Ambassador (Retd.) Dato’ Ku Jaafar Ku Shaari from Malaysia is the new Secretary-General of the Developing Eight Organization for Economic Cooperation.
Ambassador Jaafar joined the Malaysian Public Service in 1981. In his distinguished diplomatic career in the Foreign Service of Malaysia, he served as Malaysia’s highest envoy in Qatar, Brunei and Egypt. He was Charge d’Affaires of the Embassy of Malaysia in Zagreb, Croatia as well as in Amman, Jordan. He also served in different diplomatic Missions in different capacity.
At the Foreign Office of Malaysia, Ambassador Jaafar worked in bilateral, multilateral and academic Wings. He overhauled and undertook major works on the restructuring of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation during his office as Undersecretary (OIC). He also developed and guided the professional aptitude programme of the Malaysian Diplomats during his office at the Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations.
Ambassador Jaafar holds two honorific titles namely, Ahli Mahkota Kedah (AMK) and Dato’ Setia DiRaja Kedah (DSDK) conferred upon him in 2001 and 2006, respectively. He is married and they are blessed with three children.
Ambassador Jaafar had expressed his firm commitment to take the D-8 Organization to a new height; he believed that the Organization had a lot to achieve for the common good of the peoples. He expressed his confidence that, in concert with the Member States, the achievable goals of the Organization would be reached well before the targeted timeframe and to this end, sought continued cooperation from all stakeholders.