Prime Minister’s Office

Prime Minister
Imad Mohammad Deeb Khamis


– Born in Damascus Countryside, 1/8/1961.

– Graduated from Damascus University, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, in 1984. Received Master’s Degree in energy from Damascus University.

-Director General of the General Company of Electricity, Damascus Countryside branch (2005-2008).

– Director General of the General Establishment for Electricity Transmission and Investment, (2008-2011).

-Minister of Electricity (2011-2016).

– Married with 3 children.

Deputy Prime Minister
Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Armed Forces
Minister of Defense
General Fahed Jassem al-Freij


– Born in Hama, 1/1/1950.

– Joined the Military Academy in 1969 and graduated in 1971 with the rank of Second Lieutenant, specialized in armored vehicles.

-Ranked Major General in 2001 and General in 2009.

-Chief of the General Staff of the Army and the Armed Forces since 2011.

-Minister of Defense in the former government.

-Married with three children.

Deputy Prime Minister
Foreign and Expatriates Minister
Walid al-Moallem


– Born in Damascus, 1941.

– Graduated from Cairo University, Faculty of Economics, in 1963.

– Worked at the Foreign Ministry in 1964 and served in diplomatic missions to Tanzania, Saudi Arabia, Spain, and England.

– Syria’s Ambassador to Romania (1975-1980).

– Head of Documentation and Translation Department at the Foreign Ministry, (1980-1984).

-Head of Special Bureaus Department (1984-1990)

– Syria’s Ambassador to the United States of America (1990-1999).

– Participated in the Syrian-Israeli peace talks (1991-1999).

– Assistant Foreign Minister (2000-2005).

– Deputy Foreign Minister (2005-2006).

-Foreign and Expatriates Minister since 2006.

– He is married with three children.

Minister of Religious Endowments
Mohammad Abdelsattar al-Sayyed


-Born in Tartous, 1958.

– Graduated from Damascus University, Faculty of Economy and Trade.

– PhD in Islamic Studies from Damascus University.

– Director of Religious Endowments Department in Tartous and Mufti of Tartous (1985-2002).

– Assistant Minister of Religious Endowments for Religious Affairs (2002-2011).

– Minister of Religious Endowments since 2011.

– Participated in many Islamic conferences.

– Married with three children.

Presidential Affairs Minister
Mansour Fadlallah Azzam


– Born in Sweida, 1960.

– Graduated from Damascus University, Faculty of French Literature, 1983.

-Diploma in International Relations from the Institute of Public Administration, Paris.

– Held a diplomatic position at the Foreign Ministry in 1994.

-Worked at the Syrian Embassy in Washington as US Congress affairs and Cultural Affairs officer (1995-2000).

– General Secretary of Presidency, 2008.

-Minister of Presidential Affairs in the three previous governments.

– Married with three daughters.

Interior Minister
Lt. Gen. Mohammad Ibrahim al-Sha’ar


-Born in Lattakia, 1950.

-Held a number of security positions.

-Minister of Interior in the three previous governments.

– Married with 5 children.


Education Minister
Hazwan al-Waz


-Born in Damascus, 1962.

-PhD in Philosophy of Technical Studies.

-Director of Vocational and Technical Education at the Education Ministry, 2000.

-Director of Damascus Education Department, 2004.

-Chief of Engineers Union, Damascus Branch.

-Member of the Advisory Committee of European Training Institution for Mediterranean countries.

-Member of the Arab Writers Union in Damascus.

-Minister of Education in the previous two governments.

-Married with 3 children.

Justice Minister
Najm al-Ahmad

Najm al-Ahmad

-Born in Aleppo, 1969.

-A Bachelor of Law in 1991 and three diplomas in Public Law, Administrative law and Administrative Sciences from the University of Damascus and the University of Ain Shams in Egypt.

– PhD in Law from the University of Ain Shams.

-Chaired committees formed in 2011 for judicial reform and drafting a new general elections law.

-Deputy Minister of Justice.

-Minister of Justice since 2012.

Public Works and Housing Minister
Hussein Arnous


-Born in Idleb, 1953.

-Graduated from the University of Aleppo, Faculty of Civil Engineering, 1978.

-Head of Idleb branch of the Engineers Union (1989-1994).

-Director of the General Company for Roads (1992-2002).

-Assistant Minister of Transportation (2002-2004).

-Director General of the Public Establishment for Road Transportation (2004-2009).

-Governor of Deir Ezzor (2009-2011).

-Governor of Quneitra, 2011.

-Minister of Public Works since 2013.

Minister of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform
Ahmad al-Qadiri

Ahmad al-Qadiri

-Born in Hasaka, 1956.

-Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences, 1981.

-Diploma in Crop Cultivation, 1992.

-Head of the Scientific Agricultural Research Center in Qamishli (1986-2000).

-Director of Hasaka Agriculture Directorate (2000-2007).

-Director of Modern Irrigation Project (2007-2011).

-Assistant Minister of Agriculture, 2011.

-Minister of Agriculture since 2013.

Tourism Minister
Bishr al-Yazigi

Bishr al-Yazigi

-Born in Aleppo, 1972.

-Graduated from Aleppo University, Faculty of Informatics Engineering, 1995.

-Member of the People’s Assembly.

-Minister of Tourism sinc3 2013.

-Married with three children.

Administrative Development Minister
Hassan al-Nouri


-Born in Damascus, 1960.

-Graduated from Damascus University, Faculty of Economy and Trade, 1982.

-PhD in Public Administration-Human Resources Development- from John F. Kennedy University in the US, 1989.

-Secretary of Damascus Chamber of Commerce (1997-2000).

-Minister of State for Administrative Development Affairs (2000-2002).

– Administrative Development Minister since 2014.

-Married with five children

Health Minister
Nizar Yazigi

Nizar Yazigi

-Born in Damascus, 1961.

-Graduated from Damascus University, Faculty of Medicine.

– Assistant Director of al-Zahrawi Hospital General Administration since 2004.

– Married with two children.


Social Affairs Minister
Rima al-Qadiri

Rima al-Qadiri

-Born in Damascus in 1963

-Graduated from French Literature Department at Damascus University in 1986

-Occupied a number of posts in private sector institutions in addition to the Syrian Commercial bank, Ministry of Economy, and Foreign Trade.

– Assistant head of the International Planning and Cooperation Commission in 2009 and a head of the commission in 2014.

– Social Affairs Minister since 2015.

Industry Minister
Ahmad al-Hamo


-Born in 1947.

-Bachelor’s degree in aviation mechanical engineering from Cairo University in 1972.

-Occupied several posts since 1978 including director of several state establishment including cement companies, Al-Cham Ceramics Company, and the Paper Manufacturing Company in Deir Ezzor.

-Industry Minister (2000-2001)

Economy and Foreign Trade Minister
Adib Mayyaleh


-Born in 1955.

-PhD in economy from France, 1991.

-Faculty member at Economy Faculty in Damascus University.

-Central Bank of Syria Governor since 2005.


Higher Education Minister
Atef Naddaf


-Born in Damascus Countryside, 1956.

-PhD in dentistry from Kiev Medical University in Ukraine.

-Under Secretary for Administrative Affairs at Dentistry Faculty, Damascus University.

-Head of orthognathic surgery department at Dentistry Faculty, Damascus University.

-Idleb Governor (2005-2009).

-Tartous Governor (2005-2009).

-Sweida Governor (2009)

-Elected as People’s Assembly member.

-Married with three children.

Local Administration Minister
Hussein Makhlouf


-Born in Lattakia, 1964.

-Degree in civil engineering from Tishreen University in 1987.

-Occupied several posts at the Coast Company for Construction and Building and the General Establishment of Construction and Building, and chaired a project for expanding Lattakia port.

-Director of Water Resources Department (2006-2011), chairing joint committees with Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey on water affairs.

-Damascus Countryside Governor since 2011.

-Married with four children.

Communications and Technology Minister
Ali al-Zafir


-Born in Tartous, 1962.

-Master’s degree in communications engineering from Soviet Union in 1988.

-PhD in communications engineering from Odessa National Polytechnic University in 1993.

-Department head at Tartous Communications Department (1996-2000)

-Technical director of the cellular project in Syria (2000-2004).

-Technical director of the third provincial communications project in Syria (2004-2006).

-Director General of the General Establishment of Wireless Communications Services (2006-2014).

-Head of the executive team of the e-government project since 2016.

-Assistant Communications and Technology Minister since 2013.

-Married with four children.

Petroleum and Mineral Resources Minister
Ali Ghanem


-Born in Damascus, 1963.

-Degree in electrical power engineering from Damascus University.

-Occupied several posts at the Syrian Company for Fuel Distribution, including Director General since 2014.

-Married with two children.

Information Minister
Mohammad Ramez Tourjman


-Born in Damascus, 1966.

-Degree in electronic engineering from Damascus University in 1990.

-Occupied several posts in public and private sectors in the fields of mass media and engineering, including the General Establishment for Radio and TV where he was head of the recording and editing department and later the news broadcast department, director of radio and TV centers, and director general since 2012.

-Helped set up and operate several stations and studios including Space Toon in Bahrain and the MBC studios in Beirut.

Culture Minister
Mohammad al-Ahmad

Mohammad al-Ahmad

-Born in Lattakia, 1961.

-Degree in English literature in 1983, diploma in teaching English from Britain in 1985.

-Professor of English at the Scientific Studies and Research Center (1986-1988).

-Director of Planning and Studies at the National Film Organization (1990-1991).

-Director of National Film Organization since 2000.

-Chairman of Damascus International Cinema Festival.

-Produced and presented several TV programs on cinema and movies.

-Married with a single child.

Transport Minister
Ali Hammoud


-Born in Tartous, 1964.

-Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Damascus University, 1987.

-Headed branches of the General Establishment for Roads in Homs and Idleb and General Establishment for Road Transportation in Homs and Tartous between 1995 and 2014.

-Director General of the General Establishment for Road Transportation since 2014.

-Married with three children.

Electricity Minister
Mohammad Zuhair Kharboutli


-Born in Damascus.

-Degree in electrical engineering from Damascus University, 1990.

-Degree in time management from Higher Institute for Business Administration (HIBA).

-Held several posts at electric power departments.

-Director General of Damascus Countryside Electricity General Company since 2008.

-Married with four children.

Finance Minister
Ma’moun Hamdan


-Born in Damascus, 1958.

-Bachelor’s degree and diploma in accounting in from Damascus University in 1977.

-Master’s degree and PhD from Germany in 1989.

-Faculty Member at accounting department at Economy Faculty, Damascus University since 1989.

-Director of Technical Institute for Accounting and Finance (2005-2008).

-Member of board of commissioners of the Syrian Securities Agency (2009-2011).

-Member of Accounting and Auditing Council, board member at the Taxes and Fees Administration Agency.

-Executive Director of Damascus Securities Exchange since 2011.

-Married with three children.

Water Resources Minister
Nabil al-Hassan


-Born in Aleppo, 1963.

-Graduated from Civil Engineering Faculty at Aleppo University, 1986.

-Taught at Aleppo University between 1986 and 1994.

-Director of Aleppo Metals Department (1994-2003).

-Director of Aleppo branch of General Establishment for Foreign Trade (2003-2008).

-Director of Aleppo Water Establishment (2008-2011).

-Advisor to the Housing and Construction Minister (2011-2013).

-Advisor to the Housing and Urban Development Minister since 2014.

-Elected as member of the executive office of Aleppo city Council (2003-2005) and deputy chairman of Aleppo City Council (2003-2006).

-Married with three children.

Internal Trade and Consumer Protection Minister
Abdullah al-Gharbi


-Born in Damascus, 1962.

-Degree in informatics engineering, PhD in administration from France.

-Director of special studies center, conducted more than 50 economic field studies.

-Participated in several training courses in France, Spain, and Germany on food security, crisis management, and the future of trade.

State Minister for National Reconciliation Affairs
Ali Haidar


-Born in Hama, 1962.

– Ophthalmologist, specialized in eye surgery and diseases, Damascus University, 1994.

-Minister of State for National Reconciliation Affairs in the previous government.

– Married with two children.


State Minister
Abdullah Abdullah

Abdullah Abdullah

-Born in 1956.

-Law degree from Damascus University.

-People’s Assembly member (2003-2007 and 2012-2016).



State Minister
Salwa Abdullah

Salwa Abdullah

-Born in Quneitra, 1953.

-Graduated from the Faculty of Medicine in 1979.

-Specialized in obstetrics in 1984, PhD in gynecology.



State Minister
Rafe’a Abu Sa’ad

Abu Saad

-Born in Habran village in Sweida province, 1954.

-Graduated from Agricultural Engineering Faculty at Damascus University in 1978.

-Occupied several posts in trade unions.

-Married with four children.


State Minister
Wafiqa Husni

Wafiqa Husni

-Born in Damascus, 1952.

-University degree in agricultural engineering, 1976.

-Diploma in foreign trade planning.

-Occupied several posts including director of census and planning office at Damascus Countryside Agriculture Department and assistant director of agricultural policies center at the Agriculture Ministry.

-Married with two children.