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Said Tayeb Jawad

Senior Political and Foreign Policy Advisor to the Chief Executive of Afghanistan, is the former Ambassador of Afghanistan to the United States.  He is the Chief Executive Officer of Capitalize LLC, a strategic consulting firm that specializes in the investment, security, development and political environments of Afghanistan and the greater Gulf region. He is a member of the International Advisory Council in the Global Political Strategies group at APCO Worldwide, an international strategic communications firm.


Ambassador Jawad’s current and former academic positions include: Diplomat in Residence at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University and as Diplomat in Residence at the inaugural fellow at the Future of Diplomacy Project at the Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government. Ambassador Jawad served as Afghanistan’s Ambassador to the United States from December 2003 to September 2010. He also served as Afghanistan’s non-resident Ambassador to Mexico, Brazil, Colombia and Argentina.


He 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 (including the Afghan National Army) as well as prioritizing major reforms in Afghanistan, notably to the Ministry of Defense and Office of the President.


As CEO of Capitalize, Ambassador Jawad leads a dynamic team of international business experts advising foreign governments, international companies, investors on politics, defense, security, market entry, commercial opportunities, and development strategies in Central Asia and the Persian Gulf regions; including Afghanistan.


A fluent speaker of English, German and French, Ambassador Jawad was educated at the Afghan French Lycee Esteqial and School of Law and Political Sciences at Kabul University and 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.