HE Roya Raahmani, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, has invited us to her Embassy
The Embassy is located in the Sheridan-Kalorama neighborhood of Washington, DC. Built as a residence in 1912, the Colonial Revival-style building is listed on the National Register of the Historic Places.
6:30 - 6:45 p.m. Registration with natural juices - Out of respect for the Embassy staff, please do not arrive before 6:15 p.m.
6:45 - 7:30 p.m. Ambassador greets us and talks about his country, relations with the US or any other topic of interest.
7:30 - 8:30 p.m. Seated dinner reception featuring Afghan food, and continued discussions and engagement with Ambassador Rahmani and embassy staff. Chef Jamil, a leading contender the embassy chef, will prepare all the food
*Please note that this event will begin promptly at 6:30 pm. There is seating for all BUT NO ELEVATOR to the second floor
We are indebted to Ms. Paulett. of the Embassy of Afghanistan for her meticulous collaboration in arranging this event.
The address of the Embassy of Afghanistan is 20001 24th Street, NW Washington, DC 20008
This event is limited to Harvard Club members and their guests. Business attire is required and the cost is $55 per person. All proceeds will benefit the Harvard Club's community service efforts. Space is limited, so please register early.
Biography of the Ambassador
H.E. Roya Rahmani is the first woman ambassador of Afghanistan to the United States of America. She assumed this position on December 14, 2018. Prior to this, she served as Afghanistan’s first woman ambassador to Indonesia and the country’s first accredited ambassador to the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN). During her tenure in Indonesia, she was also accredited as Afghanistan’s non-resident ambassador to Singapore.
During her posting in Indonesia, the Afghan and Indonesian bilateral relationship soared to its highest since its inception in 1954. Now, Indonesia and Afghanistan have close cooperation in various areas including economics, cultural, and promoting peace and tolerance from the Islamic perspective.
H.E. Roya Rahmani joined MoFa as a Senior Advisor to the Deputy Foreign Minister in 2011. From 2012-2016, Ambassador Rahmani served as the first Director General for Regional Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan (MoFA) during which she was responsible for leading her team to manage and promote the country’s role and position in dozens of regional organizations and fora. In addition, Rahmani spearheaded the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process at MoFA where she played a key role in the conception and launch of the regional cooperation process.
Ambassador Rahmani started her official work with the Afghan government at the Ministry of Education of Afghanistan, as a senior advisor for Planning and Policy in early 2011. Prior to this, she directed and managed various organizations and programs at national and international levels. From 2009-2011, she managed a program implemented in 11 countries that promoted women’s empowerment. She worked as a part-time Subject Matter Expert with the NATO Joint Forces Training Center for two years and as a consultant with: the New York Department of Education, the United Nations Secretariat in New York, the Department of Trade and International Affairs of Canada, Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan, Women Living under Muslim Laws and other INGOs.