Assalam-o-Alaikum! I grew up in Kabul, capital of Afghanistan.  I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Education Policy, Research and Administration with a specialization in International Education. My purpose for seeking the doctoral degree is to expand my knowledge with the theoretical tools, interdisciplinary knowledge, practical skills, and professional experience needed to positively contribute to transforming the education system in Afghanistan.


I received my master’s degree in international education from UMass and B.Sc. in Agriculture from Kabul University. My scholarly work focuses on higher education policy, financing higher education, teacher retention, and the development of new market-oriented technical associate degree programs through developing academic and policy frameworks at Afghan public universities.


I have nearly two decades of working experience with international organizations and the UN. My work mainly focuses on higher education development, monitoring and evaluation, capacity building, and community and agriculture development.


I have recently served as the Senior Manager for Associate Degrees and the Senior Representative of UMass/CIE in Afghanistan for the USAID-funded Afghanistan University Support and Workforce Development Program (USWDP). I have also been in charge of developing and implementing five Associate Degree programs in Afghan public universities. I have been fully involved in the implementation of three USAID-funded Higher Education Projects since 2006 in Afghanistan. This experience has helped me to understand the practical realities of higher education in Afghanistan which complements the theoretical perspectives I am learning in my doctoral program.


I have served many organizations throughout my professional career, including the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass), Academy for Educational Development (AED), United Nations Food and Agriculture Organizations (UNFAO), Afghanistan Land Authority (Arazi), and CARE International in Afghanistan.




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