Samir Radwan

Samir Radwan
Minister of Finance
In office
31 January 2011  17 July 2011
President Hosni Mubarak
Mohamed Hussein Tantawi (Acting)
Prime Minister Ahmed Shafik
Preceded by Youssef Boutros Ghali
Succeeded by Hazem Al Beblawi
Personal details
Alma mater Cairo University
University of London

Samir Radwan (Arabic: سمير رضوان) is an Egyptian politician who served in the government of Egypt as Minister of Finance from January 2011 to July 2011. He is an economist with a liberal viewpoint, interested in employment and human development issues.[1]


Radwan received his BSc from Cairo University, moving onto the School of Oriental and African Studies for an MSc in the economics of underdeveloped countries—his thesis was on import substitution industrialization—and the University of London for a PhD on capital formation in Egyptian industry and agriculture from 1882 to 1967, marking the British occupation of Egypt and the Arabs' defeat in the Six Day War with Israel, respectively. The process, as well as facilitating epistemological growth, enabled him to empathize with such figures as Mohammed Ali, ruler of Egypt, and the nationalist industrial entrepreneur Talaat Harb.


Radwan worked at the International Labour Organization (ILO), and the last position he held there was that of adviser to the director general on development policies and counsellor on Arab countries. This served the dual purpose of earning him an international professional standing while keeping him, through one project after another, in more or less direct contact with Egypt: "I never really thought of myself as an expatriate."[2] He also served as a board member of Egypt’s General Authority for Investment.[3]

On 31 January 2011, amidst mass protests against President Hosni Mubarak, Radwan was appointed as Minister of Finance in the cabinet led by Ahmed Shafik, replacing Youssef Boutros-Ghali in the post.[3]


  1. Egyptian cabinet: The old, the new and the unknown, Bassem Abo al-Abass and Michael Gunn, Ahram Online, 24 February 2011
  2. Radwan: Evolution from within, Al-Ahram Weekly, 30 March 2005
  3. 1 2 Alaa Shaahine (31 January 2011). "Egypt Names Radwan Finance Minister in New Cabinet, Replaces Boutros-Ghali". Bloomberg. Retrieved 5 September 2013.
Political offices
Preceded by
Youssef Boutros Ghali
Minister of Finance
Succeeded by
Hazem Al Beblawi

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