Afghanaid’s Board of Trustees is committed to achieving our vision of a peaceful and thriving Afghanistan. Our Trustees, each an expert in their own field and collectively highly knowledgeable about Afghanistan and the relief and development sector, work with our Managing Director and Executive Team of Directors to guide their decision-making on strategic issues and hold them to account for their leadership of the organisation. The Board of Trustees is ultimately responsible for the charity and its activities.

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 focusing his time on a number of charity and NGO trusteeships.  




Vice Chair: Elizabeth Winter OBE

Afghanaid trustee Elizabeth Winter

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 FCA

Joined Afghanaid 2014
Mary is a chartered accountant who, after spending many years with a large international professional firm dealing with commercial clients, moved into the voluntary sector. 




Trustee: Dr Orzala Ashraf Nemat

Afghanaid trustee Orzala Ashraf Nemat

Joined Afghanaid 2013

Dr Orzala Nemat is an internationally known Afghan scholar & think tank leader. She is an expert in political ethnography, holding a PhD in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and an MSc in Development Planning from the University College London (UCL). Dr Nemat recently founded and is leading Development Research Group Limited (DRG), which aims to promote the multi-disciplinary concept of development studies in the developing world through research & evaluations, open-access teaching, and mentorship. Dr Nemat served as the director of the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) from 2016-2022, leading several global research projects in Afghanistan during her tenure. She has also been a member of the UKRI Peer-review college since 2017.

Trustee: Mark Bowden CMG

Joined Afghanaid 2017
Mark is the former Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan in UNAMA. He was also the United Nations Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative. He served in Afghanistan between November 2012 and March 2017. Mr. Bowden is a distinguished expert in the humanitarian field and served for over 20 years in the United Kingdom and European voluntary sector as the Vice President of VOICE, the European NGO body addressing emergencies and has previously worked for and held several board memberships in other consortia and NGOs. 

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

Afghanaid trustee 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.



Secretary: Pauline Hayes CBE

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.


Trustee: Dr David Page

Afghanaid 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: Shirazuddin Siddiqi

Joined Afghanaid 2012
Shirazuddin was 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.



Trustee: James Sinclair Taylor

Joined Afghanaid 2022
James is a solicitor who specialises in advising charities, not-for-profits and social businesses, particularly on governance. He also spends a significant amount of time as a trustee for a number of charities, an NGO, and a Housing Association.



Trustee: John Hayward

Joined Afghanaid 2022

John Hayward has been fascinated by Afghanistan for over 30 years, 15 of which were spent working in the country for NGO’s and donors. He has extensive hands-on operational and programme management experience, with particular  knowledge of the rural sector and humanitarian issues  across Africa, South Asia and the former Soviet Union. He farms in Oxfordshire.

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