IFIA expresses its condolences for the loss of its former president
We are in great shock and grief due to hearing the loss of IFIA’s former and honorary president, Dr. Farag Moussa. He passed away in Geneva on February 28 at the age of 91.
Dr. Farag Moussa first worked with the Egyptian Foreign Ministry (1951-1957) and the League of Arab States (1958-1969) as a diplomat and a public relations officer. He then joined the World Intellectual Property Organization, WIPO, where he worked for 20 years. Although responsible for External Relations and United Nations affairs, Dr. Moussa generated something new in WIPO, which was the promotion of inventors and inventions. He was the President of IFIA from October 1990 to December 2006. In April 2005, he got elected as the Honorary President of IFIA. Dr. Moussa was the author of 16 books (five on diplomacy and 11 on women inventors published in eight languages: English, French, Russian, Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Dutch, and Finnish). Dr. Moussa visited over 80 countries from all regions of the world to expand the horizon of invention and innovation.
At the time that he was leading the federation, his main goal was to expand the invention and innovation society in every possible way. He intended to bring equality upon minorities and encourage people from different races to participate in international invention fairs and ceremonies. He also succeeded in bringing women to the innovation world and helped them to overcome obstacles.
We were deeply saddened to hear about the passing of someone so important to the invention society. On behalf of the invention community, we send our affection and deepest condolences to Dr. Moussa’s family, and we hope that he’ll rest in peace.