Amb. Salma Abdulahi Ahmed was appointed as a commissioner in the Public Service Commission on 10th January, 2019 after an illustrious career spanning over 20 years in the civil service, diplomacy, communications, public relations and academia.
Prior to her appointment, Commissioner Ahmed was Kenya’s ambassador to France, Portugal and Serbia for eight years where she also doubled as the Chair of the East African Community Ambassadors forum and Deputy Dean of the African Group of Ambassadors. As ambassador, she was actively involved in high level global governance issues, peace and conflict resolution and international trade and strengthening Kenya’s diplomatic interests. She also served as a lecturer at the University of Nairobi’s Department of Political Science and the Institute of Diplomacy and International Studies, the National Intelligence Service School, National Defence College and the Foreign Service Academy among other institutions in Kenya and abroad.
Commissioner Ahmed is an innovative thinker and strategist with solid problem-solving skills and deep understanding of organizational systems. She is passionate about transforming society and has been engaged in various social transformation campaigns and programmes among disadvantaged communities and refugee camps all over Kenya. She is skilled in systems analysis, conflict management and resolution, peace building and resource mobilization. Her illustrious career includes a stint as a consultant at United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) where she deepened her passion for social transformation issues. She has also worked as a Communications and Public Relations Manager at the Aga Khan Development Network.
Commissioner Ahmed holds a Bachelor of Arts and Masters in International Studies degree from the University of Nairobi, Postgraduate Diploma in International Relations. She has also attended numerous certificate level courses, seminars and workshops.