Congratulations to our travel award recipient, Qurban Ali Waezi from the Aga Khan Education Services, Afghanistan!
Qurban Ali Waezi is a humanitarian and development practitioner with 15+ years of professional experience in education and development in Afghanistan and Iran, with 7+ years of senior technical and strategic leadership role experience at international organizations. Throughout his career, Qurban Ali has worked in and with INGOs, UN agencies, governments, academia, and the private sector to enhance human and institutional capacities in conflict-affected and fragile situations. Being an immigrant himself, Qurban Ali started his early career as a teacher at a local NGO school in Iran and taught school subjects to Afghan orphans. Qurban Ali currently directs and oversees large Early Childhood Development (ECD), education and skills development portfolios at the Aga Khan Education Services (AKES) Afghanistan, a private education NGO, and focuses on conducting alternative education programs for Afghan girls in response to recent girls’ education restrictions in Afghanistan. Qurban Ali is a former World Bank education consultant and contributed to gender equality and women empowerment through technically supporting the Afghanistan Skills Development Project (ASDP). Qurban Ali holds a Master of Educational Leadership and Management (MELM) and a Master of English Language Teaching (MELT) from recognized universities. He is a founder and country coordinator of the International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO) in Afghanistan, an innovative program promoting STEM education among young adolescents. Qurban Ali spoke about international development best practices at UKFIET, CIES, and FCDO events. Qurban Ali is a University of Cambridge program director, a certified PRINCE2 project manager, and a UNITAR leadership program alumnus.