Secretary General Secretary General

DATO’ SRI MUHAMMAD SHAHRUL IKRAM YAAKOB

On 6 January 2019, Dato’ Sri M. Shahrul Ikram Yaakob is appointed as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Secretary General. He takes over the helm following his tenure as the Permanent Representative of Malaysia to the United Nations in New York.  

Born on 21 May 1961 in Bentong, Pahang, Dato’ Sri M. Shahrul Ikram Yaakob received a B.Sc. (Hons) from University of Malaya in the field of Ecology.  He is also an alumnus of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Programme (2009).

He started his career at the Ministry in 1988, and was posted to China, United States of America and Austria before his appointment as Ambassador of Malaysia to Qatar in 2007. In 2010, he was appointed as Ambassador of Malaysia to Austria and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Vienna.

In 2013, Dato’ Sri M. Shahrul Ikram Yaakob returned to the Ministry as the Director General of the ASEAN-Malaysia National Secretariat. In 2016, he headed the Bilateral Affairs Department as the Ministry’s Deputy Secretary General.  On 3 February 2017, he was appointed as Permanent Representative of Malaysia to the United Nations in New York.