Fathallah Sijilmassi is the Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean since 2012. A career Diplomat for the Moroccan government since 1989, he specializes in economic international relations in particular with regards to Euro-Mediterranean issues. After working in the banking sector, he participated actively to the negotiations of free trade agreements with the European Union, the United States, and several Arab and African countries. From 1999 onwards, he held numerous positions within the Moroccan Ministry for Foreign Affairs; Director of Multilateral Cooperation, Director of European Affairs and Ambassador to the Barcelona Euro-Mediterranean Process. In 2003, he was appointed Ambassador to the European Union (2003-2004) and then Ambassador to France (2005-2009). In 2009, he becomes the CEO of the Moroccan Investment Development Agency, leading its launch and subsequent growth. PhD in Economics and graduated in Political Sciences, Fathallah Sijilmassi is an officer of the Légion d´honneur and a grand officer of the Ordre National du Mérite of the French Republic.