Our Team

Hadi Marifat

Executive Director

Studied Politics and International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in the UK. He obtained his Master’s degree in Development Studies: Social Justice Perspective from the International Institute of Social Studies of the Erasmus University of Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Hadi has served as executive director of AHRDO since 2014. Hadi has worked as a country analyst with the Centre for Civilians in Conflict, researcher with Human Rights Watch, human rights officer with the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, regional election coordinator with the Afghanistan Independent Election Commission and as an advisor to Save the Children Alliance.

Anisa Amiri

Operations Manager

Holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and a Master’s degree in Advanced Economics and Accounting from Kateb University. Anisa has worked as Finance/ Admin Manager with AHRDO since 2012. Prior to this, she worked as finance officer with Children of the World-Human Rights (EMDH), as finance officer with Marefat Development Society, and has provided finance and admin assistance to the Secretariat of the Afghan Parliament.

Kazim Ehsan

Program Manager

Studied Bachelor of Commerce as an undergraduate at Kurukshetra University in India and obtained his Master’s degree in Law from Avicenna University in Kabul. Previously, he worked as program manager with the International Psychosocial Organization, as senior monitoring and evaluation officer with Toran Afghanistan, and as researcher with the Afghanistan Watch.

Mohammad Hussain Saramad

Communication & Advocacy Manager

Holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Law and Politics from the Kabul University and a master’s degree in International Relations from the Avicenna University. Hussain has worked as the Executive Director of Marefat Civil Capacity Building Organization from 2016 to 2018. Prior to that, he had worked as the Director and Deputy Director of the Research Unit at the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission from 2011 to 2016. Before this, Hussain had worked as a Researcher and Trainer with the Civil Society and Human Rights Network from 2007 to 2011.

Salim Rajabi

Senior Program Officer

Studied Politics and Law at Kabul University and did his MA in Islamic Law at the Lahore University in Pakistan. He has been working with national and international organizations in Afghanistan since 2005. He joined AHRDO at its inception in early 2009 and has played a driving role in successfully implementing 35 AHRDO projects across Afghanistan. He has participated in more than 10 professional trainings on human rights, conflict resolution, and theatre of the oppressed (polarization model) in Afghanistan and abroad. Previously, he worked as a program officer with Japan Railway Union/Peace Action for Children, program assistant with UNAMA and as a program officer with Support Organization for Rehabilitation of Afghanistan.

Dr. Nik Mohammad Sharif

Senior Program Officer

Studied medicine at the Nangarhar University. He has worked as a Program Officer with the AHRDO since its establishment in 2009. During his nine years of work at AHRDO, Sharif has participated in more than 10 professional trainings on human rights, conflict resolution and theatre of the oppressed. Previously, he has worked as a Program Officer with the Afghan Health Training Center and Swedish Committee for Afghanistan, Program Assistant with the UNAMA and as a Program Officer with the International Medical Core.

Zahra Narrin Hussaini

Program Officer

Studied Law at Bamyan University. She has worked as Program Officer with AHRDO since 2016. Prior to this, she worked as gender advisor of Bamyan Province Governor, and as Regional Program Officer with HELP, as Research Surveyor with STALE International, as Trainer with the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC), and as Research Assistant with Gawharshad Institute of Higher Education.

Khatera Safi

Program Officer

Holds her B.A in Psychology from Kabul University. She joined AHRDO as senior program assistant in 2015. Prior to this, she worked as program assistant with National Center of Policy and Research (NCPR) at Kabul university.

Hamid Fidel

Editor and Graphic Designer

Studied bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Philosophy as School of Social Science, Kabul University. He simultaneously continued to learn graphic design informally along with his university studies. Since 2009 Hamid worked as designer, columnists and editor with some of Afghanistan leading newspapers including Outlook Afghanistan, Etilaatroz and Jame-e-Baz (Open Society) Dailies. He also worked as graphic designer and web manager with Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) between 2012-2018. He authored a collection articles in culture and society which is about to published in Kabul.

Farhad Rezaee

Production Officer

Hold his bachelor in Law from Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran. In 2008, he obtained his postgraduate diploma in Film Directing from Youth Cinema Association, Iran. He worked as cinematographer with different Iranian and Afghan studios and production companies between 2008-2014 and assisted in production of dozens of short films, documentaries and TV series. Farhad also independently directed and produced few documentary and short films. Previously he worked as production consultant with AHRDO, directed and produced “From I Through We to Community” and “Scars of War” documentaries.

Hadi Morawej

Production Officer

Has obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the Khatam-al-Nabeen University of Kabul in 2012. He has previously worked as an Art Director at the Andisheh Foundation from 2015 to 2018, a Photo Editor for the “Fragments of a Hidden Life” Photo Exhibition, a Photographer at the Kapila Production and as an Officer with the Afghanistan Astronomy Association. He has also worked as a graphic designer, editor and photographer with multiple magazines such as the Dore Dari Magazine, Sadaye Shahrwand Daily, Tahawool Daily Newspaper, Dr. Ashraf Ghani Elections Campaign Office, Jameh Baz Daily, 3rd Eye Photojournalists Center and Kabul Municipality and Tetra Tech. He is also a member of the Afghan Photography Network.

Jawad Zawulistani

Managing Director

Jawad Zawulistani rejoined Afghanistan Human Rights and Democracy Organization in June 2019. Jawad has completed a master’s degree in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandies University through the Fulbright scholarship program. Before leaving AHRDO in July 2017, he worked as the organization’s Program Manager and led several projects focusing on empowering victims of war, promoting human rights and addressing ethnic conflict in Afghanistan. Prior to that, he worked as an analyst and researcher with leading Afghan media focusing on topics of conflict, peace and security in Afghanistan. He is interested in initiatives that promote youth-led peace, foster dialogue and understanding, and empower both youth and war victims to make meaningful societal contributions. Protecting human rights in conflict-affected contexts and promoting inclusive conflict transformation policies/approaches are his other areas of professional interest.

Fatima Alavy

ACMD Associate