Dr. Hussain Niyaaz



Experienced in the fields of Diplomacy, Demography and Development. Worked in leadership positions in wide ranging areas from mobilising and directing international aid for national social and economic development, managing and coordinating donor funded development projects at the national and local levels, large-scale data collection and analysis and national development planning. Experienced in working with international bilateral and multi-lateral agencies in the development of country programmes for assistance and ensuring that the activities identified are undertaken as scheduled following the principles of Results Based Management. Well exposed in the field of socio-economic development both at the national level, as well as regional and international level.

Employment History

  • Secretary 2022 – Present

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives.

  • High Commissioner 2020 – 2022

High Commission of the Republic of Maldives to the Republic of India, New Delhi.

  • Non-Resident Ambassador 2020 – Present

Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal

  • Non-Resident Ambassador (Designate) 2020 – Present

Kingdom of Bhutan; Islamic Republic of Afghanistan; Azerbaijan Republic

  • Permanent Representative to IRENA 2019 – 2020

International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.

  • Ambassador 2017 – 2020

Embassy of the Republic of Maldives to the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi.

  • Additional Secretary 2014 – 2017

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maldives

  • Minister, Deputy Head of Mission 2012 – 2014

High Commission of Maldives to Sri Lanka

  • Additional Secretary 2010 – 2012

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maldives

  • Director, Demography, April, 1994 to January 2003

(Study leave of three and half years from April 1997 to December 2000)

  • Deputy Director, Demography, April 1992 to April 1994
  • Assistant Director, Demography, Jan 1990 to Apr 1992
  • Demographic Statistician, Grade II, Sept 1986 to Feb 1989
  • Senior Statistician, July 1982 to Sept 1985
  • Statistician, March 1980 to June 1981
  • Statistical Clerk, Jan 1979 to March 1979


  • Ph.D., (Demography and Development), The University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand – 2001
  • M.A., (Demography), The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia 1991
  • Diploma in Demographic Statistics, International Statistical Programs Centre, United States Bureau of the Census, Washington D.C., U.S.A – 1986
  • Certificate in Population Studies, International Institute for Population Studies, Bombay, India – 1981
  • Certificate in Statistics, International Statistical Education Centre, Indian Statistical Institute, Calcutta, India - 1980

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