Fareed Yasseen is Iraq's ambassador to the United States, a posting he assumed in November 2016. He Joined Iraq's Ministry's of Foreign Affairs in July 2004, and has previously served as head of the Ministry’s Department of Policy planning, as diplomatic advisor to Deputy President Adil Abd al-Mahdi and , prior to his posting in Washington, as Ambassador to France.
Educated in Iraq, Switzerland and the United States. Dr. Yasseen was initially trained as a physicist and carried out research at two leading universities in Europe and the United States before getting involved in political activism and human rights advocacy. He has worked and consulted for various start-ups, think tanks, and UN agencies, in particular, the Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, where he led pioneering notable efforts in the use of the Internet. He is a Member of the American Physical Society and the International Institute for Strategic Studies. In 2016, he was Awarded the Robert and JoAnn Bendetsen Public Diplomacy Award at Tufts university, and was made Commander of France's National Order of the Legion of Honor.