Leadership

Our leadership brings decades of experience managing large projects in the areas of financial management, business & capacity development, monitoring and evaluation, research design, policy analysis, and educational programming in Afghanistan. They combine this experience with a solid educational foundation from leading international universities.

Additionally, we have a large pool of 800 short term team members across all 34 provinces who provide project specific support. AHG’s operations are made possibly by a team of over 25 full-time dedicated support staff.

All of our team members are fluent in English, Pashtu and/or Dari. This powerful combination of education, experience, and qualification uniquely places AHG to provide the highest level of service across Afghanistan with integrity, efficiency, and accountability.


Sanzar Kakar, Chairman

Mr. Sanzar Kakar graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science Engineering and from Warwick Business School with a Master’s 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 setup a nationwide paper and computer criminal case management system spanning 7 justice institutions. Mr. Kakar then served as the Economic Advisor for the Afghanistan Investment Climate Facility, setting up operational and fiduciary requirements for the 7 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 includes 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; administrative 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.

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.

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