2014 Edition

Mariam Atash
"Rebranding A Nation"

Mariam is an attorney and social entrepreneur with experience in the legal, business, government relations, media and nonprofit sectors. She is graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center, where she served on the editorial board of Law and Policy in International Business. She graduated from the Honor’s Program at George Mason University (B.A, International Studies).
She has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at The University of La Verne.

Sanzar Kakar
"Why Afghanistan Needs An Exchange Now"

Sanzar is the Chairman of Afghanistan Holding Group. He has previously served as the Executive Adviser to the Attorney General of Afghanistan, Economics Adviser for the Afghanistan Investment Climate Facility, Investment Associate for Acap Partners & Technology Analyst for Merrill Lynch. He holds a BSE in Computer Science Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from Warwick Business School.

Tarique Qayumi
"Healing Through Storytelling"

Tarique was born in Kabul. His family immigrated to Canada as refugees.
He Graduated from the University of British Columbia with a dual honours in Creative Writing and Philosophy. He received his Master’s in Fine Arts from UCLA School of Theatre, Film, and Television. His first feature film entitled “Targeting” premired in competition at the Dances With Films Festival in Hollywood. “I believe strongly in the concept of healing through story-telling.

Malek Mohammad
"Growing up in Afghanistan: Land mines, Swimming & other Adventures"

Malek is an Afghan Paralympian Swimmer. Malek was gathering firewood to heat his family home when he stumbled across a landmine. Malek was 11 when he lost his legs. He was then taken to the US to receive further treatment and prosthetics, where he also learned swimming.
His adversity, he said, has become his strength: “ I try not to think about what I have lost, but what i have gained.”

Moh. Sediq Rashid
"The Never Ending Wars"

It was mid 1989 when Sediq joined the humanitarian mine action program for Afghanistan. He started as an instructor, and was then promoted to team leader for identifying, marking and recording landmines and explosive remnants. Sediq is now the director of Mine Action Coordination Center of Afghanistan. Sediq obtained a Master’s Degree in Resilience from Cranfield University.

Farshid Ghyasi
"Life of An Afghan Tech Entrepreneur"

Farshid is the Founder & CEO of Netlinks Ltd, a leading software development and services company in Afghanistan. He has a bachelor’s degress in Information Systems Management, from International Islamic University Malaysia, and a Master’s degress in E-Business Management from the International University of Japan.

Nabila Moradi
"Women In The Afghan Legal Sector"

Nabila is organizational Development Specialist of Counterpart International in Afghanistan. She holds a Masters of Law (LL.M) in Democratic Governance and Rule of Law from Ohio Northern University and completed her LL.B in Law and Political Science in Kabul University. Nabila is also a member of American Bar Association (ABA).

Hakim Young
"Let's End Wars"

Dr.Hakim is a medical doctor from Singapore who has done humanitarian and social enterprise work in Afghanistan for the past 10 years. Including being a friend and mentor for the Afghan Peace Volunteers, an inter-ethnic group of young Afghans dedicated to building non-violent alternatives to war. Dr.Hakim is the 2012 recipient of the International Pfeffer Peace Prize.

Rameen Javid
"Development Through Art"

Rameen acquired his Master’s Degree from New York University and Princeton University; also studied at Moscow State University. Rameen has in-depth knowledge of Afghanistan, backed by two decades of work experience. He has worked in the private, public and third sectors in the US, Russia, Afghanistan, UAE, Tajikistan…