Hamdi Al Banbi

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Hamdi Al Banbi
Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources
In office
20 May 1991 – 5 October 1999
Prime Minister Atef Sedki
Kamal Ganzouri
Preceded by Abdel Hadi Qandil
Succeeded by Sameh Fahmi
Personal details
Born (1935-10-04)4 October 1935
Died 11 August 2016(2016-08-11) (aged 80)
Nationality Egyptian
Political party National Democratic Party (NDP)
Alma mater Texas A&M University

Hamdi Ali Abdul Wahab Al Banbi (Arabic: حمدي علي عبد الوهاب البنبي‎; 4 October 1935 – 11 August 2016)[1] was an Egyptian businessman and politician who served as oil minister from 1991 to 1999.


Banbi studied petroleum engineering at Texas A&M University and graduated in 1963.[2]


Banbi was an engineer by training.[3] He served as the chairman of the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation until 1991.[2][4] He was appointed oil minister on 20 May 1991 to the cabinet headed by then prime minister Atef Sedki.[5] Banbi replaced Abdel Hadi Qandil as oil minister.[6] Shortly after his appointment, Banbi modified oil pricing of Egypt and also, reshuffled officials at the ministry.[6]

Banbi was also a member of the National Democratic Party (NDP) and he won a seat in Shebin El Kom, provincial capital of the Monufia governorate, in the mid-term Shura Council elections held in June 1998.[7] He also served as oil minister in the first cabinet of then prime minister Kamal Ganzouri. Banbi was in office until 5 October 1999.[8] Sameh Fahmi succeeded him as oil minister.[9]

After leaving office, Banbi became the coordinator of the energy committee for the national economics and production authority in Egypt.[2] He was also the president of the Arab society for mining and petroleum and the Egypt's gas society. In addition he was a board member of the Egypt's engineering society.[2] Banbi founded TAQA Arabia in 2006, and serves as the chairman of the firm.[10]

Banbi was a member of the Petroleum Engineering Academy of Distinguished Graduates at Texas A&M University.[2]


  1. ^ "تشييع جثمان حمدى البنبى وزير البترول الأسبق اليوم من مسجد المشير طنطاوى". Retrieved 30 August 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Industry Board inducts four into Academy of Distinguished Graduates" (PDF). Reservoir: 9. Winter 2009. Retrieved 3 March 2013. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Egyptian newspaper published Amr Moussa's approval to the export of gas to Israel in 1993". Islam Times. 2 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "Mustafa Sharawi. (Personals)". Oil & Gas Journal. 24 June 1991. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  5. ^ Middle East Contemporary Survey. The Moshe Dayan Center. 1993. p. 350. ISBN 978-0-8133-1869-1. Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Gauch, Sarah (19 February 1992). "Egypt to Facilitate Oil Exploration". The Christian Science Monitor. Cairo. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  7. ^ El Din, Gamal Essam (11–18 June 1998). "NDP sweep in pallid poll". Al Ahram Weekly. 381. Archived from the original on 26 July 2009. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  8. ^ Shehab, Shaden (14–20 October 1999). "Shuffle sense". Al Ahram Weekly. 451. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  9. ^ "Profile - Sameh Fahmi - Oil Minister". APS. 26 January 2004. Retrieved 2 March 2013. 
  10. ^ "Chairman's Message". TAQA Arabia. Archived from the original on 21 November 2013. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Abdel Hadi Qandil
Oil Minister of Egypt
Succeeded by
Sameh Fahmi