Biography of H.E. Wahidullah Waissi

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

Mr. Wahidullah Waissi (Born April 18, 1975) is the Ambassador of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to Australia. Mr. Waissi joins Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2012 as Senior Advisor on regional cooperation to the ministry. Later, he was appointed as Director-General for Economic Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (2012 to 2016). In this position he was overseeing regional economic cooperation and multilateral development partnerships, chairs Economic Diplomacy Committee, coordinates Regional Economic Cooperation Conference for Afghanistan and serves as Focal Point for economic Confidence Building Measures of Heart of Asia Istanbul Process. He previously worked as Senior Advisor for Ministers of Foreign Affairs & Finance; and later he worked as Director and Formulation Manager for Afghanistan National Development Strategy and Afghanistan's Millennium Development Goals.

Mr. Waissi was coordinating infrastructure project negotiation phases for TAPI, CASA-1000, TAT Railway, regional transit and transport agreements and projects and Dry Ports. He was lead-negotiator for Chabahar Transport and Transit Trilateral Agreement signed between Afghanistan, Iran and India, connecting South Asia with Central Asia, and Gulf region with Central Asia and Caucasus, the Chabahar port will considerably cut transportation costs and time. Mr. Waissi is also the lead negotiator for the Lapis Lazuli Transit Trade and Transport Corridor initiative, which aims to enhance connectivity between the countries of Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Turkey, thereby expanding economic and cultural links between Europe and Asia.

Mr. Waissi's professional work focuses on economic development since 1998. He has worked for many national and international non-governmental organizations, UN agencies, and government in Kabul and provinces. He has started his first government engagement in the field of aid management and budget policy. He has been responsible for most of the development partnership activities for Afghanistan since 2003 and has been directly involved in coordination and organizing of 22 national and international conferences for Afghanistan from 2004 to 2015 in Kabul, Berlin, Paris, Tokyo, Rome, London, Bonn, Brussels and in number of neighboring countries.

In June 2006, Mr. Waissi has been appointed as the Coordinator and Formulation Manager for the Interim-Afghanistan National Development Strategy (I-ANDS) at the Office of the Senior Economic Advisor to the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (Former President Hamid Karzai). The I-ANDS was served as the interim Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (I-PRSP) based on the World Bank development modules. The ANDS was a five-year national development plan outlined the government strategy for achieving its long-term development vision. It was based on the Afghanistan Millennium Development Goals and the benchmarks of the Afghanistan Compact. Both the MDGs and ANDS/PRSP meant to help the government and policy makers at the national and ministry levels to plan activities for reaching the priority development results required to address people’s priority needs. The I-ANDS/I-PRSP was presented at the International Donor Conference in London in 2006.

The Afghanistan National Development Strategy (ANDS), 2008-2013 served as Afghanistan’s Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) and used the pillars, principles and benchmarks of the Afghanistan Compact (2006) as a foundation. The ANDS document was instrumental for absorbing more foreign aid for the development process of Afghanistan and presented at the Paris Conference on Afghanistan in July 2008.

Mr. Waissi and his team at the Ministry of Finance have introduced the Results Based Management (RBM) mechanism into national budget of Afghanistan for the first time, between the years 2009 to 2011. The RBM later introduced as the Performance Budgeting and still continues as a budget policy tool for measuring results at the Ministry of Finance of Afghanistan.

Mr. Waissi has had a long-standing concern with environmentalism as a national and global issue. He has co-founded the Green Club in 2009 and a team of young Afghans on voluntary basis. He is the Chairman and co-founder of Green Club, Afghanistan on voluntary basis. The Green Club soon found its way to the heart and minds of youth activists focused its objectives to encourage environment protection and green knowledge by volunteerism, advocacy and awareness rising. In June 2012, Mr. Waissi participated at the Rio+20 United Nation Conference on Sustainable Development as member of the Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

Mr. Waissi is member of Afghanistan Policy Group (APG), which was focusing on regional peace and stability envisioning post 2014 with other policy groups of 10 member countries. APG is part of the network of policy groups in Afghanistan, Central Asia, India and Pakistan for a regional project entitled "Envisioning a Secure and Independent Afghanistan Post 2014, Perspectives and Strategies for Constructive Conflict Resolution from the Neighborhood".

Mr. Waissi is member of Asia-Pacific Community of Practice (APCoP) on Managing for Development Results. Through APCoP, he has participated as Afghan Government representative at the Third High Level Forum on Managing for Development Results in Hanoi, Vietnam. He was also supporting for preparation of Fourth High Level Forum on New Deal Aid Effectiveness, which was held in Busan in 2011.

Mr. Waissi was a fellow member and program coordinator (2012) of Afghanistan 21 Young Leaders Initiative is a non-partisan and non-political group of young Afghans who share common values and beliefs to address social, economic and political issues in Afghanistan. AYLI is being supported by Asia Society 21 Young Leaders program.

Mr. Wahidullah Waissi used to teach economic development at the University of Afghanistan and writes on development, region, geoeconomics and socio-development issues.

Mr. Waissi has studied in the United States and holds MA in Development Economics from Center for Development Economics of Williams College. He was one of the first Afghan students at the CDE.

Mr. Waissi is visiting scholar of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute of the SAIS/Johns Hopkins University in Washington DC, a fellowship program for raising regional leaders in government, commerce, and academia from Central Asia, Mongolia, the Caucasus and Afghanistan (CAMCA).

Mr. and Mrs. Waissi has a son and two daughters.