Board-members
Board Members
Our Board is made up of business people who've proven that it's possible to do successful business in Afghanistan.
  • Mr. Karim Khoja (Chairman) – CEO, Roshan
  • Ms. Malalai Wassil – Attorney
  • Mr. Tamim Samee – CEO, Digistan
  • Mr. Khalil Seddiq – CEO, Afghanistan International Bank
  • Mr. David Crichton – International Development Advisor
  • Mr. Simon White – Business Development Specialist
Mr. Karim Khoja (Chairman) – CEO, Roshan

Board Chairman and Founding Board Member, 2009 to present

Mr. Karim Khoja, Chief Executive Officer of Roshan, has over 25 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, including starting and managing extremely successful GSM companies in Pakistan, Poland, Croatia, Tajikistan and Afghanistan. Under his leadership, Roshan has grown to be Afghanistan’s market leader, with six million customers. Mr. Khoja started his GSM career as CEO for Mobilink in Pakistan, and then launched Era GSM in Poland. He then went on to form the company, HT Mobile, from Croatia Telecom. Over the course of the last ten years, Mr. Khoja has dedicated his time to the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED) to bring competition and best practices to the telecommunication industry in Afghanistan and Tajikistan. He has focused not only on financial results, but also on how technology can be used to change lives. Mr. Khoja serves on the Board of several international companies. He is the Chairman of the Afghan Investment Climate facility,Harakat a £30m fund to encourage removal of roadblocks for private enterprise in Afghanistan, as well as an advisor to the GSMA Development Fund .

 
Ms. Malalai Wassil – Attorney

Founding Board Member, 2009 to present

Ms. Malalai Wassil is a US-trained attorney with a BA in Political Science from Trinity College and a JD from New York Law School. She has worked extensively in Afghanistan serving as an attorney and legal advisor in private sector reform in the energy and commercial sectors.  The projects she has contributed to in Afghanistan include the commercialization of the power operator, successful promulgation of the financial leasing law and the establishment of a interim power regulator.  She managed a successful law practice in Kabul, has taught at the American University of Afghanistan and was founding member of AMCHAM and the New York City based Rebuilding Afghanistan Foundation. In addition, she served as the Chief Legal officer of Roshan.  She continues to serve as advisor to Roshan and intends to remain committed to serving and promoting private sector development in Afghanistan.  Ms. Wassil is enrolled at Georgetown Law School and obtaining her LLM International Business and Economics Law.  

 
Mr. Tamim Samee – Investor/Entrepreneur

Founding Board Member, 2009 to present

Tamim returned to Afghanistan from the United States in late 2002 to participate in the rebuilding process. His interests include information technologies and telecommunications, agro-business and print media companies in Afghanistan.

His international experience includes management and executive roles in a number of leading telecommunication companies in the US, Canada, the UK, Brazil and Mexico. He has applied his experience to pressing and complex national projects and personally invested in the private sector to create economic independence – prosperity through meaningful jobs, new opportunities and peace through economic development.

 

Mr. Khalil Sediq – CEO, Afghanistan International Bank

Mr. Khalilullah has 30 years experience as a central banker and a commercial banker in Afghanistan and America. He joined Da Afghanistan Bank, the central bank of Afghanistan, in 1971 and held senior management position in most departments, serving as governor from 1990 to 1991. Mr. Sediq was with Sun Trust Bank in the USA before returning to Afghanistan in 2006 to become Chief Executive Officer of Afghanistan international Bank, turning a loss-making bank to the most profitable and most respected in Afghanistan. He is also chairman of Afghanistan Banks Association and a director of the Afghanistan institute of banking and finance. Mr. Sediq holds a BA degree in macroeconomics from Kabul University.
 
Mr. David Crichton – International Development Advisor
David is a development specialist with over 30 years of experience in the public and private sectors. In Afghanistan, he has advised on economic strategy, infrastructure and on the design, management and review of development programs. He has also worked recently in the Caribbean, East Africa and the Balkans. David was previously Global Director of Country and Economic Research with the Economist Intelligence Unit in London. He spent five years as CEO of Scottish Enterprise Edinburgh and Lothian, the economic development agency for the city of Edinburgh and its surrounding region, as well as two years as CEO of the Confederation of Forest Industries (UK) Ltd. He has served as a non-executive Director in the health, property and tourism sectors.
 
Dr. Simon White – Business Environment Reform Specialist

Board Member, 2011 to present

Dr. Simon is a development specialist with expertise in business environment reform, private sector development, entrepreneurship, and regional and local economic development. He has worked at local, national and international levels in policy design and evaluation, program development and management, as well as in strategic planning and organizational development. Simon has worked as a self-employed consultant since 1990 in over 25 countries and has worked with a wide range of donor and development agencies, governments and business membership organizations in the design and assessment of business environment reform programs.

 
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