3 May 2013
Press Release

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

Biographical Note

New Permanent Representative of Iraq Presents Credentials


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

Mohamed Ali Alhakim, the new Permanent Representative of Iraq to the United Nations, presented his credentials to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today.

Before his appointment, Mr. Alhakim was Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Iraq to the United Nations Office in Geneva, representing his country at the Human Rights Council, World Trade Organization (WTO), World Health Organization (WHO), Conference on Disarmament and other bodies.

In a political and diplomatic career that spanned many years beginning in 2003, Mr. Alhakim served in several capacities, including, from 2006 to 2010, as Ambassador and Director of several departments, such as the European and Arab Departments, in the Iraqi Foreign Affairs Ministry.  As a member of Iraq’s National Assembly, he served on the Foreign Relations Subcommittee, representing his Government at several global conferences between 2005 and 2006.  Those included a summit in Tokyo to train Iraqi legislators on drafting the constitution.

Earlier, in 2003, he represented his delegation at a number of international conferences, including the Arab League Heads of State Summits.  From 2004 to 2005, he was Minister of Telecommunications, and in that time, Acting Minister of Finance during Iraq’s debt relief negotiations.  For several years, from 2004 to 2010, he assisted Vice-President Iraq Adel Abdel Mahdi at bilateral meetings.

Born in July 1952, Mr. Alhakim holds a doctorate degree in management of engineering and telecommunications, a master’s degree in computer information technology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in education and statistics.

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