Mohamed Ali, is the Director of Trade and Competition at the AfCFTA Secretariat. In February 2021, he was appointed to be the First Director of Trade in Goods and Competition of the African Continental Free Trade Area Secretariat.
Mohamed was born and raised in Cairo, Egypt. He graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and Business Management from Cairo University, Egypt. He obtained a Master’s degree in Development and Public Policy from the KDI School of Public Policy and Management, Seoul/South Korea.
He was the Director for Africa Relations in the Ministry of Trade and Industry and Egypt’s Chief Negotiator in the negotiations of the Agreement Establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCFTA). Mohamed later served as the Project Development Manager for Third Country Cooperation in North and West Africa at British Embassy in Cairo.
Mohamed has taken part and presided the Egyptian delegate in various technical and high-level COMESA meetings and Tripartite FTA negotiations. Moreover, He has contributed as a senior trade official and the deputy of the Chief Negotiator of Egypt since the commencement of the negotiations of the Agreement Establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), which is deemed to be one of the most imperative flagship projects of the Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want. In addition, h e assisted in the establishment of a trade policy framework on the national level aimed at identifying trade issues that could be mainstreamed into the development plans and strategy to enhance the Intra-Africa trade within the Continent.