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Profile: Nermine El Saadany

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Nermine El Saadany is the Undersecretary, International Relations Division and Senior Coordinator for Egyptian IG task force. She served as the Vice Chair of the (WSIS+10) Multistakeholder Preparatory Platform, Vice President of the ITU – WTDC 2014, Vice President of the ITU Plenipotentiary Working Group in 2010 and the IGF 2009 Senior Coordinator with the IGF Secretariat, meantime Diplo Foundation Board Member since 2010 till present and Vice President of the ITU Arab Prep Group for ITU – PP 2014.

From 2005 to the end of 2008, El Saadany served as the Director of the International Relations Department at the National Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (NTRA), where she was responsible for coordinating the positioning of the NTRA in the international arena. In this post, she worked on opening new channels for cooperation between the NTRA and other regulators and international organizations, thereby fortifying Egypt’s regulatory position on the international level.

El Saadany started her career as a researcher in economics, conducting extensive analysis of national and international events dealing with economic problems and their impact on political bodies and decision-making processes.

As an editor of the economics section of Al-Siyassa Al-Dawliya (International Politics Journal)—one of the most prestigious and reliable periodicals in the field of international relations in the Middle East, El Saadany gained extensive experience in the area of research and analysis. Her experience at the journal was also broadened to include website management.

She then held the position of a Unit Manager at MCIT International Relations Division, helping her to gain experience in handling relationships with specialized agencies, drafting strategic goals and objectives and assisting in achieving them.

El Saadany’s diverse career has included acting as the master of ITU Telecom Africa in 2004 for all operations within Cairo and outside Egypt, and also as liaison officer with the ITU headquarters in Geneva; acting as the ITU Telecom Department focal point at the World Telecom event in Geneva, October 2003; and being responsible for the ‘e-message’ sent by President Hosni Mubarak to invite the world to ITU Telecom Africa in 2004.

Since 2002, El Saadany has gained extensive experience in ITU activities. She has served as an active member and deputy head of national delegations at several ITU conferences and meetings including plenipotentiary conferences (2002 and 2006), the ITU Council, World Telecommunication Development Conferences (2006), Telecommunications Development Assemblies, ITU World Telecom (2003 and 2006), and African and Arab preparatory meetings for ITU plenipotentiary conferences.

During the preparation for WSIS phase I that was held in Geneva in December 2003, El Saadany acted as the main coordinator between the ITU (principle master of the summit) and MCIT.

Additionally, she was selected by the ITU to be one of the Telecom Forum Committee members, as well as to assist in the marketing for both ITU Telecom Africa 2008 held in Cairo, and ITU Telecom Asia 2008 held in Bangkok.

El Saadany’s international presence also includes playing an influential role in the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) meetings in Athens in 2006, Rio de Janeiro in 2007 and Hyderabad in 2008, as well as mastering the preparations for the fourth IGF meeting, held in Sharm Al Sheikh in November 2009.

El Saadany holds an MA in Economics from the American University in Cairo and a BA in Business Administration from the Sadat Academy in Cairo.