CAIRO: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi Saturday issued a presidential decree forming an advisory council of leading scientists and experts to consult on large development projects, presidential spokesperson Ihab Badawy said.
The council will report directly to Sisi.
According to the presidential decree, the council includes Nobel Prize in Chemistry winner Ahmed Zewail, former NASA scientist and Director of the Center for Remote Sensing and Research at Boston University Farouk El-Baz, Microsoft Deputy Chairman Ali Faramawy, former Chairman of U.S. President Barack Obama’s Global Development Council Mohamed A. El-Erian, Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Imperial College London Magdi Yacoub and Urology and Nephrology Center of Mansoura University founder Mohamed Ahmed Ghoneim.
Sisi said during his meeting with council members at Ithadeya presidential palace Saturday that the council will respond to religious and media questions in addition to improving the quality of education and linking it to the needs of the labor market, Badawy added in a statement.
Zewail City of Science and Technology spokesperson Sherif Fouad told The Cairo Post Sunday that Zewail will hold a press conference in the administrative building of the city with participation from other prominent scientists, and address elements of the new council’s mission.
“Dr. Ahmed Zewail will speak on what has been discussed with President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi on the support of the scientific project (Zewail City) and the role of the city in the Suez Canal Development project,” Fouad said.
Zewail will speak as well on the role of the new advisory council and the results of his Thursday meeting with Sisi, and the conference will be attended by other council members, including Ghoneim and Yacoub.