|Naela Chohan, Pakistan Civil Service, 1982|
|Pakistan Ambassador to Australia|
29th October, 2014 – Current
|Pakistan Ambassador to Argentina|
26th August, 2009 – 29th April, 2013
6 May 1958 |
|Spouse(s)||Musa Javed Chohan|
|Children||Usman W. Chohan, Ibrahim A. Chohan|
|Alma mater||Harvard, Centre d'Etudes Diplomatiques et Stratégiques, Quaid-e-Azam University, École du Louvre, École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts|
|Occupation||Pakistani Ambassador, Feminist Artist|
Naela Chohan (Urdu: نائلہ چوہان, alternative spelling Naila Chohan) (born 6 May 1958 in Rawalpindi, Pakistan) is a Pakistani diplomat and feminist artist. She is also committed to the prohibition of global Chemical Weapons, being the first civilian and woman to head the National Authority on the Implementation of the Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical weapons in Pakistan. She is an alumnus of Quaid-e-Azam University and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
As a seasoned and veteran diplomat, Naela Chohan has headed or served eight different Pakistani diplomatic missions on five different continents. Naela Chohan is the current Ambassador of Pakistan to Australia, where she has laid emphasis on bolstering bilateral ties, therein prioritizing the enhancement of trade, business, educational and economic relations. She has previously served as Pakistan's Secretary for the Middle East and Africa, prior to which she was the Ambassador of Pakistan to Argentina, Uruguay, Peru and Ecuador, where she has been a vocal proponent of stronger ties between Pakistan and Latin America.
Canada's Embassy Magazine in January, 2008 described her by saying that "though slight in stature and soft in speech, Naela Chohan accounts for 50 per cent of the Pakistani foreign service's most potent power couple."
Naela Chohan holds a Masters Degree in International Relations from Quaid-e-Azam University, and a PhD session certificate in International Relations from Centre d'Etudes Diplomatiques et Stratégiques in Paris. She also received training at École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts and the École du Louvre in Paris. Naela Chohan also undertook the Executive Development Program (EDP) from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Naela Chohan is the current Ambassador of Pakistan to Australia, where she has laid emphasis on bolstering bilateral ties, therein prioritizing the enhancement of trade, business, educational and economic relations.She assumed this office on October 29th, 2014 at Government House, Canberra.
As a seasoned and veteran diplomat of Pakistan, Naela Chohan has completed nine different diplomatic missions on five different continents. Naela Chohan's diplomatic assignments have included Additional Secretary (AS) Middle East and Africa, the High Commission of Pakistan in Ottawa, the Pakistan delegation to United Nations General Assembly 41st (1987) Session and 42nd (1988) Session, and the Embassy of Pakistan in Tehran (1989–1993), and Kuala Lumpur (1997–2001). She is currently serving as the Ambassador of Pakistan to Argentina, Uruguay, Peru and Ecuador.
Naela Chohan is also committed to the prohibition of global Chemical Weapons, being the first civilian and woman to head the National Authority on the Implementation of the Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical weapons in Pakistan.
In addition to her service as a career diplomat, she has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Overseas Employment Corporation of Pakistan and the Inter State Gas System Limited (Pvt); and a member of the Central Board of Film Censors(CBFC). She was also unanimously elected Chairperson of the Asia Pacific Development Center (APDC), Kuala Lumpur (1998–2000).
Ambassador Chohan has been designated a Profesora Visitante at the School of Oriental Studies (Escuela de los Estudios Orientales) at the Universidad del Salvador.
In April, 2014, Naela Chohan assumed the position of Acting Foreign Secretary (A-FS) at the Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, thereby becoming the first female Foreign Service Officer to hold this office. She subsequently reassumed this office in July, 2014.
The Ecuadorian Investigation
In April 2011, The Pakistani embassy in Argentina unearthed a plan allegedly prepared by the United States and some other countries to arrest Pakistani immigrants and transfer them to the US. In a report submitted to the government, Pakistan’s Ambassador to Argentina Naila Chohan said that it seemed to be an effort to malign Pakistanis. According to the investigation carried out by the Embassy, the arrested Pakistanis were legal settlers living in Ecuador for decades. The investigation found that the arrested Pakistanis were maltreated, beaten and forced to sign some documents, agreeing to “voluntarily return” to their country. In her report, the Pakistani ambassador referred to a meeting with US Ambassador to Argentina and Special Agent of the Homeland at which she raised the issue of 32 Pakistanis detained during a joint operation conducted by the US government and Ecuador.
She is married to Musa Javed Chohan, and has two children, Usman W. Chohan and Ibrahim A. Chohan.
Chohan, Naela. Implementation: Asia – The National Authority of Pakistan. Chemical Disarmament Quarterly, Volume 5, No. 3, September 2007. 
Observer Status with ALADI
The Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Naela Chohan joined on 19 May, as observer, the Committee of Representatives of the Latin American Integration Association, ALADI. Pakistan, after China (1994), Korea (2004) and Japan (2004), is the fourth Asian country to be incorporated as an observer to the ALADI. Ambassador Carmen Pérez Zilia Mason, in his capacity as Chairperson of the Committee of Representatives, welcomed the arrival of Ambassador Chohan, while stressing a "strong interest in issues of integration and the important role [Pakistan] plays in these Latin American countries." In another passage of his speech, Ambassador Perez Mason expressed confidence that "through her presence in our Association as an observer, the Representative of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, ALADI would foster closer relations with [Pakistan] and the rest the of the Asian continent."
- MEETING OF THE STATES PARTIES TO THE CONVENTION ON THE PROHIBITION OF THE DEVELOPMENT, PRODUCTION AND STOCKPILING OF BACTERIOLOGICAL (BIOLOGICAL) AND TOXIN WEAPONS AND ON THEIR DESTRUCTION, Page 11 
- Roundable at the Institute for Regional Studies, Pakistan
- Naela Chohan for Enhancing Ties with Latin American Countries
- Visión Siete Interview #1 Naela Chohan Interview (Spanish)
- La Embajadora de Pakistán dio una conferencia en la USAL
- Dawn Article – 5 May 2011 Plan unearthed to arrest, transfer immigrants to US 
- States Times Article – 5 May 2011 Plan unearthed to arrest, transfer immigrants to US 
- Pakistan Daily Times Article – 5 May 2011 Plan unearthed to arrest, transfer immigrants to US 
- Press Release from the Latin American Integration Association
- Press Release from the Latin American Integration Association
- Speech of the Chairperson of the Committee of Representatives of the Latin American Integration Association, Carmen Perez Zilia Mason 
- Speech of the Secretary General of the Latin American Integration Association, Oscar Quina 
- Perfil - Los Embajadores Interview with Her Excellency Naela Chohan (English)
- Visión Siete Interview #1 Argentina Channel Vision 7 (Spanish)
- Visión Siete Interview #2 Argentina Channel Vision 7 (Spanish)
- Pakistan - Un Abanico Musical Argentina Channel Vision 7 - Program El Calamo (Spanish)
- CTV Interview Defending Pakistan's position in the wake of the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
- Argentine Public Television - El Cálamo y su Mensaje Interview with Naela Chohan (5:45) (Spanish)
- La Embajadora de Pakistán disertó sobre “Pakistán y Puentes de Cooperación con Argentina” Conferencia Permanente de los Partidos Políticos de América Latina y el Caribe
- Pakistan urged for strong ties with Latin American states Roundtable at the Institute for Regional Studies, Pakistan.
- Impulso Cultural en la Celebraciòn de los 61 años de confraternidad argentino-pakistanì Naela Chohan's Speech [Spanish]
- Sada-e-Watan, Pakistani-Australian Newspaper Naela Chohan and Community Engagement in Australia
- Agasajo en la Embajada de Pakistán Naela Chohan at the VII Festival de Poesía, Buenos Aires.
- Diplomats to Watch Out For Embassy Magazine Review
- Galeria Borges Interview with Borges Gallery of Argentina
- Afghan Envoy Reassures – Pakistan's Fight Ottawa Citizen Interview with Naela Chohan
- Plan Unearthed to Arrest, Transfer Immigrants to U.S. Naela Chohan's Investigation into Ecuadorean-American Controversy
- La Embajada de Pakistán, Concierto de sitar Naela Chohan's speech on Pakistani Musica (Spanish)
- Los Embajadores Interview with Naela Chohan on Perfil.com (2010)
- Los Embajadores Interview with Naela Chohan on Perfil.com (2009)
- Li, Argentine Women's Magazine Exclusive biography of Naela Chohan. (Pages 10–15, requires Adobe, Spanish Language)
- Embajadora Naela Chohan, y la Pta. de A.C.A.D. Raquel Deluca M. Interview with Raquel Deluca of Amigos A.C.A.D.
- Pakistán – Sinfonía de sonidos y colores Article in A.C.A.D.
- Naela Chohan for Enhancing Ties with Latin American Countries Article The News Pakistan.
- La Embajadora de Pakistán dio una conferencia en la USAL Naela Chohan is a visiting professor at the University of Salvador (Spanish)
- Macri junto a la embajadora de Pakistán Political Section of Buenos Aires Municipality
- Argentine/Pakistan Textile Trade International Herald Tribune article on Naela Chohan
- Diplomatic Insight - Interview with Naela Chohan
- Ministerio de Gobierno de Buenos Aires
- Antonio Bonfatti recibió a la embajadora de la República Islámica de Pakistán, Naela Chohan Agencia Fe de Santa Fe (Spanish)
- Pakistan should adopt strategic approach to grow exports Islamabad Chamber of Commerce News Release
- Presenting Naela Chohan Blog Article - Mehreen Kasana
- Troubled PHF finds upport from Argentina envoy Pakistan Hockey Federation Article
- Acercando Naciones en el Dia de Paquistán Interview, March 2010.
- Ottawa won't lift ban on arms – Globe and Mail Article
- Pakistani Diplomat Takes Center Stage Naela Chohan's Art Exhibition in Ottawa.
- Naela Chohan – Ambassador of Pakistan Interview with Silvina Orfali (Spanish)
- Lifschitz recibió a la Embajadora de Pakistán en Argentina, Naela Chohan Article by the Municipality of Rosario. (Spanish)
- Argentina proposes twinning of Punjab-Salta provinces: Pak ambassador Bilateral Cooperation between Punjab and Salta provinces.
- UNESCO Siège Naela Chohan's Art Exhibition
- Associated Press of Pakistan Statement on Indo-Pakistan cooperation in the wake of the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
- Naela Chohan, Director General Disarmament Meeting of the States Parties to the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological and Toxin Weapons and on their Destruction.
- The News International Pakistan, India should cooperate to fight terrorism
- In the City of Borges - Kishwar Naheed Article commending Naela Chohan in Jang Newspaper (Urdu).
- Pak Ambassador praises conduct of team in Argentina Letter by Ambassador Chohan.
- Buscan afianzar lazos con Pakistán Talk on Radio Cataratas (Spanish)
- Naela Chohan and Syed Muhammad Akbar Article by Acercando Naciones
- Pakistán celebró su día nacional en Buenos Aires con un show cultural de trajes típicos Agencia Islamica de Notas (Spanish)
- Cariglino receives the Ambassador of Pakistan in Malvinas Argentinas Zona Norte, Diario Online (Spanish)
- Tres Mujeres Blog Article on Powerful Women in Pakistan (Spanish)
- Diplomatic Insight Interview with Mrs. Naela Chohan
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