The newly appointed Minister of Antiquities Mamdouh Al-Damati went to his office in Zamalek today after taking the oath of office, and met the ministry’s top officials.
During the meeting, Al-Damati listened to the problems that employees are facing and their suggestions and ideas to revitalise the work in the ministry. He also gave them his vision to give a new lease of life to the ministry’s work.
Al-Damati asked every head of the different sections to provide him with a new plan to complete any ongoing or deferred projects in a set period of time, as well as any suggestions to solve any problems that are stopping progress.
He promised to develop the skills of the ministry’s employees and improve their standard of life. He also called on the ministries in relation to antiquities, such as the ministries of tourism, culture and aviation, to collaborate with the Ministry of Antiquities in order to develop archaeological sites and museums and promote the return of tourism to Egypt.
Al-Damati was Egypt’s cultural attaché to Germany and since 2006 he has been the head of the antiquities section at the Faculty of Arts, Ain Shams University. He received his BA and MA in ancient Egyptian antiquities from Cairo University, and a PhD in ancient Egyptian antiquities from a German University.
He was deputy secretary of the Egyptian Museum from 1981 to 1987, and secretary of the Museum of the Faculty of Antiquities, Cairo University from 1988 to 1996.
In 2001, Al-Damati became the head of the Egyptian Museum for three years. He has been on the board of directors of several cultural, scientific and archaeological institutions in Egypt.
Al-Damati received the Legion of Honour from Italy’s president in 2004.