Sherif Ismail

Sherif Ismail Mohamed (Arabic: شريف إسماعيل‎  pronounced [ʃɪˈɾiːf esmæˈʕiːl]; born 6 July 1955)[1] is an Egyptian engineer who served as Prime Minister of Egypt between 2015 and 2018. Previously he was minister of petroleum and mineral resources from 2013 to 2015.

Sherif Ismail
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Prime Minister of Egypt
In office
19 September 2015 – 7 June 2018
PresidentAbdel Fattah el-Sisi
Preceded byIbrahim Mahlab
Succeeded byMoustafa Madbouly
Minister of Petroleum
In office
16 July 2013 – 12 September 2015
Prime MinisterHazem Al Beblawi (Acting)
Ibrahim Mahlab
Preceded bySherif Haddara
Succeeded byTareq el Molla
Personal details
Born (1955-07-06) 6 July 1955 (age 65)
Cairo, Egypt
Political partyIndependent
Alma materAin Shams University


Ismail studied mechanical engineering at Ain Shams University and graduated in 1978.[2] He has held managerial posts at state-run petrochemical and natural gas firms. He served as the executive deputy chairman and then chairman of the Egyptian holding company for petrochemicals (ECHEM), which was established in 2002.[3][4] Next he was named chairman of the Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS).[5]

Then he worked as the managing director of the state-run oil holding company, Ganoub El Wadi Petroleum Holding Company (GANOPE).[6] and became chairman of the company.[7] He was appointed as Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources on 16 July 2013 as part of the interim cabinet led by Hazem Al Beblawi.[8] He replaced Sherif Hassan Haddara in the post.[9]

Ismail was appointed as prime minister on 12 September 2015.[10] On 5 June 2018 Ismail submitted his letter of resignation to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.[11] However, he still remained Prime Minister in caretaker capacity.[12] Two days after Ismail submitted his letter, Sisi appointed Moustafa Madbouly, minister of housing and urban utilities, to succeed him as prime minister.[13]

Following his departure as prime minister, it was reported on 9 June 2018 that Ismail had been nominated to serve as the top aide to Sisi.[13]


  1. ^ "Meet Egypt's new Prime Minister Sherif Ismail". Ahram Online. 12 September 2015. Archived from the original on 27 August 2017. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Meet Egypt's new Prime Minister: Sherif Ismail". Mada Masr. 13 September 2015. Retrieved 5 February 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Pascal Belda (2005). Ebizguide Egypt. MTH Multimedia S.L. p. 94. ISBN 978-84-933978-0-7.
  4. ^ Pavel Bogomolov (2004). "Thirty years later". Oil of Russia (3).
  5. ^ "On working meeting of Alexander Medvedev, Hany Soliman Ali, Sherif Soussa and Ibrahim Ahmed". Gazprom. 26 December 2006. Archived from the original on 1 August 2016. Retrieved 20 July 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Egypt expects $8 bln in petroleum investments, says minister". Arab Finance. Cairo. 21 February 2012. Retrieved 20 July 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ Patrick Werr (16 June 2013). "State holding company executive appointed Egypt's oil minister". Reuters. Retrieved 20 July 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "New Egyptian Interim Cabinet Sworn Into Office". Radio Free Europe. 16 July 2013. Retrieved 20 July 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ Tarek El Tablawy; Alaa Shahine (7 May 2013). "Egypt to Replace Finance Minister in Cabinet Reshuffle". Bloomberg. Retrieved 19 January 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "The Cabinet - Biography". The Arab Republic of Egypt - The Cabinet of Ministers. Archived from the original on 28 August 2017. Retrieved 7 August 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ "Egypt PM resigns after President Sisi sworn into office". Al Jazeera. 5 June 2018. Retrieved 16 April 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ "Egypt's cabinet submits resignation to President Sisi: statement". Reuters. 5 June 2018. Retrieved 16 April 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ a b "Knowing Egypt's new PM, Moustafa Madbouly". Egypt Today. 7 June 2018. Retrieved 16 April 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

External linksEdit

  Media related to Sherif Ismail at Wikimedia Commons

Political offices
Preceded by
Ibrahim Mahlab
Prime Minister of Egypt
Succeeded by
Moustafa Madbouly