The new Permanent Representative of Somalia to the United Nations, Abukar Dahir Osman, presented his credentials to UN Secretary-General António Guterres today.
Before his latest appointment, Mr. Osman was Chief of Staff in the Office of the President of Somalia from 2014 to 2017. He served as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Interior and National Security from 2012 to 2014, and as Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister of the Transitional Federal Government from 2010 to 2011.
Mr. Osman spent time in Ohio, in the United States, where he was a supervisor at the Adult Medicaid Unit of the Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services from 2007 to 2012. He served that Department in various other capacities, including social programme specialist between 2005 and 2007, and case manager from 1999 to 2005. Also during that period, he founded Beacon Educational Services and served as a consultant from 2007 to 2010. He was Deputy Director of the International Academy of Columbus from 2002 to 2006.
Between 1996 and 1998, Mr. Osman was a documentation specialist at the United Nations Centre for Human Rights in Tirana, Albania, and from 1987 to 1988, he was the Director at the Somali National Documentation Centre in Somalia’s Ministry of National Planning. He began his civil service career as a clerk in his country’s Ministry of National Planning.
Mr. Osman graduated from Illinois State University in 1986, earning a Master of Business Administration degree from Franklin University, Columbus, Ohio, in 2009, and a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin in 1990.