Mohammad Naeem Ayubzada

Founder Transparent Election Foundation of Afghanistan(TEFA)

Mohammad Naeem Ayubzada was born in 1980 in Kabul, Afghanistan. He completed his secondary education in Kabul. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the Preston University of Pakistan. Under the Taliban regime, he was forced to immigrate to Pakistan where he stayed for several years.

After the fall of Taliban in 2001, Ayubzada returned to Afghanistan in order to partake in the reconstruction process of Afghanistan. In 2002, he established an educational center for the eligible poor children in an outskirt of Kabul, believing that the education is the most significant tool for the progress of the country.  He served as Deputy Director of Bina Organization, a local NGO which mainly worked in the areas of public awareness and social outreach in 25 provinces of Afghanistan. In 2003, he joined USAID/BearingPoint as deputy to a mentoring expert who worked with the Minister of Telecommunication.

From 2004 to 2012, Mohammad Naeem Ayubzada worked at National Democratic Institute (NDI) for International Affairs where he held several key positions, focusing on sub-national governance, parliamentary engagement, political parties’ development, election observation mission, and gender mainstreaming programs.  He also served as Senior Program Manager at NDI with primarily responsibility of increasing women’s political participation. In this capacity, he managed the programs conducted for the improvement of women’s lives and gender equality.

Understanding the importance of election observation, he created Transparent Election Foundation of Afghanistan (TEFA), a local election observation body which conducted observation missions of Afghanistan’s 2010 parliamentary election. Serving as chair of TEFA, he brings the experience of election observation from the last six rounds of election in Afghanistan. He also wrote manuals for the domestic observers. TEFA intends to monitor the upcoming 2014 presidential and provincial council elections in all 34 provinces of Afghanistan. 

Ayubzada also served as a Technical Advisor to MSI (Management System International), an international organization currently working on anti-corruption efforts in Afghanistan.

In mid-2013, he served as civil society representative on a selection committee established to propose nominees to the President for the appointment of commissioners of both the Independent Election Commission (IEC) and the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC).

Ayubzada brings broad experience and knowledge of Afghan socio-political context and closely follows the developments. He is well familiar with the tribal structures and political knits of the country and maintains close contacts with government officials and ministries, political figures, including members of parliament, women activists, political leaders, civil society members, and the media. He often appears on local and international media as an election expert. He speaks English, Dari, Pashtu, Urdu and Arabic.