Board of Directors
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.
Mrs. Hamida Andisha is a professional educator with 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 pursues another Master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration from Texas USA.
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.
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.”
Mohammad Bashir FAROOQ
Mohammad Bashir FAROOQ is currently working as a Deputy of the High Peace Council Joint Secretariat. In addition, he also works as an Adviser to the Chief Executive of the National Unity Government. Bashir Farooq has a long history of working as a political analyst, first with UNAMA (2003-2006), and then with the EU Special Representative (2008-2010). In addition to these posts and various managerial roles with national and international NGOs, Bashir Farooq served as an Electoral Adviser in 2010 and 2014 and took part in developing suggestions for electoral reform as member of the Special Electoral Reforms Commission. He studied Medicine in Balkh and Kabul Universities and has a Master degree in International Peace Studies, specializing in Conflict Management at the UN mandated University for Peace (UPEACE) in Costa Rica. He has also undertaken training in Environment and Peace at the same institution.
Co-Founder of NCDP
Rohullah Amin is a psychologist and a medical doctor by training. Dr. Amin is interested in interdisciplinary studies of peace and conflict in Afghanistan. His focus is on the psychology of intractable conflict, intergroup relations, and political leadership. he has conducted independent social psychological research on group psychology and stereotypes in the context of Afghanistan
Dr. Amin has studied applied psychology at New York University (2011-2013); before that, he studied medicine at Kabul University (2004-2010). He has served as the director and senior research fellow at the American University of Afghanistan and taught at the American University of Afghanistan and Kabul University. Dr. Amin also served as a commissioner at the independent civil service reform commission. He is currently a research fellow at the Bundeswehr University in Germany
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.
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