Afghan Biographies

Jawad, Said Tayeb Tayab


Name Jawad, Said Tayeb Tayab
Ethnic backgr. Pashtun
Date of birth 1958
Function/Grade Adviser to the CEO Dr. Abdullah
History and Biodata

2. Previous Functions:
April 2002 and December 2003 he served as the President’s Press Secretary,
Chief of Staff as well as the Director of the Office of International Relations at the Presidential Palace,
Ambassador to USA (2003 - 20100923 fired),
Chairman of the Foundation for Afghanistan as well as the Chief Executive Officer of Capitalize, LLC (20101105)
Adviser to the CEO Dr. Abdullah (20150122)

3. Biodata:
Tayeb_JawadSaid Tayeb Jawad was born 1958 in Kandahar, Afghanistan. He was educated at the Afghan French Lycée Istiklal, and at the School of Law and Political Sciences in Kabul University. At the beginning of the communist time in Afghanistan he fled with his grandfather to Qom, Iran. His grandfather was a friend of Khomenei. From there he went to Turkey and after one month to Germany. In Germany he was looking for more advanced studies at Westfaelische Wilhelms University in Muenster.

In 1986 he settled in the United States, where he earned his MBA from the Golden Gate University in San Francisco and worked for a number of prominent law firms. Jawad, is an American citizen, was a legal consultant at a San Francisco Embarcadero law firm up until March 2002, when he left for Kabul. He has lived in the Bay Area since 1989, having previously earned a law degree in 1979 at Kabul University, when he fled to Germany.

His wife Shamim Jawad was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, studied at the School of Social Studies in Kabul University. In 1980, after the Soviets’ invasion, she left Afghanistan and migrated to the United States. She married Said Tayeb Jawad, Ambassador of Afghanistan to the United States, in 1986 and they settled down in San Francisco, California. She began a career with TIAA-CREF, a Financial Services Organization. She later earned a Bachelors degree in Human Relations from the Golden Gate University and continued her career as a financial consultant for TIAA-CREF prior to her husband’s appointment to Washington, D.C. in November 2003. Jawad Tayeb's wife's Shamin Jawad's Ayenda Foundation builds schools in Afghanistan.

Jawad said he left government service on September 23, 2010. He had spent about 15 years in the U.S., working in the private sector before joining the government, and he said he intends to resume that work. He currently has an office at a local law firm and said he hopes to play a role in better directing some of the approximately $100 billion in U.S. money pouring into his country annually. (That's roughly seven times larger than Afghanistan's annual gross national product.)

Said Tayeb Jawad has been named the inaugural Fisher Family Fellow to the Future of Diplomacy Project at Harvard Kennedy School (20101105). The fellowship for the Future of Diplomacy Project—headed by Kennedy School professor R. Nicholas Burns with a launch date of Nov. 15—will bring practitioners involved with international policy to Harvard to increase international affairs teaching on campus. During his one month residency, Jawad will participate in public speaking events on the future of Afghanistan as well as the Future of Diplomacy Project’s programming, which examines innovation in negotiation and diplomacy.

Tayeb Jawad and Dr. Habiba Sarabi have been appointed as advisors to the CEO Dr. Abdullah Abdullah.(20150122)

He is married to Shamim Jawad. They have a teenage son, Iman, who is a student at Tufts University.

He is fluent in Pashto, Dari, English, German and French languages.

Last Modified 2015-01-29
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