World-renowned archaeologist Zahi Hawass is the former Egyptian Minister of Antiquities and Director of Excavations at Giza, Saqqara, Bahariya Oasis, and the Valley of the Kings. Dr Hawass received his PhD in 1987 from the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied as a Fulbright Fellow. He has written numerous scholarly articles and books, and is a highly respected Egyptologist. Known for his charisma and ability to reach out to the public, for more than thirty years he has been raising awareness of archaeology and the preservation of Egypt’s precious heritage.


Dr Zahi Hawass


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 which he has determined that it belonged to a 5th Dynasty queen. Dr Hawass has been involved in several other important archaeological projects. He led the search for the tomb of Cleopatra and Mark Antony on the premises of a Ptolemaic temple near Alexandria. He enriched the search for the so-called “hidden doors” inside the Great Pyramid. In addition, Dr Hawass launched a new excavation under the Nile River’s waters, searching for missing obelisks and statues.

One of the most significant research efforts led and managed by Dr Hawass was the Egyptian Mummy Project (EMP), which used modern forensic techniques such as CT and DNA analysis to answer questions about the royal mummies. Some of the most important discoveries that Dr Hawass has made through the EMP are his identification of the mummy of Queen Hatshepsut, the uncovering of the family of King Tutankhamun, and solving the mystery of the murder of Ramesses III.

As an archaeologist deeply concerned about the conservation and protection of Egypt’s monuments, he supervised major conservation projects for the Great Sphinx, and the Serapeum and Step Pyramid at Saqqara. He has developed site management plans for a number of important areas, including the Unfinished Obelisk Quarry in Aswan, the temples of Kom Ombo, Edfu, and Dendera, the West Bank of Luxor, Giza, and Saqqara. He has also initiated the construction of nineteen new museums throughout Egypt, including the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) and the National Egyptian Museum of Civilization (NEMC). Under his direction, several historical mosques, churches, and synagogues have been restored and reopened to the public. Dr Hawass has actively promoted the organization of exhibitions of the treasures of King Tutankhamun in many cities in America, Australia, Europe, and Japan. These exhibitions have brought more than $125 million in revenue to Egypt.

Dr Hawass’ 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 Sharif; 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, was 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 through the use of a robot equipped with a fiberoptic camera. Dr Hawass has also appeared in many documentaries by the BBC, Discovery Channel, National Geographic, 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 the CNN in a short profile in 2008. National Geographic has produced a film on his life and work. Dr Hawass is the spokesman for the CNN on archaeological news in Egypt, and he has also 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. Most recently, he appeared in the History Channel series Chasing Mummies.

  • Dr Hawass during the mummy DNA project

Dr Hawass has written many books for general audiences on ancient Egypt, 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 – The Untold Story of the Pyramid Builders. 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. He writes regular columns for Al-Ahram Weekly and has contributed to articles for GEO, along with many other popular magazines. Three important books are now in press: Scanning the Pharaohs: CT Imaging of the New Kingdom Royal Mummies (AUC Press), Giza and The Pyramids (Thames and Hudson), and Adventures in Archaeology (in French and in Italian).

Over the course of his long career, Dr Hawass has been presented with numerous international awards and honors. In 1998, the President of Egypt bestowed on him the First Class Award for Arts and Sciences, and he also received the Pride of Egypt Award from members of the foreign press in Egypt. He was one of 30 international figures to receive the Golden Plate Award from the American Academy of Achievement for his accomplishments in archaeology. In July 2001, the National Geographic Society selected Dr Hawass as one of its Explorers-in-Residence, and the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences granted him a Silver Medal and membership in the academy. During November of the following year, his name was inscribed on a CD carried by the 2003 mission of the Mars Exploration Rover. Time magazine chose him as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in 2006. The following year he was made an officer in the French Order of Arts and Letters, and in 2008 he received the rank of commander in the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic. That same year, Dr Hawass was presented with a World Tourism Award and designated a Goodwill Ambassador to Japan by the Egyptian and Japanese Ministries of Foreign Affairs.

He is currently working as a lecturer in Egypt and all over the world. In cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism, he promotes Egypt’s tourism globally. He is also a writer of weekly articles in several Egyptian newspapers and magazines, as well as in the London-based newspaper Al-Sharq Al-Awsat. Dr Hawass is also working as an archaeologist and consultant for SC Exhibitions – Semmel Concerts GmbH, promoting the exhibition “Tutankhamun – His Tomb and His Treasures”. His recent book Discovering Tutankhamun: From Howard Carter to DNA was published by the American University in Cairo Press with the cooperation of Semmel Concerts. Dr Hawass’ website is a popular source of information about ancient Egypt.




2014: January – August, Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Sierra Nevada College. 999 Tahoe Boulevard, Incline Village, Nevada 89451.

Egyptian Government Positions

2011: January 31-March 7, Minister of State for Antiquities. For the first time, the government made Antiquities as a separate Ministry.

2011: Minister of State for Antiquities March 30 to July 17

2002-2011: Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities As Secretary General of the SCA, I have worked to preserve and protect Egypt’s ancient monuments through the implementation of the following


I -  Introducing the concept of site management to Egypt. In the past, the proper management of antiquities sites was poorly understood here, but as Secretary Generalof the SCA, I have begun to implement the following strategies to ensure that Egypt’santiquities sites are properly maintained:

  • Enforcing zoning around ancient monuments, using natural boundaries and constructing walls to delimit and protect antiquities
  • Constructing visitors’ centers with facilities and educational materials includingfilms to introduce visitors to the
  • Building sidewalks to guide tourists around the sites and improve access
  • Developing a comprehensive conservation plan for each
  • Instituting training programs for the personnel who maintains the sites
  • Major conservation and restoration programs of whole sites. Examples of sites with completed site management plans: The unfinished obelisk at Aswan, the Temple of Edfu, the Temple of Kom Ombo, the Temples of Luxor and Karnak, the Valley of theKings, Deir el-Bahri (Temple of Queen Hatshepsut), the Temple of Dendereh, Tell Basta, Pompey’s pillar in Alexandria, El Moezz Street in Islamic Cairo, KomMadi in Fayoum, Temple of Kalabsha, and the site of Kom El Dekaa in Alexandria
  • Other sites under development: Abydos; Kom el Shokafa-Alexandria; Abu Rowash; Tanis; Dahshur; Memphis; The Elephantine in cooperation with the German Institute
  • Sites almost completed: The Giza Pyramids; Saqqara; The Valley of the Queens in cooperation with the Getty-Conservation Institute; Tell El Amarna - the visitor center is completed roads to the tombs and conservations of the tombs; Abousir; Lisht.

II -  Revitalizing Egypt’s museum system, transforming Egyptian museums from outdated storage facilities into modern, world-class cultural institutions. More than nineteen new museums are under construction:

  • The Grand Egyptian Museum, Giza
  • The Sohag National Museum
  • The Sharm El-Sheikh National Museum
  • The Hurghada National Museum
  • The Citadel Coin Museum, Cairo
  • The Akhenaten Museum, Minya
  • The Mosaic Museum, Alexandria
  • The Faiyum Portrait Museum
  • The Marine Museum, Alexandria
  • The Greco-Roman Museum, Alexandria
  • The National Museum of Egyptian Civilization, Cairo
  • The Underwater Museum, Alexandria
  • The Royal Chariot Museum-Cairo
  • Development of Kafr El Shiek Museum
  • Development of Port Said Museum

In addition, we are redeveloping Egypt’s existing museums by re-envisioning their design, re-organizing their collections, and updating their facilities.

III -  Improving security at antiquities sites. Theft and vandalism have taken animmeasurable toll on Egypt’s monuments over the centuries, but as Secretary General of the SCA I have taken the following measures to protect our antiquities from furtherlosses:

  • Strengthening Egyptian laws regarding theft and vandalism of Changes to law 117 of 1983 have imposed more severe penalties for antiquities-related crimes, and a new law, will make it possible for us to pursue legal action in Egypt against international offenders suspected of theft or vandalism to monuments. The theft of antiquities will be a crime under the new law. Also, the SCA now holds the rights to replicas of antiquities and a certain number of monuments will be trademarked. The Parliament approved an extension to the new law. I had a fight with some members of the Parliament who wanted to make Antiquities trade legal within the country.
  • Building 36 new storage facilities to house objects that have not been registered as part of museum collections. These new facilities include electronic equipment to improve security, and are also equipped with modern photography and conservation labs. There is almost a store in every city in Egypt. These types of storage magazines saved the Antiquities of Egypt during the Revolution of January 2011
  • Having electronic databases created to record all of the objects in museum collections and storage facilities throughout Egypt. A team from the documentation center, and in the Cairo Museum are conducting this work
  • Providing better training and pay for security personnel at antiquities sites, museums, and storage facilities

IV -   Supporting educational programs to raise awareness of Egypt’s history among both children and adults. I have encouraged the establishment of organizations such asthe Friends of the Egyptian Museum, Islamic, and Coptic Museums, and thedevelopment of museum education programs for children and adults.

The SCA now also supports programs in schools, programs in which children create sculptures of Egyptian monuments and antiquities in sand, and summer programs at museums, as well as educational opportunities abroad for our personnel. The SCA has also developed a program in which children help to publish their own magazine entitled Golden Boy for Kids. Also, there was an adult popular magazine, called Happy and another magazine called Our Antiquities Today.

V -  Working to bring stolen artifacts back to the people of Egypt. I have actively promoted the return of illegally obtained objects in museum and private collections abroad, and Egypt’s efforts to have important artifacts repatriated have become an inspiration to other countries around the world. Since I became Secretary General of the SCA, over 5,000 stolen treasures have been returned to Egypt, and officially wrote to Germany for the return of the bust of Nefertiti. Two Exhibits for the recovered stolen artifacts were organized in the Cairo Museum.

VI -   Supporting the professional development of Egyptian scholars. I have worked to ensure that young Egyptians have access to the best training available in modern excavation, conservation techniques, museums, and site management, and the SCA now helps obtain scholarships and placement in programs abroad for promising young archaeologists, conservators, and museum professionals. It is my belief that this is the most important step that can be taken to protect Egypt’s monuments – ensuring that Egyptians, who are charged with the primary responsibility for the care of our antiquities, are prepared to accept the challenges facing Egyptology as we move into the future.


Professional Positions


2008-2011: Director of excavation at the Gisr el-Mudir, Saqqara

2007-2011: Excavation Director, area near the tomb of Merenptah, Valley of the Kings at Luxor: the goal of this excavation is to locate the tomb of Ramesses VIII;  Director, ground-penetrating radar survey, Valley of the Kings at Luxor: the goal of this survey is to locate previously unidentified tombs in the valley, under the supervision of Glen Dash; Excavation Director, tomb of Seti I in the Valley of the Kings at Luxor: the goal of this excavation is to explore and reinforce a tunnel which extends from the tomb’s burial chamber; Director of the West Valley Excavation, Luxor;  Director of Excavation on the North Entrance of Amenhotep III, Temple at Kom-El Hitan

2006-2009: Excavation in the area between the back of the Sphinx and the pyramid of Khafre at Giza

2006-2007: Director of excavation at the temple of Ramses II at Akhmim

2006-2009: Director of excavation at the temple of Ramses II at Heliopolis

2005-2011: Director of the Egyptian Mummy Project (EMP)

2005-2011: Director of excavation at Taposiris Magna in Alexandria in cooperation with Dominican Republic University, Dr. Kathleen Martinez.

2002-2008: Director of the excavation of the Unfinished Obelisk in Aswan.

2002-2008: Director of the excavation of the underwater of the Nile River in Aswan.

1999-2002: Excavation Director, Valley of the Golden Mummies and 26 th Dynasty site at Bahariya Oasis: responsible for the discovery of the Valley of the Golden Mummies, a site important both to scholars and the general public

1999-2005: Excavation Director, Western Mastaba Field at Giza; research and excavations have revealed important information concerning the Tombs of the officials in this area

1996-2001: Excavation Director, pyramid of Menkaure at Giza

1996-1998: Excavation Director, area near the north side of the causeway of Sahure at Abusir

1995-1999: Excavation Director, area in front of the Valley Temple of Khafre at Giza

1994-1995: Excavation, the Osiris Shaft at Giza

1993-1994: Excavation Director, area south of the pyramid of Menkaure near the ring road

1992-2011: Excavation Director, pyramid complex of Teti at Saqqara: responsible for the re-discovery of the pyramid of Queen Khuit, and the pyramid of Queen Shesti, near the pyramid of Teti at Saqqara, along with other New Kingdom tombs and artifacts

1991-1994: Excavation Director, Nazlet-el-Batran

1991-1995: Excavation Director, Old Kingdom Settlement at Giza (Nazlet el- Samman)

1991-1994: Excavation Director, Beni Youssef

1990-2011: Excavation Director, Tombs of the Overseers of the Pyramid Builders at Giza: responsible for the discovery of these tombs, which have provided an amazing glimpse into the lives of the people who constructed the royal monuments at Giza

1990-1991: Excavation Director, Causeway and Valley Temple of Khufu at Giza

1988-1995: Excavation Director, Western Mastaba Field at Giza

1987-1988: Excavation Director, site of Kafr el-Gebel east of the Sphinx at Giza

1980: Excavation Director, Old Kingdom site in front of the Sphinx Temple and northeast corner of the Sphinx at Giza

1979-1980: Excavation Director, Archaic Period cemetery at Abou- Rawash Co-Director, excavation to the northeast of the Sphinx at Giza

1978: Co-excavation Director, Old Kingdom site at the northeast corner of Sphinx

1978: Director of Excavation-cause way and valley Temple of Khufu

1976-1977: Archaeological Survey in South Yemen on behalf of the Egyptian Antiquities Organization and ALECSO

1976: Director of Preliminary Excavations at Merimde Beni Salama

1975: Excavation Director, Pharaonic and Greco-Roman sites at Kom Abou Bellou, Delta; Excavation Director, Late Period site at Khus Abou Zied, Embaba Province

1970-1974: Associate Excavation Director, Pharaonic and Greco-Roman sites at Kom Abou Bellou

1968: Associate Excavation Director, Greco-Roman site at Ashmunein, Middle Egypt


Conservation work

2005: We examined the mummy of Tutankhamun. In 2006, we found that the female Mummy in KV60 to be the Mummy of Queen Hatshepsut, also revealed the family of Tutankhamun and examined the Mummy of Ramses III to find out the cause of his death. We also studied the mummies of the 19th Dynasty.

2002-2011: Director of Conservation of Islamic, Coptic, and Jewish monuments in Old Cairo:

- 10 Jewish Temples in Cairo and Alexandria; 2 Temples completed, 2 Temples under restoration, and 6 Temples currently being studied.

- Hanging Church in Cairo (ready to be opened) and 2 monasteries in the Red Sea; Deir el Anba Bulla and Deir el Anba Antonio.

  • Director of Conservation of the Temple of Hibis in Kharga Oasis
  • Director of Conservation and Restoration of the Step Pyramid and the South Tomb, Saqqara (The north-south eastside is finished and the burial chamber
  • Director of Conservation of the Serapeum at South Saqqara Phase I to open
  • Director of Conservation of Coptic and Islamic monuments in cities outside Cairo, including Islamic houses in Rashid - El Moez street. Over 33 houses and mosques were restored: - 3 mosques in Damietta - Old houses in Rashied and Zughul Mosque – Bab-Ziuila in Cairo; Over 20 mosques were restored in Cairo; The restoration of the Temple of Denderah, the removal of the black spots from the temple; The restoration of the sphinxes on the Sphinx Avenue between Luxor and Karnak Temples.

- The restoration and the excavation of the second boat pit, south of the Great Pyramid in co-operation with Waseda University

1999: Director of Conservation of three tombs to the south and east of Khufu’s pyramid; Director of Conservation of the pyramid of Khafre at Giza Director of Conservation of the tomb of Khent-kawes, the tombs south of Khafre’s Causeway, and the funerary temple of Khafre

1998-2000: Maintenance of conservation of the Great Sphinx at Giza

1998-1999: Implementation of conservation plan for the site of Abusir Director of Conservation of the Great Pyramid of Khufu

1998-1999: Director of Restoration of the Sphinx Temple

1998: Completion of the restoration of the Great Sphinx at Giza: Director of Conservation of the three Queen’s Pyramids near the Great Pyramid of Khufu; Director of Restoration of the Senedjem-Ib tomb complex and the tombs of Debehen and Iun-Min

1991-1994: Director of Restoration of the interior of the Pyramid of Unas at Saqqara

1990-2011: Implementation of site management program for the Giza Plateau. We finished a great deal of work such as the road of the electrical cars and the area south of the third pyramid that will contain the Visitor Center, camel and horses stables, Bazaranea, parking and others.

1990-1992: Director of Conservation of the Alabaster Sphinx and statue of Ramesses II at Memphis

1990: Director of Conservation of Old Kingdom tombs at Saqqara Director of Conservation, pyramid of Menkaure at Giza Director of Conservation, Tombs of the Nobles and Officials at Giza

1989-1992: Director of Conservation of the Late Period tombs at Bahariya Oasis

1989: Director of Restoration, Great Pyramid of Khufu at Giza

1987-1993: Director of Conservation, Step Pyramid of Djoser at Saqqara

1987- 1988: Director of Conservation, pyramid of Khafre at Giza; Research Director of the Egyptian Mummy Project (EMP). We were able to receive a CT-SCAN machine as a gift from National Geographic and 2 DNA labs, one under the basement of Cairo Museum and other at Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University, supported by the Discovery Channel.



2000: Member of the Master Jury of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture

1997: Consultant for the IMAX film on Egypt produced by the National Geographic Society Advisor for The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt

1986: Consultant for “The Pyramids,” a televised documentary produced by the Unicorn Project and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities

1984-1985: Consultant to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History on the preparation of artifacts for an exhibition interpreting the humanistic aspects of ancient Egyptian culture, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities

1984: One of five Egyptologists to review an American public television special based on David Macaulay’s book Pyramid, produced by the Unicorn Project and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities Consultant to National Geographic Magazine for a story about recent discoveries in Egypt and for a documentary film

1982: Consultant to Global Concepts and lecturer for Global Speakers, New York

1980: Consultant for the Attiya Foundation’s Agriculture Exhibit, Washington, D.C.

1977-1990: Archaeological Consultant to the Arab League


Teaching Experience

2001: American University in Cairo: Old and Middle Kingdom Archaeology 2000: Faculty of Archaeology, Cairo Ministry. Excavation Techniques

2000: Faculty of Tourism, Helwan University: Old and Middle Kingdom Archaeology

1998: Visiting Professor, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, University of California, Los Angeles: Egyptian Culture

1998-1999: Faculty of Arts, History Department, Cairo University: History of Egypt and the Near East 1997-present: Institute of Tourism, El- Mokattam: Egyptian Archaeology

1997: Faculty of Tourism, Helwan University: Old Kingdom Art and Archaeology (in English)

1995: Tourism Institute, Giza: Egyptian Language and Hieroglyphs

1995-1997: Departments of History and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, University of California, Los Angeles: Egyptian Archaeology

1994: Visiting Professor, University of California, Los Angeles

1992-1993: American University in Cairo: Old Kingdom Egyptian Archaeology July-Oct

1990: Tourism Institutes at Heliopolis (Midan el Hegaz), El-Mokattam, and Giza: Egyptian Archaeology (in English)

1988-1992: Egyptology and Greco-Roman Departments, Faculty of Arts, Alexandria University: Egyptian Art, Architecture, Religion, and Archaeology

1988: College of General Studies, University of Pennsylvania: Six weeks course on the Culture and History of Ancient Egypt and the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World



1987: Ph.D. in Egyptology University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA

1983: M.A. in Egyptology and Syro-Palestinian Archaeology University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA

1979: Diploma in Egyptology Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt

1967: B.A. in Greek and Roman Archaeology Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt

Honorary Doctorates

2010: New University of Lisbon, Portugal

2010: University of Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

2009: Bansomdejchaopraya Rajabhat University Thailand

2009: Universidad Catolica Santo Domingo Dominican Republic

2005: American University in Cairo Egypt



2009: “Excavations at the Valley of the Kings,” First International Conference on the Valley of the Kings, Luxor.

2004: “Recent Excavation at Giza,” Ninth International Congress of Egyptologists, Grenoble, France

2000: “The Valley of the Mummies,” Eighth International Congress of Egyptologists, American University in Cairo “Site Management and Conservation,” Eighth International Congress of Egyptologists, American University in Cairo

1998: Paper on Engineering and Site Management at Giza, the American Association of Civil Engineering, Boston

1996: Paper on Tourism and Culture, UNESCO, Paris Paper on Site Management at Giza, BIT, Milan, Italy

1992: “The Workmen’s Camp at Giza: Review of Settlement,” House and Palace Symposium, Austrian Institute, the Geographic Society, Cairo

1990: “Old Kingdom Statues found at Giza,” at the Old Kingdom Egyptian Art Symposium at the German Institute in Cairo

1991: “Recent Excavation at Giza,” Sixth International Congress of Egyptology, Turin, Italy

1988: “The Cult of Khufu, Khafra and Menkaura at Giza,” Fifth International Congress of Egyptology, Cairo, Egypt

1982: “Site Problems in Egypt concerning Earthquakes and the Water table,” International Congress for the Preservation of Monuments, National Academy of Science, Conference on the Protection of Historic Architecture and Museum Collections, Washington, D.C.

1982: “Excavations at the Giza Pyramids,” one of seventy invited papers at the Third International Congress of Egyptology, Toronto, Canada

1982: “Excavations northeast of the Sphinx,” American Research Center in Egypt Annual Meeting, Boston, MA

1981: “Kom Abou Bellou Excavations,” Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada

1976: “Kom Abou Bellou Excavations,” First International Congress of Egyptology, Cairo, Egypt



2014: Public lectures:

  • De Young Museum in San Francisco, CA 94118
  • Union Station in Kansas City
  • Museum of Art, Oklahoma City
  • Art Museum in Reno
  • Two lectures at Sierra Nevada College
  • University of Arizona, Tucson

2014: Public lecture in Madrid and Mexico to promote tourism to Egypt on behalf of Egyptian Ministry of Tourism

2014: Public lecture at Santa Barbara, USA

2013: Public lecture in Montreal and Toronto to promote Tourism to Egypt on behalf of Egyptian Ministry of Tourism

2013: Public lecture in Egypt to promote the book “Discovering Tutankhamun: from Howard Carter to DNA”, published by AUC

2013: Lecture at the British University in Egypt

2013: Lecture at UCLA for the California group

2013: Public lectures in six German cities to promote tourism to Egypt on behalf of Egyptian Ministry of Tourism

2013: Lectures in Nurnberg, Geneva and in London to promote the book “Discovering Tutankhamun: from Howard Carter to DNA”

2011: Lecture at Power Museum

  • Lecture at Minneapolis for King Tut Exhibit
  • Lecture at Kansas city for King Tut Exhibit

2011: Public lectures in Minneapolis, sponsored by Museum of Science, lecture in

Cincinnati, lecture at LA County Museum, Power Museum in Orange County, California, and at the Art Museum in Reno, Nevada

2010: Public lectures in Toronto, San Francisco, New York City, Denver and Frankfurt

2009: Lecture at the White House

2009: Public lecture at the Universidad Católica Santo Domingo

2009: Public lecture in December at the British Museum, London

2009: Public lecture in Atlanta, Georgia, at the Fox Theatre attended by 4,500 people.

2009: Public lecture in Dallas, Texas, where I was introduced by Laura Bush

2006-2009: Public lectures about my excavation in many museums and universities in the United States: the Philadelphia University Museum; Irvine Auditorium, The University of Pennsylvania; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Field Museum, Chicago; The Art Museum, San Francisco; the Power Museum, California; Sierra College at Lake Tahoe, California, and further lectures at the Opera House, Seattle, and Indianapolis. I also gave a lecture at the Millennium Dome, London. All these lectures were attended by 1000 – 4500 people with tickets.

2006: Lecture on Tutankhamun at the Field Museum, Chicago Lecture on Hatshepsut at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Lecture on Tutankhamun at the Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, FL

2005-2010: Public lectures for King Tut Exhibit in LA Country Museum – Field Museum in Chicago – Irvine Auditorium in Philadelphia – University of Pennsylvania – Broadway – New York – Toronto – Canada – Indianapolis Children Museum.

2005: Lectures on Tutankhamun at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles

2004: University of Dublin University of Copenhagen

2003: Lecture at the British Museum on the occasion of its 250th year

2002-2006: Public lectures in many cities in the United States, Europe, and Japan Lectures to WPO organization in Kansas City, Los Angeles, and Egypt about my discoveries at Bahariya Oasis and the pyramids

2002: Many lectures in Egypt to the Rotary Club, Lions, and at universities

2000-2011: Lectures to American groups for Abercrombie and Kent – Quest Tours

2000-2006: National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence lectures: Field Museum,

Chicago; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles

1999: Public VIP lectures given to Queen Sofia in Madrid, Queen Beatrix of Holland with the royal family at Leiden Museum

1999: Lecture in front of Queen Margrete Alexandria Torildur Ingrid of Denmark in Copenhagen

1997: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles The Fowler Museum, University of California, Los Angeles Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX: “The Great Pyramid of Khufu” The Egyptian Academy, Rome Lecture at A.R.E., Virginia Beach, VA on the controversy surrounding the Pyramids and the Sphinx Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York: “Women in Ancient Egypt” Lectures on recent discoveries at Heidelberg University, Berlin University, Munich University Lecture at the Musee du Louvre, Paris

1996: Lecture tour to the United States to promote tourism in Egypt: University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles County Museum of Art American Research Center in Egypt-southern California University Museum of Southern Methodist University, Dallas Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Field Museum, Chicago University Museum, Philadelphia Lecture to the Press Club, Washington, D.C.

1995: Public VIP lectures were given to King Gustav of Sweden 1995: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

1994-1995: Lecture to the Association for the Friends of Egypt, University of Copenhagen, Denmark; public lectures on the Pyramids and the Sphinx

1994: The Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

1993: Lectures on the Pyramids at: University of California, Los Angeles Natural History Museum, Los Angeles Orange Coast College, Orange County, CA University of California, Fullerton Harvard Club, New York Walters Gallery, Baltimore University of Pittsburgh History Museum of Science, Houston Hamilton University, NY Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York The University Museum Pennsylvania Iowa State University The Press Club in Ottawa, Canada

1992: Musee du Louvre, Paris: “Recent Discoveries at Giza” Charles University, Prague, Czechloslovakia: two lectures on “The Cult of Khufu, Khafra, and Menkaura at Giza and Recent Discoveries “

1990-1991: Lecture tour on “Recent Discoveries at the Giza Pyramids” at universities and museums across the United States, including: University Museum, Pennsylvania; Cleveland Museum of Art; Denver Museum of Natural History

1988-1997: Public lectures for Rotary Clubs, Lions Clubs, and other service and social clubs in Cairo, Alexandria, and Port Said about archaeological problems in Egypt and about recent discoveries

1988-1989: Public lectures on the Pyramids at approximately 20 museums and universities in the United States

1987: “The Secret of the Sphinx and the Pyramid” presented at: Northwestern University, Chicago, IL Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA Rosicrucian Museum, San Jose, CA University of California, Berkeley, CA University of California, Los Angeles, CA

1986: University of South Florida, Lakeland, FL Smithsonian Institution Washington, D.C. Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY

1985: Museum of Natural History, Denver, CO

1983-1984: Penn State University State College, PA University of Colorado, Ft.

Collins, CO SAIS John Hopkins University, Washington D.C. Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. American University, Washington, D.C. Orange County College, Middleton, NY Tufts University, Boston, MA Skidmore Owings (architectural firm)

1981-1986: Public lectures concerning the Pyramids, Sphinx, and other topics relevant to Egyptian Civilization for the Education University Museum, University of Pennsylvania. Travel to various communities in Pennsylvania, including Altoona, Pittsburgh, Williamsport, Bethlehem, and Allentown; and to Pennsylvania State Universities at Bloomsburg, Kutztown, Indiana, East Stroudsburg, Stroudsburg, and Norristown

1980: The American Research Center in Cairo, Egypt

1977: Charterhouse Motor Inn, Washington D.C.; Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; The University Museum, University of Pennsylvania; Department of Classical Studies, Duke University, Raleigh, NC; Department of History, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA; Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; College of Local Art, Boston University, MA; Department of History, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI; Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY; History Department, Wright State University, Dayton, OH; Fine Arts Department, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO; Rocky Mountain College, Billings, MT; Stanford Research Institute, Menlo Park, CA; Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco; M.H. DeYoung Memorial Museum, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco; Program Committee and Inner Forum, Boise State University; Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Canada



I gave tours of the pyramids to many VIPs and befriended most of them:

- Queen Sofia and Queen Beatrix of Holland, Queen Sonia of Norway, Emperor of Iran and the Emperor Shah Bani, Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, President Mary McAleese of Ireland, David Rockefeller, Secretary Hillary Clinton, Former U.S. President Bill Clinton, President Vladimir Putin, Tony Pillar, Former Secretary of State Alexander Haig, President Barack Obama and Laura Bush.

- Roger Moore at Bahariya Oasis, Jeffrey Katzenberg with Hugh Jackman, Bill Steller, and Chris Rock, Salma Hayek, Greg Norman, Chris Evart, Elizabeth Taylor and Mickey Rooney, Jacqueline Bisset and Danny Glover, Shakira, Elle MacPherson, Beyonce Knowles, Margaret Hemingway, Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Susan Sarandon, Megan Fox, Michael Bay, Shia LeBeouf and Sting.

2014: Lectures to American groups in Egypt – March and November.

2000-present: Public lectures in Egypt to tourist groups and groups from different organizations, such as the Smithsonian.

1997: Los Angeles County Museum of Art

1995-1997: University of California, Los Angeles Extension Tour

1992: Lectures for W.P.O. MEDIA



2010: A profile by Italian TV about my life

2010: National Geographic, Tunnels and Underground Passages TV Show

2010: History Channel, Chasing Mummies; Today Show interview with Matt Lauer for Chasing Mummies

2009: Discovery Channel, King Tutankhamun’s Family

2008: Discovery Channel, Top 10 Discoveries

2008: CNN, profile 6 minutes

2008: NTV Japan, five-hour program about my work

2008: My Cairo, BBC World Wide

2007: Discovery Channel, “Secrets of Egypt’s Lost Queen”, a documentary on the identification of the mummy of Queen Hatshepsut

2007: National Geographic, King Tutankhamun; many documentaries with the History Channel, National Geography, the Discovery Channel, and Nova

2006: Discovery Channel, Cleopatra

2006: Reception of a TV Emmy Award for a TV documentary made by David Jackson

2005-2009: TV programs in Japan on WHK and NTV Dec.

2005: Profiled in the New York Times and Los Angeles Times, as well as many German and French magazines

2001: Fox TV, “Live from Bahariya Oasis”

2000-2006: Many public appearances on CNN, Today Show, Good Morning America, Discovery, National Geographic, Nova, History Channel Also, German, French, and Japanese Television

2000: National Geographic, 52 minutes profile; profiles by CBS, German TV “Live from Giza” on National Geographic Television

2000: Fox TV, “Live from Giza”

1999: Fox TV, Live prime-time production with Maury Povich

1990-present: Script for documentary films “The Riddle of the Pyramids” “The Golden Age of the Pharaohs” “The Legacy of the Pharaohs”

1990: “The Today Show;” Evening Magazine; films on the statues of Ramses II

1988: “Good Morning, America with Joan Lunden;” a documentary film on “The Mystery of the Pyramids” with Omar Sharif

1987-1997: Documentary films on Egypt and the Pyramids for the BBC; “Nova,” the Learning Channel; Discovery Channel; ABC; and other numerous appearances on CNN speaking about the discoveries and preservation of Egyptian monuments; numerous Egyptian magazine, newspaper, and television appearances and interviews presenting various articles on Egyptian history and archaeology; numerous appearances on news programs on European, Japanese, and Australian TV; newspaper articles about the Pyramids and other monuments of Egypt for the Associated Press, Reuters, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and others.


*Many media interviews for the History Channel, NOVA, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, The Today Show, Good Morning America, and other numerous television appearances around the world.

2014: Invited to meet young American graduate students of high schools for a talk on my adventures in life: Adventure of Mind at Occidental College, Los Angeles.

2013: Invited to participate in the Baku International Humanitarian Forum, from 31 October - November 1

2012: Frankfurt Book Award for the book “Treasure of the Pyramid”, White Star International Book Fair

2011: Order of the Sun from the President of Peru

2010: Elected “Person of the Year 2010” (Personaje del Año por la Plataforma Apfoa) by the Union of Spanish Conservation

2010: Presented his book A Secret Voyage to Queen Sofia of Spain at the Royal Palace in Madrid

2010: Honor Award from Cape Breton University “As a role model of success in his field of specialty and in recognition of his outstanding role in bringing the world of the pharaohs into the homes and hearts of people all over the world.”

2010: Receiving the Austrian Grand Decoration of Honor in silver with a star

2008: World Tourist Award for 2008 from Herald Tribune Newspaper

2008: Appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador to Japan by the Egyptian and Japanese Ministries of foreign affairs

2008: Commander, Order of Merit of the Republic of Italy

2008: Award of Honor: Institute of Asian Studies Chulalongkorn University World’s Distinguished Scholar in the Field of Egyptology

2008: Invited to meet graduate students from high schools at Stanford University.

2007: Medal of the University of Warsaw. “Few Egyptologists can match Dr. Zahi Hawass in scholarly passion and creativeness. We all benefit from his enthusiasm, iron will and modern vision of the future for great works of the past. His work is worthy of the genius of Ancient Egyptians.”

2007: Certificate of Appreciation for his valuable and outstanding speech Rotary Club – Cairo North

2007: Commander, Order of Arts and Letters of the Republic of France 2007: Golden Medal from the Government of Algeria

2007: Biblical Archaeology Society, Publication Book Award for Best Popular Book on Archaeology Book: Mountains of the Pharaohs

2006: Paestum Archeologia Award, presented by Salerno and Borsa Mediterranea del Turismo Archeologico in Italy

2006: Emmy Award, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

2006: Featured in an exhibition on archaeology at the Children’s Museum in Indianapolis, and in other fourteen museums in the United States as an explorer.

2006: Named as one of the Time Magazine’s “World’s 100 Most Influential People”

2005: Joined 30 famous writers, scientists including Nobel prize winners, in lecturing at Stanford University to the Adventures of the Mind Society, comprised of 150 accomplished American high school students.

  1. The Tombs of the Pyramid Builders, Giza
  2. The Osiris Shaft, Giza
  3. The Subsidiary Pyramid near Khufu’s Pyramid, Giza
  4. Two Statues of Ramesses II near Menkaure’s Pyramid, Giza
  5. Old Kingdom tombs west of the Great Pyramid, such as Kai and Pernjankhw
  6. 6th Dynasty Subsidiary Pyramid, Saqqara
  7. The Re-discovery of the Pyramid of Khuit
  8. The Re-discovery of the Pyramid-Lepsins 29 at Saqqara
  9. Greco-Roman Cemetery near the Temple of Taposiris Magna, Alexandria
  10. Valley of the Golden Mummies, Bahariya Oasis
  11. 26th Dynasty Cemetery near Sheikh Soby, Bahariya Oasis
  12. Temple of Ramses II near Ain Shams, Cairo
  13. Flood Route in the Valley of the Kings, Luxor
  14. Mummy of the Queen Hatshepsut
  15. Revealed the mummies of Tutankhamun’s lineage; Queen Ty, the motherof Tutankhamun, Akhenaton as father of
  16. Revealed Tutankhamun’s cause of death
  17. Revealed by CT-SCAN the death of Ramses III
  18. Revealed the Mystery of the Tunnel of Seti
  19. The rediscovery of the KV53
  20. Large statues of Amenhotep III and gods and goddesses at the north entrance of the Temple of Amenhotep III at Kom-el Hitan
  21. The investigation on the so-called “hidden doors” in the pyramids

Museums opened to the public during my term as Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities:

  • The Museum of the Library of Alexandria
  • National Museum in Alexandria
  • National Museum of Rasheed
  • El Arish Museum
  • Suez Museum
  • Textile Museum
  • Coptic Museum
  • Jewelry Museum in Alexandria
  • Howard Carter Museum, Luxor
  • Islamic Museum
  • Imhotep Museum, Saqqara
  • Luxor Museum Extension
  • Crocodile Museum in Kom Ombo
  • Tell El Amarna Site Museum
  • Development of Cairo Museum in Tahrir

Committee Appointments

2010-present: Member of the Advisory Board for the Archaeology Committee at the National Arts Club of New York

2009-2012: Member of the Board of the Arab Company for Hotels and Investments

2006-2010: Member of Board of Trustees for Misr Travel

2002-2011: President of the Board of Trustees of the Supreme Council of Antiquities

2002-2011: President of the Committee of Pharaonic, Islamic, and Coptic Monuments

2002-2011: President of the Board of Trustees of all Museums in Egypt

2002-2011: Head of the Permanent Committee of the Supreme Council of Antiquities for Pharaonic and Greco-Roman Monuments and the Permanent Committee of the Supreme Council of Antiquities for Islamic and Coptic Monuments; Head of the Board of Trustees of the Supreme Council of Antiquities; Member of the High Council of Tourism

2000-2011: Member of the High Council of Culture

2002-2011: Director of the Board of the Egyptian Museum, Cairo

1992-1993: Member of the Board of Trustees of the Egyptian Antiquities Organization (E.A.O.)

1990-2011: Member of the High Council of Culture (History and Archaeology), Ministry of Culture

1990: Member of the Board of Trustees of the Misr Sound and Light Company

1989-2002: Member of the Fellowship Committee, E.A.O. and SCA Member of the Foreign Exhibits Committee, E.A.O.

1989-2002: Member of the Tourist Promotion Committee for the Giza Governorate

1983-present: Member of the National Specialist Committee in Egypt for Archaeology and Tourism, a high-ranking government committee concerned with the future development of Egypt.

1979: Committee for the Protection of the Monuments of the Giza Pyramids

1978-2002: Member of the Permanent Committee of the E.A.O. and SCA


Professional Memberships

2010: Member of the Archaeological Institute of America in recognition of scholarship and high attainments in the field of Archaeology

2009-2012: Member of the Council of the Faculty of Arts, Ain-Shams University

2009-2012: Member of the Board of the University Museum, Philadelphia

2009-present: Member of the Board of Friends of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts

2007-2011: Member of the Council of the Faculty of Arts, Alexandria University

2008-present: Member of the Advisory Board of the Educational Initiative of the Archaeology Committee of the National Arts Club, New York

2001-present: Member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences

1991-present: Member of the German Archaeological Institute


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