Based on the Institute’s bylaw and the board’s terms of reference, the board of advisors is tasked to provide strategic guideline to the institute and generate political and financial support. Providing expertly advice on the focused areas and the smooth running of the institute are the board’s additional responsibilities. It will have diverse and multinational members, including representatives from the Afghan government, academic community, private sector, civil society as well as international members from outside Afghanistan. Dr Spanta, Afghanistan’s National Security Adviser will chair the advisory board. Other members of the Board are: Ambassador Kai Eaide, former UN Secretary General’s envoy to Afghanistan; Dr Sima Samar, Chairwoman, Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission; Professor Shahrbanou Tadjbakhsh , specialized program on Human Security at the Master’s of Public Affairs (MPA) at the Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) in Paris; Prof Radha Kumar, Director General, Delhi Policy Group; Dr. Barnett Rubin, Professor of Political Science at New York University, Dr. David Samuel Sedney, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense; Professor Wang Jisi, Dean of the School of International Studies and Director of the Center for International and Strategic Studies at Peking University; Mr. Ahmad Nader Nadery, Commissioner of Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC).  Further members of the board will be identified in due course.
RSpantaDr. Rangin Dadfar Spanta (Chairman of the Board)

Dr. Rangin Dadfar Spanta is former Afghanistan’s National Security Adviser, former Foreign Minister and the Senior Advisor on International Affairs to President Hamid Karzai. Dr. Spanta fled to Turkey during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan before moving to Germany. There he became assistant professor of political science at RWTH Aachen University. He also served as spokesperson for the Alliance for Democracy in Afghanistan, and was active in the German Green Party. He also briefly taught at Kabul University after the fall of Taliban.

BRubinDr. Barnett R. Rubin

Dr. Rubin is one of the world’s foremost experts on Afghanistan and the surrounding region. Having served as special advisor during the Bonn Conference and contributed to development of Afghanistan National Development Strategy. He is the author of several books and numerous articles on conflict prevention, state formation, and human rights, some on Afghanistan. He received a Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Chicago and is a Yale alumnus. Dr. Rubin is currently at the Council for Foreign Relations.

David-SedneyDr. David Samuel Sedney

David Samuel Sedney served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs(2009-2013). Previously Mr. Sedney was Deputy Chief of Mission at the United States Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan from 2003-2004, where he was Charge d’Affaires from August through November 2003. Mr. Sedney was also Deputy Chief of Mission in Kabul in 2002, after the re-opening of the Embassy. Mr. Sedney was Director for Afghanistan at the National Security Council (2003), Senior Advisor in the State Department’s Office of e-Diplomacy (2002), Senior Advisor to John Negroponte, United States Ambassador to the United Nations (2001-2002), Deputy Director of the State Department’s Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs (1999-2001), and Special Assistant to Stephen Sestanovich, Ambassador-at-Large and Special Representative for the Newly Independent States (1997-1998). Mr. Sedney is a graduate of Princeton University and Suffolk University School of Law. He attended Louisiana State University’s School of Law where he studied Law of the Sea and International Law.

SSamarDr. Sima Samar

Dr. Samar is currently the Chairwoman of the Independent Afghanistan Human Rights Commission. She served as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Sudan from August 2005 till June 2009. She also served as the Deputy Chair and Minister of Women’s Affairs for the Interim Administration of Afghanistan. Dr. Samar founded The Shuhada Organization, which now operates 55 schools in Afghanistan and 3 schools for Afghan refugees in Quetta, Pakistan. She received a medical degree in 1982 from the Kabul University.

TadjbakhshProfessor Shahrbanou Tadjbakhsh

Professor Shahrbanou Tadjbakhsh leads the specialized program on Human Security at the Master’s of Public Affairs (MPA) at the Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) in Paris. She also serves as consultant for the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy in Central Asia on implementing the Global UN Counter Terrorism Strategy among the countries of Central Asia, and as Research Associate with the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) on a study on regional security complexes around Afghanistan. She is the author of numerous books and articles human security, Afghanistan, Central Asia human development and peacebuilding. She has taught at Sciences Po, at Columbia University in New York, and at universities in Kabul, New Delhi, Pretoria, Moscow and Dushanbe. She was a staff member of the United Nations Development Program between 1993-2003. Tadjbakhsh holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Georgetown University (1987) a Master’s Degree (1991) and a Doctoral Degree (1994) from Columbia University.


Dr. Radha Kumar

Dr. Radha Kumar, Director General of the Delhi Policy Group, is a specialist in ethnic conflicts and peace building. Currently, she is on the Board of the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the Foundation for Communal Harmony (India, Ministry of Home Affairs), and an Associate Fellow of the Asia Society in New York. Dr. Kumar holds a PhD from Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi and an MA and BA from Cambridge University, UK.


Ambassador Kai Eide

Ambassador Kai Eide was appointed the United Nations Special Representative to Afghanistan and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan in 2008, a position he held until March 2010.  Having similar experiences in peace building in conflict-ridden zones, His report to the Secretary General of the United Nations on the political situation in former Serbian province of Kosovo resulted in the launching of the negotiations that ultimately brought about the independence of Kosovo.


Professor Wang Jisi

Professor WANG Jisi is dean of the School of International Studies and Director of the Center for International and Strategic Studies at Peking University. He has been a member of Foreign Policy Advisory Committee of the Foreign Ministry of China since October 2008, and  president of the Chinese Association for American Studies since 2001. Prof. Jisi advises number of U.S. foreign policy think tanks and is on the editorial boards of The American Interest, Global Asia, and many Chinese scholarly journals.


Ahmad Nader Nadery

Mr. Nadery is currently the Commissioner for Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission. He represented Afghan Civil Society at UN peace talks for Afghanistan in Bonn Conference 2001. He also served as spokesperson for the national grand assembly (Loya Jirga) in 2002. Mr. Nadery is also a founding member of the Afghan Civil Society Forum and a board member of the Foundation for Civil Society and Culture. Mr. Nadery received his BA in Law and Political Science from Kabul University, and his MA in International Relations from George Washington University.