14 - 20 October 1999
Issue No. 451
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The newcomersBy Mona El-Nahhas
Medhat Hassanein, minister of finance:
Born in Tahta, Sohag Governorate, in 1939. Since 1981, he has occupied the post of professor of finance and economy at the American University in Cairo (AUC). From 1980 to 1982, he also served as managing director of the Gulf Egyptian Bank; from 1978 to 1981, as head of the investment sector of the Arab Investment Bank; from 1982 to 1992, as head of the projects department at the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development in Kuwait; and from 1970 to 1973 as assistant professor of economy at the American University in Beirut (AUB).
Hassanein got his PhD in economy and finance from Pennsylvania University in 1981, and a master's degree in finance from New York University in 1966. Hassanein graduated from the Faculty of Commerce, Cairo University, in 1960. He was also a board member of the Holding Company for Transport.
Ali El-Sa'idi, minister of electricity:
Born in Tala, Menufiya Governorate, in 1936. El-Sa'idi got a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Cairo University, a master's degree in the technology of reactors from Birmingham University, a PhD in nuclear engineering from Illinois University and the fellowship of the National Defence College.
From 1957 to 1963, he served as an engineer at the reactors department of the Atomic Energy Authority. Since 1985, he has occupied the post of executive chairman of the Nuclear Stations Authority.
Amina El-Guindi, minister of social affairs:
El-Guindi graduated from the Faculty of Social Service, Helwan University, in 1963. She obtained a master's degree in social planning in 1978 and a PhD in sociology in 1987.
She began her career as a sociologist with the Faculty of Fine Arts and occupied several university posts until she became head of the Student Affairs Department, Helwan University. She taught sociology at Helwan University, and worked with the National Council for Motherhood and Childhood after its establishment in 1989. She was awarded a certificate of merit by President Hosni Mubarak when he appointed her a member of the Shura Council. She was also appointed as a member of the Higher Council of Education and a board member at the Radio and Television Union.
Sameh Fahmi, minister of petroleum:
Fahmi got a university degree in chemical engineering from Cairo University in 1973 and a fellowship in national planning from the Nasser Military Academy. He worked for the planning department at the Egyptian Petroleum Authority.
In 1988, he became general manager of the planning department at the Petroleum Authority and later the authority's deputy chairman.
He was the vice chairman of the Middle East Oil Refinery (Midor).
Ahmed Nazif, state minister for communication and information:
Born in Cairo Governorate in 1952, he graduated from the Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University, in 1973. In 1983, he got a PhD in computer engineering from McGill University, Canada.
Nazif served as a professor at the Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University. He worked as an executive manager of the cabinet's information centre for six years. Nazif participated in supervising projects related to work mechanisation in various ministries and governorates. He also supervised the National Number Project and the mechanisation of the Civil Status Department. He played an active role in establishing information centres in several ministries.
Mustafa Abdel-Qader, minister of local development:
Born in 1940, he graduated from the Police Academy in 1959 and obtained a law degree in the same year. Following his graduation, he worked as a police officer with the Giza Security Department.
Abdel-Qader headed the department of state security investigation from 1988 to 1993. He was later appointed as first assistant to the interior minister for security. In 1997, he was appointed as governor of the southern province of Minya. Abdel-Qader was awarded an order of merit by the late President Gamal Abdel-Nasser in 1964 and was decorated again for his achievements in 1983.
Hassan Khedr, minister of supply:
Born in Giza Governorate in 1946. He obtained a PhD in agricultural economy from Princeton University.
He began his career in 1978 as a researcher with the Agriculture Ministry's Institute for Agricultural Economy Research. He was appointed as an adviser to the minister of economy in 1979. He headed the Department of Agricultural Research and Project Evaluation at the Ministry of Agriculture until 1984 and also served as an economic adviser to the minister of agriculture. He was also an adviser at the World Bank, the Ford Foundation and the Arab Organisation for Agricultural Development.
Alieddin Hilal, minister of youth:
Born in 1944. He obtained a bachelor's degree in economics and political science from Cairo University in 1964, a master's degree from McGill University in 1968 and a PhD from the same university in 1972.
He has held several academic posts. In 1973, he was appointed as a lecturer at Cairo University's Faculty of Economics and Political Science. In 1992, he established and headed that Faculty's Centre of Political Research and Studies at the Faculty of Economics and Political Science. In 1994, he was appointed as the dean of the Faculty of Economics and Political Sciences and as secretary-general of the Higher Universities Council. He has participated in several international conferences and won numerous prizes as well as a decoration of arts and sciences in 1979. He has also authored many publications in Arabic and other languages.
Ibrahim El-Demeiri, minister of transport:
Born in Mit Ghamr, Daqahliya Governorate, in 1939. He graduated from the Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University, in 1962.
He held several academic posts until he became dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams University, and later vice-president of Ain Shams University. He obtained a PhD in transport and traffic planning from Achen University, Germany, in 1973. He authored 54 research papers on traffic and transport planning, which were published in scientific magazines in Arabic, English and German. He established a department for traffic planning, the first of its kind, at Ain Shams University. He is a member of the Transport Research Council at the Scientific Research Academy.
Mokhtar Khattab, minister of the public business sector:
Born in 1943. He obtained a bachelor's degree in commerce from Ain Shams University in 1963, a master's degree in economics from Grenoble University in 1972, a PhD in economics in 1977 and two diplomas in computer programming from California University in 1982.
Khattab was appointed as an adviser to the minister of the public business sector from 1996 to 1999 and as head of the cabinet's Information and Decision Support Centre from 1991 to 1996. He served as economic adviser at the Libyan National Institute of Petroleum from 1977 to 1980. He also worked as a lecturer in economics at Grenoble University from 1974 to 1977.
Ahmed El-Darsh, minister of planning and international cooperation:
Born in Alexandria in 1937. He obtained a bachelor's degree in economics and political science from Alexandria University in 1958 and a PhD in economics from Syracuse University.
He worked as an economic researcher for the National Planning Committee in 1958, a trade attaché with the Ministry of Economy from 1959 to 1962, a lecturer in economics at New York University from 1967 to 1969, a professor of economics at Johnson Smith University from 1973 to 1976 and a professor of economics at the Faculty of Commerce, Kuwait University, from 1978 to 1983. El-Darsh later worked as first under-secretary at the Ministry of Investment and International Cooperation from 1983 to 1984 and as an adviser to the minister of economy.
Sayed Mesh'al, state minister for military production:
Born in Cairo in 1942. He held several posts in the armed forces and worked as board chairman of El-Nasr Chemicals Company from 1989 to 1997 and as general manager of the armed forces' National Service Authority from 1997 to 1999. He obtained a university degree in science from Cairo University in 1964 and graduated from the Military Academy in 1965. He obtained a master's degree in chemistry in 1977 and a PhD in science in 1981.
In 1994, he became a professor at Cairo University's Faculty of Science and also a board member of the National Research Centre. Mesh'al was decorated for his achievements in the fields of science and military services.
Mustafa El-Rifa'i, minister of industry:
Born in Giza in 1934. He obtained a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Cairo University in 1954 and a master's and PhD from Oklahoma University. From 1974 to 1980, he was general manager of the development and technology sector at the Suez Company for Petroleum Industries. In 1980, he became board chairman of the Engineering Company for Petroleum and Chemical Industries. In 1984, he was appointed as a board member of the Technology and Scientific Research Academy.
In 1988, he became a member of the industry committee of the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP). He was awarded a golden medal by the Engineers' Syndicate in 1986 and a certificate of merit by the prime minister in 1987.