Our Staff

October 18th, 2012

The Staff of the Afghan School Project

Ehsanullah Ehsan (Director – The Kandahar Institute of Modern Studies) is an educator in the Kandahar area with more than 15 years of experience. Ehsan’s students have gone on to establish schools, worked as translators and obtained jobs with international agencies. Previously, Ehsan managed several training programs for Afghan refugees living in Pakistan. Ehsan is a respected member of the community and has garnered significant support for KIMS within the Afghan government and the people of Kandahar.

Esmat Khan (Administration & Finance Officer – Kandahar Institute of Modern Studies) is an administrative professional with over a decade of experience and part-time teacher at KIMS. As Finance Officer, Esmat is responsible for overseeing the budget, documenting expenses and accumulating data for KIMS’s partners. He also coordinates the Afghan School Project’s successful scholarship programme.

Ryan Aldred (Director for the Afghan School Project) serves part-time as a Sergeant in the Canadian Forces Army Reserve. As Director, Ryan is responsible for helping to provide the Kandahar Institute of Modern Studies with access to internationally-recognized post-secondary training and funding from individuals and donor organizations. Ryan has volunteered with numerous charitable organizations, including programs offering gifted and special needs education.

Trevor McFadden (Project Manager for the Afghan School Project) is a Public Administration and International Development postgraduate who specializes in governance and anti-corruption. As Project Manager, Trevor liaises with the staff of the Kandahar Institute of Modern Studies to undertake budgetary and demographic reports, market analyses and ensures that KIMS reaches key targets and deliverables in its ambition to fulfil short and medium-term objectives.

Andrea Aldred (Chief Operations Officer) is a chemical engineer employed by the National Resources Canada.  She has more than a decade of experience with charitable organizations, and has prepared technical reports on emerging low-cost technologies suitable for implementation in developing countries. Her responsibilities include project administration, strategic planning, and assisting with the development of the project’s communications strategy.

If you think you may be interested in joining our team of volunteers, please contact us at staff@theafghanschool.org. We’re happy to work with you and determine a way in which you can volunteer that will make the best use of your skills while respecting your current commitments.

The ACCC Honorary Board of Directors

Dr. Gulam Jelani Hamayoon is the Deputy Governor of Kandahar province. He has extensive experience in government and public affairs. Dr. Hamayoon has presided over seminars and meetings of numerous local, national and international organizations. Between 2003 and 2004, Dr. Hamayoon worked with Constitution Commission Secretariate as a regional coordinator and with Joint Electoral Management Body (JEMB) as a co-regional coordinator in southern region of Afghanistan. He is a respected official of the Afghan government with several years of working and public dealing experience. He has promised his full support to the activities of KIMS.

Ghulam Farooq Ferhamand (the Chief of Staff) is the Chief Administrator of the governor’s office of Kandahar. He has extensive experience in managing administration affairs within the government of Afghanistan. He is also a well-respected official of the Afghan government. Previously, he worked with national and international organizations helping impoverished Afghans both inside Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Hayatullah Rafiki is the Director of Education in Kandahar. He has wide experience in education development programs. He was the president of Kandahar University. He also managed democracy development projects in Kandahar area. Mr. Rafiki enjoys a great deal of respect among the communities of Kandahar.

Rona Tarin is the Women’s Affairs Director. She has a long history of support for women’s rights and has served women’s cause by teaching women in several schools in Kandahar city. She has attended numerous meetings and seminars on women’s development and associated challenges.

Abdul Majid Bobai is the Director of Information and Culture. He supports and promotes cultural activities in Kandahar. He has held and presided over several cultural meetings and seminars and has extensive experience with historical artifacts. Mr. Bobai is a respected member of the Kandahar community.