Secretary General Secretary General


On 1 January 2017, Dato’ Seri Ramlan Ibrahim is appointed as the Ministry’s Secretary General, continuing in a long line of distinguished service officers who have headed the Ministry’s civil service. Ramlan Ibrahim takes over the mantle as the country’s top civil service diplomat fresh from his tenure at the United Nations Security Council where he serves as Permanent Representative of Malaysia.

Born on 6 January 1957, Ramlan received a B.Sc. (Hons) from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and Masters in International Relations from Webster University, United States of America.

He started his career in 1983 and was posted to Jakarta, The Hague, Zagreb and Singapore before his appointment as Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2004. His next post was in 2009 as Ambassador to the Republic of Korea where he was made an honorary citizen of Seoul in 2012.

In 2013, Ramlan returned to the Ministry to head the Bilateral Affairs Department as the Ministry’s Deputy Secretary General for Bilateral Affairs. On 22 April 2015, Ramlan was appointed as Permanent Representative of Malaysia to the United Nations in New York, serving concurrently as Malaysia’s Permanent Representative to the UN Security Council. He was appointed as Chairman of the UNSC Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict and the Libya Sanctions Committee.

It was during his last few days at the Security Council that Malaysia managed to push through UNSC Resolution 2334 on the illegal Israeli settlement in the Occupied Palestinian Territories – chalking up yet another significant moment for Malaysian foreign policy.