The Minister

H.E. Mohamed Abdirizak

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

Bio

H.E. Mohamed Abdirizak is the current Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Federal Republic of Somalia since November 25, 2020.

Mr. Abdirizak is the Founder and a Senior Director at Finance, Development, and Governance Synergy Limited (FDG-Synergy), a management consulting firm based in Nairobi, Kenya, and with an initial focus on Somalia. Before starting up FDG-Synergy, Mohamed was the Managing Director of the Platform for Political Dialogue and Accommodation in Somalia at Conflict Dynamics International. He previously served as a Senior Advisor to the President on Democratization and Elections. He is also a former candidate for President of the Federal Republic of Somalia and a former executive director of Somali One.

He served as country director for the National Democratic Institute (NDI) in Nairobi, Kenya from 2010-2014. During his tenure at NDI, he led a team of international and national experts that contributed to the efforts that ended the transitional period in Somalia. Mr. Abdirizak has worked vigorously to promote unity and stability in Somalia since 2007. Prior to joining NDI, he served as a political advisor to the special representative of the Secretary-General at the U.N. Political Office for Somalia.

Mr. Abdirizak served as an advisor and chief of staff to the president of Somalia. He played an active role in the Djibouti peace process where an agreement was signed in August 2008. Since then he has been involved in the international initiatives to re-establish the government and promote peace and security in Somalia. He has shown great leadership in facilitating discussions and negotiations of the Joint Security Committee and the High-Level Committee to promote peace and security for Somalia.

He is highly regarded among his Somali colleagues as well as the diplomatic community working on Somalia for his leadership and ability to forge ties between various political and regional actors and opposition members in the country and in the diaspora.

Prior to working with the Transitional Federal Government and UNPOS, Mr. Abdirizak worked with private sector firms in the U.S. and with international organizations including the U.N. Development Programme in Somalia and the World Bank.

Mr. Abdirizak holds a master’s degree in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He is married with children.