Position: Nabil Fahmy is the new foreign minister in Egypt’s interim government
Biography: A career diplomat, Fahmy was Egyptian ambassador to the US between 1999 and 2008. From 1997 until 1999, he was ambassador to Japan. Prior to that, he had been political adviser to the Egyptian foreign minister from 1993.

Fahmy has played an active role in efforts to bring about peace and disarmament in the Middle East. Between 1999 and 2003, he was a member of the UN secretary-general’s advisory board of disarmament matters and was appointed board chairman in 2001.

After leaving diplomacy, he entered politics joining the Constitution Party, which was established in April 2012 and led by Mohamed ElBaradei.

He is the founding dean of the School of Public Affairs at the American University in Cairo.

He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in physics and mathematics from the American University in Cairo and completed a master’s in management in 1976.