Jeffrey E. Stern:
Jeffrey E. Stern is an author and journalist. His first book, The Last Thousand, was called “a beautiful, meticulously reported debut” by the New York Times. His second book, The 15:17 to Paris, became a major motion picture directed by Clint Eastwood and released by Warner Brothers Entertainment. Stern’s work has taken him from the Oklahoma prison system to the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak, from Guantanamo Bay to war zones across the globe, and his work has appeared in the The Atlantic, Vanity Fair, and The New York Times Magazine. He has lived and worked in Afghanistan, where he helped launch the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women initiative. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Stern earned his B.A. in Public Policy from Duke University and an M.A. in International Policy Studies from Stanford University.
Ms. Yari earned her B.A. Degree in Government and International Relations from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. She earned her M.A. Degree in International Security Studies from King's College London, UK. Ms. Yari has worked with non-profit organizations with programs focused on supporting women and girls in Afghanistan. Her involvement with non-profit organizations includes working with the Feminist Majority Foundation to support Afghan women and girls since 1996 and Women for Women International to assist women in countries affected by conflict and war. In 2011, Ms. Yari transitioned to a career with the Department of Defense while remaining committed to promoting education and development for Afghan women and children through volunteer work with non-profit organizations.
Hugh directs strategic activities involving state government to advance the University of Pennsylvania's educational mission and to build greater awareness of Penn's important role in Pennsylvania through collaboration and coordination with staff and external stakeholders. Hugh's long record of experience with large institutions and legislative bodies has provided him with a keen ability to identify emerging legislative trends and to successfully navigate political climates. Hugh holds a Bachelor's degree in Government and Politics and a Master's degree in Public Administration from Widener University.
Khatera Alizada is a Ph.D. candidate in international studies at Old Dominion University. She earned her MA Degree in international peace and conflict resolution at American University, Washington DC in 2012 and her B.S. Degree in political science at Old Dominion University. She wrote her MA thesis on "Women and education in Afghanistan". She has interned and worked for organizations including Feminist Majority Foundation, Middle East Institute, and Alvarez & Associates. With the fall of the Taliban and the establishment of the Afghan interim government, Alizada joined the Norwegian Refugee Council to help with the repatriation of Afghan refugees in coordination with the United Nations Higher Commissioner for Refugees. When returned to Afghanistan, Alizada worked for Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, which was established based on the Bonn Agreement and later mandated by the Afghan Constitution to monitor, protect and promote human rights in Afghanistan.
Maryam graduated with Honors in Government and minors in Peace Studies and Arabic from St. Lawrence University. She writes and translates for Free Women Writers, a collective of Afghan writers and activists for gender equality and social justice. Maryam has co-authored "You Are Not Alone, a booklet for Afghan women facing violence." She is passionate about human rights and hopes to contribute in building a safer and better Afghanistan through her writing and advocacy. She is currently working at the Aspen Institute in Washington DC.
Before Shakila Haidari began her studies in the US, she coordinated Thunderbird for Good’s Project Artemis, which built entrepreneurship skills for Afghan women. She also led Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Women Initiative to provide business training for Afghan women entrepreneurs. Shakila earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management Information Systems from Montclair State University where she graduated with honors. Currently, she studies her Master of Science in Business Analytics at the American University Kogod School of Business in Washington DC.
Don Goodrich is a lawyer with over 40 years’ experience practicing in Massachusetts and Vermont courts. He lost his son in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He was one of the original members of the Board of Directors of Families of September 11, long Chairman of its Board, and directed the affairs of the Peter M. Goodrich Memorial Foundation with his wife, Sally Goodrich until her death. The Foundation constructed a school for girls in Logar Province of Afghanistan and contributed to other projects in other parts of the country. He has been in Afghanistan and hosted and supported the education of multiple Afghans studying in the United States.
Mohammad Ali earned his bachelor degree in Sociology and Economics from University of Balochistan in Quetta, Pakistan in 2003 and his masters in International Development Management and Policy from University of Bradford in England in 2016. He joined the Aga Khan Health Services as Regional Administration and Human Resource Officer in 2005. Later on, he worked with Aga Khan Foundation - Afghanistan in several positions including National Faculty Member, Senior Program Coordinator, and Regional Manager for Community Development & Sub-National Governance programs. In all of said positions, he has been actively involved with community development, civil society organization support and youth development programs.
Naeem Hasanyar is a certified accountant and a member of the U.K. based internationally recognized accounting association, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the Oxford Brooks University in Oxford, England. He has over 10 years of experience in accounting, financial management and government audits. He has worked for U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and several non-profits including as Director of Finance at the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF). His areas of expertise include Accounting for non-profits, QuickBooks accounting software, USAID financial management rules and regulations relating to grants, agreements and contracts.
Mohammad Sayed Madadi:
Mohammad Sayed Madadi is an MA candidate at Stanford University’s Ford Dorsey Program in International Policy Studies concentrating on International Political Economy. At Stanford, he is the recipient of Ford Dorsey Fellowship Awardand the Aga Khan Foundation’s International Scholarship. Before joining Stanford, Sayed was a Fulbright Graduate Scholar at New York University where completed an MA in International Relations. In 2015, he was a Hurford Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington DC where he worked on grassroots initiatives to combat corruption and promote transparency. He has worked with Afghanistan’s Independent Elections Commission helping with the 2014 presidential elections. He has also worked with Afghan NGOs developing initiatives to promote accountable governance and responsive budgeting. His writings about and reporting from Afghanistan have appeared in Foreign Policy, Al-Jazeera, BBC, the Diplomat and elsewhere. He received his BA in Political Science and Public Administration, Magna Cum Laude, and a minor in legal studiesfrom the American University of Afghanistan. He is also a photographer and a painter. And Sayed is an alumnus of one of our partners, Marefat High School in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Ashley Farquharson is a Certified Public Accountant who works in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has several years of experience working in accounting and financial analysis, including PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, a multinational financial services firm. She received her Bachelor's in Accounting with a double minor in English and Information Technology from University of Massachusetts Amherst. She has volunteered with several non-profits to provide educational opportunities and resources to under served youth. She is particularly passionate about helping young women and girls and promoting gender equality.
Jawad Zawulistani is pursuing a master’s degree in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence at The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandies University through Fulbright scholarship. Jawad worked at Afghanistan Human Rights and Democracy Organization where he led a team who implemented the first regionally cross-cutting project to address ethnic conflict at the grassroots level in Afghanistan. He also worked as a journalist and translator with leading Afghan media, mostly focusing on topics of conflict, peace and security and helped victims of war overcome their traumas and share their stories of loss and resilience with the broader public. He is interested in initiatives that promote youth-led peace initiatives, foster dialogue and understanding, and empower both youth and war victims to make meaningful societal contributions and to advocate for justice. He finished school in an open-space high school in Daikundi in central highlands of Afghanistan and earned a BA in English Language and Literature from Kabul University in December 2014.
Born in Afghanistan and raised in Pakistan, Karimy worked at the US Embassy in Islamabad and arrived in the Washington DC area after a stint in Malaysia. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech, and works at the US Patent and Trademark Office. The Bamyan Foundation is the culmination of Karimy's long-held goal to establish a US based nonprofit organization with focus on education, gender equity and youth programs among the at-risk groups in Afghanistan.
Board of Directors: Feroza Yari, Khatera Alizada, Hugh Allen, Jeff Stern, Don Goodrich and Timor Karimy
Executive Committee: Maryam (Executive Director), Jeff, Naeem, Ashley, Jawad and Timor
Advisors/consultants: Shakila and Sayed