Dr.Wagih Hanna is a Cairo born Egyptian- American with a distinguished career in both the built environment and culture and tourism development. He received his BSc in Architecture from Cairo University in 1956 andhis Architect DPLG from L’Ecole Des Beaux Art, Paris in 1968. Dr. Hanna is considered truly an international professional, having practiced his career in several cosmopolitan cities such Paris, Rome, Chicago, Beijing, Hong Kong, in addition to Cairo.
Appreciated for his talent and creative vision as an architect and his strength as a project manager in addition to his skills as a business developer, Hanna was appointment in 1971 as Vice President -Technical Services, Hyatt International Hotel Company (HI) in Chicago, two years later he was promoted to Senior Vice President, Technical Services and Project Development. In 1976, he was appointed President CEO of International Project Systems an affiliate of HI overseeing all activities relating to HI development. During his tenure with HI, he was principally involved in the development of close to 30 hotels worldwide.
At the forefront of Asian tourism development, in 1979 Dr. Hanna was selected by the First Service Bureau of the Municipal Government of Beijing, China, to design and supervise the construction of two major hotels in Beijing, the Xiyan 800 and the Minzu600 rooms respectively.
Upon his completion of these projects and his return to Cairo for family obligations, Dr. Hanna was encouraged by the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism to take charge of the development of Abu Soma bay- Red Sea. (Total area: 10 million sqm- phase one of the development was 3million sqm) In 1988, he became a founding member and Managing Director of the Soma Bay Development Company in charge of the development and implementation of the master plan, infrastructure and four hotels as phase one of the Abou Soma mega resort.
In recognition of his impressive list of mega projects achievements, in 2010 the Egyptian Ministry of Culture again requested Dr.Hanna to head of the Engineering Committee in charge of overseeing the construction of the Grand Egyptian Museum, he retired in 2014.
Dr. Hanna continues to share his deep architectural design experience and global outlook as a member of the KEMET Board supporting the establishment of the International Art and Design Academy. He acknowledges that through preparing highly skilled professional exposed to a combination of global best practices and practical local work experience and opportunities we can help create critically engaged citizens dedicated to improving multiple aspects of life.