2019 Asia Foundation Development Fellow

Social Entrepreneur, Afghanistan

Farhad Wajdi is the founder of Ebtakar Inspiring Entrepreneurs of Afghanistan, an NGO that empowers unemployed youth and underprivileged women to pursue social enterprises. Farhad is dedicated to eradicating poverty, gender inequality, and violence against women in Afghanistan. He also co-founded Nawaht Consultancy focusing on education for sustainable development. Previously, Farhad worked for UNESCO as a finance officer, a co-trainer for Management Systems International/USAID, and as business development officer for the Global Partnership for Afghanistan. In 2018 the European Commission named Farhad as one of their EU Development Days Young Leaders, and recently, he was selected as a Thomson Reuters Foundation Scholar. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Virtual University of Pakistan.