Professor Samiha Fawzy was appointed Minister of Trade and Industry in the Arab Republic of Egypt on January 30, 2011, building on her extensive career in both civil service and academia. Prior to her selection as Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr. Fawzy held multiple positions across

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diverse fields, including First Assistant to the Minister of Trade and Industry since July 2004, as well as board member of multiple institutions and committees, including the Egyptian Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (ETRA), the Egyptian Institute of Directors (EIoD), the Egyptian Competition Authority (ECA), the Egyptian Bank for Exports Development ,the National Council for Women, and the General Authority For Investment. A Professor of Economics at Cairo University as well as Deputy Director of the Egyptian Center for Economic Studies (ECES), a leading public policy think, Dr. Fawzy is an active contributor to the field of economic research within Egypt and the Middle East and North Africa region as a whole. She has published extensively on various topics, including; trade, industrial economics, investment theories, multi-national corporations and corporate governance.  Dr. Fawzy received her Ph.D in Economics from Cairo University in 1984. She is married with two daughters, four granddaughters and a grandson.

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