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Welcome to USAID’s Strengthening Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development (SEED) website



Ron Ashkin, Chief of Party


SEED is part of USAID’s investment in Trade and Investment Promotion in Egypt (TIPE) Bilateral Agreement, which was signed between USAID and the Government of Egypt (GOE).
Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises are the engines of growth, development and sustainability both locally and internationally Entrepreneurship paves the future of businesses worldwide creating numerous employment opportunities and sustainable growth.


USAID’s SEED is delighted to support Egyptian MSMEs and Entrepreneurs, particularly Egypt’s Women and Youth, in their quest for business success. We work with a broad group of capable partners in both Public and Private sectors to help make this happen.


We trust that this website will serve as a useful portal to resources that contribute directly to Egypt’s economic growth and we encourage your input, participation and feedback.


Ron Ashkin, USAID’s SEED Chief of Party 


Ron Ashkin is an International Development Economist specializing in sustainable private-sector development in emerging markets. Ron has professional experience in more than 60 countries worldwide with expertise in Market Systems Development/M4P, Enterprise Development, Strategy, Competitiveness, and International Trade and Investment for both Public and Private-sector clients.


Over the course of his career, he has created Private-sector and Industrial Development strategies for Sovereign governments, managed networks of enterprise-assistance centers serving thousands of private firms, trained and mentored large teams of national and international consultants, authored widely used consulting tools, processes and training materials, researched evolving development methodologies in action to advise on future program design; published numerous articles and presentations and led performance improvement, restructuring, privatization, and analytical efforts.


Clients served include DFID, the EU, SDC, USAID, and the World Bank, as well as governments and major private firms. Ron holds degrees from Harvard University and The Wharton School.