• The Academic Diaspora Conference - Afghanistan by The Farkhunda Trust

The Academic Diaspora Conference - Afghanistan by The Farkhunda Trust

09 June 2019 to 10 June 2019

Resource for London 356 Holloway Road N7 6PA

On the 9-10 June, The Farkhunda Trust will host a conference on the diaspora's role in Afghanistan's Social, Economic and Political Developmental Process, in collaboration with Afghan Professional Network, Afghan Voice Radio, British Afghan Coordination Council. The conference will be facilitated by Rahela Sidiqi, Director of the Farkhunda Trust and Marika Theros, PHD student London School of Economics.

Speakers will include:

Tahmoras Naweed Barikzai: will speak on the developmental role of the Diaspora in host and country of origin with International Practices.

Farid Rahimi: with a MSc in Sustainable Urban Development from the University of Oxford, an MBA from LSC London, a BA (Honours) in Politics & Development Studies, University of London. He will be speaking on the role of the diaspora for women and youth support.

Walid Halimi: a PHD student reading politics and globalization at the Brunel University, holding an MSc in International Security and Global Governance from Birkbeck College the University of London, with a BA (Hons) in International Studies, Kingston University (London). He will be discussing Afghan Women in Governance - The story of success and challenges.

Mateullah Sameullah: reading an MA International Business from Queen Mary’s University of London. As an active member of African Studies Association of the UK (ASAUK), he is the Executive Director of the British Afghan Cooperation Council (BACC). He will be discussing the Diaspora Businesses Stories of Success & Challenges in the United Kingdom.

Freshta Omer: will be making a comparative analysis of the recruitment process opportunities in the case of the UK and Afghanistan.

Sitara Negar: holding an MSc in International Business and Politics. She will be exploring how diaspora can play effective role of diaspora in gender equality with a media focus.

Kudsia Kaker: The President of Afghan Professionals Network. Kudsia is the co-founder of an international corporate events company - Qatalyst Global. She will be discussing the role of professionals of British- Afghan in Afghanistan's Narrative. 

Liz Mermin: has directed documentary films on international topics for BBC, PBS, Netflix, CNN, and many other global broadcasters. Her 2004 film The Beauty Academy of Kabul told stories of women and families immediately after the fall of the Taliban, and was broadcast around the world and released in cinemas across the US. She will be relaying her experiences and the messages of those she has come across with an Afghan narrative, with what the international media and humanitarian community has achieved for Afghanistan.

Conference objectives include

1) Promote Afghan Women in Higher Education;

2) Advocate Afghan women and young people with essential empowerment skills;

3) Generate British-Afghan links and networks.


Date: 09-10 June 2019

Time: 09:00 - 16:00

Location: Resource for London, 356 Holloway Road, London, N7 6PA

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