Rula (Bibi Gul) Ghani
First Lady of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
Born and raised in Lebanon, First Lady Rula Ghani holds a diploma from I’Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, France (1969), an MA in Political Studies from the American University of Beirut (1974), and an MS in Journalism from Columbia University in New York (1983).
She met her husband, President Ashraf Ghani, at the American University of Beirut, and the couple married in March 1975. They were blessed with two children, Mariam and Tarek.
Before returning to Kabul in 2002, Rula dedicated her time to the welfare of her family while holding a series of incidental jobs. She also volunteered at the World Bank Family Network, an organization attending to the needs of the families of World Bank Group staff.
Once back in Afghanistan, she took an interest in understanding the social challenges in Kabul and concentrated on helping Aschiana, a grassroots organization focusing on the needs of the disadvantaged children in the city.
After the election of her husband as President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in September 2014, she assumed the role of First Lady of Afghanistan. Together with a small team of colleagues, she is working to foster a positive environment in which every citizen of Afghanistan can achieve his/her potential and can take full part in the development of the country.