Raji, Azita - Kingdom of Sweden - May 2015


REPORT FOR THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS

UNITED STATES SENATE

SUBJECT: Ambassadorial Nomination: Certificate of
Demonstrated Competence -- Foreign Service
Act, Section 304(a)(4)

POST: Kingdom of Sweden

CANDIDATE: Azita Raji

Azita Raji is a philanthropist, community leader, and former international investment banker, who currently serves as an active Commissioner, Board Member, Advisor, Trustee and Director of numerous institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City. In these capacities, she is recognized for her strong leadership and management skills, consensus-building ability, innovative strategic thinking, and knowledge of international economics, finance, business, women’s issues, art and culture. Ms. Raji brings a savvy global perspective to the task of furthering bilateral relations with Sweden, an important U.S. regional partner in Europe and within the European Union.

Ms. Raji’s current affiliations are Commissioner, The President’s Commission on White House Fellowships since 2013; Trustee and Executive Committee Member, Barnard College, Columbia University since 2010; Founding Co-Chair and Advisory Board Member, Athena Center for Leadership Studies, Barnard College (2009-2013); Advisory Board, Columbia Business School Social Enterprise Program since 2011; Advisory Board, Economic Advisory Council at Center for American Progress since 2013; Commissioner, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery since 2014; Director, National Partnership for Women and Families since 2013; Member, Bretton Woods Committee since 2013 and Member, Institute for Chartered Financial Analysts since 1991. She previously served on the Obama for America National Finance Committee (2008-2012). In her earlier career on Wall Street, she was Vice-President, JP Morgan Securities, Inc., New York, New York, and Tokyo, Japan (1991-1994), Institutional Equity Sales, Brean Murray Foster Securities, New York, New York (1986-1987), Vice-President, Drexel Burnham Lambert, New York, New York (1984-1986) and Associate, The Consortium, New York, New York (1983-1984).

Ms. Raji earned a B.A. from Barnard College, Columbia University (Architecture and French) in 1983, an M.B.A. (Finance) from Columbia Business School in 1991, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. She speaks Farsi, French and Italian, and has limited knowledge of Japanese and Arabic.