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Born in 1929, Ali Al-Samman obtained a Bachelor's degree in Law from Alexandria University in 1953 and a diploma in postgraduate studies in international public law and political science – from Grenoble University, France –1956. He also obtained his PhD in Law and Political Science from University of Paris, France-1966.
Al -Samman was the President of the International Union for Intercultural and Interfaith Dialogue and Peace Education (ADIC) for Europe and Egypt and the Secretary General of the Association for Economic Information “Europe-Egypt” and a free-lance journalist with weekly columns in a number of Egyptian newspapers.
Al-Samman was also a regular guest speaker in many TV shows in the Egyptian television to analyze and comment on current events. In the past, Al-Samman worked in Paris as a director of the Middle East News Agency from 1967 to 1984, and a director of the Egyptian Radio and Television broadcasting in Western Europe from 1967 to 1982.
In Cairo, he worked as media advisor to President Anwar Sadat, President of the Prime Minister’s cabinet for infrastructure Projects with Western Europe.
During late 1990s, he worked as Vice-President of the Permanent Committee for Al-Azhar for Dialogue with the Monotheistic Religions and Advisor to the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar for Interfaith Dialogue. He was also the President of the Committee for Interfaith Dialogue at the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs of Egypt and the Chairman of Nokia Siemens Networks, Egypt.
In 2004, He obtained a Medal from the Archbishop of Canterbury for “Successful efforts to promote peace and dialogue among the monotheistic religions”.
He also received a certificate of appreciation from People to People International for “Significant contributions to the promotion of international friendship, and thus advancing the cause of peace in the world” – 2003.
In 1991, Dr. Al-Samman was selected as a member of the International Organization of Achievement Leaders – England.
Samman has many studies, researches and writings, as well as many media contributions on many political and intellectual issues. He wrote a book entitled: "From Revolution to Another: Memoirs of A Good Citizen in the Eras of Nasser, Sadat and Mubarak, " published by Gilgamesh Publishing, England, 2012.