Staff

Over the years we have grown an enthusiastic team of talented and dedicated professionals from various fields who ensure the day-to-day running of the organization and manage AfD’s many projects in Switzerland and Afghanistan.

Geneva Staff

Kabul Staff

Zuhra Dadgar Shafiq,

Strategy, performance and evaluation director

  • Zuhra Dadgar Shafiq, Strategy, Performance and Evaluation Director Zuhra has built her career in social development, gender, public health and management working with different international organizations,

    the UN and donor agencies over the past 15 years. She has for example worked with UNDP, USAID, MSH, Save the Children Sweden, Afghanaid, GFMER and the Ministry of Public Health of Afghanistan. She was also active in the social development sector in Pakistan and Afghanistan. She specializes in strategy performance, macro-level planning and policy development.

    Zuhra serves as Strategy Performance and Evaluation Director at AfD. Her mandate is to address the strategic expansion of the organization, primarily focusing on initiatives addressing community development, health, education and women empowerment. She also served as a member of AfD’s board of trustees for 3 years.

Mohammad Ismail Qarizada

Afghanistan country director

  • Mr. Qarizada has a BSc in Civil Engineering from Herat University and an MBA in Project Management from Preston Institute of Management Science ...

    … and Technology in Karachi, Pakistan.

    In the past he worked as Organizational Development Adivsor for for the Capacity Building for Results Facility project or as a Senior Program Manager for the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

    He joined Action for Development as Afghanistan Country Director in 2018.

Dominique Chatelet,

Pharma supply and management advisor

  • Dominique Chatelet is a pharmacist working in Geneva. She also holds a Certificate of Advanced Studies from the IUED (Institut Universitaire d’Étude du Développement, the former Graduate Institute in Geneva).

    She was involved in several training programs on palliative care and morphine use in Africa (Uganda, Mali, Burkina-Faso, Ivory Coast) with Hospice Africa and AMCC (Alliance Mondiale Contre le Cancer).

    At Action for Development, she contributes by supplying the Community Health Center in Kabul with Swiss pharmaceutical products.

Dr. Kohkan Fazelpoor

Internal medicine specialist/sonologist at chc

  • Dr Kohkan Fazelpoor was born in Kapisa in 1974. He worked for the Kabul Medical University from 2006 to 2012 and was an Internal Medicine Specialist from 2012 to 2016

    at the Jamhuriat Teaching Hospital in Kabul.

    He has been working with the Comprehensive health Center (CHC) as an Internal Medicine Specialist/Sonologist since 2013.

Alison Farnham,

Public health nutritionist

  • Alison graduated from St Andrews University with an MA and followed this with a Master of Medical Sciences in Human Nutrition from the University of Sheffield. She is currently completing the UNICEF/Cornell University training course;

    Programming for Infant and Young Child Feeding.
    Previous work experience includes Oxfam and the UK Pre-conceptual care charity, Foresight.
    Alison is currently the Public Health Nutritionist in the AfD team and has recently joined the Board of Trustees. Within AfD she is working to set up an Integrated Management of Malnutrition program through the AfD Comprehensive Health Centre in Kabul.

Zohra Kaihan

Operation Manager

Zohra Kaihan, born in Parwan in 1976, taught English at Said Jamaluddin Afghan Institute from 2003 to 2004 and has been working since 2013 as an Operation Manager with AfD.

Olena Kuzyakiv,

Public health specialist

  • Starting her education in General Medicine back in Ukraine, Olena has graduated from the University of Toronto (Canada) with the degree in Human Biology.

    Since graduation Olena has successfully contributed to various biomedical projects involving stem cell research, vaccine development as well as clinical trials procedures. She has gained professional experience in both the private and public sector. Pursuing her great interest in Public Health and Epidemiology, Olena has done additional education in both disciplines. Since joining AfD as a Public Health Specialist in October 2017, Olena has been in charge of data analysis, interpretation and visualization as well as report development. She speaks English, French, Ukrainian and Russian.

Dr. Zabi Rahimi

Training Coordinator and Midwife Trainer

  • Dr. Rahimi Zabihullah is a pediatrician, who was born in Kabul in 1966. He obtained his degree at Kabul University and since has worked for many ..

    … international organizations including USAID. He has been working as Training Coordinator and Midwife Master Trainer for AfD since 2014.

Richa Teckchandani

Operations and HR Manager

  • Richa has vast experience in Banking and Financial Services Sector with majority of career spanning in Banking Operations.

    She has extensive knowledge in internation banking products, People Management and Operations Management. She joined Action for Development in the capacity of Operations & HR Manager as she believes she can contribute to the cause of empowering women and children in the society.

Sania Nezami

Coordinator for the School for Street Children

  • Sania, born in 1994, studied the Afghan Technical Vocational Institute. She works as the School Coordinator for AfD’s Street Children Back to School Project.

    Her role is to coordinate the activities between the Geneva office and the school in Kabul.

Sylvia Basterrechea

Street Children Project Coordinator

  • Sylvia has a Bachelor in Social Sciences and currently pursuing a Master of Global Health at the University of Geneva.

    She believes that taking into account local contexts, local communities and their everyday life, is essential for their health and well-being. At Action for Development, she works on the School for Street Children project, which contributes to giving them better life conditions and hope for a brighter future.

Claudia Brunner

Communication Officer

  • Claudia is an experienced communications professional with a demonstrated history of working in the media industry covering the United Nations in Geneva.

    Equipped with a Masters degree in International Relations from the Graduate Institute Geneva, her passion for humanitarian affairs brought her to several organisations where she honed her skills in non-profit work.

    At Action for Development she has been leading the communication work since June 2017, lending her voice to promote the organisation and most of all, to tell the many Afghan stories that too often remain untold.

Claudia Iseli

Communication Intern

  • Claudia Iseli has a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of Geneva. She speaks English, French, German and Spanish.

    She joined Action for Development in October 2017 as a Communications Intern. At AfD she helps managing and creating content for the website and social media accounts of the organization and does translation work.

    She is passionate about humanitarian work and believes that it is incredibly important to involve the local communities as much as possible.

Loris Zancanaro

Fundraising and Accounting Consulting

  • Loris Zancaro has always been passionate about humanitarian work and has many years of experience working with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

    With regards to AfD, Loris has been supporting the organization as a Fundraising and Accounting Consultant.