Kamil Idris is a Sudanese statesman who is currently serving as the president of the World Association for Sustainable Development (WASD). He is also known as the former director general of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), serving from 1997 to his resignation in 2008. Kamil Idris is a loud voice supporting globalization, and he believes that an interconnected world provides endless opportunities to those who live in it. Being the president of the World Association for Sustainable Development, it is one of his duties to oversee the vast network that monitors the ideas and knowledge that is being shared between different cultures, government, and individuals across the planet. These people can range from academic scholars, professionals, representatives from the industry, students, or anyone who wanted to contribute to the implementation of strong, sustainable development.
Kamil Idris was born and raised in his home country of Sudan, and before holding essential offices in the global stage, he had to study at different universities across the world. He is an alumnus of the Universtiy of Khartoum and the Geneva University, and he was also given a lot of honorary degrees from different countries around the world. He then decided to become a diplomat, sharing his knowledge about international law to the people whom he worked with. He also became a foreign civil worker, extending his assistance to those who need help, most especially in war-torn communities experiencing massive conflict and fighting.
When he served as the president of the World Intellectual Property Organization in 1997, he made sure that all of the intellectual properties are being protected. The rise of the internet gave way to bigger problems that are being faced by the entertainment industry, and they seek the help of the organization to protect the intellectual properties produced by film directors, composers, and photographers. Kamil Idris stated that a government should be doing everything to ensure the protection of their citizens’ intellectual properties. The industry of piracy has been growing for years, and governments could not develop a concrete strategy on how to put an end on the illegal practice, but Kamil Idris is positive that his organization will be able to stop the practice of piracy.