Kabul Peace Symposium

Rise to Peace held its first-panel discussion in Kabul, Afghanistan, despite the risk of violence and Taliban threats, where locals, experts, and students discussed the immediate need for peace and stability in the country followed by policy recommendation for the United States, the Afghan government, and the international community.

Speakers

Mirdad Khan Nejrabi

Mirdad Khan Nejrabi

Secretary of Wolesi Jirga - Afghanistan Parliament

Mirdad Khan Nejrabi is the Secretary of the Wolesi Jira (House of People) at the National Assembly of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Formerly worked as the Chairman for defensive and territorial integrity commissioned and prior to becoming a parliament member, he worked at the Ministry of Interior Affairs, in which he served in different senior leadership national security matters.

Mirza Mohammad Yarmand

Mirza Mohammad Yarmand

Former Deputy Minister at Ministry of Interior Affairs (MOI)

Mirza Mohammad Yarmand is the former deputy director of Ministry of Interior Affairs (MOI). He currently works as an advisor to the National Security office. You can learn more about him on this NY Times article.

Sayed Ihsan Taheri

Sayed Ihsan Taheri

Spokesperson and Strategic Communications Director of Executive Secretariat for Peace Process

Sayed Ihsan Taheri appointed Spokesperson and Strategic Communications Director of Executive Secretariat for Peace Process.

Previously, he has worked as Head of Secretariat for the Private Sector Development Executive Committee, Head of Government Communications and Public Awareness at the Office of Administrative Affairs and Council of Ministers Secretariat and Head of Government Monitoring and Evaluation Authority.

Mr. Taheri is also awarded Ambassador for Peace to Afghanistan by the Universal Peace Federation Europe Office in 2009.

Jawid Kohistani

Jawid Kohistani

Military Analyst

Jawid Kohistani is a former military officer and intelligence official. Javid Kohistani, a political scholar.

Faizullah Jalal

Faizullah Jalal

Professor, Kabul University

Faizullah Jalal was born is a law professor and political science at Kabul University and a critic of the Afghanistan National Unity Government. His wife, Massouda Jalal was the first women presidential candidate and the former minister for women affairs. Click here to learn more.

Masood Ahmad Azizi

Masood Ahmad Azizi

Deputy Minister at Ministry of Interior Affairs (MOI)

Major General Masood Ahmad Azizi is an AfghanPolitician and Deputy Minister at Ministry of Interior Affairs (MOI) Azizi previously served as the Chief of Staff of the Governor of Nangarhar and Kandahar.

Abdul Bari Nejrabi

Abdul Bari Nejrabi

Businessman

Abdul Bari Nejrabi is a businessman with years of experience in international development and private sectors. He recently graduated with a Bachelor’s Political Science and Economics from the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences at George Washington University. In 2014, he served as a member of the Student Council of the American University in Sharjah, UAE. In the summer of 2017, he participated in the youth assembly at the United Nations representing Afghanistan.  He is a senior member of the Rise to Peace team in Washington D.C. where he helps the leadership and the team with the strategic planning and projects implementations.

Ahmad Shah Mohibi

Ahmad Shah Mohibi

Founder & President, Rise to Peace

Ahmad Shah Mohibi is founder and president of Rise to Peace. He brings more than 12 years’ experience working with the United States and Afghan governments alongside the international community to help in a concerted mission–to combat terrorism and encourage democracy and stability in tumultuous regions.

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