Afghanistan's Ambassador to the United States

Afghanistan's Ambassador to the United States

Ambassador Said Jawad

10.4.2009

Ambassador Said Jawad

Ambassador Said T. Jawad has served as Afghanistan's Ambassador to the United States since December 2003. Under his leadership, the Embassy of Afghanistan is emerging as one of the most successful and progressive missions in Washington, D.C. He also serves as Afghanistan's non-resident Ambassador to Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, and Argentina.

Ambassador Jawad returned to Afghanistan after 9/11 to assist in the state-building process, where he played a versatile and crucial role in government, serving as President Karzai's Press Secretary, Chief of Staff, and Director of the Office of International Relations. In these positions, Ambassador Jawad formulated and managed strategies, implemented policies, assisted in the building and re-building of national institutions (notably, the oft-praised Afghan National Army) as well as prioritizing major reforms in Afghanistan, most notably to the Ministry of Defense. At this time, Ambassador Jawad also served as the president's principal liaison with the constitutional commission throughout the drafting of the Afghan Constitution and was instrumental in drafting Afghanistan’s foreign investment laws.

A fluent speaker of English, German, and French, Ambassador Jawad was educated at the Afghan French Lycée Esteqial and School of Law and Political Sciences at Kabul University and later at Westfaelische Wilhelms University in Muenster, Germany. He earned his MBA from the Golden Gate University in San Francisco and subsequently worked for a number of prominent law firms in the United States.

He is married to Shamim Jawad, a financial consultant, and they have a son, Iman, 19, who is a freshman at Tufts University.

As Washington debates future strategy and troop levels for the War in Afghanistan, Ambassador Said Jawad gives a Clinton School lecture about U.S./Afghani relations. Named ambassador to the United States in 2003, Ambassador Jawad previously served as press secretary, chief of staff, and director of the Office of International Relations for President Hamid Karzai following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. During that time, he was heavily involved in the building and rebuilding of the national institutions in Afghanistan, including the national army and ministry of defense.