Munir Akram took charge as Pakistan’s permanent representative to the United Nations (UN) on Saturday.
Munir Akram replaces outgoing Ambassador Dr Maleeha Lodhi who served as Pakistan’s envoy to the UN from 2015 to 2019.
Munir Akram would be stationed at the UN’s New York headquarters, had also previously served at the same post from 2002 to 2008.
He specialises in multilateral diplomacy with considerable experience over the years at the UN’s New York and Geneva chapters.
Munir Akram studied at Karachi University and graduated with a Masters degree in Political Science and a Bachelors in Law and joined the Foreign Service of Pakistan in 1967.
Maliha Lodhi congratulates Munir and said, “I am humbled by the appreciation I have received for the PM’s visit and the support I have also received over the years. I wish my successor Munir Akram the best of luck!”
Before being appointed the Pakistani ambassador to the UN by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, journalist-turned-diplomat Dr Maleeha Lodhi twice served as Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States (1993-1996 and 1999-2002) and as Pakistan’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (2003-2008).
She also served as a member of the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Affairs (2001-2005).
She has taught at the London School of Economics and Political Science has been a fellow at the Institute of Politics, Harvard University, as well as an international scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Centre, Washington, DC.