Afghanistan Center for Excellence | Assad Nissar
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Team Supporting the (PriSEC)



Assad Nissar leads the ACE team supporting the Executive Committee on Private Sector Development (PriSEC).


Assad began his career with the Afghanistan Investment Support Agency, counseling potential investors on such subjects as access to finance, Afghan Government regulations, land acquisition, and more. Assad then went on to take a Senior Project Management position at Harakat – Afghanistan Investment Climate Facility Organization, where he spent the next three years. At Harakat, Assad focused on project design, project oversight, and development of organizational budgets and budget forecasting. He also was responsible for the drafting of the Harakat Projects Strategy Paper for the 2012-2013 Persian calendar year, which identified the priority areas for fund-raising, building partnerships, and highlighting potential future projects and grant recipients.


Following his tenure at Harakat, Assad spent the next several years serving in a number of senior management positions with both private and development sector organizations. These include Afghanistan Holding Group (AHG), as Associate Partner, PAHNA Group, as Partner and CEO, and with USAID’s University Support and Workforce Development Program (USWDP), as Senior Public Private Partnership Advisor.


In 2016, Assad founded AQSAAT, Afghanistan’s first consumer financing company. While overseeing operations at AQSAAT, Assad continued to contribute his expertise to national development efforts; in May 2018, Assad was recruited as a consultant for the World Bank Group, working with the Ministry of Finance to establish guidelines for costing and cost estimations for the Government’s ministries and agencies. Later in 2018, Assad was recruited by ACE to lead the PriSEC team, an initiative which is also supported by the World Bank.


Assad received his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics in 2010, from the Faculty of Economics at Kabul University.



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