Afghanistan Country Representative

After serving The Initiative as a volunteer, Robin Ryczek accepted a position in Kabul made possible through a generous restricted gift by Initiative’s Board of Directors member, Drue Gensler. Robin represents The Initiative on all matters in Afghanistan and supports admissions recruiting, summer internship and long term placement coordination as well as local alumnae activities.


Her connection to music in Afghanistan began in 2010 when Ms. Ryczek joined the Afghanistan National Institute of Music in its formative years. It is this distinctive opportunity that has decidedly strengthened her dedication to the practical teaching at ANIM and active preservation of Afghanistan’s rich music and cultural heritage. 


During her time at The Initiative, Robin continues her work on the faculty at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music and in 2016, as a recipient of the John Richards Fellowship from the American Institute of Afghanistan Studies, Ms Ryczek worked with ethnomusicologists and Indiana University to digitise and repatriate music recordings and cultural documents to Afghanistan. This work in collaboration with Nancy Dupree and the Afghanistan Center at Kabul University set to expand a music archive for use by ANIM students and future researchers in Afghanistan.  Robin is well known to and very much loved by alumnae and students of The Initiative alike. It is an honor to work with her on our mission here at The Initiative!