alexandria.