A Professor of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University and a former Minister of Health and Population of Egypt. She is a member of the AU Commission on Africa’s COVID-19 Response Strategy and had been appointed as a WHO/ Director General Special Envoy on COVID 19 for EMR and former Executive Director of the Middle East and North Africa Health Policy Forum. She is a member of several global, regional and national advisory boards and committees: GPMB; TAP PF; Africa BMJ; ArPHA; International Academy of Public Health (IAPH). Her membership has allowed her to be closely involved in observing and shaping global, regional and national public health population and systems policies and interventions.
She has held several high-level political, academic, and leadership positions and has accumulated more than 35 years of public health teaching, strategic leadership, policy, advocacy, and operational expertise. She has also worked closely with national, regional, and international organizations as a public health expert on a wide range of public health issues. She seeks through her work to strengthen regional public health, health systems resilience and security and governance for human development, particularly in middle and lower-income countries, in fragile settings, deprived areas, and among vulnerable groups through evidence-based public health, capacity building, policy, knowledge exchange, and networking.
She was nominated as one of the Most Influential Egyptian Leaders for 2020; as one of 22 Egyptian Influencer Women in 2022; and as a Heroine of Global Health by WGH in 2022.