Said Tayeb Jawad, former Ambassador of Afghanistan to the United States, is the Chairman of the Foundation for Afghanistan, a non-profit organization that focuses on increasing human capacity and intercultural dialogue in Afghanistan, and Chief Executive Officer of Capitalize LLC, a strategic consulting firm that specializes in the investment, security and political environments of Afghanistan and the greater Gulf region. Ambassador Jawad also recently became a member of the International Advisory Council in the Global Political Strategies group at APCO Worldwide, an international strategic communications consultancy. Ambassador Jawad holds two positions in the academic community: he recently joined the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at John Hopkins University as Diplomat in Residence and was named the inaugural Fisher Family Fellow at the Future of Diplomacy Project at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. In both of these capacities, he engages students and colleagues in a number of forums and public speaking events on the future of Afghanistan.
Ambassador Jawad served as Afghanistan’s Ambassador to the United States from December 2003 to September 2010. Under his leadership, the Embassy of Afghanistan emerged as one of the most successful missions in Washington, D.C. He also served 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 (including the Afghan National Army) as well as prioritizing major reforms in Afghanistan, notably to the Ministry of Defense.
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, who is currently studying for his BA at Tufts University.