Monir Fakhry Abdel Nour
Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour Senate of Poland.JPG
Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment
In office
16 July 2013 – 19 September 2015
Prime MinisterHazem Al Beblawi
Ibrahim Mahlab
Preceded byHatem Saleh
Succeeded byTareq Qabil[1]
Personal details
Born (1945-08-21) 21 August 1945 (age 74)
Political partyWafd Party
Alma materCairo University
American University in Cairo

Monir Fakhry Abdel Nour (Arabic: منير فخري عبد النور‎, Coptic: ⲙⲟⲩⲛⲓⲣ ⲫⲉϧⲣⲓ ⲁⲃⲇⲉⲗⲛⲟⲩⲣ) born 21 August 1945) is an Egyptian businessman and politician.

Early life and education

Abdel Nour was born into a Coptic Christian family on 21 August 1945.[2] His father, Amin Fakhry Abdel Nour (1912 – 2012), was a Wafdist politician.[3]

He graduated from a French high school in Cairo.[4] He received a bachelor's degree from Cairo University's Faculty of Economics and Political Science.[4] He holds a master's degree from the American University in Cairo (AUC) with a thesis entitled "private foreign investment as a source of economic development."[4]


Abdel Nour is a businessman.[5] He began his career as representative in Egypt and the Middle East for the french bank "Banque de l'Union Européenne" then joined American Express International Banking Corporation as Vice President in Egypt. He later founded Egyptian Finance Company. In 1983 he founded the Egyptian French Company for Agro-Industries (Vitrac Company )i[4] He was board member of the Cairo and Alexandria stock exchange,the Federation of Egyptian Industries.,[6] the center for economic studies of developing countries at Cairo university.

Then he joined politics. He run for office in the 1995 elections, but lost. He won a seat in the 2000 general elections.[3] and was elected Head of the opposition in Parliament. Later he was elected secretary-general of the Wafd Party.[3] After the 25th of January revolution he was appointed minister of tourism in the cabinet led by then prime minister Ahmed Shafiq in February 2011.[6][7] Abdel Nour succeeded Zoheir Garranah in the post.[6] He remained in his post in the cabinets headed by Essam Sharaf followed by Kamal Ganzouri until August 2, 2012.

He refused to participate in the Government of the Moslem Brothers headed by Hisham Kandil and joined the opposition. He participated in the founding of the "National Salvation Front" on the 23rd of November 2012 and was later chosen as its Secretary General. In this capacity he was among the organizers of the June 30, 2013 uprising that ended the rule of the Moslem Brothers.

In February 2013 he joined the Cabinet headed by Ibrahim Mahlab as Minister of Trade, Industry and Investment and will retain the portfolio of Trade and Industry until September 18, 2015. On 16 July 2013, he was appointed as the minister of Industry and Foreign Trade in the interim cabinet headed by prime minister Hazem Al Beblawi.[8]


  1. ^ "Egypt's Sherif Ismail cabinet with 16 new faces sworn in by President Sisi". Ahram Online. 19 September 2015. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  2. ^ "Participants". Messe Berlin. Archived from the original on 23 December 2012. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  3. ^ a b c "Amin Fakhry Abdel-Nour (1912 – 2012)". Watani. 2013. Archived from the original on 2 July 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  4. ^ a b c d "Mounir Fakhri Abdel Nour: Politics, Inc". Al Ahram Weekly. 501. 28 September – 4 October 2000. Archived from the original on 12 September 2009. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  5. ^ "Politics in the blood". KCM. 2 (25). 4–17 February 1999. Archived from the original on 26 March 2014. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  6. ^ a b c El Din, Mai Shams (20 February 2011). "Al Wafd's Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour appointed minister of tourism". Daily News Egypt. Cairo. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  7. ^ Bassem Abo al-Abass and Michael Gunn, "Egyptian cabinet: The old, the new and the unknown", Ahram Online, 24 February 2011.
  8. ^ "Egypt's interim president swears in first government", Ahram Online, 16 July 2013.

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