Said Tayeb Jawad, former ambassador of Afghanistan to the United States, has joined the Future of Diplomacy Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) as the inaugural Fisher Family Fellow. He will engage in a number of public speaking events on the future of Afghanistan during his monthlong residency, sharing his knowledge and real-world experience with students and faculty. In addition, he will participate in the project’s programming, which examines innovation in negotiation and diplomacy with Harvard students and faculty.

His work at HKS is made possible through the Richard and Nancy Fisher Family Fellows Program, created by Nancy and Richard W. Fisher A.B. ’71, longtime supporters of the University’s international engagement and teaching.

Jawad served concurrently as Afghan ambassador to the United States, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, and Mexico from 2003 to 2010. He returned to Afghanistan after Sept. 11, 2001, to assist in the state-building process, where he played a versatile and crucial role in government, serving as President Hamid Karzai’s press secretary, chief of staff, and director of the office of international relations.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Ambassador Jawad to the Harvard Kennedy School as our first Fisher Family Fellow. He brings with him not only a wealth of experience on Afghanistan and the reconciliation process but also an international vantage point on the evolving nature of conflict diplomacy and negotiation strategy in democratization efforts,” said R. Nicholas Burns, director of the Future of Diplomacy Project.

Trilingual in English, German, and French, Jawad was educated at the Afghan French Lycée Esteqial, the School of Law and Political Sciences at Kabul University, and later at Westfälische Wilhelms University in Münster, Germany. He earned his M.B.A. from the Golden Gate University in San Francisco and subsequently worked for a number of prominent law firms in the United States.