Moncef Ben Abdallah new Doyen of the Arab Ambassadors in Germany
Sunday, February 15th, 2009
Moncef Ben Abdallah, the new Doyen presiding over the Arab ambassadors in Berlin, is an experienced economics expert from the Republic of Tunisia. The 62-year-old mathematician and engineer, born in Tunis, began his career in 1972, after graduating from Ecole Centrale in Paris, as chief engineer with the Société Tunisienne de l’Electricité et du Gaz (STEG). From 1992 to 1996, he presided over STEG as its president. Until then (and afterwards, as well, until his appointment as ambassador to Germany), Mr. Ben Abdallah bore responsibility in a number of leading positions in Tunisian business and government economics, particularly in that of the energy industry that included Chief of Cabinet for the Minister of National Economics; Director of ETAP, the Tunisian state-owned oil company; Director of Industry in the Ministry of Industry, Mining and Energy; President of the Industry Promotion Agency (API); consultant for economic matters to the office of the Prime Minister; President of the Energy Control Agency (AME) and President of the cement company, Enfidha. After his appointment in 1996 to Undersecretary for the Minister of Economic Development, responsible for state interests, Mr. Ben Abdallah was called to be Minister of Industry in 1997 and in 2002 Minister of Industry and Energy. On December 10, 2003, he presented his credentials as ambassador of the Republic of Tunisia to Germany Federal President Johannes Rau. Ambassador Ben Abdallah is married and has three children. He speaks Arabic, French and English.