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Director General Mariyam Reesha


Biography

Ms. Reesha is a career Foreign Service Officer, who is currently serving as the Director General of the Multilateral Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She is entrusted with overseeing the Multilateral Department’s work, which includes engaging with international organisations such as the United Nations and its specialised agencies, the Commonwealth, the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the Non-Alignment Movement (NAM), among others. Her responsibilities include providing policy directives and forging close relations with multilateral institutions, facilitating communications and engagements between line ministries and relevant international organisations, as well as engagement with the UN Country Team. Reesha has extensive experience in both the public and private sectors. She started her professional career at the Foreign Investment Services Bureau of the Ministry of Trade and Industries in August 1999, before joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in August 2000. Since then, up until December 2010, she also worked in the Research Division and the Human Rights and Treaties Division, rising in the ranks of the Foreign Service up to Assistant Director. After an eight-year period away from the Foreign Service, Ms. Reesha rejoined the Ministry in February 2019, as Director for the UN Division of the Multilateral Department and was soon promoted to the post of Director General. During her time away from the Ministry Ms. Reesha worked in the private sector. She also devoted her time to work at the local NGO, Advocating the Rights of Children from 2011-2017, before re-joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in February 2019. Ms. Reesha completed her degree in International Studies from the Flinders University of South Australia in 2003 and Master of International Law and Politics from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand in 2007.


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