Biography of the Permanent Representative

Ambassador Rabab Fatima

Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations, New York

Ambassador Rabab Fatima, Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations, presented her credentials to the UN Secretary General on 6 December 2019. Prior to taking up her current post, she was Bangladesh Ambassador to Japan since February 2016.

Ambassador Fatima is a career diplomat and joined the Bangladesh Foreign Service in 1989. She has served in various Bangladesh missions including, as First Secretary in the Permanent Mission to the UN, New York (1994-1998); Counsellor, Deputy High Commission, Kolkata (1998-2000); Counsellor, Permanent Mission to the UN, Geneva (2002-2005); and Minister & DCM, Embassy in Beijing (2005). She served in various positions, including, as Assistant Secretary (UN), Director (UN) and Director General (East Asia & Pacific) in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Ambassador Fatima served in lien with two international organizations, namely, the Commonwealth Secretariat, London, as Head of Human Rights (2006-2007); and with the International Organization for Migration as the Regional Representative for South Asia (2007-2011); and as the Regional Adviser for South and South-west Asia & Regional Adviser for Climate Change and Migration in IOM’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (2012-2015).

Ambassador Fatima received her M.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, USA, and B.A. in Social Science from the University of Canberra, Australia. She is married to fellow diplomat, Kazi Imtiaz Hossain, currently serving as the Ambassador of Bangladesh to France. They have a daughter.