Ali Suleiman Aujali became the first Ambassador of the Free Libya on September 9th 2011 after being given his credentials by US President Barack Obama. Previously, he held the post of Libyan Ambassador to the United States from January 2009 until February 22nd of 2011, after which he announced his resignation in protest of the Gaddafi regime and in the wake of the 2011 Libyan Revolution.
Ambassador Aujali has served his country since 1971, when he worked as third secretary at the Libyan Embassy in London. In 1976, he moved to the Libyan Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where he served as first secretary until he was appointed ambassador in 1981. In 1984 he was appointed Libya's ambassador to Argentina, which was followed by a stint as Libya's ambassador to Brazil from 1988 through 1994.
Aujali worked in Canada as chargé d'Affaires from 2001-2004, in which he founded the Libya/Canada Business Council. In 2004 he was named chargé d'Affaires of the People's Bureau of Libya in Washington, DC, a post he would hold for 4 years.
When not on diplomatic assignments outside Libya, Ambassador Aujali held a variety of positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tripoli including deputy director general of the Americas Department from 1994-1998, director general of the North and South Americas Department from 1998-2000, and director general of European Affairs from 2000-2001.
As a representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he has participated in a number of U.N. General Assembly sessions, led Libyan delegations to the Forum for Dialogue in the Western Mediterranean, chaired sessions of the Joint Libyan Swedish Committee and participated in Non-Aligned Movement summits. He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Benghazi.