Nabil Fahmy

Founding Dean of the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, American University in Cairo (AUC); Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt (2013–2014)

Nabil Fahmy is a career diplomat (1976-2011) and the former Foreign Minister of Egypt (July 2013 - June 2014).

He steered the course of Egypt’s diplomacy during a time of immense challenge and formulated a strategy to reorient its Foreign Policy, ensuring that it had numerous foreign policy options both regionally and globally. He also restructured the Ministry to better address the future challenges confronting Egypt’s foreign policy.

Nabil Fahmy founded the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy (GAPP) at the American University in Cairo (AUC) in 2009. Its programs are internationally and domestically accredited. The school has become an invaluable Middle East voice of stellar caliber on topical issues of Public Affairs, Law, Journalism, as well as studies on the Middle East, Refugees, Gender, and America.

During his long distinguished diplomatic career, Nabil Fahmy served as Ambassador to the United States (1999-2008) and Japan (1997-1999) as well as in numerous government and international positions.

His scope of work was extensive with a focus on international and regional security, disarmament and non-proliferation, conflict resolution and Arab-Israeli diplomacy, Middle Eastern policies, multilateral diplomacy and Egypt’s relations with the United States, Russia and emerging powers.

Nabil Fahmy was a senior member of Egyptian delegations to many conferences including the 1991 Madrid Arab-Israeli Peace Conference, Review Conferences of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and many other multilateral events. He was the Chairman of the United Nations Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters and the Vice Chairman of the United Nations General Assembly’s first committee dealing with disarmament and international security.

Nabil Fahmy publishes frequently on these issues as well as on domestic and global governance. His book “Egypt’s Diplomacy in War, Peace and Transition” will be released soon.

He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Physics/ Mathematics, a Master’s degree in Management, both from the American University in Cairo, and was awarded an Honorary PhD in 2009 from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, Middlebury College.

Nabil Fahmy has been awarded a number of International Decorations.

Speaking topics:

  • Middle East Policies
  • Arab-Israeli Issues
  • Egypt-US
  • Egypt-Russia
  • Arab Future
  • Disarmament
  • Global Governance

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