Walid Nagi is the Chief Operating Officer and Founding Partner of Ahead of the Curve, a social enterprise based in Cairo. Walid has more than 20 years of work experience in the private sector in Egypt and in the United Nations in New York. Over the years, he has built himself a solid practice and understanding in the fields of sustainability, governance, marketing, corporate communication, and Social Development.
Walid started his career 1993 in the Marketing field and moved in the hierarchy to reach the position of Group Brand Manager in 2000. In 2002, building on his experience, he moved to head Corporate Affairs at Mansour Group and was requested to build the group’s CSR and corporate communication strategies ever since. As of August 2010, Walid has moved to the United Nations Global Compact Office in New York in his capacity as the Regional Network Manager for Europe and MENA. In 2013, Walid became the Chief of the Local Networks and as of end of 2014, he also became the New York Executive for the UN Global Compact Cities Programme to ensure that the sustainable cities are an integral part of sustainability.
Over the years, Walid has built a strong network based governance model for the local networks including a clear progression model for growth and sustainability and also set a solid vetting process when launching new ones. He has also managed to put emphasis on inter countries and regional collaboration especially with the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Walid supported the launch of a comprehensive SDG local action plan implementation guide which supports the businesses in understanding their vital role in their contributions to the implementation of the SDGs.
Walid has also put in place the Local Networks Advisory Group as an important governance element in order to advise the UN Global Compact on important matters related to governance and also played a major role in ensuring sustainable funding for the networks. Amongst the networks that he launched are the United Arab Emirates, Tunisia, Jordan, the Czech Republic, Romania, Georgia, the Philippines, and Thailand.
Walid was a member of the UN Global Compact Executive Committee and he is also a speaker in several international conferences. He was also an active member of corporate responsibility committee at the American Chamber of commerce in Egypt.
Walid is a graduate of the American University in Cairo with a BA in Economics and currently residing in New York expanding the work and the network of ATC at the global level. He also advises several start-ups in New York on matters related to compliance and shared values creation.