Alumna of The Initiative Appointed to UN Post

Adela Raz (Simmons College 2008 | Tufts Fletcher School 2010) Photo Credit: TOLO News

Adela Raz (Simmons College 2008 | Tufts Fletcher School 2010) Replaces Mahmoud Saikal as Afghanistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations

Kabul, Afghanistan - Monday, December 31, 2018 - The Initiative congratulates alumna Adela Raz (Simmons College 2008 | Tufts Fletcher School 2010), Deputy Foreign Minister of Afghanistan, who has been appointed as Afghanistan’s permanent representative to the United Nations, replacing the country’s currrent permanent representative, Mahmoud Saikal.

Ms. Raz received a Master’s Degree in Law and Diplomacy with a focus on Economic Development from Tufts University’s Fletcher School and a Bachelor of Arts with honors in International Relations, Political Science, and Economics from Simmons College through The Initiative’s education and leadership program. She has been an active alumna of the program assisting with recruitment, admissions, summer internship and permanent placement of current students.

She started her career with the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) identifying ways UNAMA’s Central Field Office could help the Ministry of Women Affairs and its regional offices adopting approaches about women participation in economic and social development. During that time she also helped run the Political Rights Verification Campaign of Afghanistan’s first presidential and parliamentary elections.

In 2013, Ms. Raz was appointed as a -first female- Deputy Spokesperson and Director of Communications for the President. She moved into a new position as the Chief of Staff at the Administrative Office of the President in November 2014, and in March 2016, she assumed her current post as the new Deputy Foreign Minister for Economic Cooperation.

Congratulations, Adela jan!

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