The Board of Directors is the principal governing body of CCCPA. It is responsible for management of the Center’s affairs and oversees the conduct of activities - identifying the main priorities and setting the Center's strategy.
The Board is presided over by H.E. Sameh Shoukry, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Arab Republic of Egypt, and its members include:
Senior representatives from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Defense, Interior, and Higher Education & Scientific Research
The Director General of CCCPA
Leading scholars and subject matter experts
H.E. Sameh Shoukry
Minister Sameh Shoukry is the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Arab Republic of Egypt.
Before assuming his ministerial post in 2014, Minister Shoukry served as Egypt’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United States of America (2008-2012). He also served as Egypt’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva (2005-2008). Prior to that, Minister Shoukry served as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Austria and Egypt’s permanent representative to international organizations based in Vienna; including, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) (1999-2003).
Minister Shoukry commenced his eventful diplomatic career in Egypt’s diplomatic corps in 1976, joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a Diplomatic Attaché. At the outset of his diplomatic career, Shoukry served in the Egyptian Embassy in the United Kingdom (1978-1982). He also served as First Secretary in the Egyptian Embassy in Buenos Aires (1984 -1988). In addition, Shoukry served as Counselor in the Permanent Mission of Egypt to the United Nations, New York (1990-1994).
Dr. Maya Morsi
Dr. May Morsi took office as President of the National Council for Women (NCW) in February 2016. Upon re-formation of the NCW on 19 January 2016, members of the council elected her to serve as the third president of the NCW since it was established in 2000.
NCW is the highest national tool entrusted with formulating and monitoring national plans for the advancement of women in Egypt--providing policy options and advice in all fields related to the development and empowerment of women to enable them to play their rightful and essential roles in society and integrate their efforts in comprehensive national development programs.
Prior to joining the NCW, Maya Morsi had served, since 2013, as Regional Advisor on Gender Policies and Programmes in the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Regional Centre for Arab States in Cairo. She was responsible for providing policy advice and technical support for women’s empowerment and gender mainstreaming in planning and public budgets, as well as the formulation, monitoring and evaluation of regional and national strategies and plans for the advancement of women across the Arab region.
Maya Morsi’s career spans more than twenty years of dedicated service to the advancement of women and defending their fundamental rights. She served as Head of the Egypt Country Office of the United Nations Fund For Women – UNIFEM (2000-2013); UNIFEM Project Coordinator (1999-2000); Consultant for the Girls Education and Empowerment Project of the Ministry of Education in Egypt (1998-1999); and Project Officer in the Sustainable Human Development Platform for Action and Monitoring, implemented by UNDP in collaboration with the Ministry of Local Administration in Egypt (1995-1998). Prior to that, she served as Academic Facilitator in the Public Administration and Communication Joint Program between City University of Seattle and the Arab Academy of Science and Technology of the League of Arab States (1997-1998).
In 2008, Maya Morsi received a Ph.D. in Public Policy with a focus on the human security of Arab women from the Institute of Arab Studies and Research of the League of Arab States. She completed two Master’s degrees at the City University of Seattle, USA, in Business Administration (1998) and Public Administration (1997), after receiving a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Political Science from the American University in Cairo (1995), with a minor in Mass Communication (Journalism).
Maya Morsi has authored and contributed to many studies and books, which focused on various aspects of the advancement of women in Egypt and the Arab region, including issues of human security of Arab women; gender-responsive public budgets; the integration of gender perspectives in agricultural activities in Egypt; gender-sensitive urban planning; and strategies for empowering Arab women and eliminating gender-based discrimination in accordance with commitments of Arab countries to the CEDAW and Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.
Ambassador Hamdi Loza
Ambassador Hamdi Loza has been Deputy Foreign Minister for African Affairs since 2013.
From 2010 to 2013, Ambassador Loza served as the Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to Portugal. His previous ambassadorial posts include Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Egypt to Greece (2005-2009), and to Poland (1999-2003). Ambassador Loza served as Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs twice, in 2009 as Assistant Minister for European Affairs, and in 2004 as Assistant Minister for African Affairs. He served as Deputy Head of Mission in the Egyptian Embassy in Washington DC (1998-1999).
During the period 1985-1987, he served as First Secretary in the Egyptian Mission to the United Nations in New York. In 1995, Loza was appointed as Head of the Environment Department in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Moreover, he served as Second Secretary at the Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt in Brussels (1978-1981). His diplomatic career started in 1976 when he joined the Ministry as a Diplomatic Attaché in the Economic Department.
Ambassador Loza holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Political Sciences from Cairo University.
Ambassador Ashraf Rashed
Ambassador Ashraf Rashed is currently the Chairperson of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) National Commission of Egypt (since 2017), the Continental Task Force for Deeping the Review Processes in Africa, and the COMESA Committee of Elders (since 2019).
He’s been a member of the COMESA Committee of Elders since 2015, which addresses issues related to peace, security and governance in the COMESA region. Under this role, he represented COMESA at several UN meetings, and at the PAN Wise meetings organized by the AU.
He was also a member of the Committee that prepared the Africa Governance Report, adopted by the 2019 AU Summit.
From 2012-2017, he was appointed Vice Chairperson & member of the African Peer Review Panel of Eminent Persons. During his tenure, Ambassador Rashed gained experience in the promotion of good governance in the continent, including political, economic and social governance, with direct implications on conflict prevention, peacebuilding and sustainable development.
From June-September 2011, Ambassador Rashed was appointed International Consultant for the World Food Program, as facilitator and chairperson for the consultations on humanitarian assistance and risks in Somalia. Consultation participants included UN agencies, the Special Representative of UN Secretary-General, regional organizations, NGOs, and the donor community.
He served as Egypt’s Ambassador to Italy and Permanent Representative to the UN Agencies in Rome from 2006-2011, and Ambassador to Ireland from 1999-2003.
In 2009-2010, he was Chairperson of the African Group to the UN agencies in Rome. During the same period, Ambassador Rashed contributed to the launching of the Forum on Development of the Regions of Africa and Europe, an initiative by the European House -Ambrosetti and the Bank of Sicily, Italy.
Ambassador Rashed has served as Assistant Foreign Minister for European Affairs and Arab Coordinator for the Euro–Mediterranean Cooperation (2004-2006); Assistant Foreign Minister for African Affairs (February-September 2004); Deputy Assistant Foreign Minister for Strategic and Security Organizations in Europe (2003-2004); Deputy Assistant Foreign Minister for African Organizations (1997-1999); Head of the European Union Department (1996-1997); Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Egypt to Austria, and Deputy Permanent Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency, United Nations Industrial Development Organization, UN office Vienna, and OSCE (1992-1996).
He served in the Cabinet of the Minister of Foreign Affairs (1991-1992), the Embassy of Egypt to the United Kingdom (1987-1991), and was spokesman for the Foreign Minister (1984-1987). Prior to this, he served in the Embassy of Egypt to the United States of America (1980-1984), Cabinet of the Minister of Foreign Affairs (1979-1980), Embassy of Egypt to Sudan (1976-1979), and the Economic Department of the Foreign Ministry (1975-1976). (He began his Foreign Service career in March 1974.)
Ambassador Rashed is also a member of the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs, the Italian/Egyptian Business Council (since 2012), and the Egyptian National Group of Pugwash.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree of Economics from Alexandria University (1972).
Ambassador Ehab Fawzy
Ambassador Ehab Mohamed Mostafa Fawzyis the Assistant Foreign Minister for Multilateral and International Security Affairs.
His diplomatic career for the Egyptian Government started in 1984. Throughout his professional career, Ambassador Fawzi held several positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he served as former Egyptian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, NATO, as well as the Head of the Egyptian Mission to the European Union during the period 2013-2017. In 2013 he was the Director of the Minister of Foreign Affairs' Cabinet. Prior to this post, Ambassador Fawzy was the Deputy Assistant Foreign Minister for International Political Relations in 2012 and a member in the Board of Governors at the Egyptian Nuclear and Radiological Regulation Authority.
From 2007-2011, he was appointed Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to Austria, where he served as the Governor of Egypt on the Board of Governors of the IAEA, Permanent Representative of Egypt to the CTBT, the Office of the United Nations in Vienna, the UNIDO, and to the OSCE where he was the Head of the Egyptian Delegation to its Ministerial Conferences (Madrid 2007 - Helsinki 2008 - Athens 2009 – Almaty 2010). He served in the Egyptian Delegation to the United Nations in New York, and Egyptian Embassies in Washington DC and Tunisia. Early in his career, he served as a rapporteur of the Special Political Committee of the General Assembly and on Peacekeeping Operations.
Ambassador Abu Bakr Hefny Mahmoud
Ambassador Abu Bakr Hefny Mahmoud, Assistant Foreign Minister for African Affairs
H.E. Abou Bakr Hefny Mahmoud is the current Assistant Foreign Minister for African Affairs. Formerly, Ambassador Mahmoud served as Ambassador of Egypt to Ethiopia and permanent representative to the African Union and the UN Economic Commission to Africa.
In 2015-2016 he was President of the Board of Governors of the Anna Lindh Foundation. Prior to that, he was the Deputy Assistant Minister for the European Union Affairs and Euromed Partnership as well as Egypt's representative at the Union for the Mediterranean and the Anna Lindh Foundation.
Ambassador Mahmoud served from 2009-2013 as the Egyptian Ambassador to Morocco. Staring from 2007-2009 he became the Diplomatic advisor to the Minister of Transport. From 2003-2007 he was the Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy in Rome.
During the period of 2001 to 2003, Ambassador Mahmoud was the counselor to the Cabinet of Minister Fayza Aboulnaga, the Minister of State of Foreign Affairs. His other posts included being the first secretary to the Mission in Addis Ababa in 1997-2001. He also was the Second Secretary to the Embassy in Paris in 1992-1996 and he served in the African Department at the Embassy in Abidjan, Cote d' Ivoire in 1987-1991.
In 1985 Ambassador Mahmoud started his diplomatic career in the Diplomatic Attache at the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Ambassodor Hefny holds a Masters Degree in Political Science, African Studies from the Pantheon Sorbonne, Paris in 1995. He also has a bachelors degree in Hotel Management from Helwan University, Cairo in 1984.
Minister Plenipotentiary Ashraf Swelam
Minister Plenipotentiary Ashraf Swelam has been Director General of CCCPA since 2013, and the Executive Director of the Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development since 2019.
He is the former President of the International Association of Peacekeeping Training Centers (IAPTC) (2017-2018) and the African Peace Support Trainers Association (APSTA). He is also the former co-Chairman of the Integrated Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Training Group (IDDRTG) (2017-2019).
Before joining the Cairo Center in 2013, Ashraf served as the Lead Counsel to the Constitutional Committee (the Committee of 50) that drafted the Egyptian Constitution. On leave from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) from 2008-2013, he was a senior policy advisor to one of the leading presidential candidates (2011-12), and the editor and lead author of the candidate's presidential platform.
Ashraf has also held senior leadership positions with business NGOs in Egypt, including Senior Advisor to the Chairman of the Egyptian National Competitiveness Council (2012) and Director General of Egypt’s International Economic Forum (2009-2011).
A career diplomat for more than twenty years, Ashraf's expertise covers a wide variety of issues and regions, including peace and security, international economy, international cooperation, African affairs and Egyptian-American relations.
Ashraf is a Distinguished Humphrey Fellow (2020), a Yale World Fellow (2007), a Munich Young Leader (2012) and a visiting lecturer of Foreign Policy at the American University of Cairo (AUC). His articles have appeared in numerous Egyptian and international journals and newspapers, most notably the Financial Times (UK), the Yale Journal for International Affairs (USA), The Cairo Journal for Global Affairs (Egypt), the Global Policy Journal (UK), Die Zeit and Süddeutsche Zeitung (Germany).
He holds a BA in Political Science and Economics from Cairo University and an LLM in International Economic Law from Warwick University (1999).
Dr. Nadia Badr El Din Abou Ghazy
Dr. Abou Ghazy is an Associate Professor of Political Science in the Faculty of Economics and Political Science at Cairo University.
She holds a Ph.D. with a focus on the State and culture in Egypt, and a study of the cultural policy and its implementation on the intellectual environment from 1970-1981; a Master's degree with a focus on the issue of freedom in contemporary Egyptian theater from 1952-1967; and a Bachelor's degree in economics and political science.
Her recent publications include an evaluation study in light of international standards for cultural development titled, "Cultural Policies in Egypt in the First Decade of the Third Millennium."
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