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Ahmed Tayia
Diplomat (Chief Political & Economic Officer) , Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Egypt, China
With proven dedication and leadership, analytical thinking and systematic planning, communication and negotiation skills, flexibility and adaptability to multicultural environment, I am a senior diplomat with experience and twe PhDs in international economics and development and in environmental policy, seeking a new direction in International Organisation, Multinational Corporations and academia
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Area of Expertise:
  • Environment, Climate, Energy, Water, Sanitation
  • Government/Governance, Reforms
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research, Analysis
  • Social, Education, Gender, Youth, Child
  • Trade, Finance, Economics, Cooperation, Global
Professional Experience:
Diplomat (Counsellor -Chief Political & Economic Officer)
- Embassy of Egypt in Beijing, China.
- From July 2019 till present
- Coordinate the bilateral political relations between Egypt and China;
- Supervise the bilateral economic relations, including trade, investment, and technical cooperation;
- Analyse the Chinese political & economic relations with the USA, EU and Latin America;

Diplomat (Counsellor -Coordinator of the Egyptian Initiative for Development in the Nile Basin Countries)
Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Egyptian Agency of Partnership for Development - EAPD), Cairo, Egypt (May 2018 - June 2019);
- Coordinated the formulation of the strategy of the initiative;
- Managed the process of assessment and approval of development cooperation projects;
- Led the monitoring and evaluation of the implementation progress of the cooperation projects;
- Liaised with national, regional entities collaborating in development cooperation projects;
Diplomat (First secretary- Deputy chief of mission - Head of the political and economic section)
Embassy of Egypt in Kampala), Kampala, Uganda (November 2013 - January 2016).
- Coordinated the bilateral political and economic relations Egypt and Uganda;
- Developed and implemented initiatives to strengthen development cooperation with Uganda;
- Analysed and reported on the economic progress in Uganda;
- Coordinated the interactions with the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI);
- Headed the diplomatic and administrative sections at the embassy.

Diplomat (First secretary- Head of the Economic Section - Consul)
- Embassy of Egypt in Madrid, Spain (September 2008 - September 2012);
- Analysed and reported the internal economic developments in Spain;
- Coordinated the economic and development cooperation between Egypt and Spain;
- Headed the Consular section in the Embassy;

Diplomat (second secretary- Member of Egyptian Permanent Mission to the League of Arab States)
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cairo, Egypt (August 2006 - August 2008)
- Negotiated resolutions and other instruments of the different bodies of the League of the Arab States;
- Participated in forming the Egyptian position regarding the key political issues in the Middle East;
- Participated in developing programmes to strengthen the economic cooperation among Arab states

Diplomat (Third secretary- Political and Economic officer - Consul)
- Embassy of Egypt in Algiers, Algeria (July 2002 - July 2006);
- Analysed and reported on the development of the internal political and security situation in Algeria;
- Coordinated the bilateral political and economic cooperation and provided support to Egyptian investors in Algeria;

Diplomatic Attaché (WTO and EU Desk officer)
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Cabinet of the Assistant Foreign Minister for International Economic Relations and Cooperation), Cairo, Egypt (February 2002 - July 2002);
- Worked in a team developed the Egyptian position in the negotiations of the WTO;
- Supported the negotiating team in the negotiations of the Association Agreement with the EU.

Diplomatic Attaché (International cooperation officer)
Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Egyptian Institute for Diplomatic studies), Cairo, Egypt (May 2001 - January 2002)
- Managed training programmes in the field of international economic cooperation for Diplomats;

Commercial Attaché (WTO Desk officer)
Ministry of Economy and Trade (Egyptian Trade Representation, WTO Unit), Cairo, Egypt (December 1999 - April 2001).
- Provided technical support to the Egyptian Permanent delegation to the WTO in Geneva;

Commercial Attaché (Aide to Minister of Trade)
Ministry of Trade (Minister of Trade’s Cabinet), Cairo, Egypt (December 1998 - December 1999).
- Provided advice to the Minister on the WTO negotiations;
- Provided advice on international economic issues.
PhD in Environmental Policy.
- Imperial College London (ICL) – Centre for Environmental Policy (DPU)
-From October 2015 to June 2019)
- Thesis Title: “Water Security in Egypt: Potential for and Constraints on Virtual-Water Decoupling in Achieving Food-Water Security”;
- Research Objective: To examine food-water security policy insofar it can be a means of achieving national water security;
- This research has developed a novel multi-layered framework based on New Institutional Economics to assess the socio-economic impacts on virtual water decoupling role in achieving food-water security;
- The framework was then used to provide an in-depth analysis of virtual-water decoupling role in achieving a version of food-water security in Egypt during the period 1962-2013.

PhD in International Economics and Development (overall mark: Distinction con Laude)
- Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Complutense University of Madrid), Madrid, Spain.
- From September 2011 to October 2015.
- Thesis Title: “The role of institutional change in the management of the Nile water”;
- Research Objective: To trace the historical evolution of the present Nile Basin regulatory framework and examine its impact examine its influence on the current interactions among Nile riparian states;
-This research adopts a case-study design, with in-depth qualitative analysis, of the Nile Basin as an example of the complex transboundary relations over shared waters;
- The study uses analytical framework derived from Game Theory and the New Institutional Economics (NIE) to analyse the evolution of the institutional framework that has governed the Nile basin and how it affected the annual water share allocated to each riparian country.

MSc in Development Administration & Planning (overall mark: Distinction–Dissertation mark: Distinction)
- University College London (UCL) - Development Planning Unit (DPU)

- Dissertation Title: “Evolution of the social policy in Egypt: 1974 – 2011”.
-The course provided me with tools for the formulation of strategies and policies to address to a diverse range of social and economic problems, including those relating to productive capacity, inter-sectoral integration, economic and social diversification, poverty reduction and inequality.

Master´s Degree in International Economics and Development
- Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Complutense University of Madrid) , Madrid, Spain.
- September 2009 to September 2011
- Dissertation Title: ¨the role of institutional change in the evolution of the FDI inflows to Egypt in the period 1997-2010”;
- The course examined the different models of economic development and experiences of developed and developing countries. It equipped me the qualitative and quantitative methods used for economic analysis.

B.Sc. in Development and Economics
- University of London, London, UK (London school of Economics and political science, International Programme)
- September 2001 to August 2009
- The course provided me with the necessary foundation to understand the theory and practice of development and recognise its economic, social and geographic dimensions.

Master of Business of Administration (MBA) in International Business
- Maastricht School of Management, Maastricht, Netherlands
- September 1997 to October 2000
- Dissertation: “A System Dynamics Model for Developing a Software Industry: The Case of Egypt”.
-It provided me with necessary foundation in management as well as advanced courses in international business.

B.Sc. in Systems and Biomedical Engineering
- Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt.
- September 1991 - July 1996
- This course equipped me with an extensive foundation in systems engineering and its application in the field of biomedical technology.

Affiliations and Achievements:
- Transboundary Water Conflict Resolution Mechanisms: Substitutes or Complements;
- Resilient Transboundary Water Management Institutions;
- Transboundary water conflict resolution mechanisms: toward convergence between theory and practice;
- The role of institutional change in the management of common-pool resources: the Nile Basin;
- A system dynamics model for developing the software industry: the case of Egypt.

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    Years of Experience:
    More than 20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, French, Spanish, Arabic
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