Afghan Biographies

Jalali, Ali Ahmed

Name Jalali, Ali Ahmed
Ethnic backgr. Pashtun
Date of birth 1941
Function/Grade Ambassador to Germany
History and Biodata

1. Former Ambassadors to Germany:
Mr. Hamidullah Nasser Zia (2002),
Prof. Dr. Mrs. Maliha Zulfacar (2006 - 2009),
Prof. Dr. Abdul Rahman Ashraf (20101213 - 20131231)
Hamid Sidig (20140826-201612)

Ali Ahmad Jalali (20170105-)

Staff as of 20170819, 20180418:

Ali Ahmad Jalali
Secretary Assistant to the Ambassador

Mrs. Yatri Boether-Schultz
A. Jabar Ariyaee
S. Zahir Akbari
Mrs. Frozan Nawabi
Naqibullah Shafiq
Abdul Rahim Esmat
Sarajulhaq Saraj
Momen Mashal


Colonel M. A. Hadi Ansari


Other Diplomats of the Afghan Embassy in Berlin:

Afghan Embassy Staff as of 20160204:
Hamid  SIDIG
Ambassador (02.09.2014)
Mohammad Zarif  ASEER
Counsellor, (15.08.2013)
Mrs. Malalai  ASEER
Sayed Mansoor  SAYED
1st Sekretary, (16.08.2013)
Mrs.  Nadia  SAYED
Mrs.  Frozan  NAWABI
1st Sekretary, (21.01.2016)
Mohammad Mehdi  YARI
2nd Sekretary (09.01.2013)
Mrs. Sperghei  SAFI
Mrs. Samira  AMINPUR
2nd Sekretary (06.08.2013)
Asadullah  AMINPUR
Abdul Hadi  ATTAZADA
3rd Sekretary (01.11.2012)
Frau  Fatema  ATTAZADA
Defense Attache:
Verteidigungsattaché (26.03.2012)

Afghan Embassy Staff as of 20140816:
Mohammad Zarif ASEER

Minister Counsellor Charge d´Affaires, (15.08.2013)

Mrs Malalai ASEER

Sayed Mansoor SAYED

I. Sekretär, (16.08.2013)

Mrs Nadia SAYED

Abdul Rahman ABED

II. Sekretär, (04.10.2010)

Mrs Farida ABED

Mohammad Mehdi YARI

II. Sekretär, (09.01.2013)

Mrs Sperghei SAFI

Mrs Samira AMINPUR

II. Sekretär, (06.08.2013)

Asadullah AMINPUR


III. Sekretär, (01.11.2012)


Defense Attache:

Mohammad Sadiq PASHTON (26.03.2012)

Former Diplomats:
Abed NADJIB Minister
Counsellor (02.03.2010)
Abdul Samad MROWAT Morwat
1st Secretary (26.09.2009)
Ahmad Roshan ANWARYAR
2nd Secretary, (29.07.2010)
Abdul Rahman ABED
2nd Sekretär, (04.10.2010)
Mrs. Farida ABED
2nd Secretary (26.04.2011)
Hasamuddin SHAMS
Mohammad Sadiq PASHTON,
Military Attaché (26.03.2012)
Ahmad Shafiq FAHIM
Deputy Military Attaché (06.11.2002)

More former Diplomats:
Mrs. Fereshta Freshta RAHIMI NEDA Counsellor,
Mr. Mohammad Bashir NEDA
Mr. Habibullah AYUBI II. Secretary,
Mrs. Massouda AYUBI
Mr. Mohammad Hadi AHMADI III. Secretary, (25.01.2008)
Mrs. Zahra REZAIE
Mr. Frydoon AZADZOY Attaché, (19.05.2005)

2. Previous Functions:
Journalist, covering war in Afghanistan (1982-1993) and the former Soviet Central Asia (1993-2000)
Executive broadcast positions at Voice of America in Washington, D.C. (1982-2003)
Minister of Interior (2003-2005)

Professor at the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (NESA) at the National Defense University in Washington D.C.
Ambassador to Germany Berlin (20170105-)

Ali Ahmad Jalali, son of Gholam Jaylani Jalali was born 1941 (other sorces say 1940 in Kabul) in the city of Ghazni, south of Kabul, and spent 20 years in the Afghan military (1961-1981). He rose to the rank of colonel before the Soviet invasion sent him underground. Jalali, an ethnic Pashtun, received a masters degree in Military Science in Kabul in 1966.

After the communist invasion, he fled to Peshawar, Pakistan, where he was recruited by the Voice of America to broadcast news in Dari and Pashto, the languages of Afghanistan's Tajiks and Pashtun. After moving to the United States in 1983, Jalali spent the next two decades as a journalist and commentator for VOA. Director of Afghan radio operations for the Voice of America, Radio Free Europe He also moonlighted as a military historian and co-wrote a widely praised book on guerrilla warfare in Afghanistan, The Other Side of the Mountain, published in 1998.

Karzai first offered him the job of interior minister, which pays $110 a month, during the June 2002 emergency Loya Jirga, or tribal council, that created the current government. But Jalali, who earned $100,000 working as an American civil servant, hesitated. He has deep roots in the United States. His wife continues to work as a preschool teacher in Howard County, and their son is a vice president in a Washington-area engineering firm and their daughter a graduate student in political science at the University of California at Berkeley. And the interior minister's job is risky. In the past two years, two government ministers have been murdered.

Jalali eventually agreed to Karzai's request. It was only after Jalali returned to Kabul that he grasped the size of the challenge. He became a U.S. citizen in 1987 and apart from the years he served in Karzai's government, has lived in the U.S. where he is a professor at the National Defense University, Washington.

Jalali is married to Homaira Jalali and the couple have a son, Engineer Wais Jalali, and a daughter, Dr. Bahar Jalali.

He speaks Dari, Pashtu and English


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