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The Afghanistan Center for Excellence (ACE) is an Afghan owned professional services company. We support national and international stakeholders from the public and private sectors in their quest to tackle pressing social and economic issues the country faces. As part of our fundamental mission, we hope to nurture an entrepreneurial culture in Afghanistan where innovation and adaptability are held at a premium. Through our extensive and engaged network of public and private sector leaders and institutions, we develop and implement pragmatic solutions to Afghanistan’s most critical development challenges. Established in 2012, ACE is headquartered in Kabul with regional offices and presence in Jalalabad, Mazar, Herat, and Kandahar. ACE is managed by a core team of around 50 experienced Afghans with an additional 200 project-based team members (women represent 30% of our core team). Our diverse and dynamic team of experts provide turnkey solutions in effective and culturally appropriate ways.


Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) are the backbone of any economy. Through our consultancy and training services for SMEs and start-ups, ACE promotes a competitive culture at the frontier of economic growth and innovation.

Empower the Afghan Workforce

We want to give Afghan men and women the tools they need to excel in the job market.

Nurture SME Growth

SMEs are the backbone of Afghanistan’s economy, and we want to support them to grow stronger and more resilient.

Reduce Unemployment

We want to see Afghanistan’s youth gainfully employed and contributing to their nation’s development.


ACE is managed by a core team of around 50 experienced Afghans with an additional 200 project based team members successfully implementing a wide array of projects across the country. Women comprise 30% of our core team. Our diverse and dynamic team of qualified and experienced experts provide turkey solutions in effective and culturally appropriate ways. ACE team is well positioned from experience, understanding and capability perspectives to be your ideal partner in Afghanistan.


Jalal Payab holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Iqra National University, Peshawar, Pakistan. He has rich experience in IT troubleshooting, programming, and web development. Read extended bio here.


Shabana Mansoory received her bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Kabul University, in 2012. She is committed to developing women’s professional aptitudes and facilitating their entry into the Afghan workforce. Read extended bio here.


Dr. Ahadi earned his MD degree from Kabul Medical University and his MBA from India. He has over a decade of experience working with national and international organizations in the capacity building and M&E. Read extended bio, here.


Rafiullah Sherzad has his Masters in Public Administration (MPA) from Cornell University, N.Y. with concentration in Economic and Financial Policy. Rafiullah completed his Bachelors in Business Administration (BBA) from Preston University in Peshawar, Pakistan. Read extended bio, here.


Mariam Shujai received her master’s degree in business administration from the Institute of Management Studies at the University of Peshawar, Pakistan. Mariam now serves as a project manager with ACE.


Ajmal Kamran is a graduate of the National Institute of Management and Administration (NIMA) in Afghanistan, and an undergraduate student at Bakhtar University. At ACE, Ajmal serves as a Project Officer for the ERIN program, supporting the re-integration of Afghan returnees from Europe. Read extended bio, here.


Sadam Zadran holds a bachelor’s degree in Arts from Kabul University. Sadam Zadran has gained experience in communications working for different organizations, including Killid Group, Saba TV, and the Deputy Ministry of Youth Affairs. Read extended bio, here.


Enjella Mazaher received her bachelor’s degree from Kabul University. She built her career in teaching, training, capacity development, translation, management, and coordination.


Suleman Fatimie earned his MBA in the UK. Prior to establishing the Afghanistan Center for Excellence, he served as the CEO of Harakat-Afghanistan Investment Climate Facility and CEO of the Export Promotion Agency of Afghanistan. Read extended bio, here.


Masood Ahmad holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Bakhtar University in Afghanistan.  Masood began his career at the Afghanistan Investment Climate Facility where he worked for several years.


Sonia Babakarkhil is a graduate of the National Institute of Management and Administration (NIMA) in Afghanistan. Currently she is working at ACE as an Employment Services Assistant. Read extended bio, here.


Maruf Safi received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Bakhtar University in Kabul. Maruf serves as a Project Officer at ACE. Read extended bio, here.


Barialy Ahmadzai has a master’s degree in Business Studies (MBS) and is a member of Institute of Public Accountants of Australia. Barialy has extensive knowledge of International Financial Reporting Standards, US GAAP and International Standards on Auditing. Read extended bio, here.


Arifa Hashimi holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Economics and Management. She has several years of professional working experience in finance and teaching. Read extended bio, here.


Hassibullah Hafizi holds diplomas in Business Administration and Information Technology. He has experience in accounting, administration, training related services and coordination between public and private entities.


Yosuf Mukhlis earned his master’s degree in India in Finance. Yosuf has comprehensive knowledge of accounting and auditing principles, A/P, A/R, payroll, general ledger posting, taxation issues and invoicing. Read extended bio, here.


Manizha Isaar is currently undertaking her master’s degree in Educational Administration at Kabul University. Prior to joining ACE, Manizha gained valuable experience in project management, human resource management, academic research.


Wahab Kotwal earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Pune University, India. After successfully completing his internship with ACE, Wahab is now working as a Finance Officer. Read extended bio, here.


Elhamuddin holds a bachelor’s degree in Law (LLB), with additional certifications in IT and English. Elhamuddin assists ACE management with project coordination and general operations management.  Read extended bio, here.


Najma Qurbani completed her undergraduate education at the Asian University for Women in Chittagong, Bangladesh, and received her MBA from the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul. In her professional career she has gained experience at prominent public, private, and development sector institutions.


Rahmanullah is certified in QuickBooks, sales and marketing, and is also a graduate of the National Institute of Management and Administration (NIMA). He is involved in project implementation and training delivery.


Aqil Shah Ayaz is currently in his final year at the Rokhan Medical University in Nangarhar Province. Aqil has nine years of teaching and managerial experience, and currently serves at ACE as the Eastern Zone Regional Coordinator.


Grace Escamilla received her MA in Conflict, Security and Development from King’s College London and brings experience from 8 different countries working with organizations from local NGOs to UN agencies.She serves as programme specialist with ACE. Read extended bio, here


Ahmad Kabir Amirzay earned his Bachelor of Economics degree from Balkh University. Ahmad has four years of professional experience in teaching, marketing, training and capacity development, management, and project coordination.


Wase Seddiqi holds a master’s degree in business administration, serving as Chancellor for Mirwais Neeka University in Kandahar prior to joining ACE. Wase has over seven years of professional experience in management, project coordination, and training.


Ali Lawangin began his professional career at Chemonics, working on the USAID ATAR project. There he received training related to Afghanistan’s accession to the WTO, communications across cultures, and human resource management (among other subjects). Prior to joining ACE, Ali worked as a Customer Care Operator with Etisalat Afghanistan. Ali received his BSc from Faryab University.


Akbar Danish earned his MBA from the Swiss UMEF University in Kabul. He has over 10 years of professional experience in both the public and private sector, specializing in project management, policy formulation, business development, capacity development and gender issues.


Massoud Wardak received his master’s degree in economics from the University of Allahabad, India. He has several years of experience with national and international organizations in the fields of management, planning and policy, and capacity development.

Zubair Ahmadi

Zubair Ahmadi graduated from the American University of Afghanistan with a BA in Business Administration. Since graduation, Zubair has gained experience working in both the public and private sectors, specializing in finance, procurement, auditing, and skill development.


Assad Nissar received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from Kabul University. He is a private sector development enthusiast and an investment climate reform expert. He is also an entrepreneur and has founded/co-founded a number of businesses.


Farhad Ahmad Mohammadzai is a Fulbright Scholar with an MBA in Finance from Clark University in the US. His career focus has been on private equity and investment banking. Farhad completed his undergraduate degree at the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF), with a BBA in Finance.


Ahmad Zia Andalib received his bachelor’s degree from Herat University. Ahmad has accrued over 10 years of professional experience in the fields of business advisory, marketing, management, communications, and skills training.