The Minister

Ambassador Ahmed Isse Awad

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

Term of Appointment: on January 4, 2018 to present


Minister Awad has the honour of reopening the Somali Embassy in Washington, D.C., after it has been closed for twenty-four years.

On education, Minister Awad has a Master’s degree in Peace and Security Studies from the Institute of Peace and Security Studies of the Addis Ababa University and had studied Political Science at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.

On work experience, As Somalia’s Ambassador to the United States of America from September 17, 2015 to January 4, 2018, Minister Awad has the honour of reopening the Somali Embassy in Washington, D.C., after it has been closed for twenty-four years. Before coming to Washington, D.C., Ambassador Awad had worked in peace-building for two UN Peace-keeping Missions in Sudan and promoted conflict resolution, peace, reconciliation and trust building, good governance and role of civil society in the peace process.

Prior to joining the UN, Minister Awad had participated as a resource person in the Somali Reconciliation Conference in Arta in Djibouti in 2000 and the Somalia National Reconciliation Conference in Kenya from 2002 to 2004. He also worked as the Chief of Staff of the Prime Minister for theTransitional National Government of Somalia (TNG).

Minister Ahmed Awad’s interests include: promotion of peace and state building in post-conflict societies, democratic governance, diplomacy, international relations, global affairs, and empowerment of youth and women.

Minister Awad is an academic and has written on peace and reconciliation processes in Somalia. Some of his published works include:
• Reflections on the Somali National Reconciliation Conference in Kenya, OSSREA Bulletin, October 2004.
• Prospects of the Somali Peace Processes, Towards IGAD Peace and Security Strategy, February 2007.

Honorable Awad speaks 3 languages -Somali, Arabic and English.
He is married with 3 children.