Fathallah Sijilmassi is the current Secretary General of the secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean (http://ufmsecretariat.org )
He has a Ph.D. in economics from the Grenoble Institute of Political Studies. On November 22, 2004 he was appointed Moroccan ambassador to France a position he held until December 2008. Upon his return to Morocco, on July 2, 2009, King Mohammed VI named him director of the Moroccan Investment Development Agency, the national body charged with promoting and developing investment to Morocco. He had previously been head of the Moroccan mission to the EU. He was also ambassador of Morocco in charge of the Barcelona Process and the Mediterranean dialogue of NATO. Within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation he was given the position as Director of Multilateral Cooperation (1999-2000) and Director of European Affairs (2001-2003).