Wahidullah Waissi

Wahidullah Waissi is the Ambassador of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the Commonwealth of Australia. He previously served as Director-General for Economic Affairs at the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, overseeing regional economic cooperation and multilateral development partnerships including UN, WTO, New Silk Road, OBOR and regional connectivity. 

Waissi has represented Afghanistan’s position in the various diplomatic sessions in five United Nations General Assemblies in New York from 2012 to 2017.Waissi is the initiator and was the chief negotiator for the Chabahar transit and transport corridor agreement, signed last year between Afghanistan, Iran and India; and for the Lapis Lazuli transit and transport corridor connecting Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey. He was also engaged in Afghanistan's membership to the WTO in 2015.

Previously, he used to serve as a Senior Policy Adviser to the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Finance on regional economic cooperation. Waissi worked as Director and Formulation Manager of the Afghanistan’s National Development Strategy and Millennium Development Goals from 2005 to 2010 and Sustainable Development Goal promoter within Afghan government system from 2012 to 2014.

He is a member of the Afghanistan Policy Group focusing on conflict resolution through regional cooperation and a Co-founder and Chair of the Green Club. Waissi is fellow member of the Asia Society class of 2011, 21 Afghan Young Leader’s Initiative (AYLI).

Waissi holds MA in Development Economics from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts (2005). He is married and has three children and living in Canberra.