Habib Massoud served for more than 32 years in the Canadian Diplomatic Service. His overseas assignments in Canadian diplomatic posts included Colombia, Croatia, Macedonia, Libya, Lithuania, and Germany. At Global Affairs Canada’s headquarters in Ottawa, he served in a number of divisions managing European and international security issues including the Defence Relations Division and the Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Division. Habib was Canada’s lead negotiator on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) from the start in September 2010 until its conclusion in April 2014. He also led the Canadian delegations to the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), and in talks to achieve a European Union-led International Code of Conduct on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.

In addition to his diplomatic work for Global Affairs Canada, Habib has also been an international election observer for more than 20 years, participating in election observations missions of the European Union, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and in Canadian election observation missions. He has observed Presidential and Parliamentary elections in Kazakhstan, Moldova, Egypt, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Palestinian Area, Macedonia, and Croatia.

Since retiring from the Canadian Foreign Service, he has published opinion articles in Policy Options and the Globe and Mail.

He can be contacted at: [email protected]