Egypt's first female minister of tourism, Rania Al-Mashat, will be the spring commencement speaker at the US-based University of Maryland (UMD), campus officials announced Sunday.
Al-Mashat was named Egypt's tourism ministry in January, becoming the first woman to hold the position and the current cabinet's youngest minister.
This year, she will be addressing graduating students of UMD's Department of Economics.
Al-Mashat worked as an economist for the IMF in Washington before she joined the Central Bank of Egypt where she served as sub-governor for monetary policy for 12 years, including during the turmoil following the 2011 revolution.
Al-Mashat received her PhD in economics from UMD. While studying, she received internship opportunities at the IMF and the World Bank.
“Coming from a developing country, I was fascinated by how countries interact with each other and how those relationships contribute to their economic development,” she was quoted by the university as saying. “The University of Maryland was a fantastic place to get access to these institutions and first-hand expertise.”