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By the command of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, Haji Adi Ihram bin Dato Paduka Haji Mahmud is appointed as Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence on 19 December 2020.

Prior to his appointment as Deputy Permanent Secretary, he was Director for the Directorate of Defence Policy from 9 November 2017 and was the Head of Legal Affairs Unit at the Permanent Secretary’s Office, Ministry of Defence from 2003 to 2011 where he played the role as the legal advisor for the Ministry of Defence before he assumed the position of Acting Director of Defence Policy.

As the Director of Defence Policy, he has been actively involved in enhancing defence diplomacy at both bilateral and multilateral level including through various initiatives in the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) and ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Plus Meeting (ADMM-Plus) such as the adoption of the Standard Operating Procedure on establishing a Direct Communications Link (DCL) in the ADMM Process, conclusion of the ADMM Establishment of Logistics Support Framework (LSF) Manual, chaired the Defence White Paper Committee to develop the third defence white paper – ‘Defending the Nations Sovereignty: Expanding Roles and Wider Horizons’, Joint Defence Working Committee and was the ASEAN Defence Senior Officials Meeting Working Group (ADSOM WG) Leader for Brunei Darussalam.

In recognition for his service and with the consent of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, he has been conferred with Pingat Indah Kerja Baik (P.I.K.B) and The Most Blessed Order of Setia Negara Brunei 4th Class (P.S.B) in 2016.

He was a legal graduate from the London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London (1996) and was awarded his professional certificate of legal practice from the Legal Profession Qualifying Board, Malaysia in 2006.

Haji Adi Ihram is married to Susanna and blessed with 3 daughters. His interests includes horseback riding, scuba diving, mountaineering, jungle trekking, chess and reading.