Al-Ahram Weekly   Al-Ahram Weekly
7 - 13 October 1999
Issue No. 450
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Prime technocrat

ATEF EBEID, a 67-year-old technocrat, served as minister of the public business sector in the outgoing government of Kamal El-Ganzouri and played a key role in implementing its privatisation programme.

From 1993 to 1996, Ebeid held the posts of minister of state for cabinet affairs, minister of state for administrative development and minister of the public business sector. In 1996, he became responsible for the public business sector portfolio only.

Ebeid was born on 14 April 1932 in Tanta, a city in the Nile Delta Governorate of Gharbiya. He graduated from the Faculty of Commerce, Cairo University, in 1952. Upon graduation, he became a research assistant at the Faculty of Commerce, Ain Shams University. He obtained his masters degree in 1956 and a PhD from the University of Illinois in the United States in 1962.

Returning home, he held several teaching posts until he became a professor of management at Cairo University. He was later elevated to head of the management department of the same university in 1978, a post which he held until 1984. He also served as a visiting professor at the American University in Cairo (AUC) from 1965 until 1984.

He was a counsellor to various ministries: energy, industry, higher education, housing and information. He held the post of chairman of the board of the International Centre for Management from 1973 until 1984. Then he became a counsellor to the International Labour Organisation (ILO), acting to upgrade its administration programme.

His important achievements include preparing a plan to develop the public sector, negotiating with the IMF and streamlining the procedures of private sector enterprise.

He is married with two children. His son, Walid, is a professor of surgery at Qasr Al-Aini University and his daughter, Nora, is an assistant lecturer in the management department of the Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University.

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