Amr Abdel-Ghaffar

Mr. Abdel-Ghaffar currently serves as Adviser on the Middle East at the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). He is a senior official of UNWTO with over 30 years of experience in shaping tourism policies and strategies and managing development plans and projects, particularly in the Middle East, the region which he served, as the Organization’s Director, from 1992 - January 2018.

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 Assessment and Crisis Management programme, developing its governance structure, systems and processes and mobilizing external financial resources for its implementation. In 2008, he was appointed President of UNWTO’s Themis Foundation for Tourism Education and Training and entrusted with restructuring the Organization’s programme in this area. In 2012, he was designated by the Secretary-General as UNWTO’s Focal point for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and, in January 2014, he was appointed by the Secretary-General as his Senior Advisor on Tourism and Peace.

Throughout his career with the Organization, Mr. Abdel-Ghaffar assumed a broad range of responsibilities, including the following:

  • Executive Secretary 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 at the Operational Section for Europe and the Americas (1982-1986)
  • Officer in charge of the Coordination of Regional Activities (1977-1981)

Mr. Abdel-Ghaffar holds a Bachelor degree in Political Science and Economics and a Master’s degree in International Relations, from the American University in Cairo.