Afghan Biographies

Karim, Jalil Sayed

Name Karim, Jalil Sayed
Ethnic backgr. Pashtun
Date of birth
Function/Grade Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Riyadh
History and Biodata

1. Former Ambassadors to Saudi Arabia Riyadh:
Aziz Karzai (20091122)
Sayed Ahmad Umerkhil Omerkhil Omerkhail Sayed Ahmad Amarkhail (20120106)
Sayed Jalal Karim (20160802, 20170322)


2. Previous Functions:

CEO, Board Member Marasel Group, Saudi Arabia

Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Riyadh (20160802, 20170322)

3. Biodata:
Sayed Jalal Karim aka Said Jalal Nabagha Sayed Jalal Kareem was born 1969. He was admitted to the French-run Istiqlal High School at the age of six.

He received the higher secondary school certificate from the same school two years later – 10 years ahead of his classmates.

Because of his ability, he was nicknamed as Nabagha (Prodigy). He got admission to the Engineering Department of Kabul University in 1978. Then he went to New York and joined Columbia University. At the age of nine, he was courted by some of America's most prestigious institutions of higher learning.

His remarkable story was covered by the New York Times, Daily News and other prominent media outlets. As a college student in the US, he was forced to return to Kabul in compliance with orders from former communist-backed President Hafizullah Amin.

He and his father were then sent to Moscow University where Jalal studied Russian, mathematics and physics in a special programme.

By 1980, his remaining family in Kabul managed to flee to Pakistan, which gave Jalal and his father an opening to return. Though it was not easy to leave Russia, yet they were finally able to come back to Afghanistan before meeting their family in Pakistan. After living in Pakistan for six months, they immigrated to Saudi Arabia, where Jalal entered the prestigious King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals. He studied engineering, physics and Arabic. Less than three years later, at age 14, he dropped out of school to support his family.

As an entrepreneur, he established and sold more than a dozen successful companies, including some based in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. His business partners have included multi-national corporations and members of the royal families from different countries in the Gulf Cooperation Council. Jalal still found time to study business, international and Islamic law.

Outside of his career as a businessman, in the early 1990s, he tried to negotiate a political solution to the civil war by mediating between Pakistan and Afghanistan as well as rival factions involved in the conflict.

In 1997, he claims to have secured the release of 10 Iranian hostages as a result of talks with the Taliban regime.

A year later, he successfully negotiated a one-month ceasefire and the exchange of over 1,200 prisoners between the Northern Alliance and the Taliban.

Sayed Jalal was a candidate in the 2009 Afghanistan presidential election. A week before the election fellow candidate Mawlana Abdul Qadir İmami Ghori withdrew from the race and asked his supporters to vote for Karim instead. During the 2009 Presidential elections he stood 13th in a field of 38. He won 500,572 votes.

He ist married and has three daughters and one son.

Karim speaks Dari, Urdu, Russian and Arabic.

Last Modified 2017-03-22
Established 2009-11-22