Minister of Trade and Industry, Nevin Gamea, has named Mahmoud Momtaz the Chairman of the Egyptian Competition Authority (ECA).
Momtaz received his PhD in Competition Law & Economics from the University of Hamburg, Germany.
He also obtained an M.Sc. degree in International Business from the German University in Cairo (GUC) and a professional diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing in the United Kingdom. Moreover, he holds a B.Sc. in Economics from the GUC as well as a Bachelor of Laws from Cairo University.
Prior to the appointment, Momtaz served as a private sector development specialist at the World Bank’s headquarters in Washington D.C. since August 2018. During that period, he worked on several competition policy projects as well as private sector development in the MENA region and Southeast Asia.
Momtaz formerly served at ECA from 2008 until 2018 where his last post was as the Director of the Competition Policy Department in addition to heading the Case Handling Department. In this position he led numerous important cases covering a wide range of sectors.
Moreover, he participated in drafting many recommendations to amend laws and government decisions that hindered competition and market contestability.
He participated in training programs for judges of the administrative and economic courts as well, and delivered many lectures to government procurement officials at the Training Center of the General Authority of Government Services on methods of detecting bid rigging in public tenders. He also created ECA’s simulation model (CAS) for university students.
During this period, Momtaz received extensive trainings in several leading competition agencies around the world such as the German Competition Authority, the UK Office of Fair Trading, Netherlands Competition Authority and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice which involved investigation procedures and techniques, streamlining internal workflow and structure of competition agencies.
On a regional and international level, Momtaz has actively participated in the reformulation of the competition laws and enforcement regimes in a number of Middle Eastern countries and conducted several trainings to numerous stakeholders therein.