Nangyalai Attal

I am a new doctoral student at CIE focusing on international comparative higher education and peace education. I have B.A. in English Language and Literature from Kabul Education University and M.S. in Human Resources from Golden Gate University in San Francisco where I studied through the Fulbright Scholarships Program. Additionally, as a Visiting Student Researcher at UC Berkeley, I wrote a paper on the State of Labor Movement in Afghanistan. 


I have a diverse set of work experience, most recently served as Director of Presidential Decrees and Orders at the Office of the President of Afghanistan. I taught graduate courses on a part-time basis at Dunya University and I am founder of Hode Educational and Social Services Organization.  Previously, I worked as National Expert on Jobs Policy/Decent Work with the International Labour Organization, as Education Adviser with Kabul Educational Advising Center and as National Consultant for developing a National Champion Strategy with Equal Access International.


In 2014, I received the United Nations’ Youth Courage Award at the sidelines of the UN General Assembly from Gordon Brown UN Secretary General Envoy for Global Education and Graca Mashel widow of late Nelson Mandela. In 2016, as a part of the Asia Foundations Development Fellows Program, I was selected among 12 emerging leaders in Asia. For my commitment and service to Afghanistan, I received the Award of Hopes and Challenges from Hamid Karzai former president of Afghanistan.


I’m particularly interested in how higher education policies could be more inclusive towards women. My current research focuses on women in higher education in Afghanistan. I am also interested in how universities could de-radicalize individuals who were indoctrinated in their earlier education.


 “For some life is fun, for some burden, for me it is about empowering the human freedom of others.”




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