Wahidullah Waissi began his PhD as a part-time study at the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy of the Australian National University on February 2018. He holds a MA in Development Economics from Williams College in Massachusetts, United States.
Wahid is a diplomat, serving as an ambassador for Afghanistan to Australia since March 2017. In this position he is also accredited to New Zealand and Fiji.
Wahid’s professional work focuses on international economic development and diplomacy since 1998. At the Foreign Ministry he served as a Senior Advisor to the Minister on regional cooperation and later as a Director-General for Economic Cooperation for four years, where he was responsible to coordinate and promote regional mega projects from negotiation to its implementation phases, i.e. the TAPI Gas Pipeline, CASA1000 electricity project, Chabahar transit agreement between Afghanistan, Iran and India, and the Lapis Lazuli transport corridor connecting Afghanistan to Europe between Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey.
Wahid also worked as a Director and Formulation Manager for Afghanistan’s National Development Strategy and Afghanistan’s MDGs and SDGs from 2005 to 2014. He has been involved in coordination and organizing of 24 national and international conferences for Afghanistan between years 2004 to 2016 in Kabul, Berlin, Paris, Tokyo, Rome, London, Bonn, Brussels, New Delhi, Istanbul, Lisbon, Moscow and New York.
As part of diplomatic career, Wahid attended five UNGAs from 2012 to 2016; together with OECD worked on 2011 Busan High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness as a member of the Asia-Pacific Community of Practice; and participated at the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development as member of government delegation in 2012.
Diplomacy of Fragile States