Cabinet Biographies

H.E. Hedayat AMIN-ARSALA- Senior Minister

Hedayat Amin-Arsala was born in Kabul in 1942. He received his Bachelor's from the University of Southern Illinois and Masters in Economics from George Washington University (US). In 1969, he joined the World Bank. In 1987, he left it to serve as Senior Advisor and member of the Afghan Mujahiddin Unity Council. From 1989 to 1992 he served as the Interim Government's Finance Minister. In 1993 he was appointed Foreign Minister. In 1998, he was a member of the Executive Council of the Afghan Loya Jirga representing the Ex-King Zaher Shah, now Father of the Nation. In the post-Bonn Interim Administration, he served as Vice Chairman and Finance Minister and after the Emergency Loya Jirga (2002) he became the Vice President of the Transitional Islamic State, Chairman of the Independent Civil Services and Administrative Reform Commission, member of the National Security Council and advisor to the Central Statistics Office and the Afghan Economic Cooperation Committee. In 2005, he was appointed Minister of Commerce.

H.E. Dr. Zalmai RASSOUL- Minister of Foreign Affairs

Dr.Zalmai Rassoul was born in Kabul. Having attended Istiqlal French High School, he was awarded a scholarship at the Paris Medical School and received his M.D. in 1973. In 1980, he founded and published the monthly publication "Afghan Reality" to inform the international community about the plight of the Afghan community. From 1998, Dr. Rassoul devoted his full attention to the convening of the Emergency Loya Jirga (Grand Assembly) as the director of the Secretariat of His Majesty, Mohammad Zaher Shah, the Former King of Afghanistan. Prior to the Bonn Conference, His Majesty dispatched numerous delegations to world capitals, Afghanistan’s neighbors, and Afghanistan itself to build support for the convening of the Emergency Loya Jirga. Dr. Rassoul accompanied President Karzai, at that time a leading member of the Executive Committee of the Loya Jirga, on those missions. He was appointed National Security Advisor in 2002. He took over the post of Minister of Foreign Affairs in January 2010.

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H.E. Dr. Rangin SPANTA- National Security Advisor

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Dr. Muhammad Omar Zakhilwal - Minister of Finance

Dr. Omar Zakhilwal approved by the MPs and appointed as the Minister of Finance of Afghanistan Dr. Omar Zakhilwal, who was appointed as acting minister of finance by the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan on the 27th of Dalwa 1387, has comfortably won vote of confidence in the parliament on the 12th of Hoot 1387 and been approved as the Minister of Finance. He received 144 votes of confidence out of 198 polled by MPs. He described his mission as the minister

H.E. Dr. Farooq WARDAK - Minister of Education

H.E. Minister Farooq Wardak was born in Wardag Province in 1959. In 1986, H.E. graduated from the Faculty of Pharmacy in Punjab University, Pakistan. While working with the United Nations from 1996 to 2001 in Pakistan, he received his Masters Degree in Administration from Preston University. H.E. has held a number of key positions in Afghanistan’s development and reconstruction, including Director of the Constitutional Commission Secretariat and Secretariat of the Constitutional Loya Jirga (2002-2004), the grand Assembly that ratified the constitution; Cabinet Secretary and Director General of Office of Administrative Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (2005); and Minister of State for the Parliament.

H.E. Mr. Abdul Hadi ARGHANDIWAL ‎- Minister of Economy and Manpower

H.E. Mr. Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal ‎was born in 1952 in Kabul. He earned ‎BA in Economics in 1976 and was subsequently appointed as manager at the Planning ‎Ministry in 1977. He migrated to Pakistan after the civil war broke out, returning to serve ‎as the Minister of Finance in pre-Taliban Afghanistan. In 2008, Mr. Arghandiwal was elected as chairman of Islamic ‎Party.‎ He was appointed Minister of Economy and Manpower in 2010.

H.E. Dr. Mohammadullah BATASH - Minister of Transport and Aviation

H.E. Dr. Batash was born in 1961 in the Batash village of the Imam Sahib district in northern Kunduz province. He earned Master's Degree from a university in Russia in 1985. Batash served at the Faculties of History, Journalism and Social Science Institute of the Kabul University, holding the role of Dean of Journalism in the 80s. He received a Doctorate in Social Sciences in Russia and served as advisor to the Ministry for Parliamentary Affairs from 2005 to 2008 and secretary of Junbish-i-Milli. He served the LGCG as advisor since 2008, member of the Special Advisory Board on Senior Appointments; Secretary of the Jombesh General Council from 2003-5. He was appointed Minister of Transport and Aviation in 2010.

H.E. Amirzai SANGIN- Minister of Communications and Information Technology

Amirzai Sangin was born in Paktika. In 1972 he earned his degree in Electronics and Communications from Southern London University in the UK. He served as a teacher and later as the Director at the Communications Training Center from 1978 to 1980. From 1982, Mr. Sangin was employed in the communications field in Sweden. He served as a team member for the Shah Khalid Communications Project in Saudi Arabia. He was also an active member of the Swedish Committee in Afghanistan. After the fall of the Taliban, he returned to Kabul where he held training seminars for engineers of the Ministry of Communications, the Afghan Wireless Company and served as Senior Advisor to the Minister of Communications. Mr. Sangin was appointed as Director of Afghan TeleCom in July, 2004.

H.E. Wahidullah SHAHRANI- Minister of Mines

In late December 2008, Mr. Wahidullah Shahrani assumed the role of Minister of Commerce & Industry. He is principally responsible for the areas of trade, industry, investment, export promotion and the overall private sector development. Until recently (Jan 2005 – Dec 2008) he served as the Advisor to the President of Afghanistan on Finance as well as the Deputy Minister for Finance (Ministry of Finance). Mr. Shahrani was a key interlocutor for the international financial institutions and bilateral donors. He played an instrumental role in shaping the nation’s poverty reduction strategy – Afghanistan National Development Strategy (ANDS) and balancing the policy priorities within the medium-term fiscal framework (MTFF). He was the Alternate Governor for the Asian Development Bank, the Islamic Development Bank, and the World Bank. He was also the focal point of Afghanistan with all the major International development Agencies such as USAID, DFID, CIDA, BMZ, SIDA etc. Immediately prior to those roles, Mr. Shahrani served as the First Deputy Governor of the central bank (Da Afghanistan Bank) where he was responsible for monetary policy, banking supervision, market operations as well as Alternate Governor of Afghanistan at the International Monetary Fund (IMF). While residing in U.K., he served as lec-turer in Economics at the Faculty of Business & Economics, Richmond Upon Thames College, Kingston University for two years. He holds his academic qualifications in economics, banking & finance from U.K. and Pakistan. He remains keenly interested in socio-economic research, sub-national gover-nance, administrative reform, economic development, monetary policy and fiscal policy.

H.E. Mohammad ISMAIL KHAN- Minister of Water and Energy

Mohammad Ismail was born in Herat in 1948. He earned his degree from the Cadet University in 1970 and subsequently joined the army in Herat. When his division revolted against the Soviets, he joined the resistance. After the formation of the government in 1992, he acquired the military rank of General and was appointed Herat's governor and Fourth Corp’s Commander. In post-Taliban Afghanistan, he was again appointed as the governor of Herat and commander of Corps Number 6.

H.E. Sohrab Ali SAFFARY- Minister of Public Welfare

Sohrab Ali Safarry was born in Wardak in 1945. He attended the Technology Institute in Kabul. From 1961 to 1965 he served on the Engineering faculty of Kabul University. In 1982, he earned a Doctorate in Engineering and Construction from Godseng Poly Technique in Poland. He was appointed Minister of Public Health in 2010.

H.E. Sultan Hussain HESARI- Minister of Urban Development

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H.E. Muhammad Asif RAHIMI - Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock

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H.E. Habibullah GHALIB- Minister of Justice

Justice Minister Habibullah Ghalib was born on 7 May 1940 in Qazi Khail village, in Kapisa Province. In 1960, he was admitted to Kabul University, majoring in Islamic Studies and Law. In 1964, he joined the Ministry of Justice. Between the years 1967 - 1969, Minister Ghalib pursued his Graduate Studies at Al Azhar University of Cairo. He resumed his career as Chief of the office of the Minister, and later as Senior Adviser to the Department of Legislation and the Institute of Legislative Affairs. Minister Ghalib served as Deputy Attorney General for Investigation and Petitions in 1979. While in Pakistan, he began serving the Afghan refugees in varied capacities. With associated, he established the "Cultural Council of Afghanistan Resistance", an influential organization broadly involved in promoting the educational, scholastic and cultural interests of the Afghan refugees and of the greater Afghan cause. Minister Ghalib then went on to serve as the head of Madina Monawara orphanage and of Department of Education of the orphanages run by Asra Charity, teaching as a university professor at the same time. Upon formation of the Interim Government in Exile, Mr. Ghalib was called upon to assume the office of Director General of Legislation Department of the Ministry of Justice. He returned to Afghanistan in 1992 and was named as Deputy Attorney General for the Department of Supervision of Implementation of the Law and Director General of the Department of Protection of the Law and Legal and Judicial Affairs. In late 2001, pursuant to the establishment of the Interim Authority and within the course of the subsequent years, Minister Ghalib held diverse portfolios with the Transitional and elected governments. He served as a member of the Independent Legal and Judicial Reform Commission, and Chairman of the Committee on Reform of the Laws. He then entered the Legal Consultative Board to the President of Afghanistan as a member, and later on as Chairman of the said Board, while simultaneously holding the position of Senior Legal Adviser to the Ministry of Justice.

H.E. Dr. Ahzam DADFAR- Minister of Higher Education

Dr. Ahzam Dadfar was born in 1946 in Andkhoy. He graduated from Ghazi School in Kabul, and earned his degree in Medicine in 1973 from Kabul Medical Faculty. From 1973 to 1978 he served as a lecturer at Kabul University. In 1980 he immigrated to Peshawar, where he became an executive member of the Doctors' Union. In 1981 he went to Germany where he worked as a doctor. In 1985 he returned to Peshawar and worked at the Treatment and Research Center of Mental Disorders.

H.E. Dr. Sayed Makhdoom RAHEEN - Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism

Dr. Sayed Makhdoom Raheen was born in 1946 in Kabul city. After undergraduate studies in Afghanistan, he received a masters and Ph.D from Tehran University in 1973. Afterwards, he served as a lecturer in Kabul university. He then served as the director of Arts and Culture of Information and Culture ministry. Dr. Raheen participated in the drafting of constitution during presidency of Daoud Khan, and participated in the Loya Jirga in 1977. After the Soviet invasion he migrated to Pakistan, and made endeavors for the unity of Mujahiddin. After the foundation of Islamic Unity of Afghanistan, he was a member of the high council and the Director of Cultural Committee. He was the Director of Radio Free Kabul, transmitted by Mujahiddin from 1992 to 1994. During the interim government of Hazrat Mujadiddi he was a special advisor. A poet and popular writer, Dr. Raheen has carried out many research works in the arenas of culture, Literature, history and Islamic Orders. He has published several essays and books. He founded the Peace and Democracy Association for Afghanistan with the help of partners in 1996, and served as the Director. In 1998 he became a member of the executive committee of Loya Jirga in Rome. He has served as the Minister of Information and Culture since the interim government. He was elected as the Director of the Council of Kabul residents in September 2003. He was given a medal of freedom of expression and culture by the Father of the Nation in 2004.

H.E. Dr. Suraya DALIL- Acting Minister of Public Health

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H.E. Mohammad Yousuf NIAZI - Minister of Hajj and Islamic Affairs

Dr Mohammad Yousuf Niazi, born in ‎Kama district of Nangarhar province in 1959, received early education from the Betab ‎School and Imam Abu Hanifa Seminary in Kabul. He went to Saudi Arabia for higher ‎education and earned a Bachelor's degree in Sharia from the Islamic University in ‎Madina. He did Masters and Doctorate work in Islamic Studies from the Umm Al-Qura ‎University, where he also served as a teacher in 2001.‎ From 1996 to 2000, he served at the Embassy of Afghanistan in Saudi Arabia. H.E. ‎earned several letters of appreciation and medals related to his work. Fluent in Pashto, Dari ‎Arabic and speaks English. He is the author of several books in these three languages.

H.E. Arsala JAMAL- Minister of Border and Tribal Affairs

H.E. Minister Arsala Jamal was born in ‎‎1966 in Paktika province. H.E. obtained a BS in Economics from ‎the University of Malaya in 1992 and worked from Peshawar for Nebraska University ‎for three years. ‎ As governor of Khost from 2006 to 2008, he was an active member of H.E. President Karzai's election campaign team.

H.E. Hosn Banu GHAZANFAR- Minister of Women’s Affairs

H.E. Minister Husn Banu Ghazanfar was born in Balkh on February 1, 1957. she obtained her BA and Master's degree on Literature and Sociology from Stawarpool Qafqaaz in 1983. Right after she obtained her Master's degree she became the scientific cadre of the Literature Faculty of Kabul University. After two years, she obtained her Doctorate of Philology. In 2003, she was appointed as the Head of the Literature Faculty and was working in this post until she was appointed as the Minister for the Ministry of Women's Affairs. In addition, she has worked as a member of the High Council of the Ministry of Higher Education, member of Speranto International Association of Women, member of the International Association of Turk Zabanan and member of the Board of Directors of Hakim Naser Khesro Balkhi Association. She is fluent in Dari, Pashto, Uzbek and Russian and has knowledge of Turkish and English.

Abdul RAHIM - Minister of Refugees and Repatriation

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H.E. Amena Safi AFZALI- Minister of Disabled, Martyrs and Social Affairs

H.E. Amena Safi Afzali was born in 1957 in Herat city. She completed her higher education in faculty of science of Kabul University in 1978. After she graduated, she taught at Mehri High school in Herat province. Ms. Afzali established the 'Muslim Sisters Association' overseas, continuing their activities till 1992. She then established the 'Islamic Movement of Women of Afghanistan' in Kabul in 1993, defending women's rights and providing for growth of Afghan girls potentialities as well as their involvement in political and cultural activities. Minister Afzali is also the founder of Educational and Training Centers for women, as well as the first free school in Kabul in 1994. Several publications, such as 'Rahrawan Samia', 'Al-Momenat','Paiwand', and 'Mother' were established and released under her surveillance. She returned to Afghanistan in 2002 and began to serve as commissioner with the Independent Human Rights Commission until 2004. Thereafter, she became key member of the Directorate of Cultural Foundation of Jamee. In 2004, she served as the Minister of the Ministry of Youth Affairs for one and half year until it integrated with the Ministry of Information and Culture. She also played a key role in the Readiness Commission for Peace Jirga in 2006. She has taken over the presidency of the Government High Commission for Children and Youth, as well as became a member of the board of Red Crescent Society.

H.E. Jarullah MANSOORI- Minister of Rural Development and Rehabilitation

H.E. Jarullah Mansoori was born in Takhar province. He graduated with a B.Sc. (Hons) and a Master’s degree in Political Science in Development Economics from Islamabad International University in 2000 Pakistan. Minister Mansoori held the post of Deputy Director General of the National Environmental Protection Agency (NEPA) from 2008 to 2010. Minister Mansoori also participated in the development of regulatory tools covering statutory, legal and operational procedures aimed at reducing the exploitation of natural resources and the improvement of environmental conditions in Afghanistan. In addition, Minister Mansoori promoted the initiation of regional initiatives around trans-boundary natural resource protection including the promotion of a Peace park in the Wakhan corridor with China, Tajikistan, Pakistan, the environmental assessment of AMU DARYA for industrial effluents, and military legacy and exchange of environmental information / data between the Ministry of Environment – Tajikistan and NEPA. From 2004 to June 2005, Mr Mansoori was a Consultant Expert with UNODC providing technical legal and political advice to ensure an informed and substantive output.

H.E. Gen. KHODAIDAD- Minister of Anti-Narcotics

Colonel General Khodaidad was born in Oruzgan Province in 1955. General Khodaidad holds graduate degrees from National Defense Academy (NDA), The India Military Academy (IMA), and Fronza Military Academy in Moscow. From 1977 to 1992, Colonel General Khodaidad served in the Afghan National Army. Colonel General Khodaidad has been awarded 52 prestigious medals in different fields. In 1992, he was appointed Minister of National Security of Islamic State of Afghanistan, before moving to the United Kingdom, returning to Afghanistan in 2001.

H.E. Anwarul Haq Ahadi - Minister of Commerce and Industries

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