Afghan Biographies

Ludin, Jawed Lodin Jawid

Name Ludin, Jawed Lodin Jawid
Ethnic backgr. Pashtun
Date of birth 1973
Function/Grade Executive Officer for Afghanistan & Central Asia at ANHAM
History and Biodata

2. Previous Functions of Jawed Ludin:
Spokesman of the President (2003),
President Hamid Karzai’s Chief of Staff (2005-2007),
Ambassador to Oslo, Norway, as Afghanistan’s envoy to the Nordic countries, accredited Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland (2007-2009),
Ambassador to Canada (20090306-20110326),
Deputy Minister Foreign Affairs for political Affairs MoFA (20110300-20130513)
Executive Officer for Afghanistan & Central Asia at ANHAM FZCO (20130514)

3. Biodata:
LudinJaved Ludin was born in Kabul on 16 March 1973. He grew up and went to school in Kabul. In 1990, he entered Kabul’s prestigious medical faculty where he studied general medicine until the summer of 1992 when the university was shut down due to the outbreak factional fighting in the country, followed by the Taliban’s oppressive regime in 1996.

Jawed Ludin resumed his studies when he went to exile in London, United Kingdom, in 1998, studying politics and sociology. In 2002, he earned a Master of Science degree in Political Theory from the University of London. He is currently a candidate for an LLM degree in Public International Law from the University of Oslo. Jawed Ludin’s work experience stretches back to his first job as an aid work in Pakistan in 1994 and covers a broad spectrum of humanitarian and development work, conflict resolution, management, media and public relations and politics.

He has worked for a number of international non-governmental organizations based in Afghanistan, Pakistan and the United Kingdom, including the Agency Coordinating Body for Afghan Relief (1994-1998), British Agencies Afghanistan Group (1999-2001) and British Overseas NGOs for Development (2001-2003). His roles have varied from provision of humanitarian aid to research, training, management and organizational development.

Ludin’s political career started in November 2001 when he took part in organisation of the United Nations-sponsored Bonn Conference that laid out the democratic framework for the post-Taliban Afghanistan. In early 2003, he returned to Afghanistan to take up his first political post as Presidential Spokesman and Director of Communications for President Hamid Karzai’s government. In that role, he set up a modern Communications Department within the Office of the President, and led a vigorous effort to bring the new government closer to the people through open and constructive engagement with free media.

In may 2005, he was appointed Chief of Staff of President Hamid Karzai, with responsibility for overall management of the President’s Office and its various organs, and remained in that post until his first Ambassadorial appointment in Norway in early 2007. Ludin has written existensively on Afghanistan, the region as well as on conflict and development issues, including co-authoring a book on conflict management strategies (Zed Books UK, 2002) and articles and commentary in international publications, notably the Guardian in the UK.

Ludin terminated his posting as Ambassador in Canada in March 2011 and returned to Kabul to be Deputy Minister Foreign Affairs MoFA also in March 2011.

Karim Khuram, the Chief of Staff of President Karzai’s Office and Jawid Ludin, the Political Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, accused each other of spying for Pakistan and the US, Al Jazeera reported.(20120321)

He has resigned as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs on 20130513 and recently stepped down to take up an executive position with ANHAM. Ludin has assured the Afghan President that his joining ANHAM is not to work against him.(20130622) Jawed Ludin is now the Executive Officer for Afghanistan & Central Asia at ANHAM FZCO - the company that replaces Supreme. ANHAM is a  Dubai-based firm that recently won a contract worth as much $8.1 billion to provide food supplies for U.S. troops. Many senior political figures that will play an important role in the Presideantial Election 2014 are believed to be on board with ANHAM as consultants.


Ludin is married to Zuhra Bahman and has two daughters, Annahita, 4, and Arianne, 2 (20110328).

He is fluent in Dari, Pashto and English, and also speaks some French and Hindi.

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