Youssef Boutros Ghali

Youssef Boutros Ghali

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Youssef Boutros Ghali

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Youssef Raouf Boutros Ghali (يوسف بطرس غالي) (born August 20, 1952) is a former Minister of Finance of Egypt. He served from 2004 to 2011. He was succeeded by Samir Radwan on 31 January 2011.


Youssef Boutros-Ghali was born in Cairo, and received his education at Cairo University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics in 1974. He subsequently earned a Doctor of Philosophy in economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1981. He was also a Lecturer and Assistant during his stay at MIT. His uncle, Dr. Boutros Boutros Ghali, is a former Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Economist and ministerial roles

Upon graduation, Boutros-Ghali joined the International Monetary Fund as an EP (Economist Program) and progressed to become Senior Economist. He worked in both area and functional departments: first in the Middle East Department (MED) and later in Policy and Development Review (PDR) on Asian, Latin American and Middle Eastern countries. He gained profound knowledge of the economic problems and policy challenges of countries as diverse as the Sudan, the Ivory Coast, the Philippines, China, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, and Mexico. He also did background work on the Latin American debt crisis of the early 1980s.

After leaving the Fund in 1986, Boutros-Ghali was...
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