Professor Kamil Eltayeb Idris was born in Sudan and educated in the U.S. and Europe. Professor Idris graduated from the University of Ohio with a Masters degree in International Law and Affairs. He received a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Khartoum Sudan and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Political Science/ Economic Theories from the University of Cairo Egypt. He also obtained a Doctorate degree in International Law from the University of Geneva Switzerland.
Professor Idris is a renowned politician and ambassador on the world intellectual property scene. He served as the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and as Secretary-General of a division of the International Union. As the Director General of WIPO, Professor Idris did not take the salary as Secretary-General, instead he donated it to third-world countries.
Kamil Idris has served the United Nation’s committees on European and Arab activities and in many key WIPO positions which has included the following:
- WIPO Deputy Director General
- Director of the Arab Development Cooperation and External Relations Bureau
- Leader of specified projects in Central and Eastern European countries
- Africa’s Senior Program Officer with the Development Cooperation and External Relations Bureau
Before WIPO Kamil served in the following prestigious worldwide positions:
- Attorney, Advocate and Commissioner for Oaths in Sudan
- Professor of International Law and Ambassador in the Sudanese Foreign Service
- ‘Permanent Mission’ representative of Sudan to the United Nations in Geneva
- Spokesperson and Coordinator of the Group 77 on key international issues
- Member of the United Nations International Law Commission
Professor Idris’ current role involves world intellectual property issues. In 2003, Kamil Idris was re-elected Director General of WIPO. Idris acknowledges annual goals for the World Intellectual Property Organization which involves getting world leaders on one accord by initiating a world-wide patent system and advancing the ongoing creation of intellectual property laws.
Kamil Idris states that intellectual property is important to everyone because without intellectual property rights, much of today’s technology and the technology waiting in the hopper would not exist. Technology is helping to address global societal, entertainment, and environmental problems, all of which brings the world closer together.
Every year Professor Kamil Idris celebrates with world governments and organizations to acknowledge World Intellectual Property Day to honor and recognize the power of human ingenuity and creativity.