Malaysia appoints Sarah Nava Rani as Asean permanent representative

MALAYSIA has appointed Sarah Nava Rani Al Bakri Devadason as the permanent representative of Malaysia to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) in Jakarta, Indonesia effective today (May 30), according to a statement released by the foreign affairs ministry.

Ambassador Sarah Nava Rani hails from Negeri Sembilan and holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Malaya.

She was appointed as an administrative and diplomatic officer in 1994 and was initially assigned to the Ministry of Defence, before joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1996.

She served as the ambassador of Malaysia to Germany from 2017 to 2020. Her other diplomatic assignments included roles at the permanent mission of Malaysia to the United Nations in New York, United States of America, and at the permanent mission of Malaysia to Asean in Jakarta, Indonesia, as Minister Counsellor.

At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, she served as the undersecretary of the human rights and humanities division and as the deputy director general at the Department of Policy Planning and Strategy. She also served as principal assistant secretary at the Territorial Affairs and Maritime Division. –TMR