Who's who: Meet Egypt's 13 new ministers

Zeinab El-Gundy , Saturday 13 Aug 2022

Egypt announced on Saturday a ministerial reshuffle, bringing 13 new faces to Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly’s cabinet.

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Combined images of new Ministers in the Egyptian cabinet (first row from R to L) Minister of Military Production Mohamed Salah El-Din, Minister of Local development Hisham Amna, (second row from R to L) Mahmoud Mostafa Esmat Minister of Public Enterprise and Ahmed Samir Minister of Industry and Trade.

Upon a call from President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, the House of Representatives approved in an extraordinary meeting on Saturday the reshuffle, which is the third in the cabinet headed by Madbouly.

The last ministerial reshuffle in Mostafa Madbouly’s cabinet was in December 2019. Madbouly was appointed as the country's premier in 2018.

Here are the new faces in the reshuffle

Minister of Health and Population Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar

Abdel-Ghaffar is leaving his position as minister of higher education, which he held since 2017, and is officially replacing Hala Zayed as health minister.

The 1962-born Abdel-Ghaffar had already been serving as acting health minister since October 2021, after minister Zayed suffered from health problems.

Abdel-Ghaffar, a former dean of the Faculty of Dentistry at Ain Shams University, was first appointed as minister of higher education in February 2017 in ex-prime minister Sherif Ismail’s cabinet. He continued in this position under Madbouly’s cabinet.

Minister of Education Reda Hegazy

Minister Reda Hegazy had long held the position of deputy minister of education for teachers’ affairs at the Ministry of Education.

The 1959-born Hegazy, who started his career as a chemistry teacher in Daqahlia governorate, has several important files to address during his mission, including the shortage of teachers at Egyptian public schools.

Hegazy's appointment comes a few weeks ahead of the new school year in Egypt.

Minister of Irrigation and Water Sources Hany Sewilam

Sewilam graduated from the Faculty of Engineering at Zagzig University with a bachelor’s degree in water and environmental engineering in 1991.

Sewilam was a tenured professor for sustainable development and water resource management at the American University in Cairo. He is also the founding director of both the Centre for Sustainable Development and the MSc in sustainable development.

Sewilam works at the RWTH Aachen University in Germany as the academic director of the Department of Engineering Hydrology and executive director of the UNESCO Chair on Hydrological Changes and Water Resource Management.

Sewilam has more than 25 years of academic and professional experience in sustainable development, water resource management, the water-energy-food nexus, desalination and capacity building.

Currently the most pressing file Sewilam has to deal with is the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) and Egypt’s future water demands, as the country is already suffering from water poverty.

On Friday, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announced the completion of the third phase of filling the GERD reservoir in an unilateral move.

Hany Sewilam is replacing ex-Minister Mohamed Abdel-Ati.

Minister of Higher Education Mohamed Ayman Ashour

Born in 1960, Mohamed Ayman Ashour received his bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering in 1982 from Ain Shams University, followed by a master’s degree in 1986 and a PhD in 1996.

He was appointed as dean of the Faculty of Engineering at Ain Shams University in 2014.

Apart from his academic career, Ashour is the founder and chairman of a private architecture company called Archplan, which has had projects in the UK, Egypt, the UAE, Morocco and Oman.

Minister Ashour is replacing Minister Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar, who has been appointed as the new health minister.

Minister of Emigration and Expatriate Affairs Soha Samir

A graduate of the Faculty of Al-Alsun (Languages) at Ain Shams University, Soha Samir El-Gindy was Egypt’s first woman ambassador to Ireland from 2015 to 2019.

Samir served as a diplomat in several countries, including Germany from 1992 to1994, Romania from 1999 to 2003, and deputy head of Egypt’s Permanent Commission to the United Nations in New York from 2006 to 2010.

Samir is replacing Nabila Makram, one of the longest serving ministers in Madbouly’s cabinet.

Minister of Tourism ad Antiquities Ahmed Eissa Taha

Minister Ahmed Eissa Taha received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the Faculty of Commerce at Ain Shams University in 1991.

He also received an MBA in cooperate finance from UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School in 2003.

Taha was the CEO of Retail Banking, chairman of the Non-Banking Financial services subsidiary, and member of the Executive Management Committee at Egypt’s Commercial International Bank (CIB).

He is also a member of the American Chamber of Commerce.

Taha is replacing ex-minister Khaled Anany.

Minister of Trade and Industry Ahmed Samir

Born in September 1974, Samir is a partner and deputy manager in the Canal Plastic Pipes and Fitting Company, which was founded by his father.

A member of parliament representing the Mostaqbal Watan Party, he served as the head of the economic affairs committee at the House of Representatives in 2020, and before that he served as a member of the industry committee.

The MP has also served as vice-president of the 6 October Investors Association since 2014.

Samir is replacing ex-minister Nevine El-Gamea  

Minister of Civil Aviation Mohamed Abbas Helmy

Born in January 1961, Air Marshal Mohamed Abbas Helmy graduated from the Air Forces Academy in April 1982.

In June 2018, he served as the commander of the Egyptian Air Forces.

Helmy is replacing ex-minister Mohamed Manar.

Minister of Manpower Hassan Mohamed Shehata

Born in 1964, Hassan Mohamed Shehata earned his bachelor’s degree from the Institute of Cooperative Studies in 1995. He obtained a postgraduate diploma in marketing in 1991.

In 2013, Shehata was a member of the Board of Directors of EgyptAir Holding Company. In June 2022, he was elected chairman of the Federation of Egyptian Trade Unions.

Shehata is replacing ex-minister Mohamed Safaan.

Minister of Culture Nevine El-Kilany

After her graduation in 1989, El-Kilany obtained a PhD in art criticism from the Academy of Arts in 1995. She also earned a PhD from the Egyptian Higher Institute of Ballet in 2000.

El-Kilany is dean of the Higher Institute of Art Criticism at the Academy of Arts.

She also served as head of the cultural development fund affairs sector at the Ministry of Culture.

El-Kilany is replacing ex-minister Inas Abdel-Dayem.

Minister of Local development Hisham Amna

Amna, born in 1962, holds a bachelor's degree in military sciences and another in commerce.

He served in several positions in recent years, including as the governor of Beheira governorate since 2018.

Amna is replacing ex-Minister Mahmoud Shaarawi.

Minister of the Public Business Sector Mahmoud Mostafa Esmat

Born in 1954, Esmat graduated from the Faculty of Engineering at Cairo University. He received a PhD in engineering from Dalhousie University in Canada.

Esmat served as chairman of the Board of Directors of the Airports Holding Company between 2014 and 2016, and the chairman of the Board of Directors of Cairo Airport from 2013 to 2014.

Esmat is replacing ex-Minister Hisham Tawfik.

Minister of Military Production Mohamed Salah El-Din

Salah El-Din served as an adviser to the Minister of State for Military Production from August to November 2020.

He was also the advisor to the Director-General of the Arab Organisation for Industrialisation from 2019 to 2020.

Salah El-Din is replacing ex-minister Mohamed Ahmed Morsy.

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