FAO Regional Office for Near East and North Africa
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Mr. Abdessalam Ould Ahmed, a national of Mauritania, assumed his duties as Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative at the FAO Regional Office for Near East and North Africa in January 2013.

Regional Representative: Abdessalam Ould Ahmed

Mr Ould Ahmed, holds a B.A. in Economics from the Faculty of Law and Economic Sciences, Tunis, a D.E.A. in Economic Sciences (Development Economics) from the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, France, and an International Degree in Public Administration from the National School of Administration (ENA), Paris, France.

Mr Ould Ahmed began his professional career in 1985, first as Chief of the Projects Service and then as Deputy Director of Finance and External Debt at the Ministry of Economy and Finance of Mauritania , from 1988 to 1989. From 1989 to 1991,Mr Ahmed served as Senior Adviser in the Ministry of Planning and Employment and, from 1991 to 1992, Director of Planning responsible for the coordination and formulation of economic development programmes in the same Ministry. From 1992 to 1997, he served as Economic Adviser to the Prime Minister. In 1997, he was appointed as Minister for Fisheries and Sea Economics and in 1998, was nominated as first Commissioner for Human Rights, the Fight against Poverty and for Reintegration of the newly created homonymous Commission in Mauritania. Between 2001 and 2003, he worked as an international consultant on development issues.

Mr Ould Ahmed joined FAO in 2003 as FAO Representative in Lebanon before serving as FAO Representative in Togo in 2006. From 2008 to 2010, he served as Deputy Regional Representative for the Near East and FAO Representative in Egypt. In 2010, Mr Ould Ahmed was appointed Director of the FAO Liaison Office with the United Nations in Geneva and since 30 September 2012 has been Regional Representative for the Regional Office for the Near East.