Deputy Country Representative, Afghanistan
Tel: +93 793 606 042
Expertise: National elections administration; Government; Afghanistan
Mr. Abdullah Ahmadzai is The Asia Foundation's Deputy County Representative in Afghanistan. A seasoned development professional with expertise in national elections administration, Mr. Ahmadzai comes to the Foundation from his latest posting as Chief Electoral Officer for the Independent Election Commission (IEC) of Afghanistan. As head of the IEC, Mr. Ahmadzai oversaw the 2010 elections for the Lower House of the Afghan Parliament; the first fully "Afghanized" national election involving limited technical support from the international community.
Prior to his position with the IEC, from June 2006 to October 2009, Mr. Ahmadzai worked with The Foundation, serving under the Support to Center of Government project in Afghanistan, first as a Senior National Capacity Building Advisor and later as Deputy Chief of Party and Chief of Party. In each of these roles with the Foundation, Mr. Ahmadzai served with distinction. Between 2004 and 2006, Mr. Ahmadzai held positions with the UN under the Joint Electoral Management Body Secretariat (JEMBS), first as an Area Manager and then as Chief of Operations.
From 2003-2004, Mr. Ahmadzai was actively involved with the Afghanistan Constitution Commission which was mandated by the 2001 Bonn Agreement to draft a new constitution for the country. Under the Commission, Mr. Ahmadzai assisted with the Emergency Loya Jirga and later the drafting of the constitution which was formally adopted in January 2004.
Education: Mr. Ahmadzai holds a BSc in Information Technology from Brains Degree College in Peshawar, Pakistan, in addition to several workshop certificates earned through Harvard University and the International Foundation for Electoral Services (IFES).