Former Minister of Administration & Former Chairman of the Suez Canal Economic Zone
Ahmed Mahmoud Darwish (born 25 May 1959) is an Egyptian international consultant and politician. He served as the first Chairman of the General Authority of Suez canal Economic Zone from 2015 to 2017.
He previously served as Minister of State for Administration Development between 2004 and 2011. Ahmed Darwish did his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Cairo University in Computer Engineering in 1981 and 1984 respectively. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of California, Davis in 1988. He received Life Time Achievement Medal in Public Service from the university of California, Davis in 2017. In November 2015, Darwish was appointed by the Egyptian president Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to serve as the chairman of the new flagship project that aims at revitalizing the Suez Canal area by constructing a 461 square kilometers across the three Suez Canal governorates of Suez, Port Said and Ismailia, and will include six maritime ports, to be completed by 2045. Ahmed Darwish serves on the board of advisors in various companies including the government-affiliated Egyptian National Competitiveness Council, Banque Du Caire, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, School of Business at the American University in Cairo and the investment company 138 Pyramids. Darwish is an international consultant to several companies such as Microsoft and Egyptian International Petroleum Company.