Captain Sameh El Hefny is the President of Civil Aviation Authority in Egypt since 4 July 2018. Previously, Capt. El Hefny was assigned as Chairman & CEO of EgyptAir Holding Company in 2014. Captain El Hefny possesses a prolific wealth of experience in Civil Aviation, from joining EgyptAir in 1988 as a pilot, to later on, becoming Chief Pilot and Examiner for the Airbus 330 and 340, and the Boeing 747, along with holding a multitude of different positions thereafter.
During his career, El Hefny held a number of administrative and technical positions within EgyptAir Holding Company and its subsidiaries, including but not restricted to, VP of Aviation Training GM at EgyptAir Airlines (Flight Operations Sector), then, GM of EgyptAir Airlines (Chairman Bureau). He also held GM of Aviation Training (Flight Training Center), and followed by VP of EgyptAir Training Center. Furthermore, Capt. El Hefny led and was involved in various significant strategic committees during a transitional and critical period of EgyptAir’s business path including the famous Star Alliance joining and many other notable feats.
Capt. El Hefny was elected to be a member of IATA Board of Governors and the Nominating Committee in 2014.
With regard to the regulatory aspect of the industry, Capt. El Hefny held the highest posts in the regulatory world of Egyptian aviation, such as VP of Egyptian Civil Aviation Authority (ECAA), and later on, Chairman and President of ECAA.. Following his tenure at the ECAA, Capt. El Hefny was appointed to Chairman of the Egyptian Aviation Academy due to his strong managerial skills and diversified wealth of experience in the field.
Academically, Capt. El Hefny holds a Phd in Aviation Crisis Management, in addition to two Master’s Degrees one specialized in Public Administration (MPA) from the Arab Academy for Science & Technology, and another specialized in Aviation Industry and Aerospace from the prestigious Toulouse University in France. Currently, he is pursuing a PhD in Aviation Crisis Management.
Internationally, Capt. El Hefny has succeeded in obtaining a strong presence, especially in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region due to his occupation of a multitude of leading roles in conferences and panels, such as Chief of the Regional Group of Aviation Safety in the Middle East, and member of the Superior Panel of Aviation Safety Level in the Middle East. Capt. El Hefny was also elected Chairperson of the RASG-MID conference in 2011, and member of the TLST-MID conference as well. He is also EgyptAir’s representative in the ICAO Annual General Meeting (AGM).
Born in Cairo; on June 7th, 1966, Capt. Sameh El Hefny is a graduate of Business Administration from Ain Shams University in Cairo, and of the Egyptian Aviation Academy. Capt. El Hefny is passionate about continuous learning, and self-development, especially in his field of work. Personally, he is married with a son.