AUC Alumna Rania Al-Mashat Egypt's New Minister of Tourism

Rania Al-Mashat, who graduated from The American University in Cairo (AUC) in 1995, has been appointed Egypt's new Minister of Tourism –– the first woman to hold this position.As a leading expert in monetary policy and international economics, Al Mashat has worked with prominent financial institutions in Egypt and worldwide since graduating from AUC with a Bachelor of Arts in economics. At the International Monetary Fund (IMF), she served as adviser to its chief economist, Professor Maurice Obstfeld, and senior economist. She also played a key role in working to modernize and develop the Central Bank of Egypt as assistant sub-governor and head of its Monetary Policy Department.  Recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award from AUC, Al-Mashat is well-known as a global economist. In 2017, she participated in the World Economic Forum’s “Investing in Peace,” a panel composed of influential global figures. She was among a list of 10 renowned economics experts whose input was sought for a World Economic Forum article discussing making the world a fairer place. In 2014, the World Economic Forum named her a Young Global Leader for her commitment to bettering Egypt through her impactful work. 

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