E15 Experts are leading thinkers and practitioners from developed and developing countries reflecting a wide range of perspectives on trade and sustainable development. The experts’ participation in any E15 activity is on a personal basis and does not represent an official commitment of the organisations they are affiliated with.


Magdi Farahat

Principal Advisor on Trade, UNECA

Principal Advisor on Trade, UNECA. Over 30 years of diplomatic experience for the Government of Egypt. Former: Head of the Africa Bureau, International Trade Centre (ITC); Egyptian Trade Negotiator-in-Chief for the WTO and UNCTAD; Special Assistant, Egyptian Minister of Investment and Minister of Planning and International Cooperation; Egyptian Ministry of Economy & Foreign Trade; Head, Egyptian Departments of EU and West Europe, Eastern Europe, Arab States and Africa Division. Represented Egypt’s trade interests in various negotiations, including Egypt’s FTAs with the EFTA and MERCOSUR, as well as the EPA with the EU.