Abir Leheta was elected as Chairman and CEO of Egytrans, the leading national transport and logistics provider, in 2015, thereby becoming the first woman chair in the 45-year history of the company. Recognized by Forbes as one of the Middle East’s 100 Power Businesswomen in 2020, Abir’s record of transformative leadership is demonstrated through successfully implementing programs and services that have significantly changed the company. Under her leadership, Egytrans continues to grow, with the aim of building a transnational Transport and Logistics enterprise recognized within the region. Leheta joined the family business upon graduation, spending her earlier career days rotating through various departments and learning the business operations. She first joined in 1996 as Head of Software Development, followed by several managerial and executive positions, reaching Chief Strategy Officer responsible for the development and implementation of the strategic direction of the Company. Abir has been recognized by multiple organizations for her business leadership as well as her community and civic involvement. She was named one of the “Top 50 Women Performing in Egypt” by Amwal Al Ghad magazine, and the “Middle East’s 100 Power Businesswomen” by Forbes magazine. Abir holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science with a Minor in Business Administration from the American University in Cairo. Leheta went on to attain accreditations in a number of areas including certifications in Quality and Organizational Excellence from the American Society for Quality (ASQ), Risk Management from the Institute of Risk Management (IRM) and Board Member Certification from the Egyptian Institute of Directors (EIoD).
Abir Leheta dedicates significant time to civic organizations and is a vocal advocate of women’s empowerment. Leheta has been a member of the board of the Egyptian Transport and Logistics Company (ETAL) and Egytrans Depot Solutions (EDS) since 2009 till her appointment as Chairman in 2015. She is also the Chairman of Barwil Egytrans and ScanArabia. In addition, she is a member of the Egyptian Businessmen’s Association (EBA), the British Egyptian Business Association (BEBA), the Co-chair of the Transport Committee at the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) and Chair of the African Women’s Committee of the Egyptian African Businessmen’s Association (EABA). She is also a member of the board of the Global Compact Network Egypt, the local chapter of the UN Global Compact and a member of the Chartered Institute for Logistics & Transport.