Tarek Galal Shawki is currently the "Dean of the School of Sciences and Engineering" at the "American University in Cairo" (AUC). This academic assignment started on 1 September 2012 following a 4 1/2-years tenure as the "Director of the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science in Arab States" [2008-2012] located in Cairo, Egypt.
Prior to his UNESCO Cairo Office appointment in June 2008, he was the Chief of the Section for "ICTs in Education, Science and Culture" within the "Information Society Division" in UNESCO headquarters (Paris, France). Dr. Shawki has served as the Regional Advisor for Communications and Information at the UNESCO Cairo Office (UCO) between January 1999 and November 2005. The UCO is a regional office for science, technology, and information for Arab states. Shawki has been a panelist on the "National Science Foundation" and the "National Research Council". His leadership is considered paramount to the Arab region in modernizing university education in basic and engineering sciences, through the promotion of the Mathematica technology.
Dr. Shawki has pioneered the strategic public-private partnerships with the IT corporate within UNESCO which includes Microsoft, Intel, Cisco and Apple, Inc. He has been the key architect of the standard setting effort by UNESCO involving the "ICT Competency Framework for Teachers" ( ICT-CFT). Dr. Shawki has been developing major programmes involving the effective use of ICTs in education, science and culture.