Director General gHARANAI kHWAKHUZHI
Gharanai Khwakhuzhi presently serves as Director General for Regional Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan covering multilateral and regional foreign policy interests of the country.
Prior to his appointment as the Director General, he served as the Deputy Director General for Regional Cooperation, First Secretary for EU and Political Affairs at the Afghanistan Mission in Brussels, Deputy Director General for Media Relations, Director of Media Monitoring and Archive and Communications Officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
At his capacity as the Director General, he covers Afghanistan’s representation in regional organizations such as SCO, ECO, SAARC, CICA and CSTO, as well as is the de facto Secretary General of the Heart of Asia – Istanbul Process. He is also the main focal point of Afghanistan for the Trilateral and Multilateral consultation platforms promoting regional connectivity and economic integration.
He holds a Master’s degree in European Political and Social Integration from Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), a Post Graduate degree in Political Science and Diplomacy from Institute of Diplomacy of the Afghan Foreign Ministry, and Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology and Communications from Preston University.
Gharanai Khwakhuzhi has also participated in different training programs at the German Foreign Office, Estonian School of Diplomacy, Clingendael Institute, and United States Institute of Peace.
He is a member of Global Diplomacy Lab, Bosch Alumni Network, Global Leadership Academy, and Red Cross Blood Donors community.