Nabil Fahmi

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Nabil Fahmi (born 5 January 1951) is an Egyptian diplomat and politician who served in the government of Egypt as minister of foreign affairs from June 2013 to July 2014.

Nabil Fahmi
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Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
16 July 2013 – 17 June 2014
Prime MinisterHazem Al Beblawi
Ibrahim Mahlab
Preceded byMohamed Kamel Amr
Succeeded bySameh Shoukry
Personal details
Born (1951-01-05) 5 January 1951 (age 71)
New York
Political partyIndependent
Other political
Constitution Party (until July 2013)
Alma materAmerican University in Cairo
ProfessionDiplomat, Academic

Early life and educationEdit

Nabil Fahmi was born in New York on 5 January 1951.[1][2] His father, Ismail Fahmi, was Anwar Sadat's foreign minister from 1973 to 1977.[3][4]

He holds a bachelor of science degree in physics and mathematics and a master's degree in management, both of which he received from the American University in Cairo in 1974 and 1976, respectively.[5][6]


Fahmi is a career diplomat. He served in the Egyptian cabinet from 1974 to 1978 in various posts, including deputy foreign minister.[6] He also assumed the post of advisor to the Vice President of Egypt and was the secretary of the president for external communications from February 1974 to August 1976.[2] He worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in different capacities, including member of the Egyptian mission to the United Nations Office at Geneva and New York and political advisor from August 1993 to September 1997.[7] He served as the Ambassador of Egypt to Japan from September 1997 to September 1999.[8] Next he served as the Ambassador of Egypt to the United States from October 1999 to September 2008.[9][7] Therefore, his term saw the September 11 attacks.[10]

From 1999 to 2003 he was also among the members of the UN Secretary General's advisory board on disarmament issues and he was appointed chairman of the board in 2001.[11] Upon returning to Cairo he was named Ambassador-at-Large at the ministry.[7]

After leaving his diplomatic post, he entered politics. He was a member of the Constitution Party headed by Mohamed ElBaradei.[12] He also joined American University as a faculty member.[13] He is also the founding dean of university's school of public affairs.[14][15] In addition, he worked as the dean at the faculty.[16] He was named non-resident chair of the Middle East project carried out by the James Martin center for nonproliferation studies in 2009.[5] He was also a board member of McLarty associates.[17]

On 14 July 2013, he announced that he accepted a proposal to become minister of foreign affairs in the interim government of Egypt led by Hazem Al Beblawi.[18][19] He accepted the post after Mohamed Kamel Amr had declared his intention not to continue in the post.[20] On 16 July Fahmi's term as foreign minister began.[4][21] Fahmi suspended his membership at the Constitution Party when he began to serve as foreign minister.[22]

Personal lifeEdit

Fahmy is married and has three children.[2] He publishes various articles in his blog at The Huffington Post.[1]

He was given an honorary PhD by the Monterey Institute of International Studies, Middlebury College, in May 2009.[14]


  1. ^ a b "Blog of Nabil Fahmy". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  2. ^ a b c "Ambassador Nabil Fahmy". Baltimore Luxor Alexandria Sister City Committee. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  3. ^ Michale Collins Dune (15 July 2013). "Nabil Fahmy accepts the Egyptian foreign ministry". Middle East Institute. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  4. ^ a b "PM Beblawi and his cabinet". BBC. 16 July 2013. Retrieved 16 July 2013.
  5. ^ a b "Ambassador Nabil Fahmy". James Martin CNS. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  6. ^ a b "Nabil Fahmy". World Economic Forum. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  7. ^ a b c "Participants and Biographies". Arab Institute for Security Studies. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  8. ^ "Nabil Fahmy, former Egyptian Ambassador to US named FM". Ya Libnan. 14 July 2013. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  9. ^ "Egypt Swears In ElBaradei as Interim Vice President". Voice of America. 14 July 2013. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  10. ^ "Interview: Nabil Fahmy". PBS. September 2001. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  11. ^ "Former Egyptian Ambassador to the U.S. Nabil Fahmy to Discuss Implications of the Arab Spring April 9". The University of Texas at Austin. Austin. 2 April 2012. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  12. ^ "Former ambassador to US named Egypt FM". Al Jazeera. 14 July 2013. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  13. ^ Ashraf Khaled (19 July 2013). "Academics get key posts in caretaker government". University World News (Issue no: 281). Retrieved 20 October 2013.
  14. ^ a b "Nabil Fahmy". The American University in Cairo. Archived from the original on 18 July 2013. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  15. ^ Nick Paton-Walsh; Schams Elazar; Joe Sterling (15 July 2013). "Post-Morsy Egypt forging government of technocrats". CNN. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  16. ^ Ray Mosely (23 June 2011). "Noted Egyptian diplomat Nabil Fahmy warns against new Western military adventures in Middle East". Al Arabiya. London. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  17. ^ "Nabil Fahmy". McLarty Associates. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  18. ^ "Nabil Fahmy appointed Egypt foreign minister". GMA News. 14 July 2013. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  19. ^ "Former Egyptian ambassador to U.S. named foreign minister". Reuters. Cairo. 14 July 2013. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  20. ^ "Nabil Fahmy accepts foreign minister post, Cabinet talks ongoing". Egypt Independent. MENA/Reuters. 14 July 2013. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  21. ^ "Egypt's interim president is swearing in first government". Ahram Online. 16 July 2013. Retrieved 16 July 2013.
  22. ^ Amira Mikhail (18 July 2013). "Key Positions in Beblawi's Interim Government". Atlantic Council. Retrieved 20 July 2013.

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