FOREIGN SECRETARY MR. JALIL ABBAS JILANI
Member of the Foreign Service of Pakistan with 33 years of bilateral and multilateral experience.
Presently serving as Foreign Secretary of Pakistan since December 2013.
Earlier served as Additional Foreign Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan looking after affairs relating to United Nations and Disarmament (August 2012-December 2013). Also served as the Spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry during 2013.
Served as Ambassador of Pakistan to the Netherlands (2009-2012). Represented Pakistan in The Hague based international organizations, including OPCW. Conducted public diplomacy in cooperation with Pakistani community to win friends for Pakistan. Authored a book “Pakistan mirrored to Dutch eyes” published by Sangemeel publications.
Served as Director General incharge of Pakistan’s relations with South Asian countries and SAARC. Has been actively associated with the peace process with India (2007-2009).
Led Pakistan side and chaired several meetings of the OIC (Organization of Islamic Conference) as Director General in-charge for OIC. Organized OIC Conference of Foreign Ministers hosted by Pakistan in Islamabad in May 2007.
Represented Pakistan in the United Nations for over six years. As Pakistan’s Deputy Permanent Representative and earlier as Counsellor, he participated in inter-governmental negotiations in the UN, NAM, G-77, and other forums on several issues of interest to Pakistan. Also chaired UN parleys on a host of important issues, in particular HRM Reform, and UN Budget (2000-2006).
Served as Political Counsellor in Pakistan Embassy in Washington, USA (1999-2000).
Served as Director (chef de cabinet) to the Foreign Secretary of Pakistan in Islamabad (1997-99).
Facilitated expansion/re-structuring of ECO (Economic Cooperation Organization) when he served as chef de cabinet to the Secretary General of ECO, based in Tehran, Iran, (1991-97)
Worked in various administration and political directorates, Foreign Ministry, Islamabad (1988-91).
Served as Third/Second Secretary Pakistan Embassy in Doha (1984-87), and as language trainee at the Embassy of Pakistan, Cairo, Egypt (1983).
Holds Master’s degree in International Relations from Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Medford, Massachusetts. Also holds Masters degree in Political Science and Bachelor of Science from Punjab University, Lahore. Has received several trainings in public sector management.
Married to Najia Aizaz Ahmad, and has three children.
Born on 27 February 1958