1976, BCom in Accounting, Ain Shams University, Cairo; postgraduate certificate in Public Private Partnership, Harvard Kennedy School of Business; UNWTO certificate/courses in Tourism Sustainability, the New Consumer and New Technologies for Promotion; MBA candidate, Edinburgh Business School, Harriott Watt University. Over 25 years' experience leading multi-faceted operations in the tourism field. Background in diversity management, marketing, sales and effective employee management has provided a strong basis for delivering innovative business solutions through conceptual thinking. 1976-79, Internal Auditor, Central Department, Citibank Cairo. With R&H Voyages, Cairo: 1980-82, Manager, Los Angeles; 1982-94, General Manager, Cairo. 1995-2003, General Manager, Sakkara Travel Group, Cairo; 2004-07, Director-General, Egyptian Tourism Federation; 2007-12, Senior Assistant Minister of Tourism. Currently, Minister of Tourism. Involved in Euro / Med framework process. Former: Vice-Chairman, UNWTO; Official Delegate, Rio +20.