Riyad Mansour

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Riyad Mansour
Riyad Mansour (City Club of Cleveland).jpg
3rd Palestinian Ambassador to the United Nations
Assumed office
17 September 2005
PresidentMahmoud Abbas
Preceded byNasser al-Qudwa
Personal details
Born (1947-05-21) 21 May 1947 (age 72)
Ramallah, Mandatory Palestine
Alma materYoungstown State University and University of Akron, Ph.D in Counselling

Riyad H. Mansour (born 21 May 1947) is a Palestinian-American diplomat and since 2005 has been the Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations.[1] Previous to Mansour's appointment to Permanent Observer, Mansour served as the Deputy Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations from 1983 to 1994.[1] In 2005, President of the Palestinian National Authority Mahmoud Abbas appointed him to succeed Nasser al-Qudwa as Permanent Observer for Palestine to the UN.[2] Under Mansour, the Permanent Observer Mission of Palestine to the United Nations changed from being an "entity" to being a "non-Member Observer State" on 29 November 2012.[3][4][5]

Early life and education[edit]

Mansour's father moved to the United States in the 1950s as a refugee and became a steelworker in Ohio. He later sent for his seven children from the West Bank, including Riyad,[6] who was born on 21 May 1947. The refugee family lived in Ramallah, Occupied Palestinian Territories.[7] Riyad Mansour has a Ph.D in Counselling from the University of Akron, a Master of Science degree in Education Counselling, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Youngstown State University.[7] In 2002, Mansour served as an adjunct professor in the Political Science Department at the University of Central Florida.[7]

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