Nasser S. Judeh
Judeh served as Minister of Foreign Affairs (later Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates) from February 2009 to January 2017 also becoming Deputy Prime Minister from 2015 to 2017.
Upon leaving office on January 15th, 2017, Minister Judeh was the longest serving Foreign Minister in Jordan’s history, having served in that post for almost eight years.
Minister Judeh previously held several cabinet and cabinet-level offices, serving as Minister of Information (1998-1999), Minister for Media and Communication (2007-2009) and Official Spokesman for the government of Jordan for several terms (1998-1999, 2005-2007 and 2007-2009).
Minister Judeh advocated and continues to advocate His Majesty King Abdullah’s vision of peace, dialogue and political solutions to regional and international issues, and promoting the true message of Islam as a religion of peace and openness.
He believes in the need to have a “Shared Global Responsibility” in addressing humanitarian and refugee spillovers of conflicts and crises and uses Jordan as a prime example of small countries shouldering their responsibility on behalf of the international community.
During his term in office as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Judeh travelled the world to promote Jordan’s bilateral relations and to participate in regional and international meetings. He presided over the United Nations Security Council during Jordan’s two year non-permanent membership on the Council, 2014-2015.
Jordan also held the presidency of the 143rd Arab League Ministerial Council for six months in 2015 where Minister Judeh presided over several meetings of Arab Foreign Ministers.
Throughout his career in public service, and particularly as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister Judeh worked tirelessly and passionately to address the key challenges facing the Middle East region and the world, at the heart of which is the pursuit of peace between Palestinians and Israelis. He worked with several Arab and international colleagues to launch new initiatives and substantive negotiations between the parties to the conflict and was proactive in several efforts that produced key UNSC Resolutions.
Finding a political solution in war-ravaged Syria and addressing humanitarian spillover, as well as dealing with the danger and threat of radicalization, extremism and global terrorism were also key challenges he worked on during his tenure as Foreign Minister. He was instrumental, along with his colleagues the foreign ministers representing their countries in the Security Council and the International Syria Support Group (ISSG), in drafting and adopting UNSCR 2254 which set the path for a political solution to the conflict.
Mr Judeh began his career in public service at the Royal Hashemite Court (1985–1992), working in the Royal Diwan under His Majesty the late King Hussein , and subsequently with HRH Crown Prince Hassan. He accompanied His late Majesty and HRH on many regional and international trips.
In 1992 he was asked to establish and oversee the Jordan Information Bureau in London and headed the bureau for two years.
Between 1994 and 1998 Judeh served as the Director then Director General
G of the Jordan Radio and Television Corporation (the national broadcaster).
In September 2017 Senator Judeh was honored to be invited by the United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres to join his High-Level Advisory Board on Mediation along with several distinguished personalities from around the world. He was named a “Centennial Fellow” at the School of Foreign Service of Georgetown University, his alma mater, for 2017-2018.
Senator Nasser Judeh participates in local, regional and international seminars and conferences. He contributes to publications, journals and the media addressing issues that are close to his heart. One of his latest contributions was to the Cairo Review of Global affairs and can be viewed online. https://www.thecairoreview.com/essays/global-palestine/
Judeh completed his elementary education at College de La Salle in Amman, Jordan (1966 – 1975) and pursued his secondary education at Eastbourne College in Sussex, U.K. between 1975 and 1979.
He enrolled in Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. in 1979 and in December 1982 graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Foreign Service (International politics, law and organizations) from the School of Foreign Service.
Minister Judeh is honored to hold many distinguished medals, orders and decorations from the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and Japan, Netherlands, France, Italy, Ukraine, Portugal, Belgium and Spain as well as other distinguished awards and acknowledgments from different countries.
Nasser Judeh has four children ; Tariq and Zein el Sharaf (twins born in 1994), Ali (born in 1996) and Sukayna (born in 1998).