Afghanistan Center for Excellence

team

ACE is managed by a core team of around 72 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.


  • SYED KAMAL, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

    Mr. Syed Kamal holds an MBA in Operations Management from India. He received his Masters degree in English literature from Pakistan. Mr. Kamal is the leading M&E expert and has 13 years of rich experience in business planning, business operations, business management and support. He worked for the Private Sector, USAID, DFID, Danish Committee, and UNDP in key positions. He has been involved in multimillion dollar programs that include Land-Reform, Investment Climate Reform, Safe Water Supply, National Solidarity Program, and National Area Based Development Programs. Mr. Kamal is fluent in Pashto, Dari, and English.

  • HASSINA SAIFI, PLACEMENT OFFICER

    Ms. Hassina Saifi earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Kabul University, with specialization in administration and management.  She completed a four-month internship with Afghanistan Center for Excellence (ACE) and now she has been hired by ACE as HR – Placement assistant. Ms. Saifi has been part of several professional events including HE4SHE gender equality program by UNWOMEN, Social Entrepreneurship Program by AIESEC Afghanistan, Social good summit launched by UNDP, and T4D program launched by AIESEC Afghanistan. She is fluent in Dari and English and has working knowledge of Pashto.

  • HASSIBULLAH HAFIZI, PUBLIC RELATIONS MANAGER

    Mr. Hassibullah Hafizi holds a diploma in Business Administration and has completed his IT certification. His experience lies in accounting, administration, training related services and coordination between public and private entities. He also has extensive knowledge of private sector development. Heh is fluent in Pashto, Dari and English.

  • KHATERA NEIKBEEN, PLACEMENT OFFICER

    Ms. Khatera holds a Bachelor’s degree in science from Kabul University. She completed a four-month internship with Afghanistan Center for Excellence (ACE) and has now joined the ACE team on full time basis as Placement Assistant. She is fluent in Dari, English and Urdu.

  • TAHMINA HAIDARE, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

    Ms. Tahmina Haidare received her BA in International Relations and Law from Kingston University, London. She is leading the project management team for ACE, which is comprised of 21 key individuals. Ms. Tahmina has rich experience in project management, communication, training and capacity building. She worked in 3UPNET Ltd in the field of communications, and in FKH Media as a Project Manager. She also possesses training and capacity development experience working with UNAMA and the Private Sector in Afghanistan. She earned a Master Trainer’s Certificate to design and facilitate competency based course curriculums. Ms. Tahmina is involved in the development of proposals and concept notes, and had been part of some important workshops on human rights in Afghanistan and Europe. She is fluent in Dari, English, and Pashto.

  • RAHMANULLAH RAHMANI, PROJECT FACILITATION MANAGER

    Mr. Rahmanullah Rahmani holds certificates in QuickBooks, Sales and Marketing and advanced diploma in Business Administration from National Institute of Management and Administration (NIMA). He is involved in project implementation and assisting ACE management in smooth training deliveries.

  • ISRAR AHMAD, EMPLOYMENT SERVICES MANAGER

    Mr. Israr Ahmad is pursuing his Bachelor of Arts degree from Dunya University of Afghanistan. He has more than four years of experience in human resource management, marketing & sales and finance. He is fluent in Pashto, Dari, English, and Urdu.

  • ELHAMUDDIN HAYDARI, PROJECT OFFICER

    Mr. Elhamuddin Haydari holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law (LLB). He has also secured certification in IT and English language. Mr. Haydari assists ACE management with project coordination and smooth operation. He is fluent in Pashto and Dari languages.

  • BARIALY AHMADZAI, DIRECTOR OF FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION

    Mr. Barialy Ahmadzai has a Master’s degree in Business Studies (MBS) and is a member of Institute of Public Accountants of Australia with an associate membership of the Institute of Financial Accountants (UK). Prior to Joining ACE, Mr. Ahmadzai was Director Assurance at Grant Thornton in Afghanistan which is one of the top audit and advisory firms in the world. Mr. Ahmadzai has extensive knowledge of International Financial Reporting Standards, US GAAP and International Standards on Auditing and has several years’  of experience managing sizable assignment portfolio including auditing, corporate and public financial management, transaction advisory, risk assessment and system reviews.  His client portfolio included financial institutions, extractive industry sectors, projects funded by international organizations in Afghanistan such as the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Asia Foundation, UNO, USAID and several government ministries. Mr. Barialy is fluent in Pashto, Dari, English and Urdu.

  • ARIFA HASHIMI, FINANCE OFFICER

    Ms. Arifa Hashimi holds a BBA degree in Economics and Management. She has over 4 years of professional working experience in finance and teaching. She is a volunteer with the Afghan Women Writing Project and received training in gender equality and human rights. She is fluent in Dari and English.

  • WAHAB KOTWAL, PROJECT ASSISTANT

    Mr. Wahab Kotwal holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with majors in finance from Pune University India. Mr. Kotwal also has a diploma in Marketing, HRM, Finance & and Operations Management. After successfuly completing his internship with ACE, Mr. Kotwal is now working as a Project Assistant with Afghanistan Center for Excellence (ACE). He is fluent in Pashto, Dari, English and Hindi.

  • MOHAMMAD YOSUF MUKHLIS, FINANCE OFFICER

    Mr. Mohammad Yosuf Mukhlis has earned his Master degree from India with specialization in Finance. Mr. Mukhlis has comprehensive knowledge of accounting and auditing principles, A/P, A/R, payroll, general ledger posting, taxation issues and invoicing. He was an active member of Pune University Student Council. He has taken part in different project reports on microfinance banking and (Study of Working Capital Management) of various small and medium-sized enterprises located in the state of Maharashtra. Mr. Mohammad Yosuf Mukhlis is fluent in Pashto, English and Dari.

     

  • ENJELLA MAZAHER, DIRECTOR OF PROJECTS

    Ms. Enjella Mazaher received her BA from Kabul University. She has 4 years of working experience in teaching, training & capacity development, translation, management and coordination. Her professional career started from working with Afghanistan Relief Organization as an English Teacher. She worked as Capacity Development Officer with Afghanistan Holding Group, and as a TOEFL instructor at the Iranian Embassy. She was part of the career development training program inside and outside the country. She is fluent in Pashto, Dari, and English.

  • MUHAMMAD RAFI SIDDIQI

  • ABDULLAH GHAZNAWI SALEHI, CALL CENTER OPERATION SUPERVISOR

    Mr. Abdullah is pursuing his Bachelors in Business Administration from Maiwand University of Afghanistan. He has more than four years of experience in Administration and Management and teaching English language. Mr. Salehi is supervising more than 200 call center agents for ACE working in Etisalat customer call center. He is fluent in Pashto, Dari, and English.

  • MAHDI GOWHARI, PROJECT OFFICER

    Mahdi Gowhari holds a BA in Economics from Kabul University. He has extensive experience of working with numerous organizations in Afghanistan. He has a pleasant personality, and believes in value of communication and teamwork for efficiency of an organization. His articles have been published in popular national magazines such as Afghanistan Central Bank, Chambers of Commerce etc. Mr. Gowhari is working in the capacity of a Project Officer at Afghanistan Center for Excellence and is engaged in various stages of project implementation.

  • SHABANA MANSOORY, SKILLS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

    Ms. Shabana Mansoory received her Bachelors degree in Computer Science from Kabul University, in 2012. She has demonstrated commitment to developing women’s professional aptitudes and facilitating their entry into the Afghan workforce by supporting internship programs focusing on young women’s professional training and development, through her five years of career in non-for-profit sectors and USAID funded projects. She has been considered as revolutionary in young women leadership through her activities in national chapter of world’s largest student run organization “AIESEC Afghanistan” from being an exchange participant to becoming the first female executive board member in 2013. She has launched/associated with a number of events/initiatives in Afghanistan, such as the first version of “Afghanistan Youth to Business Forum” and “TechWomen Afghanistan”. She is currently involved in trainings and capacity building programs delivery and facilitation. She is fluent in Dari, Pashto, Urdu and English.

  • ABDULLAH STANEKZAI, EXPERT TRAINER

    Mr. Abdullah Stanekzai received his academic degree in Management Science leading to masters of Human Resources Management. He also has a specialization in capacity building and management. He has almost ten years of rich working experiences in Trainings and Capacity Building Programs with Universities, Professional Institutes, Governmental Organizations, International Organizations and Training Firms in Afghanistan & Pakistan.

    He is also BE/IFC World Bank Group Trainer, Course Customizer, Trainer Assessor, SDC Certified Trainer and HR Professional. He is fluent in Pashto, Dari, English and Urdu.

  • NASIR KHAN NASIRI

    Mr. Nasir Khan Nasiri earned his MBA from Kardan University and joined Afghanistan Center for Excellence in January  of 2017. Mr. Nasiri has extensive experience serving both governmental and non-governmental organizations. In addition, Mr. Nasiri worked at Supreme Audit Office of Afghanistan, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development and has 10 years of academic working experience at different private universities. Mr. Nasiri is fluent in Pashto, Dari, English and Urdu.

  • ZAKIRULLAH ZAKI, TRAINER

    Mr. Zakirullah Zaki currently doing his MBA and received bachelor degree in Business administration from Dunya university of Afghanistan. He has received two years diploma in accountancy from NIMA institute and a certificated in fundamentals of accountancy from Ball state university. He has gotten English diploma and certificates in Information technology, Business communication and M&E.

    He has worked with Afghan Women Social Development and Capacity Building Organization as master trainer and with ministry of commerce as trainer. Besides, he has worked with Bureau for Reconstruction and Development, CAPAU, NRC and Ministry of Finance. Currently, Mr. Zaki is working as a marketing trainer in ACE. He is fluent in Pasto, Dari and English.

  • SHAISTA MANSORY, REGIONAL COORDINATOR-NORTH ZONE

    Ms. Shaista Mansory has a BA in Law and Political Science from Balkh University. She is currently ACE’s Provincial Coordinator in Balkh assisting with the implementation of various projects. Before joining ACE, she worked for different organizations in the capacity of program coordinator in the fields of management and administration. She also has experience working as M&E officer in one of the AWDP grants and as a trainer with AWEC. She is fluent in Dari and English.

  • AQIL SHAH AYAZ, REGIONAL COORDINATOR- EASTERN ZONE

    Mr. Aqil Shah Ayaz is a Senior MD student at Rokhan Medical University Nangarhar.  He has 9 years of teaching and managerial experience. Before joining ACE as Internship Placement Officer and subsequently as Regional Coordinator – Eastern Zone, Mr. Ayaz taught English classes at Al-Taqwa Institute of Higher Education Jalalabad branch.  He is fluent in Pashto, English and Urdu languages.

  • MUHAMMAD WASE SIDDIQI, REGIONAL COORDINATOR-SOUTH ZONE

    Mr. Wase Seddiqi holds a Masters degree in Business Administration. He has over seven years of professional experience in management, coordination and training. He has worked as the Chancellor for Mirwais Neeka University in Kandahar. He is fluent in Pashto, English, Dari and Urdu.

  • AHMAD ZIA ANDALIB, REGIONAL COORDINATOR-WEST ZONE

    Mr. Ahmad Zia Andalib received his Bachelor’s degree from Herat University. He has over 10 years of professional work experience in business advisory, marketing, management, communication and trainings. He is fluent in Dari, Arabic, and English.

  • SULEMAN FATIMIE, MANAGING PARTNER

    Mr. Suleman Fatimie earned his MBA from UK with specialization in Human Resource Management. Prior to establishing the Afghanistan Center for Excellence, he was the CEO of Harakat-Afghanistan Investment Climate Facility (2009-2011). He also worked as the CEO of Export Promotion Agency of Afghanistan (EPAA) from 2007 to 2009. He designed exportable offers and advocated for the creation of a business enabling environment in Afghanistan. EPAA was awarded the Best Trade Promotion Organization from least developed countries by ITC (International Trade Center). He also served as the Vice President of Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) from 2003 to 2006, advising and consulting the high commission on investment to remove business barriers and enabling AISA to become a one stop shop for investors. He is fluent in Pashto, Dari and English.

  • JALAL PAYAB, IT OFFICER

    Mr. Jalal Payab holds a Bachelor degree in Computer Science from Iqra National University, Peshawar, Pakistan. He has rich experience in IT troubleshooting,Programming and web development. He is fluent in Pashto,Dari, English and Urdu.

  • SADAM ZADRAN, GRAPHIC DESIGNER & PHOTOGRAPHER

    Mr. Sadam Zadran holds a bachelor’s degree in arts from Kabul University. Mr. Sadam has more than 6 years professional experience in media sector working for different organizations including Killid Group, Saba TV and has served at Deputy Ministry of Youth Affairs. Mr. Sadam has also worked as a freelancer with international organizations such as National Geographic, Human Rights Film Festivals as reporter/photographer and filmmaker. He is fluent in Pashto, Dari and English.

  • SOPHIA SAYEDY, PROJECT ASSISTANT

    Ms. Sophia Sayedy is pursuing her BA from Kabul University with specialization in Economics.  She is engaged in strategic management and capacity development activities of ACE. Before joining ACE, she worked with AIESEC for Afghanistan as an Event Manager and National Vice President of Organizational Development and Expansions. She has attended numerous conferences and forums as chair, facilitator and delegate in Afghanistan. She is Fluent in Dari, Pashto, English, and Turkish.



BACKBONE OF ACE

Name Working Area
Enayatullah Azizi Procurement Manager
Sayed Iqbal Security Manager
Qurban Ali Office Maintenance
Raihana
Samad Hamidee Chef
Syed Jamil Logistics
Muhammad Afzal
Ghulam Hazrat
Jalalzai Fakhri
Noor Ahmad Shah Security
Ajab Gul
Toor Khan