Kamel - Tarek
Dr. Tarek Kamel is Senior Advisor to the President of ICANN and former minister of CIT, Egypt. He served on the board of the National Telecom Regulatory Authority of Egypt since April 2011. Prior to joining the NTRA as board member, Dr. Kamel served as the Minister of Communications and Information Technology of Egypt since July 2004, where he was responsible for the reform of the ICT sector and the development of telecom services and the Internet industry in Egypt. Dr Kamel joined the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology since its formation in October 1999, where he had been appointed senior advisor to the Minister following his pioneering efforts in ICT.
Kamel graduated from the Faculty of Engineering at Cairo University with a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and then completed an M.Sc. in the same school in Electrical Engineering also.
Kamel was network support engineer for the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology, then assistant researcher at the Electronics Research Institute. From 1989 to 1992 he pursued his Ph.D. (Dr.-Ing.) in Germany at the Faculty of Electrical and Information Engineering of Technical University of Munich.
Returning to Egypt, he became manager of the Communications and Networking Department and the Cabinet Information and Decision Support Centre, and gained a professorship at the ERI.
In May 1999 he became Vice President of ERI and the Egyptian Internet Society. In 2002 he became a Trustee of the Internet Society, and was active in numerous international conferences and initiatives. From 2000-2004 he served on the board of Telecom Egypt.
Since 2004, Dr. Kamel has been acting as Chairman of the Executive Bureau of the Arab Telecommunications and Information Council of Ministers. He wasalso the Chairman of the Ministerial Conference on Communication and Information Technologies of the African Union (2006-2008). In recognition of his leadership in the sector, in 2005 the South African Ministry of Communications named him “Top Minister in Africa with an ICT Portfolio”.
Dr. Kamel was the Chairman of the National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA), the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA), the National Telecommunication Institute (NTI) and the Information Technology Institute’s (ITI) Board of Trustees.