Hossam Eisa

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Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Higher Education
In office
16 July 2013 – 1 March 2014
Prime Minister Hazem Al Beblawi
Preceded by Mostafa Mussad (Minister of Higher Education)
Succeeded by Wael El-Degwi (Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research)
Personal details
Nationality Egyptian
Political party Nasserist Party (formerly)
Constitution Party (until March 2013)
Alma mater University of Sorbonne

Hossam Eisa is an Egyptian politician and academic. He served as deputy prime minister and minister of higher education of Egypt from July 2013 until 1 March 2014.


Eisa holds a PhD in law from the University of Sorbonne in France.[1][2]


Eisa was a member of the Nasserist Party.[1] He worked as a law professor and taught at Ain Al Shams University in Egypt and at the Algerian universities.[2][3] Following the ouster of former President Hosni Mobarak, he became one of the founders of the Egyptian Initiative for Prevention of Corruption in 2011.[4] During the same period he was the attorney of Asmaa Mahfouz, an Egyptian activist who had organized the 18-day uprising, forcing the ouster of President Mobarak in February 2011.[5]

He cofounded the Constitution Party with Mohamed El Baradei in April 2012.[6] He served as the head of party's steering committee.[7] However, he left the party in March 2013 due to internal conflicts.[8]

On 16 July 2013, Eisa was appointed both deputy prime minister for social justice and minister of higher education in the cabinet led by Prime Minister Hazem Al Beblawi.[1][2] He succeeded Mostafa Mussad as minister of higher education.[9] Eisa's term as cabinet member ended in February 2014 when the cabinet resigned.[10]


Ahram Online describes Eisa as a Nasserist politician.[1] During the Mohammad Morsi era, he was among the major opposition figures and he advocated for the state to play a determining role in leading the economy, criticizing neo-liberal policies of the Qandil government.[11]


  1. ^ a b c d "Who's who: Egypt's full interim Cabinet". Ahram Online. 17 July 2013. Retrieved 20 October 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Ashraf Khaled (19 July 2013). "Academics get key posts in caretaker government". University World News (Issue no: 281). Retrieved 20 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "Military could dictate Egypt assembly form". UPI. Cairo. 22 April 2012. Retrieved 20 October 2013. 
  4. ^ Salma Wardani (20 July 2011). "Nominating a businessman as minister stirs Egyptian bad memories". Ahram Online. Retrieved 20 October 2013. 
  5. ^ Leila Fadel (18 August 2011). "Egypt's military rulers drop charges against 2 activists for criticizing military". The Washington Post. Retrieved 20 October 2013. 
  6. ^ Salma Shukrallah (28 April 2012). "ElBaradei launches Constitution Party alongside revolutionary activists and figures". Ahram Online. Retrieved 20 October 2013. 
  7. ^ Hend Kortam (22 March 2013). "Hossam Eissa leaves Al-Dostour Party". Daily News Egypt. Retrieved 20 October 2013. 
  8. ^ Tahseen Bakr (21 March 2013). "Dostour Party leader resigns in protest against corruption". Egypt Independent. Retrieved 20 October 2013. 
  9. ^ Nadia El Awady (8 June 2013). "Higher education still suffering after the revolution". University World News. Retrieved 20 October 2013. 
  10. ^ Kareem Fahim; Mayy El Sheikh (25 February 2014). "Government and Premier of Egypt Quit in Abrupt Move". The New Tork Times. Cairo. Retrieved 8 September 2014. 
  11. ^ "Leftist Opposition Figures Slam IMF Egypt Loan, Call for State-Led Economy". Ahram Online. 8 April 2013. Retrieved 20 October 2013.