The Acting High Commissioner

Ahmed Shiaan is the current Acting High Commissioner of Maldives to the United Kingdom, a position he has held since March 2012. Mr Shiaan is also the current Ambassador Designate for the European Union.

Since joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Maldives in 1996, Mr Shiaan has acquired a wealth of experience at the Foreign Ministry and at overseas missions to become one of Maldives’ most seasoned career diplomats. He has not only served at both the London High Commission and the Permanent Mission of Maldives to the United Nations in New York, but also held a range of positions at the Foreign Ministry ranging from Head of Division to Head of Department. He has also been Director of the Foreign Service Institute of Maldives, conducting diplomatic training courses for Maldivian Foreign Service officials, and served on a number of National Committees focusing on the environment, health and security.

Mr Shiaan has represented his country at a multitude of international meetings and conferences in over 40 countries across 5 continents. He has also coordinated and organised dozens of international meetings, conferences and seminars, including Heads of Government visits to and from Maldives.

Mr Shiaan holds a Bachelors Degree in Political Science and Economics (Bangalore University, India), a Masters Degree in International Relations (Heidelberg University, Germany), and specialist training in Security Studies (Hawaii, USA). Additionally, he has completed number of training courses in diplomacy, international negotiation, security studies and environmental diplomacy in India, Malaysia, UK, Germany and USA respectively. In addition to his mother tongue Dhivehi, Mr Shiaan is a fluent speaker of English, German, and Hindi. He is married with two children, and is an ardent diver.


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