Director General, Institute of Diplomacy and International Relations / MOFA

IEDM Area of Expertise
Politics & Economic Development Policy - International relations, human rights, family studies and development
Amina Mesdoua is an experienced Algerian diplomat with over 30 years active service dealing with international organization, human rights and development issues. She holds the rank of Minister plenipotentiary.
Mrs. Mesdoua has been the Director General of the Institute of Diplomacy and International Relations (IDRI) since May 2015. In this role, she has overseen the development of new programs for junior and experienced diplomats, in line with international standards and the new challenges of modern diplomacy. Mrs. Mesdoua also launched the IDRI newsletter and organized conferences, lectures and thematic workshops dealing with international affairs issues. Prior to heading IDRI, she served for many years as Director of the Family Policy Division at the Doha International Family Institute (DIFI), a member of Qatar Foundation in Qatar. As a Director, she oversaw research projects and organized colloquiums, expert groups meetings and conferences related to women’s rights, family policy, ageing, youth and development issues.
Between 2004 and 2007, Mrs. Mesdoua was Deputy Director at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in charge of cooperation with UN Agencies and Funds. Before that, she served in various diplomatic postings, and represented her country at the United Nations in New York for a number of years. Notably, she represented Algeria at the United Nations 3rd Committee, the Commission on the Status of Women, the Commission on Social Development, and at the NGO’s committee. In this capacity, she served as Vice President of the 3rd committee at the 54th session of the UN General Assembly and participated in many international conferences and negotiations.
Mrs. Mesdoua is currently a member of the board of the University of Algiers 3, the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA), and sits on the advisory board of the Integral Economic Development Management (IEDM) at the Catholic University of America. Mrs. Mesdoua is fluent in Arabic, French, English and Spanish. She holds a diploma from the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (Diplomacy). She is married with three children.