Farhad has extensive entrepreneurial, investment and corporate advisory experience. He is a mentor to a number of early-stage companies globally and has a successful track record of investing in new ventures. He is a founding investor in Anthemis Group and Eitimaad. Farhad spent a few years at Credit Suisse in London, advising clients on global mergers and acquisitions. He has successfully advised on a number of transactions across a range of industries including retail, consumer, healthcare, media, energy, technology, and financial services. Farhad has a bachelors degree in Bioengineering from Imperial College.
Hamdullah is a PhD candidate at Brunel University’s School of Engineering & Design. His research is focused on 3D Video Communication. He has worked at the American University of Afghanistan as Director of Information Technology and at Intel Corporation as IT Analyst. Hamdullah has a Bachelors of Engineering in Computer Systems from Brunel University. He is the founder and former president of the Afghan Student’s Association UK (ASAUK).
Ateeq Nosher is the CEO of Apex2 Consulting and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the American University of Afghanistan. He was Chief Economist & Director General of the Monetary Policy Department at the Da Afghanistan Bank until recently. Ateeq has a Master of Public Administration in International Development from Harvard. He also has a Masters of Science in Economics and a Bachelor of Science and Economics from International Islamic University of Pakistan.
Farshid is the CEO of NETLINKs and Afghanistan’s largest jobsite – www.jobs.af . He has also worked at UNDP as Deputy Project Manager (ICT Project). He has a Masters degree in e-Business Management from the International University of Japan. He also has a bachelor degree in Management Information Systems from the International Islamic University of Malaysia.
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Khesrow Sangarwal is a medical doctor. He currently works at St Richards Hospital in West Sussex. He graduated from Brighton and Sussex Medical School. Khesrow also writes for the BBC on scientific, medical and environmental issues.
Mezhgan is a secondary teacher at a private school in Toronto, Canada – teaching Muslim Societies and Civilization. She is Vice President of ATLAS Youth Association. She was President of McMaster University Afghan Students Association and producer and director of Sadai Jawanan Radio in Toronto and later in London. Mezhgan has two masters degrees from the Institute of Education, one in Teaching and another in Art in Education – specializing in Muslim Societies and Civilization. She has Bachelor of Science in Biology and Psychology from McMaster University, Canada.
Quhramaana is a leading figure in Afghanistan working for women’s empowerment. She was the Gender Advisor for the Afghanistan Peace and Reconciliation Program. She has served as the Deputy Chief of Party on a higher education development program funded by USAID and was active in supporting a number of business start-ups for Afghan women through her work with Catholic Relief Services. She holds a Masters Degree in Business Management, an M.Phil in Economics and Financial Management, a Masters Degree in Public Policy and she was recently accepted to Cambridge University for a PhD on ‘The Role of Women in Peace Building in Afghanistan.
Rafiq Swash is a lecturer at Brunel University in the field of 3D technologies. He has a PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and BEng in Computer Systems Engineering. He has contributed many EPSRC and European projects in the area of multimedia search & retrieval and 3D capturing and projection e.g. RUSHES and 3DVIVANT. He also is a recipient of many outstanding awards such as Best final year project prize, Graham Hawkes prize, and the University Medal for overall excellent achievement.
Reza is the editor of Simorgh Newspaper. Reza is also a prize-winning poet from Afghanistan, and is widely regarded as one of the most exciting young poets writing in Persian today. He studied both Islamic Law and Philosophy in Iran, before obtaining an MA in Globalisation from London Metropolitan University. He is also a prolific journalist and cultural commentator. His articles have been published in journals in Afghanistan and Iran, as well as in English by The Guardian.
Shaheer holds a Law Degree from Brunel University and a Masters Degree (LLM) in Corporate & Securities Law from the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE). He is the founder and president of the International Association of Afghan Lawyers (IAAL) – a London based NGO – and has experience of working with various law firms, barristers’ Chambers, as well as human rights and pro-bono organisations. Moreover, Shaheer has served as a legal advisor at the Ministry of Commerce & Industry of Afghanistan, where he advised on commercial transactions and disputes and had a key role in the drafting and amendment of over 20 commercial, corporate and trade laws.
Suliaman is a civil engineer currently working on the Thames Tunnel Project with CH2M Hill. He was a member of the UCL Union Executive Committee and Council and has served as president of Student Union at Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College. Suliaman completed both his undergraduate and Masters of Science in Civil Engineering at the University College of London.