Deputy Chief of Mission
Mr. Rizwan Saeed Sheikh
Mr. Rizwan Saeed Sheikh is a career diplomat from Pakistan with over two decades of experience.
Before joining the Embassy in Washington DC, Mr. Sheikh served as Joint Secretary at the National Security Division in Islamabad where he was primarily engaged in drafting Pakistan’s first National Security Policy. Earlier, he was deputed to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) General Secretariat in Jeddah where he served for around five years as Secretary General’s Spokesman/Executive Director OIC Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC).
Being the first designated spokesman in the four decades long history of the Organization, he advocated OIC positions and promoted its image at important venues including National Press Club in Washington DC, Wilton Park in London, German Bundestag in Berlin, UN press centres/offices/ bodies in New York and Geneva and a host of other think tanks, universities and national and international institutions in both the West and the Muslim World. As part of the Secretary General’s core team and the focal point at OIC on Human Rights and dialogue with the West, Mr. Sheikh lead – from finalizing the statute to operationalization - the pioneering effort that established OIC Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) - in half the stipulated time - through a transparent, inclusive and credible process widely acknowledged by the relevant international human rights bodies
As a diplomat in the Foreign Service of Pakistan Mr. Sheikh has a diversified experience with particular reference to multilateral diplomacy. In addition to his participation in a number of multilateral processes on subjects including globalization, international trade, health, intellectual property and human rights, he has been the lead negotiator on behalf of Groups like NAM and G-77 and China in over 20 multilateral negotiations particularly during his tenure as a member of Pakistan’s Permanent Mission to the UN in Geneva. He was the Chair of the Geneva Chapter G-77 and China in the year 2006. Later, he moved to Jeddah as the first appointee against the newly created OIC specific post at the Pakistan Mission. As Pakistan’s Deputy Permanent Representative to OIC, Mr. Sheikh led the intergovernmental negotiations that finalized the new OIC Charter during Pakistan’s Chairmanship of OIC Council of Foreign Ministers in 2007-08. He moved to the OIC General Secretariat on deputation in 2009. Earlier during his career, he served on important positions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Pakistan including the UN, the US and the South Asia Divisions.
Before joining the Foreign Service, Mr. Sheikh started his career as a banker. He has been a broadcaster and has a diversified experience as a public speaker and panellist at prestigious academic institutions and international fora including UN Human Rights Council, South Center, Lisbon Forum etc.202-243-3251 & 202-243-6500 Ext.2002