Afghan Biographies

Ghafoorzai, Yusuf

Name Ghafoorzai, Yusuf
Ethnic backgr. Pashtun
Date of birth 1977
Function/Grade Ex Ambassador to Norway Oslo
History and Biodata

1. Former Ambassador to Norway, Oslo:
Mohammad Yahya Maroofi was appointed as first Afghan ambassador to Norway by President Hamid Karzai in 2004. Officially accredited to the court of Norway on October 6th, 2004. Mr. Maroofi served as ambassador to Norway and non-resident envoy to Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland until 20070500.
Jawed Ludin (2007 - 2009)
Manizha Bakhtari (20091105-20151120)
Mrs. Shukria Barakzai (20151121, 20160211, 20190410)
Yusuf Ghafoorzai (20190529)

Staff as of 20200407:

Zabihullah Haidary 


Farhad Hedayat
First Secretary

Zahir Mohammad 
Second Scretary


Bashir Ahmad Nayel
Third Secretary


Executive Secretary / PA

Mrs. Jamila Bahadur
Consular Section (Attestations, Tazkiras & ID Certificates)

Consular Section (Passport)


Consular Section (Visa)


Media and Public Relations         

Reception & Inquiries (Mon-Fri, 9am to 1pm)

Embassy Staff as of 20190410:
Farhad Hedayat, Frist Secretary, Admin
Mrs. Nooria Mehdi, Second Secretary
Bashir Ahmad Nayel, Third Secretary

Local Staff:
Arif Sahil Executive Secretary / PA
Mrs. Joumana Hdaib Executive Secretary / PA
Mrs. Jamila Bahadur, Consular Section (Attestations, Taskiras, ID Certificates)

2. Previous Function:
Counsellor Afghan permanent Mission to the UN (20080300, 20120327, 20130326, 20171103)
Ambassador to Norway (201900529)

3. Biodata:
Youssof Ghafoorzai was born 1977 in Afghanistan. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Government from the Queens College of the City University of New York (CUNY) with an emphasis in International Relations and a minor in History. He is a career diplomat with extensive expertise in international peace and security, post-conflict stabilization, and multilateral institutions. He spent a significant part of his 15 year long career as member of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

He had also served as Senior Adviser on International Affairs to the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Working at a time characterized by Afghanistan’s reconstruction and democratic transition, Ghafoorzai has represented Afghanistan at various regional and international conferences on peace and stability in Afghanistan and its wider region.

He speaks Pashtu and English.

Last Modified 2022-03-14
Established 2019-05-29