Dr. Mohamed Abdulla Al-Mulla, who holds Ph.D. in International Law from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) of University of London, is the first Qatari and GCC national to join the UN as early as 1985 and to work in the UN for more than 27 years. He has contributed to the global efforts to preserve international peace and security through his extensive work in the areas of international relations, multilateral negotiations and UN diplomacy under the era of successive four Secretary Generals of the UN.
He worked directly with five Under-Secretary Generals in promoting social development and human security. In particular, as a UN Representative for the Gulf Countries, in close cooperation with one of the Under-Secretary Generals, he designed and initiated the famous Global Initiative to fight Human Trafficking (GIFT), which until now continues to mobilize global stakeholders to prevent trafficking in persons, raise awareness through public media (CNN, BBC, Al-Jazeera, and others), take stock, build coalitions, and build a common plan of action through a series of international events leading to Vienna Platform Conference.
Dr. Al-Mulla has held several senior positions in the UN. He served as UN Regional Coordinator for the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, where he built consensus and obtained strong commitments from the GCC countries for partnerships with the UN in order to develop international technical assistance projects for that region. Additionally, he managed a UN project that led to the establishment of the Gulf Centre for Criminal Intelligence (GCCI) in Doha, to serve a state-of-the art international criminal justice network at regional and international levels.
He has also served as a Program Coordinator for South-East Asia, where he led the process of development of Lao PDR’s National Strategy on poverty reduction, leading in 2006 to complete elimination of the opium poppy cultivation as well as managing the development of the Memoranda of Understanding between the six Greater Mekong countries (Cambodia, China, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam), which provided a legal basis for the law-enforcement agencies of these countries to cooperate directly with their international counterparts in compliance with international treaties.
He is an Advisor to Qatar’s Ministry of the Interior on the UN affairs, international law, and the rule of law, a member of Board of Directors of the International Association for the Advancement of Innovative Approaches to Global Challenges (IAAI). He has received multiple awards in recognition of his achievements and service to support international efforts in building human security and social development.
Dr. Mohamed Al-Mulla is a native speaker of Arabic, speaks fluently English and can communicate in Farsi, Urdu and German.