Ahmed Fahmi is acting Chief of the Section of Innovation and Capacity Building in the Natural Sciences sector at UNESCO. He is involved in the establishment of UNESCO centers of excellence and in establishing public private partnership in scientific research for Africa. Before joining UNESCO, he was a university lecturer in biochemistry at the University of London. He worked in South Asia and the Asia Pacific region on managing and coordinating the execution of the Basic Sciences, Engineering and Science Policy program of UNESCO and was a visiting professor at the United Nations University in Tokyo. He has a PhD in biophysics from the University of Cambridge.