Biographies of the new cabinet

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Ministers of the first cabinet under President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi were sworn in today.

The cabinet is the third after the ousting of Mohamed Morsi early July 2013. Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab was reinstated by the president and was assigned the formation of the new cabinet after the president’s inauguration.

Twenty-one ministers retained their positions. Thirteen ministers are newcomers and included the addition of the new Ministry of Urban Development that specialises in underprivileged housing. The new formation also abolished the Ministry of Information, of which duties will be conducted by the National Council for Media. The decision came in line with the new constitution which calls for an independent institution to control state media outlets, which confirms the new government’s support of freedom of speech.

The new cabinet formation includes:

Minister of Defence and Military Production Sedki Sobhi

Minister of Defence and Military Production Sedki Sobhi was born in 1955 and graduated from the Egyptian Military Academy in 1976. He was the commander of the third field army, later appointed as Commander-in-Chief of the Egyptian Armed Forces in 2012.

Sobhi received several medals and decorations which include the 25 January Revolution Medal and the Silver Jubilee of October War Medal.

Several Armed Forces representatives praised Sobhi’s actions during and after 25 January and 30 June revolutions, in addition to his role in effectively fighting terrorism in Sinai.

Sobhi is adamant when it comes to improving the Egyptian Armed Forces in all aspects.

Minister of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim (photo: ONA Egypt)

Minister of Interior, Mohamed Ibrahim was born in 1953 and graduated from the Police Academy in 1976. He started working in the Suez Security Directorate in 1980 and worked in the forensic field for 14 years in several governorates.

In 2013, he was instated as the Minister of Interior under the ousted Mohamed Morsi. Ibrahim survived an assassination attempt on 5 September 2013 in Nasr City.

After the swearing in ceremony, Ibrahim confirmed that re-establishing security and traffic laws across Egypt is of the utmost priority. Several campaigns of the ministry over the course of the past few days were directed towards clearing out street vendors from the streets in an effort to battle traffic congestion.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shokri (photo: Egymedia)

Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shokri was born in 1952 and graduated from Ain-Shams University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Law. He was the director of the foreign minister’s office 2004-2005, later serving as the Egyptian Delegate for the United Nations in Geneva. He has served as the Egyptian Ambassador in the United States from 2008 to 2012.

Shokri is known as a firm defender of the Palestinian right to an independent Palestinian state among other Egyptian and Arab causes, in addition to fighting any accusations that link Islam with human rights violations.

Minister of Finance Hany Qadri Yussef Damian (photo: El-Balad)

Minister of Finance, Hany Qadri Yussef Damian, who has had an extensive career in the ministry and known as one of the head negotiators with the International Monetary Fund. Lately, he has served as Deputy-Minister of Finance and Head of the Financial Politics Unit of the ministry.

One of Damian’s main plans is to enhance the subsidies system, of which energy is a focal point he addresses.

Minister of Investments Ashraf Salman (photo: Al-Borsa News)

Investment Minister Ashraf Salman was born in 1968 and graduated from the Faculty of Commerce in 1990, majoring in accounting. He later received a Master’s Degree in business management in 1993.

He had held several positions in the banking private sectors which include head of the financial and investment sector of the Arab African Bank, in addition to his work as chairman for a number of Egyptian investment funds.

Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy Mohamed Shaker

Mohamed Shaker, Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy, graduated from Cairo University with a Bachelor’s in Engineering, later receiving a PhD from London University in 1978. After pursuing a career in academia, he founded an electromechanical consultation firm, which has started with only two employees at the time and now employ more than 600. He has worked on more than 1500 projects as a consultant, both domestically and internationally.

Shaker has been internationally praised for his plans regarding renewable energy and how it relates to urban development. The Greek Minister of Energy has applauded Shaker’s work on several renewable energy projects in Greece.

Shaker highly supports solar energy projects of the likes of Germany and will be working on incorporating such methods in Egypt to combat energy issues.

Minister of Tourism Hisham Zazou (photo: ONA Egypt)

Hisham Zazou has been appointed for the fourth time as Minister of Tourism. Born in 1954, he graduated from Ain-Shams University from the Faculty of Commerce with a Bachelor’s in Accounting in 1976.

His first interaction with tourism was in 1980 during his stay in the United States, where he started an Egyptian-American travel agency that played a great role in attracting American tourism to Egypt.

In 2008, he was selected to be the Deputy-Minister of tourism.

He took several courses in the tourism field, one of which was from Harvard University.

Zazou played a powerful role in supporting struggling tourism agencies and developing projects with other ministries to increase investments in the field.

Minister of Urban Development Laila Iskander (photo: Al-Borsa News)

Laila Iskander, Minister of Urban Development, has served as Minister of Environment in the Interim Government in 2014.

She was born in 1949 and graduated from Cairo University with a Bachelor’s degree in economic and political sciences, in addition to degrees in near east studies and international education from Berkley University in California and Columbia University in New York, respectively.

Iskander has profound experience in the environmental field, especially with establishing an environmental consultation firm in Egypt. She has also exerted great efforts in the fields of recycling across Egypt.