Born in 1953 in the Egyptian city of Giza, Helmi Sharawy graduated from the Faculty of Arts, Cairo University, Department of Sociology in 1958. He was appointed as a researcher at the Center for Folk Arts. He then held several positions, the last of which was the chairmanship of the board of directors of the Arab and African Research Center, in 2019.
Sharawy was a member of many Egyptian delegations in international events, including the Egyptian delegation in the celebrations of independence of Tanganyika, 1961; Zanzibar 1963; Angola and Mozambique, 1975. He is also a member of several committees and councils at the local and regional levels.
He has published several publications in Arabic and English, including: The African Revolution in Angola in 1978, and A new reading of the relations between the Arab and African liberation movements. He also has a wealth of translations and revisions, such as his translation of the book African languages and educating the masses, by Quissie Brah; his review of the book African Studies on Social Movements and Democracy in Africa and The Arab World by Mahmoud Mamdani. He also has many researches and studies, including: Journalism in Africa, Renaissance Africa Magazine; and Critical Values in Popular Literature, Literature Journal, Beirut.