Shamim Jawad

Shamim Jawad

Shamim Jawad has a rich background working in the private and public sectors. She has over 18 years of experience as a seasoned financial consultant, an accomplished fundraiser and a diligent human rights activist. She started her career with TIAA-CREF in New York City and eventually moved to the San Francisco office where she worked her way up as a Financial Consultant serving prominent academic institutions and high net value individuals.  She has proven ability to sale and delivers products and services, formulate marketing strategies, and build and maintain networks of loyal clients.  She moved to Washington, DC in October of 2003 to support her husband as the newly appointed Ambassador to the United States.  During her 7 years of diplomatic exposure and extensive experience, she established a very high profile in the social circles of Washington and built a solid network of influential local and international friends.

She is the Founder and President of Ayenda Foundation, a small non-profit that provide educational programs for children in Afghanistan. She is a diligent advocate for access to quality education for children and economic empowerment for women. Shamim’s national and international board membership and affiliations include prestigious women’s organizations in Washington, DC such as International Women’s Forum (IWF), The Council on Women’s Leadership at the Meridian International Center, International Neighbor’s Club, Capital Speaker’s Club; as well as the U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council, established by the President and Mrs. Bush. More globally, she serves on the Board of Trustees of the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).

Shamim studied at Golden Gate University in San Francisco, where she received a bachelor’s degree in Human Relations and completed fellowship programs at the Harvard University, as the International Women’s Forum Leadership Foundation Fellow, as well as the University of Cambridge, England. In her spare time Shamim enjoys spinning, running and practicing yoga.