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His Excellency Dr. Ahmad Khalaf Masa’deh is a Jordanian public figure and a lawyer.  He served as a minister, ambassador and chief of an international organization.  Today, Ahmad Masa’deh practices law and is the Managing Partner of Khalaf Masa’deh & Partners Ltd. in Amman. 

Ahmad Masa’deh was born in Amman, Jordan on 19 May 1969.  After passing the baccalaureate at the French College De La Salle Amman in 1987, he studied law at the University of Jordan, graduating (LL.B. with honors) in 1991.  He thereafter pursued higher education, graduating (Diploma in the US Legal System) from Georgetown Law Center in1991, (Master of Laws LL.M.) from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville USA in 1992, and (PhD) from King’s College London in 2000.

As a politician, Ahmad Masa’deh is a progressive centre-left political thinker.  Being a liberal-democrat, he believes in the values of the civil state, the empowerment of people, social equality, civil rights and liberties, and political pluralism.  He is also a voice for Arab cooperation based on pluralism, democracy and greater interactive economical interests. Ahmad Masa’deh descends from a Jordanian family with an extensive political and legal history.  His father Khalaf Masa’deh is a former minister of justice.  Many of his relatives assumed ministerial and public offices.  

Ahmad Masa’deh’s public career began in 2004 when he held the position of Minister for Public Sector Reform, to become the youngest Jordanian assuming the ministerial position in the reign of King Abdullah II.  He articulated and supervised a national program for reforming public administrations and civil service, and was member in numerous reform and privatization steering committees in various sectors including energy and telecommunication.  This has given him an extensive leadership, political, and administrative experience in managing public institutions.  Assisted by the Government of Denmark in 2005, he was behind the establishment of the Jordanian Ombudsman, which is instrumental today in Jordan’s political and administrative reform.          

 

Between 2006 and 2010, Ahmad Masa’deh was the 7th Ambassador of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the European Union, Belgium, Norway and Luxembourg.  He was also the Jordanian Coordinator to the Union for the Mediterranean and Jordan’s Representative to NATO.  As ambassador, Masa’deh focused on augmenting relations between Jordan and the member states of the European Union as well as Jordan-Atlantic relations.  He was behind the establishment of the 1st Group of Friends of Jordan at the European Parliament.  He was the Jordanian official to firstly initiate dialogue with the EU aiming at allowing Jordan to benefit from an ‘advanced status.’  He also helped placing Jordan as a trustworthy and active partner in the Union for the Mediterranean.  With NATO, he played an instrumental role in negotiating and signing a state of the art Individual Work Program (ICP) which offers the Kingdom a reinforced political and practical relation with the Alliance.  With an outstanding ambassadorial experience, Ahmad Masa’deh enjoys an extensive expertise in diplomacy and states’ relations.

 

In January 2010, Ahmad Masa’deh was elected Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean to become the first personality to assume this prestigious international post of this organization comprising 43 members of all 27 European Union states and 16 Arab and Mediterranean countries.  Despite the political and financial problems which the Union suffered from, Ahmad Masa’deh managed to fulfil his main mandate which was to establish the Secretariat’s institutional, human and operational capacities thereby making it ready to assume its mission of identifying and marketing developmental projects in the Mediterranean region.  In the quest to benefit the peoples of the Mediterranean region, he also managed to develop a strategic policy for developing this region and managing, executing and financing effective developmental projects in the areas of renewable energy, water, environment, transport, civil protection and higher education.  In addition to creating a fully operational institution, Ahmad Masa’deh exercised his political mandate as Secretary General by way of touring the region, attending ministerial meetings and conducting exchanges with various stakeholders in the Union including governments, private sector, financial institutions, NGOs, parliaments, and media.  His tours, speeches and key messages spread his steadfast vision on developing pluralism, democracy, and citizenship on the southern rim of the Mediterranean and ways for bringing closer the values and civilizations of both rims of the sea, thereby putting the Union and its Secretariat on the regional map and enhancing the visibility of the whole project.  Through this international career, Ahmad Masa’deh developed a wide network of relations with regional and international high level dignitaries in the political, diplomatic, academic or international domains.            

Apart from his public career, Ahmad Masa’deh has been practicing law since 1993.  From 2000 to 2004 he was the Managing Partner of Khalaf Masa’deh & Partners, one of the leading Jordanian law firms, a position which he assumed again in 2011 after finishing his political and diplomatic services.  He became recognized as one of the leading business lawyers in the Middle East specializing in commercial and corporate law, projects and infrastructure, foreign investment, international trade, contracts, restructuring & privatization, tax law, and energy law.  His long list of clientele includes prestigious local entities and international conglomerates.  From 2000 to 2005 he was an Assistant Professor of International Business Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Jordan, the oldest and most prestigious law school in the country, where he also held various positions among which is Assistant Dean for Development.  His legal and business career led him to be appointed as Member of the Board of the Council of the World Trade Law Association in London 2000-03, Member of the Board of Royal Jordanian Airlines 2005-06, and Member of the Panels of Arbitrators of the World Bank (International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes ICISD) 2001-07.  Since March 2012, Ahmad Masa'deh is Of Counsel with the Doha based reputable Qatari law firm the Arab Law Bureau.     

Dr. Masa’deh has written and published extensively in international trade law.  He is the author of “Investment and Competition in International Policy: Prospects for WTO law”, Cameron May International Law Publishers, London, 2003.  He also has many writings and publications in politics and international affairs.       

In 2006 Ambassador Masa’deh was decorated by His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan with the Order of Independence of the First Class.  In recognition of his efforts in Jordanian-Belgian relations, His Majesty King Albert II of Belgium decorated him in 2010 with the Order of the Crown of the Grand Cross Class (Grand-Croix de L’Ordre de la Couronne) to become the first Jordanian ambassador to receive this honor

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His Excellency Dr. Ahmad Khalaf Masa’deh is a Jordanian public figure and a lawyer.  He served as a minister, ambassador and chief of an international organization.  Today, Ahmad Masa’deh practices law and is the Managing Partner of Khalaf Masa’deh & Partners Ltd. in Amman.  Ahmad Masa’deh was born in Amman, Jordan on 19 May 1969.  After...
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