Ibrahim Salama is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Geneva Academy.
He is also Chief of the Human Rights Treaties Branch of the Office of the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).
Since joining OHCHR in 2007, Mr Salama notably chaired the UN Secretariat at the review process of the outcome of the Durban World Conference against Racism in 2009. He also led a major treaty body reform resulting in UN General Assembly resolution 68/268 of April 2014, as well as the OHCHR initiative on Faith for Rights which led to the adoption of the 18 commitments defining the human rights responsibilities of religious actors.
From 2003 to August 2007, Mr Salama was Chairperson of the UN Working Group on the Right to Development and was a Member of the UN Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights.
From 1981 to 2007, he worked for the Egyptian Foreign Service where he served at the legal office up to the level of Director of the Legal and Treaties Department in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. After numerous postings in Paris, New Delhi and Geneva, he became Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt in Lisbon in 2003.
Mr Salama studied law at the University of Cairo, obtained a diploma in International Political Relations from the International Institute of Public Administration in Paris, a diploma of Post-Graduate Specialized Studies (DESS) in International Organizations and a PhD in Public Law from the University Paris XI. He is the author of many publications and papers on various human rights issues.