Samir Elsadek Mahmoudi is a career diplomat with a wide range of experiences across multilateral economic affairs, trade, and development finance. He currently serves on Egypt’s COP27 organizing committee. Prior to that, he served as a focal point in charge of UNDP’s activities in Egypt. He also contributed to various multilateral processes focused on financing for development, including the Paris Summit on the Financing of African Economies, the G8 Deauville Partnership in support of Arab Economies in transition, and the Arab Economic Summit. Samir served as a diplomat with Egypt’s Embassy in Paris, where he contributed to Egypt’s development finance talks with French Sovereign Donors and represented Egypt in the OECD investment and regulatory policy committees. He started his diplomatic service as a member of Egypt’s team in charge of formulating Egypt’s positions within the World Trade Organization.
Samir earned his PhD in Economics at Georgia State University, where he conducted research on retirement savings, mortgage markets, and climate-related financial risks. His research on late-career unemployment and 401(k) savings has been accepted by the Journal of Public Economics. His research was funded by an NBER pre-doctoral fellowship and was recognized by the National Academy of Social Insurance, BlackRock and the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association. He also conducted a research internship with the IMF, where he contributed to the Fund’s research on SMEs’ access to finance in the MENA region.