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Ambassador Shirin Tahir-Kheli is the first Asian-American and the first Muslim to represent the United States at the United Nations. In 2008, she was appointed by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to serve as her senior advisor for women’s empowerment. Newsweek, in 2011, named her one of the “150 Women Who Shake the World” for helping to “build bridges between the U.S. and Pakistan.” She holdsan M.A. and Ph.D. in international relations from the University of Pennsylvania and is currently a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins University.