Omar SAMAD is currently CEO of Silkroad Consulting LLC, based in Virginia, USA.
He is a lecturer on “Radicalism Within Islam, Drivers and Policy Options” with the Honors’ Program at the University of Maryland.
He resigned as Ambassador-designate to Belgium, the EU and NATO in April 2016.
Prior, he worked as Senior Advisor for Policy and Strategy to the Chief Executive of Afghanistan in Kabul (end of 2014-2016).
Previously, he was Senior Central Asia Fellow at New America Foundation (2013-14).
He was Senior Afghan Expert at the United States Institute of Peace (2012-2013), during which he conducted and published a survey of views and perceptions of Afghan political elites on the 2014 transition period in Afghanistan.
He served as Afghan Ambassador to France (2009-2011).
He served as Afghan Ambassador to Canada (2004-2009).
He was the spokesperson for the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2001-2004).
He earned a Master’s degree in International Relations from the Fletcher School (2006), and has a B.A. in Communications from the American University in Washington, DC (1991).
He attended schooling in Paris, London and Kabul (1966-79).
He has written numerous articles and Op-Eds, and is frequently interviewed by the international media on issues dealing with Afghanistan, the U.S./NATO mission, Islamic world and regional developments.