Khorshied Samad is senior media relations officer at the RAND Corporation. She works with journalists to ensure public awareness and understanding of RAND's work. Particular areas of focus include defense and international affairs, homeland security, cyber security, economic development, and women's issues.
Samad was previously (2012–2014) director of external affairs communications for The Nature Conservancy in Arlington, VA, where she helped raise the organization's profile among government agencies, foundations, and multilateral organizations.
Samad worked for 10 years in France, Canada, and Afghanistan. In Paris and Ottawa, she developed and supervised the media and public affairs departments at the Embassies of Afghanistan (2004–2011). In Paris, she also worked for UNESCO on women's empowerment and youth leadership projects in post-conflict and post-disaster settings. In Canada, she helped establish a communications scholarship at the University of Ottawa for Afghan students interested in a career in journalism or communications.
As a journalist, Samad was correspondent and Kabul bureau chief for Fox News in Afghanistan (2002–2004) and worked for ABC News in Kabul and New York (2001–2002).
Samad holds an M.A. in communications with a media studies concentration from the University of Ottawa, Canada, and a B.A. in world arts and cultures from the University of California, Los Angeles.