Ahmed Hassan Said

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Ahmed Hassan Said
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Chairman of the Free Egyptians Party[1]
In office
May 2013 – September 2014
Preceded by Office created
Vice President of Al Ahly SC[2]
In office
28 April 2014 – 2018
Personal details
Born (1961-12-28) 28 December 1961 (age 55)
Cairo, Egypt
Nationality Egyptian
Political party Free Egyptians Party
Alma mater American University in Cairo
Profession Businessman

Ahmed Hassan Said is a prominent Egyptian businessman in the IT sector and has become a leading political figure as a result of the Arab Spring uprising and the ouster of former President Hosni Mubarak. Said was at Tahrir Square since the Egyptian Revolution of 2011 started.[3]

Said was one of the founders of the Free Egyptians Party (FEP). A party that was founded in April 2011 and is backed by leading business, political, and cultural leaders. FEP supports the principles of a liberal, democratic, and secular political order in post-Mubarak Egypt.

Said was the first President of FEP. He also played a key role in the creation of the Egyptian Bloc.[4][5] He won a seat in the parliamentary election of 28–29 November 2011. Said participated in FEP's political rally of 9 October 2011 among the Maspero demonstrations that led to the massacre of many protesters. He was injured and hospitalized as a result of the military's action against the demonstrators. He was also key in forming the National Salvation Front and was its secretary-general July 2013 to January 2014 after Mohamed ElBaradei stepped down from being the coordinator-general of the Front.[6][7]

Background[edit]

Ahmed Said was born in Cairo, Egypt, on December 28, 1961 to Eng. Hassan Said and Faten Fathi. He has a younger brother, Hisham Said.

In 1979, Ahmed obtained his General Certificate of Education diploma from Dar El Tifl School in Cairo. In 1985, he received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from The American University in Cairo (AUC). At AUC Said was elected President of the Student Union.

Ahmed showed signs of early talent in swimming. He was able to win the Open Championship of Egypt at the age of 15. He later dominated the 100m Butterfly stroke event on both the local Arab and African level from 1977 until 1984, when he stopped competing. His African record remained unbroken until 1987. His swimming career was crowned by representing Egypt at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.[8]

In 1988, he went on to earn an MSc in Public Policy from the London School of Economics. He completed his PhD from Cairo University in 2002.[9]

Professional Life[edit]

On the professional level, Ahmed has extensive experience in planning and management consultancy. His areas of expertise also include local government, decentralization and Management Information Systems Development. During his work with the Egyptian Cabinet from 1994-1998 he managed the national illiteracy project.

In 1997, along with his brother Hisham, a former IBM executive, Said founded the Global Brands Group, an IT company that has become one of Egypt's leading technology providers. The company partners with such major IT firms as Microsoft, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Avaya, and others.[10]

He is married to Nivert El Sherif whose great-uncle is the well-known Egyptian “Dean of Arabic Literature” Dr. Taha Hussein. They have two daughters and one son.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Free Egyptians Party elects chairman". Retrieved 14 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "بالأرقام.. قائمة محمود طاهر تكتسح "المعلم" في انتخابات النادي الأهلي". Retrieved 13 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Ahmed Said interview on NDTV". YouTube. 1 February 2011. Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
  4. ^ "Liberals, leftists form new coalition; to contest elections under a unified roster.". Daily News Egypt. 15 August 2011. Retrieved 24 October 2011. 
  5. ^ "Ahmed Said interview on Newsmax TV". Newsmax TV. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
  6. ^ No one after 23 July 2013. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  7. ^ AbdelHalim H. AbdAllah (5 January 2014). "Secretary general of the National Salvation Front resigns". Daily News Egypt. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  8. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLryd3w5yng
  9. ^ Said, Ahmed (2002). The role of NGOs in the development of SFD (Social Fund for Development) Projects in Egypt. PhD thesis. Department of Political Science, Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University. 
  10. ^ "Global Brands Group". 

External links[edit]

  • AUC (28 June 2010) Ahmed Said, AUC Alumnus, speaks at the Eighty Seventh AUC Bachelor's Commencement.
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