Date of Birth: July 8, 1952
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Place of Birth: Cairo
Ahmed Nazif, born on July 8, 1952, is an Egyptian politician who held the position of Prime Minister from July 14, 2004, until January 29, 2011. Born in Cairo, Nazif had a diverse career in academia and government prior to entering politics.
Appointed by President Hosni Mubarak in 2004, Nazif became the youngest prime minister in Egypt since the Republic's establishment. His cabinet, comprising technocrats and well-educated neo-liberals, aimed to implement reforms, responding to the calls for change following the resignation of Prime Minister Atef Obeid.
During his term as the Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Nazif played a crucial role in establishing Egypt's free internet connectivity plan and enhancing public computer access. Collaborating with his successor, Tarek Kamel, he worked to strengthen Egypt's presence in international IT markets and improve local infrastructure.
Known for founding the first computer engineering department at Cairo University, leading the National Identity Card project, and establishing the Smart Village, Nazif and his government were dismissed by President Mubarak after the Egyptian Revolution in 2011. Following the revolution, he faced charges of wasting public money and corruption but was acquitted of all charges by Egypt's highest court of appeal in May 2016.
Nazif's educational journey includes a B.Sc. in Communication and Electronics from Cairo University, an M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Cairo University, and a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from McGill University, Canada.
A widower since 2009, Nazif lived in a suburban complex with his two sons. Hailing from a family with a maritime background, his grandfather, Mohammed Bey Nazif, served as the undersecretary of the Ministry of Health during King Farouk's reign.