The 34-year-old graduate of Fifa Master program in Management, Law and Humanities of Sport replaces Hicham El Amrani of Morocco, who resigned after long-standing president Issa Hayatou of Cameroon was replaced by Ahmad Ahmad of Madagascar in March.
Fahmy's grandfather Mourad served as general secretary of Caf from 1961 to 1982, after which he was replaced by his son Mustapha, who held the post until 2010 before moving to Zurich as the director of competitions at FIFA.
Fahmy will be assisted by former Ghana international Tony Baffoe, who has been appointed deputy general secretary in charge of development and competitions and Morocco's Essadik Alaoui who has also been named as a deputy general secretary for administration and finance.
“Egyptian Amr Fahmy has been named as the CAF General Secretary. He was proposed by CAF President Ahmad to the Executive Committee in accordance with the statutory provisions, and the Executive Committee approved his appointment during its meeting held on Thursday, 16 November 2017 in Rabat, Morocco,” the statement reads on CAF website.
“Two Deputy General Secretaries have also been appointed under the same conditions in conformity with the statutes.
“Deputy General Secretary in charge of Development and Competitions is Ghanaian Anthony Baffoe.
“Essadik Alaoui has also been appointed Deputy General Secretary in charge of Administration and Finance. The 50-year-old Moroccan is a polyglot like Fahmy and Baffoe.”