Peace Treaty Initiative Expert Advisory Group

Hesham Youssef

Mr. Youssef is currently the Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow at USIP. A career diplomat, he joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Egypt in 1985. He was posted to the Egyptian Embassy in Canada (1988-1992) and the Egyptian Mission in Geneva where he focused mainly on economic and trade issues in the United Nations and the World Trade Organization (1995-1999). He was a member of the Cabinet of the Egyptian Minister for Foreign Affairs in the periods 1992-1995 and 1999-2001. 

In 2001, he joined the Arab League where he was the Official Spokesman and became the Chief of Staff of H.E. Amre Moussa the Secretary General of the Arab League in the period 2003- 2011. 

By mid-2011, Mr. Youssef took a leave of absence from the Arab League and was the Campaign Manager of Mr. Amre Moussa in his presidential campaign. After the presidential campaign in Egypt ended by mid-2012, Mr. Youssef returned to the Arab League and was a Senior Advisor to the Secretary General, Dr. Nabil Elaraby, on issues pertaining to crisis management as well as the reform of the Arab League. 

In July 2014, Mr. Youssef joined the Organization of Islamic Cooperation as an Assistant Secretary General for Humanitarian, Cultural and Social Affairs. He completed his term in June 2019 and then Joined the United States Institute of peace as a Senior Fellow focusing on the Israeli Palestinian conflict from July 2019 to the present.

Mr. Youssef graduated with a bachelor’s degree in physics from the Faculty of Science, Cairo University, in 1980. He then worked as a teacher at Cairo University (1980-1982). Mr. Youssef was a teaching assistant in the Physics Department at the American University in Cairo in 1982 and at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 1983. He earned a master’s degree in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico (August 1983) and another master’s degree in Economics from the American University in Cairo (February 1988).