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Mr. Yasser Elnaggar

Ambassador Yasser Elnaggar was recently the Principal Deputy Minister of Investment until March 2016. During his tenure, he oversaw the investment promotion strategy of the ministry, as well as the development of new mechanism to ease the doing business climate. He served as the Chairman of the Steering Committee for the Equal Access and Simplified Environment for Investment (EASE) Project, implemented in partnership with the World Bank; and the Chairman of the Steering Committee for Enhancing the Investment Policy, Legal and Institutional Framework Project, managed by the OECD. Amb. Elnaggar was the Overall Coordinator of both the Anti-Corruption Commission for the Ministry of Investment, as well as the MENA Transition Fund Project on Enhancing the Investment Climate in Egypt. He represented the Egyptian National Contact Point (NCP) for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. He contributed in his capacity as a member of the Egyptian Delegation in the negotiations regarding the settlement of international arbitration cases. Amb. Elnaggar also served as the “Overall Coordinator” for Egypt Economic Development Conference (EEDC) that took place in March 2015.

Prior to that, Mr. Elnaggar was the Deputy Chief of Mission for the Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt in Washington since 2010. During his time in Washington, Mr. Elnaggar played a leading role in the Embassy during the unfolding events of the 25th of January 2011 revolution and the 30th of June 2013 revolution, where he addressed the American public through conducting background media interviews and out-reach activities with local and federal officials as well as members of congress and their staff. Mr. Elnaggar supervised the entire process of the first ever-parliamentary election for Egyptian Expats in the United States, as well as subsequent presidential elections and referendum on the new constitution. He also organized bilateral visits of Egyptian officials including the visit of the President of the Arab republic of Egypt to New York in September 2014, the Prime Minister’s visit to Washington D.C. to participate in the US-Africa leaders’ Summit in August 2014, as well as numerous visits of cabinet members to Washington DC, and visits of U.S. officials and business community members to Cairo.

Mr. Elnaggar has over 25 years of diplomatic experience where he has held several posts such as: Senior Policy Adviser to the Presidents of the 61st and 64th sessions at the General Assembly of the United Nations, Director of the Department of United Nations Affairs at the Minister of Foreign Affairs in Egypt, Counselor at the permanent mission of Egypt to the United Nations in New York as well as Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt and the secretary General of the league of Arab States.

Moreover Mr. Elnaggar is a member of several organizations such as The Chicago Council on Global Relations, The Center for Middle Eastern Studies, The University of Chicago, The Egyptian Association for Economists, The Center for Political Research and Studies, Cairo University and The Center for Economic Research and Studies, Cairo University. He is also a frequent guest lecturer at The Harris School of Public Policy in The University of Chicago, The Maxwell School in Syracuse University, The American University in Washington D.C., The Executive Council on Diplomacy, The United States Institute of Peace, The Osgood Center for International Studies, The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars and The United States Naval Academy.

In 2011, Mr. Elnaggar was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from the Executive Council on Diplomacy as well as a Certificate of Business Appreciation from the World Trade Center Institute. He holds a Master of Arts in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago as well as a Diploma in International Relations & Development from the Netherlands Government.