WADA mourns passing of NADO Expert Advisory Group member Dr. Hanem Amir

Dr Hanem Amir

It is with great sadness that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) notes the passing of Dr. Hanem Amir, valued member of WADA’s National Anti-Doping Organization (NADO) Expert Advisory Group (EAG) who passed away on 17 October in Cairo, Egypt. 

A pharmacist by profession, Dr. Amir was elected to the NADO EAG in November 2022 and, in that time, made valuable contributions to further the development of the anti-doping system in Africa. Dr. Amir was a fixture in the African anti-doping community, having been an integral member of the Egyptian NADO through the various posts she held over the past 13 years, including the last three as Chief Executive. 

Dr. Amir also made valuable contributions to WADA’s Regional Anti-Doping Organization (RADO) Program. She was elected Chair of the Africa Zone 5 RADO in 2019 and was recently re-elected for a second four-year term, demonstrating the respect her colleagues within the RADO had for her commitment and leadership. 

WADA Director General, Olivier Niggli, said: “The anti-doping community has lost a leader and friend. In the time I have known Dr. Hanem Amir, I have always respected her humble demeanor, sincere friendliness, and resolute professionalism. The anti-doping movement is today much stronger because of the work of Dr. Amir over many years. She was a strong and relentless proponent of the ideals of fair sport. Our sincere condolences go out to the Egyptian anti-doping community, sports fraternity and, most of all, the family, friends and colleagues of our dearly departed friend and colleague.”