Deputy Foreign Minister
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Deputy Foreign Minister For Management and Resources (Ms. Naheed Esar)
Ms. Naheed Esar holds an MA Degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, USA, as a Fulbright Scholar and a BA in Anthropology and Archeology from Kabul University. She also holds a second degree on Middle Eastern Studies. Ms. Esar has served over thirteen years in different multiple international and national agencies. In 2014 she was appointed to the Office of the President (AOP) as Foreign Policy Consultant. She was then promoted to Director of Policy; Director of Asset Registration and Verification, and Deputy for State Coordination Affairs. Years of experience at AOP allowed her to develop an extensive network and experience in the areas of national policy analysis and development, institutional structure analysis and capacity enhancement, recourse management, leadership and governance.
Prior to joining government Ms. Esar worked with United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Department For International Development of United Kingdom (DFID), Afghanistan Analyst Network (AAN), Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU), and Johns Hopkins University in senior management capacities in areas of research, policy analysis and development on various issues in Afghanistan. She has also worked extensively on researching and analyzing Afghanistan’s legal framework for women, human rights, gender violence and humanitarian interventions. She has conducted a longitudinal research project on the lives of widows in Kabul and thereafter, founded the Afghan Women’s Association, an organization that assists widows and their children’s education.
Ms. Esar is also a distinguished published writer, having written for international publishers and prominent research organizations and universities in Afghanistan in the areas of women’s affairs, media, foreign affairs, and human rights in Afghanistan. She has also co-authored a chapter in “We are Afghan Women: Voices of Hope”.
She is fluent in Pashto, Dari, English, and Hindi.