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Shirin Tahir-Kheli '61 Named Senior Advisor on Women's Empowerment

April 14, 2006

DELAWARE, OHIO—Dr. Shirin Tahir-Kheli, a 1961 graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, has recently been named, by Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, to the post of Senior Advisor on Women's Empowerment, working with the Office of the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. As reported by the U.S. Department of State, Tahir-Kheli will, in this role, focus on multifaceted outreach to the women of the Muslim world. Prior to her new position, she served as the Secretary's Senior Advisor on United Nations Reform, and from 2003-05, Tahir-Kheli was Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Democracy, Human Rights and International Operations at the National Security Council. She also was the founding director of the South Asia Program at the Foreign Policy Institute of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Tahir-Kheli also has served as head of the U.S. Delegation to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. (For more about her background, visit the U.S. Department of State. Tahir-Kheli earned her Master's and Ph.D. degrees in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania.

Quoted in an Ohio Wesleyan University alumni magazine story several years ago,
Tahir-Kheli spoke highly of OWU and about her gravitation toward public service.

"I was reared in the tradition of public service and the importance of giving something back to society," she said. Tahir-Kheli will again visit her alma mater in May, when she receives the Distinguished Achievement Citation during Alumni Weekend.