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Later, she did her MA in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School, Tufts University, with cross-registered course works at Harvard University, Boston, USA. She was also a fellow in the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, USA.
During her diplomatic career, Jahan served in various capacities at Bangladesh's Foreign Affairs Ministry as well as missions abroad including Bangladesh's Permanent Missions in New York and Geneva, and High Commission in New Delhi. She was Bangladesh's Ambassador to the Netherlands (2005–2007).
Prior to her appointment as Ambassador to the Netherlands, Jahan served as a Director General of the International Organisations, United Nations and Multilateral Economic Affairs Wings of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh.
She is married to Dr Johannes den Heijer, a national of the Netherlands and Professor of Arabic Language and Literature at the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium. Her marriage was the first time a Bangladeshi diplomat has married a non-Bangladeshi citizen.
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