Mahmoud Tawfik

Mahmoud Tawfik (Arabic: محمود توفيق; born 1961) is an Egyptian politician and police officer. He serves as the Egyptian Minister of Interior.

Mahmoud Tawfik
محمود توفيق
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Minister of Interior
Assumed office
14 June 2018
PresidentAbdel Fattah el-Sisi
Prime MinisterMostafa Madbouly
Preceded byMagdy Abdel Ghaffar
Director of the National Security Agency
In office
29 October 2017 – 14 June 2018
PresidentAbdel Fattah el-Sisi
Preceded byMahmud Sharawi
Succeeded byHamid Abdallah
Personal details
Born1961 (age 61–62)
Giza, Egypt
Military service
Branch/serviceEgyptian National Police
Years of service1982–present
RankMajor General


Tawfik joined the Egyptian police and graduated from the Police Academy in 1982. Following his graduation, Tawfik worked for various Egyptian security agencies under the control of the Egyptian Ministry of Interior. He started working for the Cairo Security Directorate, before joining the State Security Investigations Service and later its successor agency, the National Security Agency in 2011.

At the National Security Agency, he served as director of the agency's external operations department before becoming deputy director in 2015.[1] Tawfiq was involved in counter-terrorism activities, especially against Islamist groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood.

On 29 October 2017, Tawfik was promoted to director of the National Security Agency by then Minister of Interior Magdy Abdel Ghaffar after insurgents killed several police officers in an ambush in the Egyptian Western Desert.[2] During his time as director, Amnesty International reported that the agency was responsible for large scale human rights violations including torturing, abducting and killing members of the opposition without trial.[3]

On June 14, 2018, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi reshuffled key ministries and appointed Tawfiq as Minister of Interior.[4]


  1. ^ "Mahmoud Tawfiq".
  2. ^ "Minister of Interior reshuffles commanders due to security failure - Egypt Independent". 29 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Amnesty International Report 2017/18" (PDF). Retrieved 2018-08-13.
  4. ^ "Profile: 12 new ministries chosen for Egypt's challenging future - Egypt Today".