Mr. Rahmani is a development practitioner and an early career researcher. He was born in Herat, Afghanistan and received a B.A. in Education and Teaching Methodology from Herat University in 2009. He received around two dozens of grant, scholarship and awards including the Fulbright and the AKF Scholarship to pursue his graduate studies. He graduated from the University of Arizona with a Master’s in Development Practice (MDP) in 2017.
With over 8 years of cross-cultural experience in human development programs, business development, research and policy analysis, Mr. Rahmani has been engaged in several governmental and nongovernmental programs in Afghanistan, India, Nepal, UAE and the United States. In his earlier career, he worked as a Professional Development Center Manager for the USAID Higher Education Project in Herat where he taught and facilitated capacity development training for the university lecturers and students. In addition to developing growth opportunities for Afghan female professors in partnership with the Alliance for International Women’s Rights (AIWR), he served as a lecturer at Herat University, Teacher Training Institute, and other academic centers for several years. He has worked with hundreds of educators and thousands of students, provided technical assistance on education programs, advised on technical matters and contributed to the knowledge generation in Afghanistan.
After leading two groups of Afghan youth in an intensive teacher training program in India (Afghanistan University Exchange Program 2011 & 2012), Mr. Rahmani received a Fulbright Scholarship and joined the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies at the University of Arizona. He also worked as a Quality Assurance Specialist at the Department of Innovation and Stewardship, a Teaching Assistant and Research Assistant at the School of Geography and Development in the same university. In 2014, he established The Green Organization in Afghanistan to promote growth opportunities for youth, increase access to equality and develop cross-boundary collaborations. He represented Afghanistan in the SAARC – CONTACT Peace-Building and Conflict Resolution Program in Kathmandu, Nepal in the same year. Moreover, he served as a business development manager for Aljubair Group in Afghanistan and as a managing director for Momtaz FZC in Dubai.
In 2016, he joined the Global Innovation Center at the UNICEF Headquarters, and he worked on socioeconomic and human development policies at the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the United Nations in New York. Fardous Asem Rahmani presented and spoke at the University of Notre Dame, Herat University, Columbia University, the University of Arizona, at the Comparative & International Education Society (CIES 2017) Conference and he raised the voice of Afghan youth at the United Nations High-Level Political Forum (HLPF 2017) at the UN Headquarters in New York.