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High Commissioner

Biography of  Ahmed Aflel Jawad

High Commissioner for the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka


Ahmed Aflel Jawad High Commissioner for Sri Lanka in Canada is a Career Diplomat in the Sri Lanka Foreign Service. Commencing his overseas career in the Sri Lanka Embassy in Sweden (1989 – 1993), concurrently accredited to Denmark, Finland and Norway, he later served in France (1995 -1999), where he was also Deputy Permanent Delegate to UNESCO. He held office as Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d' Affaires a.i. in China with the rank of Ambassador (2001 – 2004) where he helped negotiate the Accredited Destination Status (ADS) agreement with China, enabling the structured flow of Chinese tourists to Sri Lanka.

He was appointed Sri Lanka’s first resident Ambassador in Norway (2004 – 2007), with substantial responsibility for coordinating the Peace Process, facilitated by the Norwegian government. He was Ambassador to Saudi Arabia (2009 – 2013), before becoming High Commissioner to Canada in 2015.

In between overseas assignments, Ambassador Jawad served in various capacities in the Foreign Ministry in Colombo including as Director General Economic Affairs and lastly as Additional Secretary Political Affairs (West, United Nations, and Multilateral Affairs Human Rights & Conferences Divisions). He has held ex-officio directorships in the Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau and the Sri Lanka Export Development Board, respectively.

Ahmed Aflel Jawad was a United Nations Disarmament Fellow (1994) and attended the International Program for Diplomats conducted by the Commonwealth Foundation in London (1992). He served as Special Envoy of the Government of Sri Lanka to Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania (2005) besides attending many International Conferences. He held appointments as Chief Executive Officer of the SAARC Heads of State Summit (Colombo - 2008), Head of delegation to the Senior Officials Meeting of BIMSTEC (Dhaka - 2008) and Head of delegation to the 39th Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization (Montreal -2016).

Ambassador Jawad was awarded a Master of Arts Degree in International Relations by the University of Colombo for his dissertation “The Foreign Policy of China in the post-Cold War period, with special reference to India and Pakistan”and was confered the honour of “Nagasaki Friendship Citizen” by the Mayor of Nagasaki (1994).

He is the youngest son of M.F.Abdul Jawad and Sithy Rahila Jawad, and is married to Aysha Farzana Jawad. They have two sons, Abdul Raqib and Abdul Aziz.

High Commissioner Jawad is currently based in Ottawa and is concurrently Sri Lanka’s Representative to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).