Amr Abdel-Ghaffar
 Regional Director, Middle East

Mr. Abdel-Ghaffar is a senior official of UNWTO with over 30 years of experience in shaping tourism policies and strategies and in managing development plans and projects, particularly in the Middle East, the region which he has served, as the Organization’s Director, since 1992. He is also President of UNWTO’s Themis Foundation for Tourism Education and Training.

During the period (1994-2005), in which UNWTO experienced rapid growth in its membership and activities, he was responsible for coordinating the preparation and implementation of six successive general programmes of work of the Organization and for introducing a new impact evaluation system. In 2006, he was assigned the responsibility of shaping the Organization’s new Risk and Crisis Management programme, developing its governance structure and mobilizing external financial resources for its implementation. In 2008, he was appointed Director of the Education and Training Department and entrusted with restructuring the Organization’s programme in this area. 
Throughout his career with the Organization, Mr. Abdel-Ghaffar assumed a broad range of responsibilities, including the following:

  • Executive Director of the Affiliate Members (representing the Business, Education and Operational Sectors, 1991 - 1993)
  • Chief of Conferences (1990 – 1994)
  • Chief of Relations with Member States (1986 – 1989)
  • Chief Operational Section for Europe and the Americas (1982-1986)
  • Officer in charge of the Coordination of Regional Activities (1977-1981)

Mr. Abdel-Ghaffar holds BA and MA degrees in Political Science from the American University in Cairo.