Dr. Hassan Nafaa graduated from the Department of Economics and Political Science, Faculty of Commerce, University of Alexandria, in 1967. He moved to France in 1970 to complete his higher studies, where he received his Ph.D. in political science with honors from the University of Sorbonne in 1977. He obtained a diploma in International Relations from the Institute of Political Studies in Paris in the same year, after which he returned to Cairo to work as a member of the Faculty of Economics and Political Science at Cairo University. He held several posts before becoming Head of the Department of Political Science, a position he held for eight years. He also worked as a visiting professor at several European and American universities, and in February 2007 was named Secretary-General of the Arab Thought Forum in Amman, headed by Prince Hassan bin Talal, from which he later resigned in August 2009.
Dr. Nafaa received the State Incentive Award in Political Science in 1998, and the State Excellence Award in Social Sciences in 2003. He was elected as a member of the Board of Directors of the Faculty Club of the University of Cairo, and was responsible for steering the cultural activity therein. He was also elected as a member of the Board of Directors of the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs and was an advisor to the International Politics journal issued by the Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies.
Dr. Nafaa is the author of numerous publications published by major Arab publishing houses, including: The Arabs and UNESCO; The United Nations: 50 Years After (The World of Knowledge Series, Kuwait); Egypt and the Arab–Israeli Conflict; The European Union and Lessons Learned by Arabs (Center for Arab Unity Studies, Beirut); and the Dictionary of Liberal Political Systems and Reform of the United Nations (Center for Political Research and Studies, University of Cairo). He has also translated a number of books from French into Arabic, has published more than 100 research works in Arabic, English and French in specialized journals, and has contributed regular articles to the newspapers Al-Hayaa Al-Dawliyya and Al-Ahram Weekly. He currently contributes a weekly article and a daily column to Al-Masry Al-Youm, the daily newspaper with the widest circulation in Egypt.