Amr Essam is an Egyptian career diplomat with 15 years of experience at in foreign service and international affairs and diplomacy. Amr has an extensive experience and expertise in multilateral diplomacy particularly in relation to human rights, civil society and civic engagement, migration and human mobility, labor standards and peace and security. On all these dossiers, Amr played a key role in negotiating delicate texts and mobilizing consensus around important initiatives through dynamic dialogue and solid partnerships with the relevant stakeholders.
During his tenure at different stations at home and abroad, Amr led, coordinated or was part of teams working on major and challenging undertakings including supporting Egypt’s membership at the HRC’s consultative group, coordinating the work of major negotiating groups including the G-77, pioneering the first out-of-country voting project for Egyptians abroad and being the Coordinator General and Spokesperson of the 1st Edition of the World Youth Forum in 2017. He was also the overall coordinator of Egypt’s AU Presidency program in 2019 in Addis Ababa, and the political coordinator of Egypt’s membership at the AU Peace and Security Council.
He served at Egypt’s permanent Mission to the UN in Geneva and the Embassy to Ethiopia and Permanent Mission to the African Union and UN Economic Commission for Africa, and also represented his country in several international engagements at the UN in NY and a host of other multilateral fora and platforms. He also served twice as a member at the cabinet of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt advising on human rights and multilateral issues, and currently he is among the senior policy advisers to the Vice Foreign Minister of Egypt due to solid and deep knowledge of the geopolitics of the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes region.
In January 2022, Amr joined the core team of the COP27 President-designate as a senior adviser on engagement with observers and non-party stakeholders as well as on loss and damage and general policy issues.
Amr is an M.A holder in international relations. Fluent in English and speaks Spanish