Fayez Gress is the Chairman and Managing Director of ASEC Company for Mining, or ASCOM. A trained geologist, Fayez gained his BSc in Geology from the Ain Shams University Cairo in 1978. From university, Fayez began straight as a field geologist for the Arab Swiss Engineering Co. (ASEC), later moving partly into an office role alongside the field work. Between 1995 and 2001, Fayez worked his way up to geology department manager and then technical manager, before assuming the role of managing director in 2001. As MD, Fayez has been in charge of significant growth of the company and a new strategy of growth into the wider MENA region.