H.E. Dr. Fahmy is the founding Dean of the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the American University in Cairo. He is also the Chair of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies’ Middle East Project. As of September 1, 2008, he has been Ambassador at Large at the Egyptian Foreign Ministry.
Dr. Fahmy has held numerous posts in the Egyptian Government since 1974. He served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs from June 2013 to July 2014. He also served as Ambassador of Egypt to the United States from 1999-2008, Political Advisor to Egypt's Foreign Minister from 1992-97, and then served as the country’s Ambassador to Japan from 1997 to 1999.
Dr. Fahmy has played an active role in mediating peace in the Middle East, as well as in international and regional disarmament affairs. He headed the Egyptian delegation to the Middle East Peace Process Steering Committee in 1993 and the Egyptian delegation to the Multilateral Working Group on Regional Security and Arms Control emanating from the Madrid Peace Conference in 1991. Dr. Fahmy has been a member of the Egyptian Missions to the United Nations (Disarmament and Political Affairs) in Geneva and New York. He was elected Vice Chairman of the First Committee on Disarmament and International Security Affairs of the 44th Session of the UN General Assembly in 1986. From 1999 until 2003, he was also a member of the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board of Disarmament Matters, and appointed as board chairman in 2001.
Dr. Fahmy holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Mathematics and a Master's degree in Management, both from the American University in Cairo. He has also received an honorary doctorate from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, an affiliate of Middlebury College.