13 May 2011
Press Release

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Biographical Note

New Permanent Representative of Malaysia Presents Credentials


(Based on information provided by the Protocol and Liaison Service.)

The new Permanent Representative of Malaysia to the United Nations, Haniff Hussein, today presented his credentials to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Mr. Hussein was Ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg, as well as Head of the Malaysian Mission to the European Union, from August 2008 to April 2011, during which period he was named Personal Representative of the Prime Minister to the Nuclear Security Summit held in Washington,  D.C., in April 2010.

He was Ambassador to Austria between August 2000 and January 2005, with concurrent accreditation to the Czech and Slovak Republics, in addition to serving as Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Vienna.† During that period, Mr. Hussein was Malaysiaís Governor to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

In previous service with Malaysiaís Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York, he was First Secretary from 1988 to 1992, Counsellor between 1992 and 1994 and Minister Counsellor from 1994 to 1995.

Having joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1979 as Assistant Secretary for the Southeast Asia Division, Mr. Husseinís other overseas assignment was Second Secretary and Head of Chancery in Manila from 1982 to 1985.† He also held various positions in the Ministry in 1986, 1998, 2005 and 2008.

Mr. Hussein holds a bachelorís degree in economics from the University of Malaysia, and a masterís in public administration from Harvard University in the United States.

Born on 26 May 1955 in Kuala Lumpur, he is married and has a son.

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