NEW PERMANENT REPREESENTATIVE OF PAKISTAN PRESENTS CREDENTIALS20000303 Biographical Note
(Based on information received from the Protocol and Liaison Service.)
Shamshad Ahmad, the new Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations, today presented his credentials to Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
From February 1997 to his current appointment, Mr. Ahmad was Pakistan's Foreign Secretary. Prior to that, he served as Special Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1996 to 1997. Before that, he served as Secretary-General of the Economic Cooperation Organization in Tehran, a position he held from 1992 to 1996. In 1994, he was also a member of the Economic and Social Commission of Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Panel of Eminent Persons on Human Resources Development.
From 1990 to 1992, Mr. Ahmad was Pakistan's Ambassador to Iran. He also served in the same position in the Republic of Korea from 1987 to 1990. Prior to that appointment, he was Director General in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1985 to 1987.
Mr. Ahmad's earlier diplomatic experience include a posting as Consul General in Pakistan's Mission in New York from 1981 to 1985. He was also assigned to the United Nations in New York from 1980 to 1981, when he was both Chairman of the Political Committee of the United Nations Council for Namibia and a member of the United Nations Committee on Palestine. Mr. Ahmad has also had diplomatic postings to Washington, D.C. (1977-1980), Paris (1972-1974), Dakar (1969-1972), and Tehran (1968-1969).
Mr. Ahmad was educated at the University of Punjab in Pakistan where he earned Bachelor's and Master's degrees in political science.
Born in December 1941, Mr. Ahmad is married with two sons.
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