About the Chairperson


Mohamed Sameh Amr was elected by the 37th session of the General Conference of UNESCO on 22 November 2013, to serve as Chairperson of the Executive Board of UNESCO for a two-year period, until the 38th session of the General Conference of UNESCO in November 2015.



He is also Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Egypt to UNESCO, a post he has held since April 2012.

Mr Amr was born in Cairo in 1966. He holds a Ph. D in International Law obtained from the London School of Economics and a Master’s degree in Public and Private Law granted by Cairo University. He is the author of numerous publications on matters of International Law, and led a distinguished academic career as a Professor of Public International Law at Cairo University.

Mohamed Sameh Amr has been closely associated to UNESCO since 2000, representing Egypt on a number of international committees and in negotiations concerning several UNESCO Conventions, notably those concerning Underwater Cultural Heritage, Intangible Cultural Heritage, Doping in Sport and the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.

He is a fluent speaker of Arabic, English and French.

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