Dr. Amr Hamzawy used to work in the Middle East as a research director at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Beirut. He played an important role in the 2011 Egyptian revolution and he was the spokesman of the “Board of Wise Men” set up during the revolution to offer negotiations and possible solutions to the protesters and the government.
Photo Johnny Leo Johansen(c) Litthusfred Fredrikstad 12.12.2013
After the installation of Ahmed Shafik as Prime Minister, Hamzawy was offered the position of Minister of Youth. He declined the post. He has since become involved in the project for the establishment of a liberal party in Egypt. Amr Hamzawy is a founding member of Freedom Egypt Party.
In 2012, Hamzawy was elected member of the Egyptian Parliament (constituency Heliopolis, Badr City, Shorouk, Hikestep).
In 2013, he supported the campaign of the Tamarod movement for early presidential elections in Egypt. However, in the aftermath of the military coup that followed, he spoke out against the shutdown of Islamist satellite networks and the detention of President Morsi and other Islamist leaders, and objected in a newspaper column to “the rhetoric of gloating, hatred, retribution and revenge against the Muslim Brotherhood.”