The Minister

H.E. Mr. Abdisaid Muse Ali

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation


H.E. Abdisaid Muse Ali is the current Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of The Federal Republic of Somalia since November 20th, 2021.

H.E. Abdisaid Ali recently served as the Chief of Staff to the President of the Federal Republic of Somalia.

Before his appointment, Abdisaid was the longest serving National Security Advisor to the President from December 2017 to September 2021. Abdisaid was responsible for the strategic oversight and daily management of security policy in Somalia covering military, police and intelligence institutions. Notably, Abdisaid has led the development, endorsement and early implementation of the Transition Plan on behalf of the Federal Government of Somalia. The new Somali Transition Plan sets a new direction for security delivery and development in Somalia and has received the strong support of national and international security stakeholders, and commendations for Abdisaid’s leadership of the policy.

Prior to joining the FGS,  Abdisaid served as Regional Political Adviser to the European Union Special Representative for the Horn of Africa, with a focus on political instability, radicalization and violent extremism in the region.

Abdisaid’s previous roles include Somalia Country Representative for Nordic International Support Foundation, and Senior Consultant on Border Management, Radicalization Process and Maritime Security for IGAD. Abdisaid has also held research and analysis roles for IGAD, Kenya’s Foreign Service Institute, Kings College London’s Futures Project, and the Center on Global Counterterrorism Cooperation in Addis Ababa, as well as advisory roles for the Somali Transitional Federal Government and Italian Development Cooperation.

Abdisaid was educated in the Netherlands, UK and US and holds a number of graduate and post graduate qualifications.