Born 30th August, 1958, in Algiers, Fatah Mahraz studied at Algeria’s National School of Administration (Diplomatic section) from 1978 to ’82, before spending five years as a desk officer at the Algerian MFA.
His first foreign posting (1987-’91) saw him serve as First Secretary at the Embassy of Algeria in Zimbabwe, Malawi and Botswana. He then served as International Observer of the OAU mission in South Africa from 1992-’94, before becoming Deputy Director for Southern, Eastern Africa and Sahel countries based at the Algerian MFA.
His first ambassadorship came in 2001, when he was appointed Ambassador to Angola and Sao Tome and Principe, while his second came in 2009, when he took up residence in Stockholm and served as Ambassador to Sweden, Iceland and Finland. Prior to his arrival in Belgrade, Mahraz spent four years (2017-’21) as Ambassador-Counsellor of the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
A Married father of three children, apart from his native Arabic, Ambassador Mahraz is fluent in French and English and can also speak Portuguese.