Bethan Williams is a dedicated development professional with a background in Anthropology. Bethan has spent seven years managing projects in Afghanistan initially with Children in Crisis and later with Womankind Worldwide. Bethan has a particular interest in women’s rights and justice and is committed to a positive future for the people of Afghanistan.
Quhramaana Kakar is the founder and director of Women for Peace and Participation. She works for women’s empowerment in the areas of leadership development through political participation in peacebuilding, and international development with special focus on women’s and vulnerable individual’s economic development and their inclusion at the policy level. She is N-Peace 2012 Role Model for Peace awardee, currently providing support to UN peace-network as advisor on the strategic board. She has been advising policy makers and politicians advocating for the rights of women and vulnerable communities in Europe and US on international intervention in Afghanistan. Besides her role with international community she was the Gender Advisor for the Afghanistan Peace and Reconciliation Program, to ensure that women’s interests are considered and integrated in the peace process. She holds an Mphil from the University of Cambridge, a master in Public Policy from Germany, a master in development economics and a master in Business Administration.
Marika Theros is a human rights and organizational development expert with more than 12 years experience working at the intersection of public policy, academia and civil society. She provides strategic and programmatic advice on issues related to human rights and civil society to a range of organizations.
She is currently a senior researcher at the Institute for State Effectiveness in Washington DC. At the London School of Economics (LSE), she contributes to the Civil Society Research Program (JSRP), particularly on issues of accountability, justice, and conflict in Afghanistan. She also serves on the executive committee of the London Transitional Justice Network and is completing her Doctorate at the Department for International Development at LSE.
Horia Mosadiq Horia Mosadiq is 42 -years-old Afghan human rights activist and journalist with around 23 years of work experience in Afghanistan and the region, in the fields of media, human rights, transitional justice and women rights.
Award Winner of 2007 national human rights award in Afghanistan and in 2011 she was recognized among 50 bravest women of the world for her work by Glamour magazine in the United Kingdom, and in 2012 and 2015 won Women Rights Defender Award from Amnesty International and in 2015 also won the prize for outstanding achievement in human rights from Open Asia/ Armanshahr Foundation in Afghanistan.
During the past 23 years Horia Mosadiq served as Director of Human Rights Research and Advocacy Consortium (HRRAC), Media Commissioner for Afghanistan Elections Commission 2005, Senior Advisor to Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, and Observer in the Constitutional Loya Jirga of Afghanistan in 2003- 2004.
She represented Afghanistan in 51st UN session Commission on the Status of women in year 2007 and chaired the human rights and civil society panel in Paris donor Conference in 2008 and participated in London donor conference 2010, Bonn II donor conference 2011 and Tokyo conference in 2012. Since September 2008 she is working at Amnesty International, International Secretariat as Afghanistan Researcher.
In 2013 she established a local NGO Safety and Risk Mitigation Organization (SRMO) which is mainly working with the Human Rights and Women Rights Defenders in Afghanistan to provide protection, build resilience and assist with risk mitigation strategy and enabling environment for the defenders specially the grassroot defenders who are working in volatile and insecure provinces.
Heidi Kingstone has written for some of the world’s leading publications, covering stories on human rights issues, conflict and politics. She has reported from places as diverse as Afghanistan, Sudan, Iraq, Bangladesh, Mali, Darfur and the Middle East. Along the way, she's interviewed key international figures from Benjamin Netanyahu and Princess Anne to Zaha Hadid and Daniel Liebeskind. Her first book, Dispatches from the Kabul Café, is a memoir of her time in Afghanistan from 2007-2011..
Peymana Assad currently works in Local Government in London and leads on Afghanistan for the Fabian International Policy Group, a sub-group for Britain’s oldest political think-tank, the Fabian Society. She has worked with various non-profits on development issues inside Afghanistan as well as with the British-Afghan community, having recently served as a trustee of the charity British Afghan Women’s Society. Peymana has a particular interest in security and development in Afghanistan with a focus on making sure Afghan voices are heard on these issues.
Nazifa Haqpal is a former Afghan diplomat specializing in social development work with a particular interest in human rights and violence against women. Mrs Haqpal was assigned as a Second Secretary in Afghan Embassy - London in 2011. She was head of consulate department of the Embassy and later in 2013 she established a human rights/ women’s rights department at the embassy. She advocated for human rights, particularly Afghan Women's and children’s rights.
In 2009 Mrs Haqpal was appointed as a Head of United State of America Desk in the Fifth Political Directorate. In this role, she held regular meetings with US diplomats and represented Afghanistan in several national and international meetings and conferences.
Before joining the Foreign Service, Mrs Haqpal worked as a Human Rights Assistant with the United Nation Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) in 2008 and Action Aid International as a women's Rights Officer in 2006.
She has a Master’s degree in International Security and Diplomacy from the University of East Anglia (London Academy of Diplomacy) and a Bachelor’s degree in Administration and Diplomacy from the Law and Political Science faculty -Kabul University.