Message From The COP

Message from the COP

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-sized enterprises are the engine of job growth not only in Egypt but worldwide. Entrepreneurship is the wave of the future in business across the globe, creating a disproportionate number of employment opportunities.


USAID’s SEED project 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 around the globe, 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 se


rving thousands of private firms; trained and mentored large teams of national and international consultants; authored widely used consulting tools, processes, and training materials; research


ed 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.