Roya Rahmani became the first woman ambassador of Afghanistan to the United States on Jan.11, 2019. 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 nonresident ambassador to Singapore.
Ambassador Rahmani joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) as a senior advisor to thedeputy foreign minister in 2011. From 2012 to 2016, she served as the first director-general forregional cooperation at MoFA, where she managed and promoted the country’s position indozens of regional organizations and fora. In addition, she spearheaded the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process at MoFA.
From 2009 to 2011, Ambassador Rahmani managed a program implemented in 11 countries that promoted women’s empowerment. She also worked as a part-time subject matter expert with the NATO Joint Forces Training Center for two years and as a consultant for various agencies, including: 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 NGOs.
In addition, from 2004 to 2007, Ambassador Rahmani worked as the country director of the International Center for Human Rights and Democratic Development in Kabul and traveled around Afghanistan. In 2007, she was awarded the Best Human Rights Activist Award by the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission for her work on a marriage document that secured equitable rights for the family and contributed to data collection at a national level.
Ambassador Rahmani holds a master’s degree in public administration from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in software engineering from McGill University. She has won several awards and fellowships and is a Fulbright Scholar. She has been featured by numerous international media and was named the “People’s Ambassador” in 2017 by the Tattler Indonesia. Ambassador Rahmani was born in 1978 in Kabul in a middle-class family, and she is married and has one daughter named Bareen.
Embassy of Afghanistan
2341 Wyoming Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20008
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