Leadership

Leadership

 



SANZAR KAKAR, CHAIRMAN

Mr Sanzar Kakar graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science Engineering and from Warwick Business School with a Masters in Business Administration. At the University of Pennsylvania, Mr Kakar served as the Manager of the Wharton Graduate Association. Following his undergraduate degree, he worked for Merrill Lynch as a Technology Analyst on a trading desk for bonds and equities, creating a link for automatic reporting to the New York Stock Exchange.

Mr Kakar started in Afghanistan as an Investment Associate for Acap Partners, setting up a $20 million venture capital facility and sourcing over 300 new deals for consideration. Mr Kakar joined as an Executive Advisor to the Attorney General’s Office of Afghanistan on a U.S. Department of State program to reorganize the institution and set up a national paper and computer criminal case management system spanning seven-justice institutions. Mr Kakar then served as the Economic Advisor for the Afghanistan Investment Climate Facility, setting up operational and fiduciary requirements for the seven-year £30 million grant facility in Kabul, followed by a promotion to Deputy Interim Team Leader. Mr Kakar speaks English, Pashtu, and Dari.


RAHIMULLAH MOJADDEDI, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Before joining AHG, Mr Rahimullah Mojaddedi served as the Chief of Team for the U.S. Department of State/Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) funded Afghanistan Justice Sector Support Program (JSSP). He led all JSSP Task Order operations and provided 24/7 advising, administrative, managerial, logistical and related support to 533 professionals across Afghanistan.

His professional background also include working for one of the largest insurance companies in Scandinavia from 2003-2010, supporting Afghan peace efforts in the late nineties till the fall of the Taliban in 2001, working as a political and diplomatic strategist for the Afghan resistance in the late eighties and early nineties, and leading promotion of youth education and professional development.

The partnership Mr Mojaddedi developed with Afghan justice institutions included direct lines of communication with the Chief Justice, the Supreme Court leadership, the Attorney General, the Deputy Attorney Generals, Ministers and Deputy Ministers of related ministries. His experience spans government accountability and transparency; anti-corruption; gender justice; human rights; professional ethics in the justice sector; continuing legal education for justice providers; civil service reform; pay and grade reform; central planning and strategy; ministerial organizational capacity building; and implementation of a nationwide online Case Management System.Mr Mojaddedi holds both a Bachelor of Laws as well as a Masters of Laws in Law and Sharia from the International Islamic University in Islamabad, Pakistan as well as Insurance Certifications from the Insurance Academy in Rungsted Kyst, Denmark. Mr Mojaddedi is fluent in six languages: Dari/Farsi, Pashto, Arabic, Urdu/Hindi, English and Danish.



ABUBAKAR SAMOON, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Mr Samoon is an ACCA Member, holds a Bachelors (BSC Hons.) in Applied Accounting from Oxford Brookes University-UK (OBU) and is currently on his way to becoming a CFA (USA) Charter holder. He also holds the recognition of being first Afghan mentor for ACCA-OBU BSC. Hons partnership program. Mr Samoon is fluent in Dari, Pashto, English and Urdu languages.


ABDUL BARI AHMADZAI, CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

Mr. Abdul Bari Ahmadzai received his Bachelor’s degree in Science in Telecommunications Engineering from BUITEMS, Pakistan. He is now serving as the Chief Technology Officer for the Afghanistan Holding Group leading the technology division of the company. He has over six years of professional work experience in the areas of technology, research and management. He is fluent in Pashto, Dari, English, and Urdu.





OMAR QARGHA, MANAGING PARTNER

Mr. Omar Qargha has worked in Afghanistan since June 2001. Before joining AHG, Mr. Qargha successfully led the Indiana University team between 2007 and 2010 to develop national standards for teacher education universities for Afghanistan’s Ministry of Higher Education. During this same period he developed and implemented an innovative two-year science and math-training program for all the science and math professors in these 18 universities to increase their content knowledge, help them make these subjects relevant to their students, and increase laboratory activities. Mr. Qargha led the JBS International team between 2006 and 2007 to develop a national teacher competency and credentialing system for Afghanistan’s Ministry of Education.

Mr. Qargha also served as Assistant Director for Help the Afghan Children, a grass-roots organization, from 2001 to 2006. During this time he managed school construction, developed training curriculum, and expanded the organization’s programs. Prior to his work in Afghanistan, Omar taught high school sciences in Florida.

Mr. Qargha holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from University of North Florida, a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from George Mason University, and a Master of Arts in International Comparative Education from Stanford University’s School of Education. Mr. Qargha is completing his doctoral degree in International Comparative Education at University of Maryland in College Park.

Mr. Qargha has led large program evaluation programs, including an impact evaluation of seven large project in Afghanistan funded by the United States White House. He has carried out extensive qualitative and quantitative research, published academic papers, and has presented in numerous international conferences on the topics of Afghanistan, research, and education. Mr. Qargha is fluent in English and Dari.





FEROZ RAFIQ, PARTNER – AUDIT

Mr Feroz Rafiq (LLM, ACCA, CeIO) is the partner at Afghanistan Holding Group. He has more than ten years of professional work experience in governmental and non-governmental organizations.

Mr. Rafiq’s experience includes serving as the Chief Financial Officer of Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (a company with over US$500M of assets and over 6000 employees), where he was in charge of the financial and administrative functions of the company, negotiations with donor organizations and the evaluation of new power generation projects; Managing Partner of Synergy Management Consultants where he was responsible for dealing with clients, supervising projects and strategic planning; Audit Supervisor at KPMG Afghanistan Ltd., where he performed the audits of banks, manufacturing companies, non-governmental organizations and government entities.Mr. Rafiq received his Master’s degree in International Commercial Law from the University of Westminster UK, his Chartered Accountancy qualification from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants UK, and his Certified Integrity Officer qualification from the Malaysia Anti-Corruption Academy.

Mr Feroz Rafiq is serving as a Board Member of the Certified Professional Accountants of Afghanistan (professional accountancy body of Afghanistan) based in the Ministry of Finance.He is fluent in Pashto, Dari, English and Urdu.

 

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