Ambassador Fahmy served as Egypt’s Foreign Minister from July 2013 to June 2014, serving under interim President Mansour and current President El Sisi. Leading Egypt’s diplomatic affairs during a time of challenge and transition for Egypt and the Arab world, Ambassador Fahmy oversaw the process of recalibrating and energizing Egypt’s foreign policy. He also initiated a restructuring of the foreign ministry and its policy planning process in order to respond to emerging challenges.
Since leaving the foreign ministry, Ambassador Fahmy has served as Dean of the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the American University in Cairo. He also served in that position, as the school’s founding dean, from 2009-2013.
Previously, Ambassador Fahmy was Egypt’s Ambassador to the United States from 1999 to 2008, and before that Ambassador to Japan from 1997 to 1999. He also served at Egyptian Missions to the United Nations in Geneva and New York, and as Political Advisor to the Egyptian Foreign Minister. He has also headed numerous Egyptian delegations and international expert groups on conflict resolution and disarmament issues.
Ambassador Fahmy is a widely published expert on Middle Eastern and international affairs. He holds a bachelor’s degree in physics and mathematics and a master’s degree in management from the American University in Cairo.