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Title: Event | Diverse Diplomacy Leaders Speaker Series with Zeinah Salahi

Date: Thursday, December 2
Time: 1:15PM – 2:15PM EDT

Join us for a conversation with Zeinah Salahi, USAID Mission Director for Kosovo. Ms. Salahi will share insights on her USAID career, and offer advice for a successful career in foreign policy.

The Diverse Diplomacy Leaders Speaker Series connects current and former career Civil and Foreign Service Officers with those considering or entering careers in foreign policy. This event is brought to you as part of an Una Chapman Cox Foundation project on American Diplomacy and the Foreign Service.

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This event will have live closed captioning.


Zeinah Salahi is the Mission Director for USAID/Kosovo. She joined the Kosovo mission in July 2019 as the Deputy Mission Director, before assuming her current role in July 2021. Prior to her arrival to Kosovo, Ms. Salahi served as Deputy Mission Director for USAID/Bangladesh, helping to formulate and implement the U.S. Government’s response to the Rohingya refugee crisis.

Ms. Salahi joined USAID in March 2009 as a Foreign Service Attorney, beginning her USAID tenure in the General Counsel’s Office in Washington, covering the Africa Bureau. She then served in Egypt during the Arab Spring, in South Sudan shortly after the country’s independence, and again in Egypt for a second tour as the senior Resident Legal Officer from April 2014 until June 2017.

Before joining USAID, Ms. Salahi worked for several years as a corporate associate in New York with the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP (2001-2004), and as a negotiations advisor for the Middle East peace process with Adam Smith International (2004-2009).

Ms. Salahi received her Bachelor’s degree in international relations from Boston University and a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School.