World-renowned archaeologist Zahi Hawass – He served since 1968 as inspector of Antiquities and in 1978 became Director of the Pyramids and in 2002 became Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities and in 2010 till 2011 became the first Minister of State for Antiquities.

Dr. Hawass received his PhD in 1987 from the University of Pennsylvania where he studied as a Fulbright Fellow. Dr. Hawass is known for his charisma and his ability to reach out to the public, raising awareness of archaeology and the preservation of Egypt’s heritage. He has been given five honorary Doctorates from different international universities. 

Dr. Hawass has made a number of major discoveries over the course of his career, including the Tombs of the Pyramid Builders at Giza and the Valley of the Golden Mummies at Bahariya Oasis. He has discovered two previously unknown Old Kingdom pyramids, one near the Great Pyramid of Khufu at Giza, and one belonging to a queen of King Teti at Saqqara. Also at Saqqara, he rediscovered the pyramid of the 6th Dynasty queen Khuit, along with another pyramid that he has determined belonged to a 5th Dynasty king. He is also searching for the tomb of Ramses VIII and the tombs of the queens of the 18th Dynasty in the Valley of the Kings and he rediscovered KV53. He sent a robot twice to search for the secret doors inside the Great Pyramid. He also led a team to search for the tomb of Queen Cleopatra. His most important project was using forensic techniques, such as CT scan and DNA analysis to answer questions about royal mummies.

Dr. Hawass’s dynamic personality and extensive knowledge have sparked global interest in ancient Egypt. He has brought the world of the pharaohs into the homes and hearts of people all over the world through his numerous television appearances and books for general audiences. In 2006, Dr. Hawass received an Emmy from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for a special on ancient Egypt produced by KCBS in Los Angeles. Some of his most popular TV appearances have been Mysteries of the Pyramids, live from Cairo with Omar Sherif; Good Morning America, live from the Great Sphinx with Joan Lunden; and The Today Show with Matt Lauer. He has appeared in three live prime-time productions for Fox Television – the first, in March 1999, with Maury Povich; the second, in May 2000, was with actor Bill Pullman and Host Hugh Downs; and the third was a look behind the hidden doors inside the Great Pyramid though the use of a robot equipped with fiber optic camera. Dr. Hawass has also appeared in many documentaries with the BBC, Discovery Channel, National Geographic, the History Channel, PBS and The Learning Channel. He was chosen by the BBC for a profile representing Egypt in the New Millennium, and was featured by CNN in a short profile in 2008. National Geographic has produced a film on his life and work. Dr. Hawass is the spokesman for CNN on archaeological news in Egypt, and he has been featured on many TV shows in Europe and Japan. He has been profiled in print in the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times and the London Times. Chasing Mummies was his recent feature shown all over the world.

 

Dr. Hawass has written many books about ancient Egypt for general audiences and scholars, including Silent Images – Women in Pharaonic Egypt; Hidden Treasures of Ancient Egypt; Secrets from the Sand; Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs; Tutankhamun – the Treasures of the Tomb; Royal Tombs of Egypt- The Art of Thebes Revealed; The Great Book of Ancient Egypt – In the Realm of the Pharaohs; and Mountains of the Pharaohs. His book about his great discovery at Bahariya Oasis, The Valley of the Golden Mummies, became a bestseller and has been published in five languages. He has also authored several books for children.

Over the course of his long career, Dr. Hawass has been presented with numerous awards and honors. In 1998, he received the First Class Award for Arts and Sciences from Egypt’s President, along with the Pride of Egypt Award from the members of the foreign press in Cairo. In 2000, the Association of Egyptian American Scholars named him Distinguished Scholar of the Year, and he was one of thirty international figures to receive the Golden Plate Award from the American Academy of Achievement, honoring his accomplishments in archaeology. In July 2001, National Geographic selected Dr. Hawass as one of its Explorers in Residence, and he was awarded the silver medal and membership in the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences. In November 2002, his name was inscribed on a CD for the Mars Exploration Rover 2003 mission. In 2006, Time Magazine chose him as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People for the year 2006. In 2007 he was made an Officer of the French Order of Arts and Letters, and in 2008 he was awarded the rank of Commander in the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic. Also in 2008, Dr. Hawass was presented with a World Tourism Award, and was designated Goodwill Ambassador to Japan by the Egyptian and Japanese ministries of foreign affairs. In 2012 he was chosen by the University of Catania – Italy as the Man of Culture of the year.