Biography of Dr Hamdullah Mohib

Dr. Hamdullah Mohib

National Security Advisor

Dr. Hamdullah Mohib is an Afghan diplomat and a senior member of the Afghan government, who is currently serving as the National Security Advisor of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan since August 2018.

Since assuming that role, Dr. Mohib has introduced wholesale reforms in the security sector, focused primarily on improving inter-agency coordination among the Afghanistan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF), improving security leadership and command-and-control at all levels, as well as managing the budgetary and technical resources of the security sector to increase service delivery and prevent abuse and corruption. Taken together, these and other reforms have had a measurable effect on expanding the combat effectiveness of ANDSF on the battlefield and has bolstered the capabilities of the security sector.

From 2015-2018, Dr. Mohib completed a distinguished tenure as Afghanistan’s ambassador to the United States and a non-resident ambassador to Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Argentina, and Colombia. As an ambassador, he played a pivotal role in strengthening the U.S.-Afghanistan strategic relationship, focused on cementing and expanding the foundational partnership and shared interests between the two countries in various areas, including security cooperation, counterterrorism, economic development, anti-corruption, education and people-to-people engagements. He worked closely with the U.S. government entities in implementing the Trump administration’s Afghanistan/South Asia strategy that was announced in September 2017. As a leading voice in policy debates and discussions on Afghanistan, he played a crucial role in helping to redefine the country’s narrative to reflect the realities of a new Afghanistan as a young democracy on a path to peace and self-reliance.

Prior to that, he served as Deputy Chief of Staff to the President of Afghanistan.

Dr. Mohib received his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from Brunel University in the United Kingdom. He is fluent in English, Pashto, and Dari, with proficiency in Urdu/Hindi.