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Board Members

HAMIDA ANDISHA

Mrs. J. Hamida Andisha is currently the chairwoman of the National Center for Dialogue and Progress (NCDP), a Kabul based nonprofit organization. She is a professional educator with years of experience in teaching English as a second language in and outside Afghanistan. She holds a Master’s degree in English and Cultural studies from India and a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration from The Bush School of Government and Public Service in Texas A&M University.

ABDUL AZIZ RAHMATY

Abdul Aziz Rahmaty joint NCDP as Executive Director in 2018. Prior to this, Mr. Rahmaty worked as a President of Political Science Club of American University of Afghanistan (AUAF). Where he organized and conducted various researches and different iconic talks such as; Peace Talks Series, Afghanistan Presidential Talks Series. Further, then that, he was leading and organizing significant events which include public speeches, debates by prominent figures, Scholars, political leaders, and international politicians.
Mr. Rahmaty is alumni of the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF), The areas of studies are international security, foreign policy, international relations, public policy, conflict resolution, and peace negations.

ABIDA OSMAN

Mrs. Abida Osman is leading women rights and civil service expert in Afghanistan. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the American University of Beirut.

PARWIZ KAWA

Mr. Parwiz Kawa is a Founding member and Executive Director of Hashte Subh Daily, the leading and largest independent newspaper in Afghanistan and winner of the International Press Freedom Prize from Reporters Without Borders in 2012. He has worked in local and national media outlets since 1998. Mr. Kawa currently also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Afghanistan New Generation Organization; an advisor and a member of the board of directors of Afghanistan Journalists’ Center; and a founding member of Afghanistan Analysis and Awareness (A3), a Kabul-based civil movement and think-tank. Mr. Kawa holds a BA in Education from Baghlan Teacher Training Center and a BA in Law and Political Science from Kabul University. Mr. Kawa pursues his masters in Peace, Development, Security, and International Conflict Transformation at Innsbruck University, Austria. He is also a poet and novelist and has published two collections of his poetry: “A Night from Exile” and “Two Guns, Two Stones.”

Metra Mehran

Policy Consultant, Women Empowerment & Education Advocate, Fulbright Fellow

SHOAIB RAHIM

Shoaib Rahim has served in the Afghanistan government in various capacities over the years. From Senior Advisor to Minister of Defense to Deputy Chief of Finance at MOD between 2013 to 2017. He then shifted to the urban sector at the end of 2017 by becoming Deputy Mayor of Kabul and served as Acting Mayor of Kabul as well for four months. He has a Masters in Engineering Management from Duke University and Bachelors in Electronics Engineering from Malaysia. He founded and coached the English Debate Team at American University of Afghanistan. He was a contributing author in the book ” Millennials Speak. Essays on the 21st Century” published in 2013. He regularly attends public talks and panels on issues of national importance.
 

MAISAM WAHIDI

S. Maisam Wahidi’s regional expertise includes South Asia and Middle East, in particular issues related to Afghanistan and Iran. His research concentrates on regional security, cooperative security, and nexus between different internal and external actors shaping states behaviors within international system. Thematically, he studies on governance and state building in post-conflict states, international and regional cooperation, foreign policy, peace, and political Islam.
S. Maisam Wahidi studied in Tehran, Seoul, and Boston. He holds a Bachelor’s degree of Law (LLB) from Tehran University, Iran and Master’s degree in International Studies from Yonsei University, South Korea. He was also a visiting fellow at the Ash Centre, Kennedy School Harvard University in 2013 and a grant recipient of the Central Asia and Caucuses Initiative from the Open Society Foundation.
Mr. Wahidi also served at the Afghanistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and worked as senior research analyst at the Centre for Conflict and Peace Studies (CAPS), an Afghan owned think tank based in Afghanistan. He was also an N.G.O. practitioner and a consultant with the UN and international organizations working on governance, strategic advocacy, political participation, election, gender, peace and reconciliation.
Languages: English, German, Farsi (Dari), Pashto, Arabic and basic Korean