Profile of Mr. Ahmed Saleem


His Excellency Mr. Ahmed Saleem is High Commissioner of Maldives in Pakistan since 12th June, 2015.
Born on 26 May 1949 in Male, the capital of Maldives, Mr. Saleem was educated in the Maldives and in India.


Mr. Saleem joined the Maldivian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1968. He had a distinguished career in the Maldivian Foreign Service (MFS) spanning for over 26 years. During this period, he was, among others, Controller of Immigration and Emigration, Chief of Protocol, Head of the Multilateral Division, Under-Secretary and Senior Under-Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Mr. Saleem served at the High Commission of Maldives in Sri Lanka and the Permanent Mission of Maldives in New York, two of only three Maldives’ diplomatic missions abroad then. He was deputed to the Ministry of Finance for a year in 1977 as Under-Secretary and was the Maldivian Government’s first Alternate Governor for the World Bank, IDA and ADB. From 1990 to 1993, he served as the first Director from Maldives at the SAARC Secretariat in Kathmandu. 

Mr. Saleem served as the 11th Secretary-General of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) from 2012 to 2014.

Mr. Saleem was one of the original nine members when the Human Rights Commission of the Maldives (HRCM) was first established by a Presidential decree in December 2003. Subsequently, He served as President of the HRCM from 2006 to 2010, after it became an autonomous body by law. 

 A regular writer on international and regional issues, Mr. Saleem became the first Editor of the Chronicle of the United Nations Association of Maldives (UNAM) and the SAARC Newsletter, published by the SAARC Secretariat in Kathmandu.  His contribution to furthering public interest in and awareness of international, regional and social matters and in the advancement of the cause of human rights, is widely recognized in the Maldives. 

  Mr. Saleem is married and has four children.