Dr. Amani Abou-Zeid is the African Union Commissioner in charge of Infrastructure, Energy, ICT and Tourism. For more than 30 years, Dr. Abou-Zeid has held leadership positions in international organizations and has amassed a remarkable mix of experience from multiple continents and stakeholders.
She has managed AfDB’s biggest operational portfolio and implemented national and continental multi-sectoral development programmes. In 2018, she launched the Single African Air Transport Market, delivering on the first flagship project for African Integration under the African Union Agenda 2063, as well as other continental initiatives and projects.
An Egyptian citizen, Dr. Abou-Zeid has a multi-disciplinary education: Electrical Engineering, Cairo University; MBA, Université Senghor; MPA, Harvard University; and PhD in Social and Economic Development, University of Manchester.
Dr. Abou-Zeid has received numerous international awards and recognitions: the Wissam Alaouite from Morocco, “Personalité d'avenir" from France, one of "The 50 Most Influential Women in Africa"; and the "Outstanding Alumni Award" from the University of Manchester, UK.
She is also member of the prestigious Global Leaders Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development and of the Stewardship Board for System Initiative on Shaping the Future of Energy.
Dr. Abou-Zeid sets an example for women in STEM and in leadership and decision-making positions and has long been named and recognized as a champion of gender equality and women’s empowerment.
Dr. Abou-Zeid is passionate about classical music, plays the piano, is a certified alpinist and achieves top positions in desert car rallies – among other interests and activities.