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Former Executive Secretary

Mr. Rafeeuddin Ahmed, a national of Pakistan, served as the sixth Executive Secretary of ESCAP from 1992 to 1994.

He previously held the post of Under-Secretary-General for International Economic and Social Affairs, while also serving as Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs in South-East Asia. Prior to that, from 1 January 1983, he was Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Trusteeship and Decolonization. Mr. Ahmed joined the United Nations Secretariat in May 1970 as Secretary of the Economic and Social Council, and from February 1973 served as Director of the Resources and Programme Planning Office in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs. From May 1975, he held the post of Executive Assistant to the Secretary-General until September 1978, when he became Chef de Cabinet. Mr. Ahmed entered the Foreign Service of Pakistan in October 1955 and held diplomatic posts in Beijing, Cairo and Ottawa.

He served as Director for United Nations Affairs and Economic Coordination in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from February 1968 until joining the Secretariat. While a member of the Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the United Nations from 1965 to 1968, Mr. Ahmed was his country's representative in the Second Committee (Economic and Financial) during the twentieth to the twenty-fourth sessions of the General Assembly.