Dr. Hischam A. El Agamy

Founder and Chairman

In 1993, Dr. Hischam El Agamy founded the Target Development Company in Switzerland. He consults independently a number of family businesses in Europe and the Arabian Gulf in the area of leadership development. He originally studied at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland, received his Master’s degree in applied geophysics from the University of Lausanne and his Doctorate degree in the same subject from University of Pierre & Marie Curie in Paris.

In 2006, he founded Tharawat Family Business Forum, the first Arabian family business network. He recently launched the first Arabian family business magazine in the Middle East. He is an expert in family business, competitiveness of nations and cluster development and has authored several articles in these fields. He was awarded the case writing award from the European Foundation for Management Development in 2002 and 2005. His current research focuses on working with learning organizations, family enterprises and competitiveness to manage transformation and change processes.

Farida F. El Agamy

Attorney and Director

Social entrepreneur by conviction, lawyer by passion and profession, Farida has been the General Manager of the Tharawat Family Business Forum, the first knowledge resource and networking hub for family-owned companies in the Middle East and North Africa, since 2008. Farida’s main interests lie in the advancement of corporate and family governance systems, the economic impact of family firms on the economy, and the support of individual family members within the family business context. Her previous professional experience includes legal positions in the Swiss government and in an international law firm, as well as at the United Nations in Geneva. Farida also works at Target Developments, her family’s firm based in Switzerland.

At Target Developments Farida holds the title of Director and supports our clients around the world with legal and governance queries as well as partnership search.

A global citizen at heart Farida has both a Dutch and Egyptian heritage and was educated in Switzerland and in the UK.

Ramia M. El Agamy


Ramia Marielle El Agamy is the Editor-in-Chief of Tharawat magazine, the global publication for family businesses and a product established by her family. With an emphasis on family business education and research, she has helped expand her family business’ activities from Dubai, UAE, across the Middle East and now works with family business associations around the world to bring best practice to this knowledge field. Ramia is a Director at Target Developments and works on strategy, marketing and growth with clients around the world.

Ramia holds a MSc in International Business and Management from Manchester Business School (UK). Ramia M. El Agamy is of Dutch-Egyptian descent and currently lives between Bern, Switzerland, and Dubai, UAE.