Reda, an Egyptian citizen, graduated from Faculty of Science (Biochemistry & Chemistry), Ain Shams University in 1968. After completing his army service, he worked at the Central Laboratory of the Ministry of Health and Population for several years. In 1979, he started his studies for a Master’s and Sc.D. degree at Tulane University, USA. After graduation in 1985 he returned to Egypt, and established an immune-parasitological laboratory at the National Nutrition Institute.
During the period 1990-2006 he was seconded to the Research & Training Center on Vectors of Diseases, Ain Shams University, where he spent most of his research career. In 1993, he was awarded the National Medal for mid-career scientists. As researcher, his scientific activities focused on immunological and molecular diagnosis of a number of NTDs. For more than 2 decades, he maintained a special interest in the development and field evaluation of user‐friendly advanced diagnostic methods of lymphatic filariasis, schistosomiasis and cystic echinococcosis. He was awarded grants from national (Egyptian Academy of Science), regional (WHO‐TDR-EMRO) and international (Commission of the European Communities; NIH ‐ NIAID, USA; and USAID) funding agencies.
Currently, he is the Chair of the EMRO Regional Programme Review Group for elimination of lymphatic filariasis and other NTDs; and a member of the WHO Neglected Tropical Diseases Strategic and Technical Advisory Group (NTD‐STAG), Global Working Group, on Monitoring and Evaluation of Preventive Chemotherapy Interventions. As a WHO consultant, he has taken short term assignments in a number of African, Arabian and Asian countries.