After graduating in Egyptian studies from the University of Hamburg and completing a commercial training, he worked as a sales
representative for a German machine-tool company and as an employee of an German foreign trade association.
He has published various articles about Egypt in the investment guide (Investitionsführer Naher Osten 2000, published by F.A.Z.) and "Wirtschafts-Forum Nah- und
Mittelost. He has also established close contacts to decision-makers in the field of business and politics, plus important individuals working in embassies and Chambers of Commerce.
All this experience has given Dr. El Sharkawy a deep insight into the workings of
the German and Middle Eastern markets.