Mohamed El-Farnawany is a Senior Advisor and Middle East Programme Lead at the European Institute of Peace (EIP), covering Israel-Palestine, the Gulf and Yemen.
He is an Egyptian ambassador and career diplomat. Prior to joining EIP, he was in Abu Dhabi as Chief of Staff and Director of Strategic Management at the International Renewable Energy Agency.
During his diplomatic career, he served in the cabinets of several Ministers of Foreign Affairs where he followed Middle East issues and relations with the U.S. He was also appointed Counsellor at the Presidency of the Republic and Deputy Chief of Mission in Paris. His earlier postings included the Mission of Egypt to the U.N in New York and the embassy in Washington D.C. He also served at the Executive Office of the U.N Secretary-General as part of the Secretariat of the High-level Panel on System-wide Coherence.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the American University in Cairo. He pursued post-graduate studies in international relations and conflict resolution at Georgetown University and George Mason University in the U.S. He has a Master of Philosophy in International Relations from the University of Cambridge in the UK, where he specialised in Conflict Resolution, Mediation and Middle East issues.