Hi I am Amena Elsaie co-founder of the Helm Foundation; which translates to “dream”, the pioneering non-profit focuses on; empowering persons with disabilities as well as breaking barriers towards their full participation in all aspects of life.
In December 2016, I cofounded Helm Consulting with Ramez Maher, serving more than 300 companies in Egypt and the region. I drive the organization’s vision, strategy, and growth to provide sustainable and unique ways for different stakeholders to engage in providing accessible and inclusive societies for Persons with Disabilities.
Today, Helm stands at the forefront of the disability field. Awarded two consecutive years (2017-2018) as “best by the Zero Project, at the United Nations Headquarters in Vienna for their employment and accessibility practices. Helm has managed to exponentially grow, engaging over 17 million society members, 1500+ Persons with Disabilities, providing accessibility assessment for 1200+ venues, and partnering with 600+ institutions and subject matter experts in more than 16 countries. Additionally, it has expanded into providing inclusive services to corporates and professionals through Helm Consulting.
I am certified by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in “Improvement of Accessibility of Social Inclusion – Barrier Free Environment” in Japan, 2016. In 2016, I was also awarded the Total Start-Upper of the Year for Helm Consulting.
Helm Founders were awarded a two-year global acceleration program by Rise Egypt as they were selected to be one of the top 5 social enterprises in Egypt in 2015, where the award ceremony was held in Harvard, USA. Helm was also selected as one of the “15 of 2015 Egypt’s Real Influencers” by CairoSCENE.