Azza Fahmy, an international jewelry designer and visionary entrepreneur. Born and raised in Sohag, she discovered her passion for jewelry design while perusing a German book on European jewelry from the Middle Ages. This newfound inspiration led her to venture into the workshops of Khan Al-Khalili, where she honed her skills under the tutelage of a silver artifacts makers, becoming the only woman in the workshop.
With unwavering determination, Azza Fahmy opened her private workshop in one of Cairo's slums, accompanied by a lone worker. Her career took a transformative turn when she traveled to London to study jewelry design, a pivotal experience that greatly influenced her artistic journey. In 2002, she established a factory on the outskirts of Cairo, solidifying her commitment to excellence and craftsmanship.
Azza Fahmy's talent and creativity caught the attention of renowned fashion designer Julian McDonald, leading to a fruitful collaboration in designing jewelry for his fashion show in 2006. Additionally, she showcased her exceptional designs in her first exhibition in 1974, captivating audiences with her unique blend of cultural heritage and contemporary aesthetics. Her extraordinary talents were recognized globally as she collaborated with esteemed international brands such as "Brin" and "Bill and Julianne McDonald." Her artistry even graced the halls of the British and Louvre Museums, where she was invited to design special collections, showcasing her ability to infuse cultural richness into her creations.
Beyond her remarkable achievements in the world of jewelry, Azza Fahmy's impact has extended into various arenas. She was appointed by the Ministry of Local Development as part of a new batch of local leaders across Egypt, further solidifying her influence and dedication to her country. The Financial Times (FT) Magazine recognized her as one of the 25 most influential business owners in the Middle East, a testament to her entrepreneurial spirit and innovative vision. Azza Fahmy's contributions to the preservation of heritage and contemporary jewelry were honored when she became a guest of honor at the Egyptian Forum for Heritage and Contemporary Jewelry in its second session in 2017. Furthermore, she received the esteemed honor of being recognized by H.E President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi during the celebration of Egyptian women and Ideal Mothers in the same year, a testament to her enduring impact and inspiration.