Permanent Representative of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations
Abdallah Y. Al-Mouallimi is the Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations. Prior to this appointment, he served as Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg, and the European Union from 2007 to 2011. Over the past thirty years, Mr. Al-Mouallimi has held numerous positions of leadership in government and in the private sector. He was notably appointed by Royal Decree as Mayor of Jeddah, the second largest city in Saudi Arabia with a population of four million people. He served in this position with distinction between 2001 and 2005. Prior to that, he was a member of the Shoura Council (Parliament) from 1997 until 2001. He was also a member of the Consulting Commission to the Supreme Council (Heads of State) of the Gulf Cooperation Council. He served on the boards of several government organizations, including the General Organization for Military Industries. In the private sector, Mr. Al-Mouallimi has been active in commerce, industry, and banking. He was elected Vice-Chairman and Chairman of the Riyadh and Jeddah Chamber of Commerce respectively. He was also Vice-Chairman of Olayan Financing Company, one of the leading business groups in the Middle East. Mr. Al-Mouallimi was invited to sit on the Advisory Boards of several leading companies and banks in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East. He served on many of these boards including Saudi Telecom, the National Commercial Bank, and the National Industrialization Company among others. He was Chairman of Egyptian Finance Company, and Managing Director of the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Saudi Arabia. As an entrepreneur, Mr. Al-Mouallimi founded Dar Al-Mouallimi Consulting, a Jeddah- based management consulting firm, and HBG Holdings, a Dubai-based investment firm. He is also Chairman of Rasmala, a London-based investment firm. During his tenure at the United Nations, Mr. Al-Mouallimi has been active in numerous capacities. In 2011 he was appointed by the Secretary-General as Chairman of the Advisory Board for the United Nations Center for Counter-Terrorism and was subsequently re-appointed on 2014 and 2017. He was also elected in 2011 as Vice-President of the International Association of Permanent Representatives to the United Nations and in 2017 as Vice-President of the Executive Board of UNICEF.