Ambassador Mohamed Abdel-hay El-Orabi is the former Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs, the current head of the Tahya Masr (Long Live Egypt) coalition, former president of the Congress party, and the Secretary General of the Arab Egyptian Unity Movement. Ambassador El-Orabi was born on January 26, 1951, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and Business Administration from Cairo University (1975).
He has held several notable positions including: Assistant Minister for Multilateral Economic Affairs from September 2008 to January 2011; Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Arab Republic of Egypt to the Federal Republic of Germany from October 2001 to August 2008; Assistant Foreign Minister and Director of the Minister’s office under two ministers, Amr Moussa and Ahmed Maher from 1998 to September 2001; from 1994 to 1998, he served as Minister Plenipotentiary at the Egyptian Embassy in Israel and deputy chief of the Egyptian mission.
Ambassador El-Orabi was an advisor at the Egyptian Embassy in the United States from 1989 to 1993; Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1984 to 1988; Special Secretary to the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Dr. Boutros Boutros-Ghali, from 1982 to 1984; Second secretary at the Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt in Kuwait from 1978 to 1982; and Attaché at the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1976 to 1978.
Ambassador Mohamed El-Orabi delivered a series of lectures on public diplomacy at the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy at the Humboldt University of Berlin in the Federal Republic of Germany. He was decorated with the Grand Cross 1st Class of the Order of Merit by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany.