Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy
Dr Amani Abou-Zeid is the African Union Commissioner in charge of Infrastructure, Energy, ICT and Tourism.
For more than 30 years, Commissioner Abou-Zeid has served in leadership positions in international organisations, such as the African Development Bank, UNDP and USAID, with a focus on infrastructure and energy programmes. Over her career, she has amassed a remarkable mix of experience from across Africa, France, UK and Canada and worked across constituencies and with wide array of stakeholders.
An Egyptian national, Dr Abou-Zeid has a multi-disciplinary academic training: B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Cairo University; an MBA in project management from the French University for African Development (Université Senghor); a Masters of Public Administration MC/MPA from Harvard School of Government; and a Ph.D. in Social and Economic Development from The University of Manchester, UK. She also has a degree in Arts from Université Sorbonne-Paris IV.
Dr Abou-Zeid has received numerous international awards and recognitions for her leadership and excellence : decorated the Wissam Alaouite from HM King Mohamed VI of Morocco, named “Personalité d’avenir” by Government of France and selected one of “The 50 Most Influential Women in Africa”; and received the “Outstanding Alumni Award” from the University of Manchester, UK.
Commissioner Abou-Zeid was also named member of the prestigious Global Leaders Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development, and of the Stewardship Board for System Initiative on Shaping the Future of Energy.
She is passionate about classical music, plays piano, is a certified alpinist and competes to top positions in desert car rallyes — among other interests and activities.