See his Unvanquished: A U.S.-UN Saga (1999).
(born Nov. 14, 1922, Cairo, Egypt) Sixth secretary-general of the United Nations (1992–96), the first Arab and first African to hold the office. A descendant of a distinguished Egyptian Coptic family, he was educated at Cairo University and the University of Paris. After teaching at universities around the world, he joined Egypt's foreign ministry in 1977. As foreign minister, he accompanied Pres. Anwar el-Sādāt to Jerusalem. He became Egypt's deputy prime minister in 1991 and was appointed UN secretary-general in 1992. During his single term he oversaw peacekeeping operations in Bosnia, Somalia, and Rwanda and led the UN in its 50th-anniversary celebration. In 1996 the U.S. blocked his bid for a second term.
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Mostafa Elwi Saif was born in Faiyum, Egypt to one of the biggest families in his city. He graduated from High School with rank number 1 on his governerate, he then joined Faculty of Economics and Political Science (FEPS) in Cairo University and graduated in 1972 with a degree in Political Science and ranked as Second on the students of the faculty.
He took the PhD under the supervision of Boutros Boutros Ghaliformer secertary General of the UN, in 1981. He was the first Egyptian, Arab and African to work at The US Institute of Peace (USIP) in 1994 till 1995.Since 2007 he is the Chair of the Political Science Department in The Faculty of Economics and Political Science at Cairo University, and Member of the Upper Chamber of The Egyptian legislative System since 2004. Dr. Saif has a reputable academic and political career. He chaired and taught in different Political Science departments in accredited Universities in the Arab world and Africa, as well as United States Universities such as Californis Bercley, UCLA, Texas At Austin, Arizona At Tucson, Utah at Salt Lake City,University of Siatle, SUNY at Buffalo,Merriland at College Park. He has worked in International organizations such as the United Nations Institute of Disarmament. He has a long political career in Egypt, as a pioneer in the field of political crisis management and security in the Middle East. Dr. Saif authored several publications and shared in several conferences on the national and international level.
He is married with 3 children.