Dr.Riad Malki

Personal information:

D.O.B 31 May 1955

Nationality: Palestinian

Marital status: Married with three children

Educational Qualifications:

Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the New York Polytechnic University, New York- United States of America. 1986

M.A in Civil Engineering from the New York Polytechnic University, New York- United States of America. 1981

Bachelor's degree in Civil engineering from Pontifical Xavierian University, Colombia.1979

Official Positions Held:

2009 – Present Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates.

2016 - Present Chairman of the Board of Directors - The Palestinian International Cooperation Agency PICA.

2007 – 2009 Minister of Information.

2007 – 2009 Official spokesperson of the Government.

Jun – Aug 2007 Minister of Justice.

1991 – 2007 General Director & the founder of Panorama Center for the Dissemination of the Democracy & Community.

1981 – 1996 Civil Engineering Professor at Birzeit University. Head of the Civil Engineering Department.

1981 – 1996 Member of the steering committee of the Orient House, Jerusalem.

Professional Achievements and Accomplishments:

Obtaining the membership of Palestine as a non-member observer state in the United Nations, on 29 November 2012.

Heading the Palestinian delegation to the UNESCO, to become a full member state for the 1st time in a UN agency.

Joining the Rome Statute and the ICC, and submitting the request of referral regarding the Israeli settlements to the ICC.

Obtaining a full membership for The State of Palestine at The International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL).

Submitting more than 100 applications of accession to join international conventions and treaties.

Obtaining several historic resolutions in the UN General Assembly and Security Council; the most important of which is raising the Palestinian flag at the UN, May 2012; Security council resolution 2334 of December 2016 on condemning settlement; the resolution condemning the declaration of the US President recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel December 2017; and the General Assembly Protection Resolution issued by the General Assembly in June 2018 to provide protection to the Palestinian people

Heading the Palestinian National team to lead the largest International group within the UN framework (the G77 +China) for 2019.

Raising the level of representation for the State of Palestine in many countries around the world.

Obtaining the recognition of the state of Palestine from 33 countries around the world.

Opening 10 new embassies for the State of Palestine in different continents.

Chairing several joint ministerial committees between the State of Palestine and many countries around the world.

Establishing the department of Public diplomacy within the structure of the Foreign Ministry and all of its applications from Digital diplomacy to cultural and Economic diplomacy.

Establishing the Palestinian International Cooperation Agency (PICA) as a development branch for the Ministry.

Establishing the Palestinian diplomatic academy.

Adopting a transparent system to the employment of new diplomats.

Awarded Prizes

2005 The Italian Peace Prize, Lombardi Region.

2004 The Democracy Courage Award, South Africa.

2000 European Peace Prize, Copenhagen.


Fluent in English and Spanish.

Arabic as a mother tongue.