Admiral Darwish became vice president of the SCZone in November 2015. A seasoned diplomat and long-term career officer in Egypt's Naval Forces, he served in senior positions at the Damietta Port Authority and the Alexandria Port Authority. He was also Egypt's defense attaché in the United Kingdom and Germany. Darwish graduated from Egypt's Naval Academy in 1977 with a BA in marine studies. He holds an MA in marine studies, as well as an MBA in international transport and logistics.