Press release, according to the NBA.
CAIRO AND JOHANNESBURG, Dec. 13, 2022 — NBA Africa today named Mohamed Abdel-Motaleb Soliman as vice president and head of NBA Egypt, which will open in early 2023 as the league’s fourth office on the continent. Soliman, who most recently served as vice president of the Basketball Federation of Egypt and deputy secretary-general of the Egyptian Olympic Committee, will lead the league’s new Cairo office, reporting to NBA Africa CEO Victor Williams.
Soliman, a former Egypt national basketball team captain, Olympian and accomplished executive with more than 20 years of commercial and manufacturing experience, will oversee the league’s basketball and business development initiatives in Egypt, including grassroots programs for youth and elite players, relationships with current and potential Marketing, media and merchandising partners, as well as social responsibility efforts across the country.
“Opening our fourth African office in Cairo reflects our belief in the tremendous potential for basketball and the NBA in Egypt,” said Williams. “Mohamed’s extensive experience at all levels of the Egyptian basketball ecosystem and proven track record of growing businesses in Egypt make him the ideal person to lead our efforts in the country and accelerate the growth of football there.”
“Being a part of NBA Africa and opening the league’s office in my home country is a dream come true that I’ve been preparing my entire life for,” said Soliman. “I’ve seen firsthand the tremendous passion for basketball that exists in Egypt and I look forward to building on that momentum in the years to come.”
Soliman was a member of the Egypt men’s national basketball team that won the 1995 All-Africa Games in Zimbabwe and captained the team when they won the 1999 All-Africa Games in South Africa and the 1999 Pan-Arab Games in Jordan. He also represented Egypt at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, FIBA Basketball World Championships in Argentina (1990) and Canada (1994), and FIBA AfroBasket in 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993 and 1999. He is a three-time Most Valuable Player the Egyptian Basketball Super League (1993, 1995 and 1998) and was voted the best player of the Arab Basketball Confederation in 1995.
After his playing career, Soliman managed a number of manufacturing and fast-moving consumer goods companies in Egypt for more than 20 years, including CEMEX, Lafarge Egypt and Wadi Group. He was appointed Vice President of the Egyptian Basketball Federation in 2012, a member of the FIBA Competitions Commission in 2014 and Deputy Secretary General of the Egyptian Olympic Committee in 2022. Soliman holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Alexandria University and an MBA from the Maastricht School of Management in the Netherlands.
Earlier this year, Cairo’s Hassan Mostafa Indoor Sports Complex served as the venue for the group stage of the Basketball Africa League’s Nile Conference and the 18th edition of Basketball Without Borders Africa, the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program.
About NBA Africa
NBA Africa is a separate entity formed in May 2021 that manages the operations of the NBA in Africa, including the Basketball Africa League (BAL) and the league’s units in Dakar, Senegal and Lagos, Nigeria. The NBA has a long history in Africa, opening its African headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2010. The league’s efforts on the continent have focused on increasing access to basketball and the NBA through youth and elite development, social responsibility, media distribution, corporate partnerships, NBA Africa Games, the BAL and more.