Helm is an award-winning social enterprise offering advisory and coaching services for institutions, professionals and governments to improve services, inclusion and accessibility for people with disabilities in Egypt. Its vision is to promote the full participation of people with disabilities in all aspects of life.

Related sustainable development goals

  • Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • Reduced Inequalities

Focus areas

Focus sectors

  • Humanitarian
    • Special population support

Focus geographies

  • North Africa
    • Egypt


  • Accessibility solutions
    Detailed field surveys of existing buildings and properties to evaluate accessibility compliance.
  • Inclusive event organisation and management
    Supporting clients with all aspects of event design and organisation to ensure accessibility for persons with disabilities including presenters, sponsors, and attendees.
  • Marketplace solutions
    Reviews of client's services, product design policies, and practices to ensure that the various offerings are accessible and inclusive for customers with various disabilities.
  • Sourcing and recruitment
    Helm reviews company’s disability employment policies, practices, and culture and collaborates with them to design disability programmes and implementation strategies tailored to their needs.
  • Training and development
    Training programmes to enhance employability and skills of persons with disabilities to make them better equipped to enter the job market.
  • Workplace solutions
    Helm offers different types of trainings and awareness programmes that are designed to change attitudes, perceptions and practices in order to create more inclusive environments for people with disabilities.


Funding model

  • Foundation-administered programme awards
  • Grants to organisations
  • In-kind gifts
  • Programme related investment
  • Volunteering

Primary funders

  • AlexBank
  • AmidEast
  • Attijariwafa Bank
  • AXA Health Insurance
  • Commercial International Bank Egypt
  • Drosos Foundation
  • Emirates NBD
  • Giza Systems
  • International Labour Organization
  • JICA
  • Microsoft
  • Nestle
  • Pepsico
  • Procter&Gamble
  • PWC
  • Vodafone Foundation


Key staff

  • cofounder and chief executive officer, Amena El-Saie
  • cofounder and managing director, Ramez Maher

Board members

  • Abdelhameed Sharara, Abdelhameed Sharara
  • Amal Ibrahim, Amal Ibrahim
  • Caroline Maher, Caroline Maher
  • Ilene Zeitzer, Ilene Zeitzer
  • Jay Cardinali, Jay Cardinali
  • John D.Kemp, John D.Kemp
  • Laural Van Horn, Laural Van Horn
  • Marco Pizzio, Marco Pizzio
  • Marwa Kassem, Marwa Kassem
  • Maureen Gilbert, Maureen Gilbert
  • Shehab el Nawawi, Shehab el Nawawi
  • Sherif Wahby, Sherif Wahby

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