H.E. Nabil Fahmy is Dean Emeritus at The American University in Cairo, where he founded the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy in 2009, and was the school’s Founding Dean from 2009 to 2022.
During his distinguished diplomatic and political career, beginning in 1976, H.E. Fahmy served as Egypt’s Foreign Minister from July 2013 to June 2014. His tenure saw him steer foreign policy strategies during challenging times, to ensure Egypt emerged with a comprehensive set of foreign policy options, regionally and globally.
His Excellency Fahmy served as Egypt’s Ambassador to the United States from 1999 to 2008, and to Japan from 1997-1999, in addition to numerous government and international positions. His work mostly focused on international and regional security, disarmament and non-proliferation, conflict resolution, and Arab-Israeli diplomacy. H.E. Fahmy was also Chairman of the United Nations Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters, and Vice Chairman of the UN General Assembly’s first committee dealing with disarmament and international security. He was a member of the Egyptian Delegation to the 1991 Madrid Peace Conference, and participated in the review conferences of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. His Excellency participated in several other key multilateral events, including the committee on principles in the United Nations Conference for the Promotion of International Co-operation in the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy.
H.E. Fahmy was a member of the Supreme Advisory Council of the Beijing Forum on human rights, and in 2009, was awarded the title of Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. He was also given the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun of the First Degree by Japanese Emperor Naruhito in November 2019.
H.E. Fahmy, who is a member of the ECSSR’s Board of Trustees and Chairman of Lynx Strategic Business Advisors, contributes regular Arabic and English articles on topics ranging from international affairs and Middle East politics, to governance. His latest book, Egypt’s Diplomacy in War, Peace, and Transition, was published in February 2020, followed by an updated and extended Arabic version in 2022