Roble Olhaye (born 24 April 1944) is Ambassador from the Republic of Djibouti to the United States and the Permanent Representative to the United Nations from the Republic of Djibouti. He has been Permanent Representative to the United Nations and Ambassador of Djibouti to the United States since 1988. In 1989, Olhaye was appointed as non-resident Ambassador to Canada. He is currently the longest-serving ambassador to the United States and consequently holds the post of Dean of the Diplomatic Corps.
After being appointed as the Permanent Representative, Olhaye has represented Djibouti in the Security Council, served as President of the Security Council, and as Chairman of the Sanctions Committee established by United Nations Security Council Resolution 841 on Haiti. While a member of the Security Council Mission to Mozambique, he helped in the process of democratic elections held in 1994. As Dean of the African diplomatic corps in Washington D.C., he received one of Djibouti’s highest medals of honor awards for improving how the nation was viewed internationally.
Prior to his appointment to the Permanent Representative post, he served as Djibouti’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (Habitat). He also served as Honorary Consul of Djibouti to Kenya and established ongoing diplomatic relations between the two nations. He has also worked in the private sector in commerce, finance, and management.
Olhaye obtained an Intermediate Diploma in Commerce from the Addis Ababa Commercial College. After studying accounting, finance, taxation, law and management, he received the qualification of professional accountant in England. He is a Fellow of the Association of International Accountants (UK) and a member of the British Institute of Management.
He is married and has five children.
Embassy of Djibouti
1156 15th St., NW #515
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: (202) 331-0270
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