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Biography of Mrs. H.E. Adela RazDeputy Foreign Minister for Economic Cooperation

Ms. Adela Raz holds an MA degree in Law and Diplomacy with a focus on Economic Development from the Fletcher School/Tufts University and a BA with honors with triple majors in International Relations, Political Science, and Economics from Simmons College in Boston, USA. She also holds a certificate in International Development from the Fletcher School/ Tufts University.
Ms. Raz possess eight years of extensive experience in the fields of political and economic analysis, policy development, media and communication and governance, with various governmental and non governmental, local and international organizations.
She started her career with the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). She identified policy areas where UNAMA Central Field Office could help the Ministry of Women Affairs and its regional offices adopting approaches about women participation in economic and social arenas. She helped running the Political Rights Verification Campaign during the first presidential and parliamentary elections.
In 2013, Ms. Adela Raz was appointed as a -first female- Deputy Spokesperson and Director of Communications for the President. She moved into a new position as the Chief of Staff at the Administrative Office of the President in November 2014, and in March 2016, she assumed her current post as the new Deputy Foreign Minister for Economic Cooperation.
Her notable work in Afghanistan includes; completing an assessment of Afghanistan's Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) and Civil Society Organizations (CSO) law. The aim of this evaluation was to identify clauses that required amendments for accurately responding to the needs of CSO and NGOs in Afghanistan. Ms. Raz liaised with the government, UN agencies, and NGOs to create baseline data on the human rights, political and development situations and gender equality. Also she co-authored a study about “Public Private Cooperation in Fragile States”.
From 2010 to early 2013, Ms. Raz has worked with an international development organization in the United States, with projects focused on Afghanistan and Central Asia.

Adela Raz is also on the board of directors of a US based non-profit organization, helping to educate Afghan women with providing scholarships for undergraduate degrees in the US. Also, she had been a frequent commentator on the Af-Pak regional affairs.

She is fluent in Pashto, Dari and English.

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