The former Egyptian diplomat is an international trade expert with 35 years’ experience, including years inside the WTO. Mamdouh, who’s a lawyer currently residing in Switzerland also had experience with the WTO’s predecessor, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT).
For Mamdouh, if he gets the job his first priority would be taking a look at the institution itself.
“I am running because I truly believe in the system,” Mamdouh, the Egyptian candidate for the job, told Ahram Online. “I believe in the values that the system stands for, the values of non-discrimination, rules-based trading relations and the strategic importance of trade itself as an engine for trade and economic development in general and especially for the development of countries.”