Sayed Zafar Hashemi is the Political Counselor at the Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington, D.C., where he manages the embassy’s relations with the U.S. Congress. Prior to this, he was deputy (and acting) spokesman for the president of Afghanistan, managing and coordinating communication between the presidential palace and government with local and international media. Previously, Hashemi worked for the Afghanistan service of Voice of America, reporting on Afghan, American, and world affairs for radio, television and the web — in both Farsi and English. He managed public affairs and communications at the Afghanistan Stabilization Program under the Afghan Interior Ministry, and a UNDP-funded project to on democracy, rule of law, elections, and civic participation in post-9/11 Afghanistan.

Hashemi holds a bachelor’s in political science and journalism from the University of Maryland University College and a master’s in public management from Johns Hopkins University. He is Fellow at the Rumsfeld Foundation, Asia Society’s Young Leader Fellow and a TEDx Speaker.