PRESIDENT – IEW CLUB PRESIDENT
Aida El-Manzalawi, born in Cairo and raised in Dubai moved to the US in 1989 where she pursued her Business studies at Rider University and later upon graduation ventured into the world of Financial services which she had been passionately pursuing for almost two decades.
Aida currently works as a consultant for The Nasdaq and a Financial Specialist for New York Life and consults Individuals on planning for retirement, financial protection, creating pensions, as well as small businesses in developing financial solutions and helping parents with special needs children plan for their long-term financial future. Previously, Aida worked for and with Wall Street firms, where she was heavily involved with the Mutual Fund industry and was responsible for accounting for multi million and billion dollar mutual funds on a global and domestic level.
Aida was one of the first to launch the Middle East Mutual Fund product at Bloomberg, where she worked at for 12 years, that later was one of the factors that led to the opening of an office in Dubai, UAE.
Aida has two boys and has been residing in Robbinsville, NJ since 1993. She endured a challenging journey with autism, which her older son has had for 22 years. It’s because of her son that she became the resilient woman that she is today and who has continued to devote her time and energy to improve his life and her family’s, as well as to continue to succeed in her career. She especially continues to share her journey experiences in helping parents with children with disabilities to give them the best of advice on a personal and professional level. Aida conducts several workshops to educate parents on the importance of planning for their special-needs children especially for the period when they will no longer be there for their kids in their adult life, which is a constant fear she and many parents in her shoes feel.
Aida previously served on the board of the Egyptian American Professional Society (EAPS), for almost 4 years, which was incorporated in 1977 and whose objective was to promote awareness of Egyptian heritage and culture among Egyptian Americans and other similar American organizations and assist in the growth and development of the arts and sciences in Egypt.
Aida intends to write a book about her experience over the years about how she balanced life with the challenges of autism, Corporate America, mental disease, owning a business, mingling into the American culture while keeping her traditions and values and the freedom of having her own consultative career.