Shukria Barakzai

Shukria Barakzai is born in 1972 in Kabul. She speaks Pashto, Dari and English. Barakzai completed her early education in Kabul. She studied higher education at Kabul University in the 1990s, but was forced to leave during the war. She resumed her education after the fall of the Taliban. She has a bachelor degree in Archaeology and Geology from Kabul University in 2003. During the Taliban era, Barakzai ran underground schools for girls. In 2001, she founded and was Editor-in-Chief of Aina-e-Zan (Women’s Mirror), a national weekly newspaper. Barakzai has been a campaigner for women’s rights and a journalist. She has been the head of NGOs including the Afghan Women Journalist’s Association and the Asia Women’s Organization (AWO). Barakzai was elected to parliament in 2005 and she participated in the Constitutional Loya Jirga in 2003.

Ramazan Bashar Dost

Dr. Ramazan Bashar Dost is born in 1965 in Qarabagh District. He speaks Dari, Pashto, Urdu, English, and French. Bashar Dost completed his primary and intermediate education in Qarabagh and later in Maimana, Faryab Province. He completed his high school education in Iran before immigrating to Pakistan and then France, where he lived for 20 years. In France, he earned master degree in Law (1989, Grenoble University), Diplomacy (1990, University of Paris) and Political Science (1992). He then went on to gain his Ph.D. in Law from Toulouse University in France in 1995.Bashar Dost returned to Afghanistan in 2002 to work in Afghanistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2003, he was appointed as the Director of the European and Western.

Baktash Siawash

Baktash Siawash is born in 1983 in Kohistan District, Kapisa Province. His mother language is Dari but he also speaks Pashto, Urdu, and English. Siawash completed his secondary education at the Abdul Hadi Dawi School in Kabul in 2004. He then went to the United Kingdom to study Political Science at the London School of Economics. He studied conflict reporting, in which he earned a specialist degree in 2008, and has undertaken online courses in journalism provided by institutions in Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Siawash’s family owns a newspaper, he regularly contributing articles on various issues. Siawash worked as a journalist with various newspapers, and more recently with Tolo TV and Lemar TV in Kabul.