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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.
Coauthor of “Toughing It Out in Afghanistan”, published Feb 2011. Published various op-eds in NY Times, Washington Post, Guardian, USA Today and more.
Global Ambassador for the International Alliance for Women (TIAW). Received The International Alliance for Women World of Difference Award 2012. Ambassador for Women Entrepreneurship Day representing Afghanistan. Global Ambassador for NGO World Day.
Chair of the Board of ACKU (Afghanistan Center at Kabul University).
Received 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. In this role his principal responsibilities include building and maintaining constructive relationship with the Cabinet, Parliament, donor community, partner ministers and the private sector, to ensure that the Ministry sets and achieves appropriate objectives for increased budget execution, and revenue collection. 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

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 1980’s.





Mahbooba Seraj

Mahbooba Seraj was born in Kabul, Afghanistan. She graduated from Malalai High School for Girls and Kabul University, and is now working on her master’s degree online.  After 26 years in exile, she returned to her beloved Afghanistan at the end of 2003, and has been working with the women and children of Afghanistan ever since.  She is named the Voice of Voiceless Women of Afghanistan.  She has been a tireless advocate for women’s human right, right to education, health and access to justice.



Dr. Mohammad Davood

Dr. Mohammed Davood Moradian, a Herat native, has served as an adviser to former President Hamid Karzai as a senior policy advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs. He is currently working as head of the strategic studies centre 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 Ph.D. 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, Human Rights, Gender Equality emphasizing Women and Girl’s socio-economic 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, the 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

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.


Nancy Hatch Dupree

Nancy Hatch Dupree: President of Dupree Foundation and Director of the Afghan Centre at Kabul University.








The Honorable Professor David Hirschmann: Chairman, Director of International Development Program, School of International Service, American University.







The Honorable Dean Louis W. Goodman

The Honorable Dean Louis W. Goodman: Professor and former Dean for the School of International Service, American University.







Professor Clovis Maksoud

The Honorable Professor Clovis Maksoud: Director for Center for Global South, American University.