Advisor to the Minister of Environment for Biodiversity & National Focal Point
Minister Advisor at Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs. Ph.D. in marine Biology – Bristol University( 1974-1979); Head of fisheries and marine science at Sultan Qaboos university, Oman,; Director of Nature conservation Egypt, national focal points of several conventions such as CBD, RAMSAR. A member of Multidisciplinary Panel (MEP) of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and also member of the Animal Committee of CITES. He is the chairman IUCN National Committee and member of SCOPE National Committee at the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology and is a member of the center of environmental studies at Alexandria Bibliotheca. He is Chair and Co-chair of several international and regional marine workshops (EBSA, Invasive species of CBD, MPAs). He joined the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA) as Director of Nature Conservation Sector (NCS) in February 2000. His work involved implementation of the National Biodiversity Conservation strategy and Action Plans through developing and managing a network of 30 protected areas (about 15% of Egypt’s territory), Biodiversity Development, and Egypt’s commitment to international and regional agreements and conventions dealing with Environmental protection and nature conservation. The National Focal Point for several international conventions (e.g. Biodiversity, CMS, Ramsar). A member of board of several learned societies and governmental institutions. Assistant Dean for Extension at the College of Agriculture, Sultan Qaboos University (SQU); UNEP & NOAA Consultant and Coordinator of UNEP Task Team on Land-based Sources Affecting the Marine Environment of ROPME, and Implications of Climate Change on Marine Environment and Fisheries of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden. He is currently a member of the Global Task Team on the Implications of Climate Change on Coral Reefs and the European Academy for Environmental Affairs.