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.

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.

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.


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