Biography of AMBASSADOR H.e. Humayoon Rasaw
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the Kingdom of Spain
and Permanent Representative to the United Nations World Tourism Organization
Humayoon Rasaw was appointed as Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to Madrid in November 2018. He presented his credentials to His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain on February 05, 2019.
Ambassador Rasaw was also appointed as the first Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), and presented his credentials to His Excellency Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili on February 23, 2019.
Prior to assuming office in Madrid, he served as Minister of Industry and Commerce in the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan from April 2014 - September 2018.
Ambassador Rasaw has spent most of his career in senior management and leadership positions with Government of Afghanistan as well as with several UN Agencies.
Previously, Ambassador Rasaw’s assignments in the Government of Afghanistan have included serving as Deputy Director General for Logistics and Supply at National Directorate General of Security (2013-2014), Deputy Minister of Education (2012-2013) and Deputy Chief of Staff at the Office of the President (2008-2011).
His 17 years of experience with the United Nations include serving as Head of UNIDO in Afghanistan, Head of Logistics CTS-WFP in Afghanistan, Capacity Development Specialist UNDP in South Sudan, Project Manager UNDP, and working in several other UN positions in Afghanistan and abroad.
Born on February 10, 1967, Ambassador Rasaw was raised in Kabul. He received a bachelor's degree in Natural Sciences from Kabul University in 1986, a master’s degree in Information Technology from Preston University in 1999, and another master’s degree in International Relations from Alfonso X el Sabio University in Madrid in 2019.
He speaks Farsi, Pashtu and English.