British Egyptian Society Annual Flagship Event 2021

British Egyptian Society Annual Flagship Event; 

Sir Michael Weir Lecture is back

This year our speaker will be

His Excellency Mr. Ahmed Aboul Gheit, 

Secretary General of the Arab League

Dear BES Members and Friends, 


This year we are fortunate to have HE Mr. Ahmed Aboul Gheit as our guest speaker, having kindly accepted the invitation of our BES Vice chairman; Dr. Magdy Ishak Hannah. 

Born in Heliopolis, Cairo, HE Aboul Gheit, joined The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, upon graduation in 1965. He took part in the 1978 Camp David Agreement negotiations, which led to the signing of the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty. He held multiple diplomatic posts including Egypt’s Ambassador to Italy, Macedonia and San Marino as well as the Head of Egypt’s permanent delegation to the United Nations. He became Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs between 2004 and 2011 and is currently serving as The Secretary General of the Arab League, accompanied by His Excellency Ambassador Hassan Zaki, Assistant Secretary General. 

In this year’s lecture HE Aboul Gheit will focus on the topic of his two books; Egypt’s Foreign Policy in time of Crisis and Witness to War and Peace. This will be followed by Q&A. 


Date: Thursday 25th November, 2021

Venue: The Burton Room at The Institute of Directors, 116 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5ED

Time: Doors open at 6:30pm for a 7pm start

Dress code: Lounge Suit / National Dress

Cost: Complimentary


The British Egyptian Society Chairman, Trustees and Supervisory Board all look forward to welcoming you to a special evening that promises to be as much inspiring as it is informative. It has been too long and we are delighted to be meeting again in person to renew friendships and enjoy in-person conversations and connections. 

Keeping to tradition, attendance will be complimentary. This is thanks to the generosity of Prof. Magdy Ishak Hanna and Dr. Assem Allam, who will co-sponsor the event. 

Registration is required in advance so please email the British Egyptian Society secretary; Mr. Noel Rands at  to attend before 24th November