His Excellency Dr. Abdul Samad Abdullah
Minister of Foreign Affairs
A Biographical Note
His Excellency Dr. Abdul Samad Abdullah was born in 10th March 1946 and was graduated in Leningrad Medical Institute and attained a Masters Degree in Public Health at the Royal Tropical Medicine Institute in Antwerp, Belgium.
He was a distinguished international public servant with an illustrious career at the WHO. Intensifying through the ranks of the Organisation Dr. Samad most recently served as the Coordinator of Communicable Disease Control at the Regional Office in New Delhi. Prior to joining the WHO he served in many posts at the Health Ministry the last of which was the Director General of Health Services.
In 2008, Dr. Samad Abdullah joined the Maldives Foreign Service and served as the first High Commissioner of the Republic of Maldives to the Peoples Republic of Bangladesh.
Dr. Samad was appointed as the Minister of Foreign Affairs on 05th March 2012.
He attended World Health Assembly in Geneva on a number of occasions. He also took active part in the Revision Process of International Health Regulations (IHR 2005), participating in 3rd Inter-Governmental Working Group leading to the adoption of IHR 2005 in June 2005. A delegate to SAARC Summit in 04th November 1987 held in Kathmandu, Nepal.
He is married with 2 sons and 1 daughter.