H.E. Idrees Zaman (1974) assumed office as the Acting Foreign Minister in late October 2019, while having served as the Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs since October 2018.
Idrees Zaman is a political expert, researcher and regional and international affairs commentator with over 20 years of organizational management and research experience.
Prior to his position as Deputy Foreign Minister, he was the CEO of Afghanistan’s first and largest peace-building and conflict resolution organization, Cooperation for Peace and Unity (CPAU).
Over the years, Mr.Zaman expanded the CPAU’s organization focus, to cover new areas, including Media and Peace Journalism as well as broadened focus on Counter Violent Extremism (CVE) in view to help formulate Afghanistan’s National CVE Strategy for the Office of the National Security Council.
Mr.Zaman was also a co-chair of Afghanistan’s CVE Working Group/Resolve Hub.
He is the author of a number of qualitative research papers, including studies on drivers of radicalization, insurgency, drivers of violent extremism, drivers of reintegration, and the civilian-military relationship.
Zaman served as a key member of the Afghan Civil Society’s Joint Working Group. He is also a founding member of a consortium of Peace Building and Research Organizations called SALAH.
He is married and is the father of two daughters