WASHINGTON, DC—H.E. Said T. Jawad, former ambassador of Afghanistan to the United States and chief of staff to the president of Afghanistan, is joining APCO’s Global Political Strategies executive advisory service. He brings advanced strategic insight on a range of issues affecting companies doing business in the Middle East and Central Asia, including market entry, government relations, and trade and investment policy.

“The Middle East is becoming increasingly complicated but remains an important market filled with business potential and opportunities for growth,” says APCO founder and chairman Margery Kraus.
While ambassador to the United States from 2003 to 2010, Ambassador Jawad also served as Afghanistan’s non-resident ambassador to Mexico, Brazil, Columbia and Argentina. After the attacks of September 11, 2001, he returned to Afghanistan to assist in the state-building process, serving as President Hamid Karzai’s press secretary, chief of staff and director of the office of international relations.

Ambassador Jawad currently serves as chairman of the Foundation for Afghanistan, a nonprofit organization that focuses on increasing human capacity and intercultural dialogue in Afghanistan, and chief executive officer of Capitalize, a strategic consulting firm that specializes in investments and security in Afghanistan and the greater Gulf region.