Without him, nothing works in Egypt: Zahi Hawass, born in Damietta in 1947 in modest circumstances, was head of the antiquities administration and minister of antiquities before the Arab Spring. He studied archeology in the USA and Egypt and advises today’s Minister of Antiquities on important issues.
Any similarities – hat and brisk demeanor – are not accidental and quite intentional: Indiana Jones, Mr. Pyramid or “the Pharaoh” are nicknames of the man who can pin the discovery of the Valley of the Golden Mummies in the Bahariya oasis on the flag. He initiated the construction of the Grand Egyptian Museum and the National Museum of Civilization, which will be opened soon. He also counts the discovery of the graves of the pyramid workers among the highlights of his career.
2005 chose him Time-Magazine among the 100 Most Influential People in the World. “There’s nothing else in my life – just one thing, one love: archeology,” he says.