Ambassador Nawaf Salam holds a Doctorat d’Etat from Sciences-Po/Paris, a Doctorate in History from the Sorbonne and a Master of Laws (LL.M) from Harvard University. As of July 2007, he has been serving as Lebanon’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York. In this capacity, he represented Lebanon at the Security Council in 2010 and 2011, for Lebanon’s two-year term as a non-permanent member. In May 2010 and September 2011, he held the rotating Presidency of this Council. In June 2012, he was elected to serve as Vice-President of the 67th session of the GeneralAssembly of the United Nations.
Before his appointment in New York, Ambassador Salam had practiced law since 1984. He had also taught contemporary history at the Sorbonne University and International relations and law at the American University of Beirut where he served as the Chairperson of the Political Studies and Public Administration Department. Ambassador Salam is the author of several books and numerous articles on Lebanon and the Arab world, including Options for Lebanon and Lebanon in Limbo. He is married to the Lebanese journalist Sahar Baasiri.