Diplomatic Circles

Christina Leadlay
Published: Wednesday, 12/01/2004 12:00 am EST

The Embassy of Sudan has been headed by a series of Chargés d'Affaires since its last ambassador departed in 1991. Fortunately, an official ambassador has now arrived. Dr. Faiza Hassan Taha presented her credentials on November 22. Dr. Taha studied politics and economics at Khartoum University, receiving her Bachelor's degree in 1973. She then joined Sudan's Ministry of Commerce and Cooperation as a Finance Officer in the Researching Department. In 1975, Dr. Taha's husband relocated to Côte d'Ivoire and then to Italy due to his job. She accompanied him both times. Dr. Taha returned to Sudan in 1981, and decided to resume her academic career. In 1987 she completed a year-long course for qualification honours in the Political Science department of Khartoum University. Three years later, she received her Master's degree in Political Science from the same institution. Dr. Taha lectured at the University's department of Political Sciences and Strategic Studies from 1995 to 1997. She then became a researcher at the Centre for Strategic Studies while simultaneously working on her Ph.D. which she completed in 1999. By 2001, Dr. Taha joined the Middle East and African Studies Centre as a Senior Researcher. After two years, she was appointed by presidential decree to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a National Expert and Director of the Information department. This was her most recent position before being appointed to head Sudan's embassy in Ottawa.

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