Ibrahim Deif

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Ibrahim Deif
Minister of Education
In office
2 August 2012 – 16 July 2013
Prime Minister Hisham Qandil
Preceded by Gamal El-Araby
Succeeded by Mahmoud Abo El Nasr
Personal details
Born (1962-10-29) 29 October 1962 (age 55)
Nationality Egyptian
Political party Independent
Alma mater Assuit University

Ibrahim Ahmed Ghoneim Deif (born 29 October 1962) is an Egyptian academic and the former minister of education as part of the Qandil cabinet.

Early life and education[edit]

Deif was born on 29 October 1962.[1] He received a bachelor of science degree in power mechanics from Assiut University in May 1984. He also obtained from master of science degree and PhD from the same university in 1990 and 1994, respectively.[1] His field of speciality is curriculum design.[2]


Deif started his career as a teaching assistant at Assuit University in 1984. He worked at the same university at different posts until 2005. Then he began to work at Suez Canal University in 2005. He was elected as the dean of the faculty of education at Suez Canal University in 2008. Then he became the vice president of Suez Canal University for Suez Branch Affairs on 29 March 2012.[1][3] His term will last until 28 March 2016.[1]

Deif was appointed Egypt's minister of education on 2 August 2012.[4][5] He has no political affiliation, and therefore, was one of the independent ministers in the Qandil cabinet.[2][6] His term ended on 16 July 2013[7] and Mahmoud Abo El Nasr replaced him in the post.[8]


In October 2012, Deif reported his acceptance of the corporal punishment in schools "as long as the beating is not severe and no stick is used."[9] Upon his declaration, the Coalition for Children's Rights in Egypt submitted a lawsuit to Egypt's general prosecutor against Deif.[9]


  1. ^ a b c d "Egyptian Minister of Education Prof. Dr. Ibrahim Ghoneim" (PDF). Ministry of Education. Retrieved 7 December 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Ibrahim Ghoneim". Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Retrieved 7 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Egypt's Newly Appointed Cabinet Ministers" (PDF). American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt. Retrieved 8 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "Egypt". Central Intelligence Agency. Archived from the original on 19 November 2012. Retrieved 7 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Egypt's New Cabinet Under Qandil". Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. 3 August 2012. Archived from the original on 28 December 2013. Retrieved 7 December 2012. 
  6. ^ Enein, Ahmed Aboul (11 August 2012). "The insiders: ministry officials who finally got the big job". Daily News. Retrieved 9 December 2012. 
  7. ^ Hauslohner, Abigail (16 July 2013). "Interim Egyptian cabinet sworn in". The Washington Post. Cairo. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  8. ^ New government is sworn in, Egypt Independent, 16 July 2013. Retrieved 23 January 2014.
  9. ^ a b "Coalition Sues Education Minister for Approving Corporal Punishment in Schools". Aswat Masriya. 15 October 2012. Retrieved 9 December 2012.