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Our Leadership

Zohra Rasekh
Chair of the Board

Zohra Rasekh is one of the world’s leading spokeswomen for human right and gender equality. She is a former elected member of the United Nations Committee on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and a current candidate for the United Nations Human Rights Committee.

 

In her current position as the Director of Global Watch Group, Ms. Rasekh serves as a leader in the human rights and women empowerment movements, both locally and globally.

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Hassina Sherjan
Executive Director

Hassina Sherjan, a consummate professional with over 30 years of thorough knowledge and experience in education, business, communication, and journalism,
is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Aid Afghanistan For Education.

Hassina is a co-author of “Toughing It Out in Afghanistan,” published in February 2011, and has published various op-eds in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, USA Today, and more.
She is a member of the Board of Advisors at Samuel Hall, and a Global Ambassador for The International Alliance for Women (TIAW).

 

She received The International Alliance for Women World of Difference Award 2012 and is an
ambassador for Women Entrepreneurship Day representing Afghanistan, and a
Global Ambassador for NGO World Day.

Hassina received a Master of Public Administration degree from Harvard Kennedy School and received Honorary Doctor of Law degree from Queen’s University,
Canada.  She is a 2023 GlobalGiving Community
Voices fellow.

The Board

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Matthew Griffin
Board Member

Matthew “Griff” Griffin co-founded Combat Flip Flops in Kabul, Afghanistan. Griff specialized in developing solutions for companies growing business in “difficult” locations. A Graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point with a degree in Engineering Management.

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Alec Logan
Board Member

Worked as a finance manager, controller, CFO and CEO in the following sectors: residential and commercial construction, hospitality, foundry and engineered materials, tool manufacturing, non-profit, and education.

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Catherine M. Millett
Board Member

Dr. Catherine Millett is a senior research scientist and strategic advisor in the research division at ETS. She has led the Policy Evaluation and Research Center’s applied research projects and conducted policy research and program evaluations. Her current research focuses on the factors that lead to postsecondary readiness, access, success and completion for learners at various stages of transition from high school through graduate school. 

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Hilda Grigorian
Board Member

Dr. Hilda Grigorian has over 25 years of professional experience in private sector in the U.S.A and over 18 years of in International Development working in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Armenia. She has worked for USAID and other donor agencies for seven years in Afghanistan and contributed to education and women empowerment in several provinces.

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Elizabeth J. Weber
Board Member

Elizabeth J. “Betsy” Weber is a seasoned professional with extensive experience in the nonprofit and international development sectors. She joined the National Executive Service Corps (NESC) as its president in 2006, after serving as a volunteer leader for various nonprofit organizations in the US and overseas. At NESC, she oversaw a team of 23 staff and 175 volunteer consultants who provided management consulting services to nonprofit clients, helping them improve their board governance, strategic planning, and operational efficiency. 

Advisory Board

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Wallied Shirzoi
Foreign Policy Expert

Wallied Shirzoi is a foreign policy and higher education expert with significant experience working in the Middle East, Central and South Asia. He specializes in managing complex large-scale evidence-based programs in these geographic zones.  

 

Prior to this role, Mr. Shirzoi led the Middle East and North Africa portfolio at the Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) at Harvard University. During this time, he led evidence-based policy engagements with the Ministry of Labor and Social Development, and the Ministry of Education, respectively, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

We empower the impoverished with education as the key to unlocking their potential and achieving their dreams

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