Director General of IDFR
The Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations (IDFR) warmly welcomes YBhg. Dato’ Md Hussin Nayan as the new Director General succeeding YBhg. Dato’ Ku Jaafar Ku Shaari, who has been appointed as Malaysian Ambassador to Egypt. He took up the post on 1 October 2013 and is the ninth Director General since the Institute’s establishment in 1991.
Dato’ Md Hussin started his diplomatic career with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia as Assistant Secretary of South East Asia Division in 1976 and served in various postings including Second Secretary, Embassy of Malaysia Washington D.C, USA from 1980-1984 and First Secretary, High Commission of Malaysia, Dhaka, Bangladesh from 1984-1986. He was appointed as Director (ASEAN II), Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1986-1989. He also served as Counsellor at the Embassy of Malaysia in Austria and Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office in Vienna (UNOV) in 1989. He was subsequently assigned as Principal Assistant Secretary for Policy Planning, Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1993-1996 and was appointed as Under Secretary for International Organisations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1996-1998.
In 1998, Dato’ Md Hussin was appointed as Ambassador of Malaysia to Bosnia Herzegovina and thereafter in 2000, as Under Secretary for Territorial and Maritime Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From June 2003- July 2005, he was the High Commissioner of Malaysia to Australia. He was Director General of the Southeast Asia Regional Centre for Counter-Terrorism (SEARCCT), Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2005-2009.
In 2009, Dato’ Md Hussin was appointed the High Commissioner of Malaysia to Singapore. He was also appointed the ASEF Governor for Malaysia in October 2011.
Dato’ Md Hussin is married to Datin Jamaliah binti Hassan and they have three children.
His knowledge and experience will be of great added value to IDFR to stay ahead and further develop its reputation as a prominent diplomatic training institute.
Reported by: Zuraida Zainol
Academic Studies, Research and Publication Division