Mr Amr Aljowaily is currently Counselor at Egypt's Mission to the UN in New York, and Vice chair of the UN Disarmament Commission. His diplomatic postings have included Geneva and Washington, DC. At the Egyptian Foreign Ministry, he served as Director of UN Affairs, member of the cabinets of the Minister and First Undersecretary and the departments of multilateral political and economic issues. He was Vice chair of the General Assembly’s First Committee (on disarmament and international security) in 2011, Chair of WTO’s Committee on Information Technology Agreement and of the Global System of Trade Preferences Negotiating Group on Market Access (2007), and twice Coordinator of the African Group to UNCTAD and the ITU. He was a member of the Egyptian delegations to several summits and Ministerial Meetings including the WSIS, South Summit, Beirut Arab summit, African Union Summits, as well as UNCTADXI and ITU's Plenipotentiary 2006. He holds a BA in Political Science and an MA in Middle East Studies from the American University in Cairo, an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Diplomacy from the University of Malta. His publications include early analytical work in Arabic on ICTs and international relations. He lectured in Political Science at the American University in Cairo from 1994-1996 and served as board member of the Diplomatic Institute. He was Coordinator of International Relations at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology from 2001 to 2003. He started his career in print and broadcast journalism, and in research centers.