Building Peace and Connectivity through Research and Dialogue

Ambassador Janan Mosazai

Born in 1980 in Kabul, Janan Mosazai is a former Afghan diplomat who left government service in 2018 to join the private sector. He is Co-Founder and Vice President of the Heart of Asia Society. Janan Mosazai was ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the People’s Republic of China (2016–2018) and to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan (January 2014–2016). Prior to his ambassadorial postings, Janan Mosazai served as Spokesman and Director General of Communications at the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan in Kabul.
For several years, Ambassador Mosazai served as a freelance journalist and civil society activist based in Kabul. Janan Mosazai was a researcher and producer with BBC World TV for a year before and after the tumultuous events that followed the attacks of 11 September 2001 in the U.S. in both Pakistan and Afghanistan (2001-2002). He also worked with the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) focusing mainly on political affairs and human rights issues (2002-2005).
Ambassador Mosazai studied medicine at Kabul Medical University and international relations at the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. He holds a Master of Journalism (MJ) degree from the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.