Updated May 21, 2018
Nadima Sahar (Roger Williams 2006 | University of Massachusetts Amherst 2008), member of The Initiative’s Advisory Board, was recently appointed to lead the newly autonomous Technical and Vocational Education and Training Board of Afghanistan. Nadima brings to the organization an impressive combination of education, experience and passion for reform and improvement to the more than half century old organization.
A native of Kabul, Nadima was a member of The Initiative's first class graduating magna cum laude from Roger Williams University in 2006. Two years later, after earning her Master’s degree in Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts - Amherst, she returned to Afghanistan armed with the knowledge and determination to help in the reconstruction of Afghanistan. Nadima first helped build a center for Afghan arts and crafts called The Galleria, the largest private gallery in Afghanistan, working with hundreds of artisans from around Afghanistan, including 9 women artisan associations.
In 2009, Nadima founded Soft Power Solution (SPS), the first ever truly women owned and operated research company in Afghanistan. A capable one-stop-shop research company, SPS has worked with a number of local, national and international organizations in areas such as education, agriculture and food security, gender equality, governance and civil society, local capacity development and many more across thirty-four provinces. Her study on afghan children's access to education was ranked 4th among the fifty best evaluations conducted for UNICEF in 2014.
Nadima serves on the Advisory Board of The Initiative to Educate Afghan Women and the Board of Directors of the Afghan Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industries. Recently, she has helped bring to Afghanistan the country’s first Children’s Museum for Science and Technology.