Abdel Qawi Khalifa

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Abdel Qawi Khalifa
Minister of Utilities, Drinking Water and Sewage
In office
2 August 2012 – 16 July 2013
Prime Minister Hisham Qandil
Preceded by Office established
Personal details
Nationality Egyptian
Political party National Democratic Party (Formerly)
Alma mater Ain Shams University
University of Pittsburgh
University of Windsor
Military service
Rank Major General

Abdel Qawi Khalifa is a retired military officer, engineer, former governor of the Cairo province and former Minister of Utilities, Drinking Water and Sewage, a ministerial office established in August 2012.[1]


Khalifa holds bachelor of science and master of science degrees in civil engineering, both from Ain Shams University in Cairo.[2] He also received a master of science degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.[2] He obtained a PhD in civil engineering from the University of Windsor in Canada.[2]


Khalifa is a retired major general.[3] He has a long experience in the fields related to water projects management and civil engineering. He served as a consultant for the hydraulics and sediment research institute at the Egypt's ministry of public works and water resources from 1988 to 1990.[2] Then he dealt with business activities, being the owner of Khalifa Consulting Engineers (KCE) office from 1990 to 2004.[2] He was a member of the now disbanded National Democratic Party.[4]

Next, he again worked in the public sector and served as chairman of the Egyptian Holding Company for Water and Wastewater at the Ministry of Housing from 2004 to 2011.[2] Khalifa was appointed governor of Cairo in April 2011.[4][5][6] He was the first Cairo governor to be appointed after the Egyptian Revolution that ousted President Hosni Mubarak on 11 February 2011.[5] He served in the post until August 2012.[7]

He was appointed Minister of Utilities, Drinking Water and Sewage in August 2012 as part of the cabinet led by Prime Minister Hisham Qandil, and was an independent minister.[7] His tenure ended on 17 July 2013 when the interim government led by Prime Minister Hazem Al Beblawi was formed.[8]


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  2. ^ a b c d e f "Speakers and High Officials" (PDF). International Youth Federation. Retrieved 8 December 2012. 
  3. ^ Ahmed Aboul Enein (1 August 2013). "A closer look at Qandil's cabinet". Daily News Egypt. Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Enein, Ahmed Aboul (8 August 2012). "Qandil's faux independents". Daily News Egypt. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Cairo governor sentenced to six months imprisonment". Ahram Online. 24 March 2012. Retrieved 8 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "Egypt PM centralises Helwan and 6 October governorates". Egypt News. 15 April 2011. Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Egypt's Newly Appointed Cabinet Ministers" (PDF). American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt. Retrieved 8 December 2012. 
  8. ^ Hauslohner, Abigail (16 July 2013). "Interim Egyptian cabinet sworn in". The Washington Post. Cairo. Retrieved 16 July 2013.