Kamil E. Idris is a diplomat, a philanthropist, and the former World Intellectual Property Organization Director General. His tenure at this internationally recognized post was from 1997 to 2008. He was a former candidate for the presidency in his home country Sudan. In addition to this, Dr. Kamil Idris is also a scholar, a global civil servant and a statesman in Sudan.



Kamil Idris has been part of United Nation’s International Law Commission during various time frames. In 1997 he was appointed as the Director General of WIPO. Mr. Idris predecessor was Arpad Bogsch and he had held the post for 25 years. The Sudanese statesman’s main role at the global intellectual property establishment was to manage the organizations’ endeavors of protecting the world’s intellectual property. Mr. Idris held two terms during his tenure at WIPO. During this time he displayed a selfless and philanthropic attitude. He did this through contributing his remuneration to developing countries that belonged to an organization called UPOV. Mr. Idris has always believed that Intellectual property is a vital tool for global development, economic prosperity, communication and driving the infrastructure of developing countries. Moreover, he formed the notion that if some essential points could be dealt with critically then the world would benefit more from IP.


Kamil Idris further demonstrated his Sudanese statesmanship by running for the presidency as an independent candidate for the country in 2010. Mr. Idris is the president of The International Court of Arbitration and Mediation. The Geneva-based philanthropist has also had the opportunity of publishing various books that touch on development, intellectual property, and international law.



Kamil Idris graduated from Khartoum University with Bachelors in Law. He also attended several other institutions like Egypt’s Cairo University, America’s Ohio University, The Franklin Pearce Law Center, and Switzerland’s University of Geneva. In addition to this, he was honored by the Indira Gandhi National Open University. He managed to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Political Science and Economic Theories, a Masters in International Law and International Affairs, an honorary degree in Doctorate of Laws and an International Law Doctorate from the above institutions.