Dr. Ibrahim Shihata, former Director-General of the OPEC Fund, died on May 28, aged 63

No. 39/2001


Vienna, Austria, May 30, 2001
It is with deep regret that the OPEC Fund for International Development announces the passing of former Director-General, Dr. Ibrahim F.I. Shihata, on May 28, 2001, in Washington D.C., U.S.A., after a long illness.
Born in Egypt in 1937, Dr. Shihata was Director-General of the OPEC Fund from its inception in 1976 until July 1983. It was under his stewardship that the fledgling institution known as OPEC Special Fund evolved from a temporary facility into the long-standing and highly regarded development aid institution it is today.
Dr. Shihata was a graduate of Cairo University Law School (1957), and of Harvard Law School where he obtained a Doctorate of Juridicial Science in 1964. He served as Legal Counsel of the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic development, and was Associate Professor of International Law (Cairo). After his tenure at the OPEC Fund, during which time he also served as an Executive Director at the International Fund for Agricultural Development, Dr. Shihata went on to serve as General Counsel for the World Bank and Secretary-General of the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes. Dr. Shihata retired in 2000 as Senior Vice-President and Special Adviser to the World Bank's President. He is author of a large number of books on different aspects of international law and finance.
Dr. Shihata was also a member of the Boards of the Vienna Institute for International Development, the WTO Association in London, and was an honorary fellow of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies in London.
At the OPEC Fund, Dr. Shihata will be remembered for his unwavering commitment and invaluable contribution towards the alleviation of poverty in the South. Throughout a long and illustrious career, he effectively inspired his colleagues to work towards improving the lot of the poor and disadvantaged. His loss will be felt keenly by all his friends and associates who have long esteemed him for his integrity of character and his devotion to his work.