Mahmoud Balbaa

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Mahmoud Balbaa
Minister of Electricity and Energy
In office
3 August 2012 – 5 January 2013
Prime Minister Hisham Qandil
Preceded by Hassan Younes
Succeeded by Ahmed Imam
Personal details
Born (1952-01-30) 30 January 1952 (age 64)
Damanhour, El Behera, Egypt
Nationality Egyptian
Political party National Democratic Party (Formerly)
Children 3 boys
Religion Muslim

Mahmoud Saad Balbaa (born 30 January 1952) is an Egyptian engineer, businessman and former minister of electricity and energy in the Qandil cabinet.


Balbaa was a member of the now disbanded National Democratic Party.[1] An engineer by training,[2] he was appointed head of the Egyptian Electric Holding Company in 2011.[1] Therefore, he was the man in direct charge of the electricity of the country.[1] He stated in February 2012 that Egypt was ready to supply additional power to the Gaza Strip if the Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas would sign off on the deal.[3] He also worked closely with the former minister of electricity and energy Hassan Younes to realize Banha’s electricity generation projects, which would be provided and installed by a coalition of Japanese companies, such as Hitachi and Toyota.[4]

He was appointed the Egypt's minister of electricity and energy in August 2012,[5][6] replacing Hassan Younes.[4] He was one of the senior figures in Egyptian holding companies and independent figures appointed to the ministerial post in the cabinet.[2][1][7] Balbaa was replaced by Ahmed Imam in a cabinet reshuffle on 5 January 2012.[8][9]


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  2. ^ a b "Egypt's New Cabinet Under Qandil". Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Retrieved 8 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Report: Egypt-Gaza energy deal rests on Palestinian unity". The Jerusalem Post. 5 February 2012. Retrieved 8 December 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Egypt's government: It's time to get to know the ministers". Egypt Business. 5 August 2012. Retrieved 9 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Egypt's new cabinet: Bureaucrats, technocrats and Islamocrats". Ahram Online. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 8 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "Meet Hisham Qandil's new Egypt cabinet". Ahram Online. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 8 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "Egypt's Newly Appointed Cabinet Ministers" (PDF). American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt. Retrieved 8 December 2012. 
  8. ^ "Egypt's cabinet reshuffle to see new interior, finance ministers". Ahram Online. 5 January 2013. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  9. ^ "Ministerial portfolios". Weekly Ahram. 9 January 2013. Retrieved 3 February 2013.