Dr. Hamdullah Mohib
Afghanistan’s National Security Advisor and Former Afghan Ambassador to the United States
Embassy of Afghanistan
Dr. Hamdullah Mohib has served as Afghanistan’s Ambassador to the United States from September 2015 to 2018. He also served as non-resident Ambassador to Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Argentina, and Columbia. During his tenure, Ambassador Mohib focused on redefining Afghanistan’s narrative in the United States to reflect the new realities of the country as a young democracy moving steadily on a path to prosperity and peace as a result of the social change and institutional development that has taken place over the past 16 years.
As Ambassador, he focused on highlighting the critical yet under-credited role of cultural and peace initiatives, women, and youth in re-creating Afghanistan. To this end, his priorities included engaging with the Afghan diaspora across the United States; elevating the efforts of Afghan women toward social, political, and economic development; engaging with active US military and veterans who have served in Afghanistan; and implementing a comprehensive cultural and public diplomacy initiative within US schools, universities, and local organizations.
In the summer of 2017, President Trump announced his administration’s policy for a renewed long-term engagement in Afghanistan, a result of months of intensive dialogue between Afghanistan and the United States. Moving forward, Ambassador Mohib focused on nurturing investment partnerships between the United States and Afghanistan, as well as on the shared security objectives of the two countries.
Before being appointed Ambassador to the United States, Dr. Hamdullah Mohib served as Deputy Chief of Staff to H.E. The President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. The role included oversight of the spokesperson’s office, the office of correspondence and diplomatic communications, protocol office, petitions office, and the Presidential Secretariat.
During his tenure at the Presidential Palace, his role involved liaising with governmental counterparts and drafting of bilateral and multilateral agreements. Dr. Mohib also engaged in the substantive preparation and implementation of official presidential visits to over a dozen countries as part of the administration’s strategy for geopolitical and economic integration. Dr. Mohib led the presidential negotiating team for several inter-government cooperation agreements and the formulation of Afghanistan’s national development “Realizing Self-Reliance” reform strategy.
Dr. Mohib has a PhD and Bachelor’s degree with honors from Brunel University in the United Kingdom. The university honored him with an award for social and cultural contributions to campus, and a research scholarship to pursue a Doctorate of Philosophy. Before joining the government, Dr. Mohib worked for the American University of Afghanistan and Intel Corporation.
Dr. Mohib has been an active leader in civil society among the global Afghan community. He founded the largest Afghan diaspora youth association in Europe, the Afghan Students Association of the UK. He also founded and served as Chairman of the Board for the Afghan Professionals Network (APN). As part of APN, he started a think-tank “Discourse Afghanistan”, and initiated community service programming to support special needs orphans in Kabul, and to recognize achievements of Afghan women.
Dr. Mohib is fluent in English, Pashto, and Dari, with proficiency in Urdu/Hindi. He is a published writer on Afghan politics, as well as on academic research.