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Afghanaid is an international humanitarian and development non-governmental organisation (NGO), created in 1983 specifically for the Afghans.





Chair: Chris Kinder
Joined Afghanaid 2012

Chris is a qualified chartered accountant, who has recently completed a long career as a Partner with Accenture. He is now focussing his time on a number of charity and NGO trusteeships.


Vice Chair: Elizabeth Winter (OBE)
Joined Afghanaid 1983

Elizabeth was a founding member of Afghanaid and is a social scientist and researcher with many years of experience managing NGOs across Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Treasurer: Mary Mountain
Joined Afghanaid 2014

Mary is a chartered accountant who, after spending many years with a large international professional firm dealing with commerical clients, moved into the voluntary sector.


Trustee: Pauline Hayes                                                                               Joined Afghanaid 2016

Pauline Hayes, CBE, has had an extensive career in the UK public service working in the Department for International Development (DFID). She was Director of the regional division covering DFID’s work in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Central Asia and Eastern Europe. Prior to this position, Pauline also worked as head of DFID’s country office in Kabul overseeing UK’s aid programme. Having worked closely with many governments, donors, and NGO’s, she continues to devote her life’s work towards international development in conflict prone regions.

Secretary: Stephen Turner
Joined Afghanaid 2010

Stephen worked for Voluntary Service Overseas for nearly twenty years as an education officer, field director and regional manager. From 1990 to 2008, he was part of the senior management team at WaterAid with responsibility for strategic planning, advocacy and fundraising.


Trustee: Anthony Fitzherbert (OBE)
Joined Afghanaid 2013

Anthony is a leading authority on Afghanistan’s agricultural sector.For the last 45 years, he has worked on rural development, livestock husbandry and natural resource management in Iran, Turkey, Afghanistan and Central Asia. In Afghanistan, his work has involved moving post-conflict emergency assistance into longer term development and production. Anthony speaks fluent Dari and has travelled and worked in almost every part of the country. In 2011, he was awarded the OBE for his work with agriculture and farmers in Afghanistan.

Trustee: Dr Martin Greeley
Joined Afghanaid 2009

Martin is a development economist who has extensive experience of working in South Asian countries, with the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and UN agencies. His main areas of interest are aid and public policy, agricultural development and poverty reduction.
He is a fellow and trustee of the Institute of Development Studies at Sussex University.

Trustee: Dr Orzala Ashraf Nemat
Joined Afghanaid 2013

Orzala is an Afghan scholar and a prominent civil society activist working to empower local communities to find peaceful solutions to conflict. She was the founder and executive director of Humanitarian Assistance to the Women and Children of Afghanistan, which delivered training programmes in the field of education, women's protection and community development. In 2010, she founded the Youth & Women’s Leadership Centre.

Trustee: David Page
Joined Afghanaid 1996

David worked with the BBC World Service for 20 years, specialising in programming for Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka. He headed the BBC Urdu Service from 1977 to 1985 and was involved in setting up the BBC Pashto service in 1981. He is co-director of the Media South Asia Project at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies at London University.

Trustee: Dr Brian Pratt
Joined Afghanaid 2014

Brian has 40 years’ experience working in international development. Previously he worked for Oxfam as the Director for the Andean Region, where he started the organisation's evaluation, research and policy departments. He subsequently founded INTRAC, the Oxford-based International NGO Training and Research Centre, and was its director for more than 20 years until his retirement. He is the editor of Development in Practice.


Trustee: Shirazuddin Siddiqi
Joined Afghanaid 2012

Shirazuddin is the BBC Media Action Country Director for Afghanistan. He has a distinguished track record as a director of educational and development programming for Afghan audiences. Additionally he worked with key Afghan and international stakeholders to develop the legal framework for media development in Afghanistan, including the present media law.

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