Meet our Board of Directors
Hassina Sherjan, a consummated professional with over twenty years of thorough knowledge and experience in education, business, communication and journalism, is the Founder of Aid Afghanistan for Education.
She is the coauthor of “Toughing It Out in Afghanistan,” together with Michael O’Hanlon, published in February 2011. Hassina has published various op-eds in New York Times, Washington Post, Guardian, USA Today, and more. She is a Global Ambassador for the International Alliance for Women (TIAW), Ambassador for Women Entrepreneurship Day representing Afghanistan, Global Ambassador for NGO World Day, and received the International Alliance for Women World of Difference Award in 2012. Hassina serves as Chair of the Board of ACKU (Afghanistan Center at Kabul University). For her education, Hassina received a Master of Public Administration degree from Harvard Kennedy School and an Honorary Doctorate of Law degree from Queen’s University, Canada.
Wazhma Frogh, Founder & Director at the Research Institute for Women Peace & Security – Afghanistan, is a women’s rights activist who has dedicated herself to advancing the inclusion of women in Afghan society for more than 17 years. Ms. Frogh and her co-founder conceptualized RIWPS following their participation in Afghanistan’s Peace Loya Jirga in 2010. Recognizing that the voices and perspectives of women were largely missing from these conversations, they founded RIWPS to promote women’s inclusion in peacebuilding. Since then, Ms. Frogh has worked with women leaders from all over the country to ensure that women are utilized as resources for building peace at the local level and that they are meaningfully including in the country’s peace process.
Nazir Kabiri is Advisor to the Finance Minister of Afghanistan. He assumed office in December 2011. Mr. Kabiri advises the Minister in development and financial policies. Mr. Kabiri has been working in Afghanistan with NGOs and Government institutions since 2002. Prior to the Ministry of Finance, Mr. Kabiri worked with the aid and development section of the British Embassy (DFID) in Kabul. Mr. Kabiri holds a degree in Management from South Korea, a BA in Economics from Kabul University, and Master’s Degree in Development Economics from the US. He is frequently contacted by the media for information and comments on issues related to the Afghan economy. Mr. Kabiri speaks English, Arabic, Urdu/Hindi, Farsi, and Pashtu.
Jolyon Leslie, born in South Africa, is an architect who has worked on urban development programs and the preservation of the architectural heritage in Afghanistan since the 1980s.
Dr. Mohammed Davood Moradian, a Herat native, has served as an adviser to former President Hamid Karzai as a senior policy adviser to the Minister of Foreign Affairs. He is currently working as head of the strategic studies center under the Foreign Ministry in Kabul, Afghanistan. He has completed his undergraduate studies at the University of London in the fields of International Relations and International Law. He obtained his PhD degree from University of St. Andrews in Scotland, where he also taught International Relations. His thesis focused on a comparative study of the conception of punishment in the traditions of ancient Greece, Islam, and international criminal justice.
Fainula Rodriguez is a senior international expert in governance, access to justice, juman rights, gender equality emphasizing women and girl’s socioeconomic empowerment. She has worked in 26 countries in Asia and the Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, Canada, the United States, Europe and Australia, from centers of government to sub-national and community levels. As a well-known and respected international expert, Fainula has been providing technical assistance to the government of Afghanistan, both through direct advice and through her consultancies with a wide range of international organizations since 2002. Throughout her missions, she proactively sought out and provided pro bono expert advice in capacity-development to national NGOs, Kabul orphanages, and other civil society organizations, while mentoring young Afghan colleagues in career planning and professional development. Fainula’s enduring commitment to Afghanistan’s reconstruction and development has focused on culturally defined norms, values and practices, on local capacity for national ownership and execution of development assistance, and on raising awareness (through advocacy and technical support) within the international community of the centrality of Afghan children and youth to sustainable peace and development.
Sayed Jawad was born and educated in Helmand. He graduated from Kabul University’s school of engineering before continuing his professional studies in Italy. He was involved in UNESCO-managed restoration works in Herat during the 1970s before going into exile in Pakistan, where he worked with a number of international NGOs assisting Afghan refugees. Since 1988, he has been actively involved in NGO coordination, and continues to serve on the Board of ACBAR and ANCB. In 1990 Sayed Jawed established HAFO, which has undertaken a range of humanitarian and rehabilitation works across the country. Since 2012, Sayed Jawed has been mainly involved in conservation of historic monuments.