Nilofar Sakhi

Afghan peace, human rights, and women’s rights activist, Sakhi is the chief executive and executive director of the International Center for Afghan Women’s Economic Development (ICAWED) at the American University of Afghanistan. She is also the co-founder and former executive director of Women Activities and Social Services Association (WASSA), the first women’s NGO in Herat, Afghanistan. Sakhi was the country director of the Foundation for Open Society Institute in Afghanistan, which supports nongovernmental organizations to strength capacity, bring international expertise and promote cooperation regarding rule of law, good governance, human rights, women rights, transitional justice, and media. Sakhi holds a BA in Political Science, an MA in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University, an MA in International Public Policy from Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. at George Mason University.