Ambassador Mokhtar Lamani, a distinguished international diplomat, is currently the Head of the Office of the UN-League of Arab States Joint Special Representative for Syria, a post he has held since August 2012.
Between 2007 and 2010, Mokhtar served as a senior visiting fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation in Waterloo, where he led innovative projects on minority issues in the Middle East, and cosmopolitanism and citizenship in the Islamic world.In 2006, he served as special representative of the League of Arab States in Iraq, where he worked to reconcile the country’s fractious parties and sectarian groups, and build peaceful relations between Iraq and its neighbours.
From 1998 to 2004, Mokhtar served as Ambassador of the Organization of the Islamic Conference to the United Nations. His diplomatic career also included a number of positions with the league’s general secretariat, including deputy permanent observer to the UN, officer-in-charge of the Iraq-Kuwait dispute, and coordinator of the Euro-Arab Dialogue and the Afro-Arab Co-operation.
He has lectured at several prominent universities and his expertise includes political Islam, United Nations reform and interfaith relations.