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Ambassador Roya Rahmani, former Ambassador of Afghanistan to the U.S., joins us to celebrate International Women’s Day at the University of Saint Joseph. Ambassador Rahmani will discuss women’s rights in Afghanistan and her role as a changemaker. In conversation with CTWAC CEO Megan Torrey.

This important event represents an ongoing collaboration between the Women’s Leadership Center at the University of Saint Joseph and the World Affairs Council of Connecticut.


The Details:

When: Tuesday, March 5th | 5:00 PM-7:00PM

Where: Hoffman Auditorium, University of Saint Joseph

Tickets: Free, RSVP required | Reserve your seat


About the speaker:

Ambassador Roya Rahmani | Former Ambassador of Afghanistan to the U.S. | Chair of Delphos International Ltd

Ambassador Rahmani is Chair of Delphos International, where she plays a pivotal role in expanding the firm’s business networks, enhancing its global reach, and amplifying its impact. She also serves as a Senior Advisor with the South Asia practice at Atlantic Council, and a Senior Fellow for International Security at the New America Foundation.

Amb. Rahmani is a former diplomat with nearly two decades of experience working with governments, nongovernmental organizations, and multilateral institutions. She holds the distinction of being the first woman to serve as the Afghan Ambassador to the United States and to Indonesia. She also held the position of the first Director General for Regional Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan. Her outstanding leadership has earned international recognition, with features in esteemed media outlets. In 2017, Indonesia Tatler honored her with the title of “People’s Ambassador,” and in 2019, she was recognized on Time Magazine’s “100 Next List” for her exceptional leadership skills.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in software engineering from McGill University and a master’s degree in public administration and international law from Columbia University.


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Ambassador Oksana Markarova joins us again this International Women’s Day to share with us how the war in Ukraine is impacting its people and human rights globally. In conversation with CTWAC CEO Megan Torrey.

This important event represents an ongoing collaboration between the Women’s Leadership Center at the University of Saint Joseph and the World Affairs Council of Connecticut.


The Details:

When: Friday, March 8th | 11:30 AM

Where: Virtual | Zoom Webinar

Tickets: Free | RSVP for zoom link required


About the Ambassador:

Oksana Markarova | Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the United States

Oksana Markarova was appointed the Ukraine’s Ambassador to the USA and arrived in DC on Apr 20, 2021. She served in Ukraine’s Ministry of Finance in 2015-2020 as First deputy Minister and Government commissioner on investments and then since 2018 as a Minister of Finance. During her time at the Ministry she was a co-author of Ukraine’s macroeconomic revival program, has conducted unprecedented fiscal consolidation leading to deficit to GDP of 2% and debt to GDP reduction to below 50%, introduced midterm budgeting, gender oriented budgeting as well as negotiated, structured and coordinated successfully two IMF programs and other IFI cooperation programs. During her tenure she and her team has also created UkraineInvest government promotion agency, Ukrainian Startup fund and an eData ecosystem of government public finance portals including spending.gov.ua, openbudget.gov.ua and analytical instrument BOOST, which opened the majority of the public finance data to the public and increased Ukraine in all major international data transparency ratings.

Prior to career in public service Mrs. Markarova spent 17 years working in private equity and financial advisory having leadership roles in ITT investment group, Western NIS Enterprise Fund, Chemonics and and World bank, as well as founded Archidata startup electronic archive company in between service positions in 2020.

Oksana Markarova serves at the Boards of UkraineHouse DC foundation in Washington DC, Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Ukrainian Development Foundation and supports Ukrainian Catholic University and Ukrainian Press Museum-Archive.

She holds BS and MS degrees in Environmental Science from Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in Ukraine and MPA in public finance from Indiana University with academic excellency and best international student awards.

By the Decree of the President of Ukraine No. 370/2023, dated July 5, 2023, Oksana Markarova was appointed as Ambassador of Ukraine with concurrent accreditation to Antigua and Barbuda.

Markarova is married with four children and grandson.


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