London, England — MININGREVIEW.COM — 22 July 2008 – Centamin Egypt Limited – the Australian company which holds the only mining licence for gold or precious metals in Egypt – has appointed Australia’s former Ambassador to Egypt, Professor Graeme Robert Tangye Bowker, as an independent non-executive member of the board with immediate effect.
 
Announcing the appointment here, the company explained that Bowker had retired from the Australian Foreign Service in June 2008 after a 37-year career specialising in Middle Eastern issues. He was Australian ambassador to Egypt from 2005 until 2008, and ambassador to Jordan from 1989 to 1992. In addition to postings in Syria from 1979 to 1981 and Saudi Arabia from 1974 to 1976, he was accredited from Cairo as non-resident ambassador to Libya, Sudan, Syria and Tunisia.

Bowker was also director of external relations and public information, and later senior adviser, policy research of the United Nations Relief and Works Programme for Palestine Refugees in the Near East in Gaza and Jerusalem from 1997 to 1998.

He has a PhD from the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies, Australian National University 2001; an MA from the Centre for Middle East and Central Asian Studies, Australian National University 1995; a BA (Hons) Indonesian and Malayan Studies and Political Science, Melbourne University 1970; and he completed an RAF Arabic course at Beaconsfield in the UK in 1988.

The company announcement added that, as Centamin moved its Sukari gold project towards the production phase, Bowker’s experience and knowledge of North Africa and the Middle East would be invaluable to the company.