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Organizational Structure

EQUALITY for Peace and Democracy (EPD) is governed by its Board of Directors and managed by its Management Team.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is responsible for the approval of EPD’s strategic plan, annual work plans, annual budget, and organizational policies. The Board is also responsible for the appointment and dismissal of senior positions in the organization. The Board provides supervision for the implementation of the organization’s strategic plan and represents EPD in domestic and international events and meetings. The Board is comprised of a minimum of 6 and maximum of 9 members who serve for a three-year term on a voluntary basis.

For more information, please click on their names.

EPD pic 1Ms. Suraya Pakzad

Ms. Pakzad’s engagement with women empowerment began in 1998 when she set up covert schools for girls under the oppressive rule of Taliban. After the fall of the Taliban regime, Ms. Pakzad established the organization Voice of Women (VWO) to promote education for and offer job training and legal or social aid to women….

 

 

EPD pic 3Mr. Mir Ahmad Joyenda

Mr. Ahmad Joyenda worked at Kabul University throughout the tumultuous 1980’s. He has also served as the Director of Foundation for Culture and Civil Society (FCCS), worked with the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) as a Deputy Director, and ran for Parliament in 2005….

 

 

EPD pic 4Mr. Jeremiah Pam

Mr. Pam has worked for the U.S. government in multiple positions and is currently a Visiting Scholar at Columbia Law School and affiliated with the Global Law and Finance Network. Before his career in international affairs, Mr. Pam worked as an International Finance Lawyer at Cleary Gottlieb in New York for more than five years….

 

 

EPD pic 5Ms. Rahela Sediqi

Ms. Sidiqi is a reformist and anti-corruption activist at government and civil society levels. Spanning 22 years, Ms. Sidiqi has build up expertise in the areas of human rights, women rights advocacy, women and youth solidarity and coalition building….

 

 

 

Najiba AyobiMs. Najiba Ayubi

Mrs. Najiba Ayubi is a journalist, women rights activist and author of several publications. She currently serves as Director General of Development and Humanitarian Services for Afghanistan (DHSA).Mrs. Ayubi has been active in the fields of journalism and humanitarian assistance since the establishment of the Interim Administration in Afghanistan….

 

 

Mary Akrami PhotoMs. Mary Akrami

Mary Akrami is the Executive Director of the Afghan Women Skills Development Center (AWSDC), the organization that established the first shelter for women at risk in 2003.She envisioned an equitable and peaceful society through AWSDC and initiated the community-based peace Shuras (councils) in different provinces of Afghanistan….

 

 

Fahim 2015Mr. Ahmad Fahim Hakim

Ahmad Fahim Hakim was born in 1958 in Kabul where he grew up in an educated family. He has studied in Post-war Recovery, PRDU University at York, UK and was awarded MA in 1998. Ahmad Fahim Hakim is a researcher and has years of experience in providing consultancy in field of governance …

 

 

Management Team

The Management Team consists of an Executive Director, Deputy Director,  Finance Manager, Technical Advisor and Associate. The Management Team is responsible for the day-to-day operations of EPD and its staff. The Management Team prepares and implements EPD’s annual plan and budget, mobilizes resources, and supervises the implementation of projects, and is responsible for the development of EPD’s policies and procedures, including decision-making, media relations, communication, and advocacy.

For more information, please click on their names.

nnMs. Nargis Nehan, Founder

Ms. Nehan is the Founder of EPD. Before founding EPD, Ms. Nehan worked for the Afghan government in different senior-level positions since the establishment of the Interim Administration of Afghanistan….

 

 

WKMr. Wajid Khan, Executive Director

Wajid Khan, EPD’s Executive Director, is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) from the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Pakistan (ICPAP). Currently, he is pursuing Chartered Accountancy (CA Finalist) from ….

 

 

Ms Ruqaia.jpg 22222Ms. Ruqaia Tabasum, Research & Resource Mobilization Expert

Ms. Tabasum has a global experience of more than seven years in field of human rights and gender. As a professional, she has worked in research and program development mostly in the field of human rights and ….

 

 

Khalid Siddiqi Mr. Khalid Siddiqi, Technical Advisor

Khalid Siddiqi has a Bachelors degree in Political Science and a Masters degree in Comparative and European Politics from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, ….

 

 

 

FullSizeRenderMs. Shiema Zikria, Programme and Advocacy Manager

Shiema Zikria is the Programme and Advocacy Manager at EPD. She received her first Masters degree from the University of San Francisco in International Studies, and second Masters degree in ….

 

 

towfeeq picMr. Towfeeq Samim, Admin/HR Manager

Towfeeq Samim is working with EPD as Admin/HR Manager. He has several years of experience in finance and administration with NGOs and Afghan government. He is expert in recruitment and procurement with years ….