Ahmed Aboutaleb (born 1961 in Morocco) has been Mayor of Rotterdam since 2009. Previously, he served as a State Secretary for the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment (2007 to 2008) and as a Vice Mayor in Amsterdam (2004-2007) for the Dutch Labour Party. At the age of fifteen, Aboutaleb came to the Netherlands for family reunification.
In the mid-1980s, Aboutaleb started his career in journalism. In 1991, he switched to public service, holding positions with the Ministry of Welfare, Health and Culture; the Social and Economic Council; and Statistics Netherlands. In 1998 he was appointed the administrator of the Forum Institute for Multicultural Development, and in 2002 became the director of the Social, Economic and Cultural Development Department of the Municipality of Amsterdam.