Ahmed Fahmi is an International Civil Servant at the United Nations (UN). He is Chief a.i. of the Section of Innovation and Capacity Building in the Natural Sciences sector (April 2019 – March 2021), Programme Specialist in Basic Sciences and Engineering.
He is involved in the establishment of UNESCO centers of excellence and University Chairs and in establishing public private partnership in scientific research in Life and Chemical sciences as well as in Physics and Mathematics. He led the UNESCO-Merck Africa Research Initiative and coordinated global programmes in Biotechnology, STEM research and the organization of International Years and International Days. He worked in South Asia and the Asia Pacific region on managing and coordinating the execution of the Science Policy program of UNESCO and and was a visiting professor at the United Nations University in Tokyo, Japan, working on the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development.
Before joining UNESCO, he was a University lecturer in Biochemistry at the University of London, undertaking research in neuroscience and cardiovascular genetics, respectively at the Wolfson Institute in London, and the Department of Biochemistry at Cambridge. He studied Natural Sciences and obtained his PhD in 2001 from Selwyn College, University of Cambridge, on the molecular and biophysical properties of cellular membrane’ ion channels.