Marketing - SCP

USAID SEED’s marketing strategy has recently changed from focusing only on providing support to public sector stakeholders to seeking new possibilities of impacting employment and income through the private sector.

The Marketing Sustainability Catalyst Program (SCP) is an Integrated market approach aiming to serve the  MSME  and entrepreneurial ecosystem with technical assistance and capacity building to enhance their sustainability, revenue and employment generation especially after USAID SEED Project mandate ends.

The SCP is the creation of a Private Sector led market system that is capable of self-sustainability, scalability across different industries and value chains. The main objective of the SCP is to provide cross cutting business and marketing consultation, mentorship, training and coaching using innovative demand driven strategies to help Incubators, BDS, Financial Institutions; GOE and semi-quasi government authorities.

Accomplishments

  • supported the export web portal Yalla Nsadar in changing their marketing strategy from subscription fees only to include commission based on deals, which resulted in revenue growth of 275% within 7 months period.
  • Supported SEED incubators, BDS centers and partner entities and MSMES into transforming their marketing approach to a demand driven marketing approach.

The Team

Mohamed Jaafar, Senior Marketing Advisor

Jaafar is an extremely accomplished marketing professional with 22 years of experience in Marketing, Sales, Communication and Business Development. He believes that good marketing means consistently ensuring the long-term viability of the projects he handles. As such, he has produced various successful and enduring results for high echelon clients including major Telecommunication companies across the globe, Internet service providers, E-commerce, Digital platforms, IT Solutions, Banking, Insurance and Real Estate, Fashion and lifestyle, Hospitals, Hotels, Manufacturing and Construction. Whilst everyone believes marketing a service is more challenging than a product, Jaafar believes the exact opposite is true. In addition to his local experience, Jaafar was part of a team handling various International brands including Kit Digital (listed on NASDAQ), Video Cairo Sat, Thomson Reuters, The Associated Press, World Farms (US), Automatic Holster (Spain), Zain (Jordan), Wind (Canada), Du (UAE) and Meditel (Morocco). Jaafar received a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from the AUC in 1998.

mJaafar@seedegypt.org

Mai El-Raggal, Marketing Officer

Mai is a Certified Retail Banker with over 16 years of professional banking experience in Relationship Management, Wealth & Investments, Retail Banking and Product Development.

Throughout her career, Mai has worked with International banks such as HSBC in the UAE and Egypt providing her with GCC experience as well as Regional banks in Egypt like Bank Audi and Mashreq. She received several certifications throughout her career including but not limited to Certified Retail Banking (Part I and II), Egyptian Capital Market Association (ECMA) Accreditation for Fundamentals of Investments in Financial Papers, Team Dynamics and Situational Leadership, Wealth Management Accreditation from HSBC, Six Sigma Yellow Belt Training, Wealth Management and Basic Investments from the American University in Egypt.

melraggal@seedegypt.org

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