Over the years we have grown an enthusiastic team of talented and dedicated professionals with diverse backgrounds, responsible for managing AfD’s projects in Switzerland and Afghanistan

Geneva Staff

Zuhra Dadgar Shafiq

Strategy, Performance and Evaluation Director

  • Zuhra has built her career in social development, gender, public health and management; she has worked over 15 years with different international organizations including UNDP, USAID, MSH, Save the Children Sweden, Afghanaid, GFMER and the Ministry of Public Health of Afghanistan.

    She also has professional experience in the field of social development in Pakistan and Afghanistan. She specializes in strategy performance, macro-level planning and policy development.

    Zuhra serves as Strategy Performance and Evaluation Director at AfD. Her mandate is to address the strategic expansion of the organization, primarily focusing on initiatives addressing community development, health, education and the empowerment of women. She also served as a member of AfD’s board of trustees for 3 years.

Isis Gaeta Falcone

Finance Manager

  • Isis has more than 12 years of experience working as a Financial and Project Manager in NGOs.

    She holds a Master’s Degree in Finance and Economics from Fundação Getulio Vargas’s Sao Paulo School of Business Administration (FGV EAESP). She has a broad range of solution-driven experience as a Project Management for projects and partnerships entered into with third parties including companies, R&D organizations, public sector and she is very passionate about development of innovative projects and the extraordinary impact we may cause on people lives. She works as Finance Manager with AfD. She manages financial data, including data analysis and reporting.

Kirti Chawla

Programme Manager

  • Kirti has more than 8 years of international experience in both Private and Public Sector across India, Singapore, and Switzerland. She has an expertise in the fields of Human Resources Management, Corporate Affairs & Corporate Social Responsibility.

    She has a Masters degree in Business Administration with dual specialization in Marketing & HR and has recently earned a certification in project management, CAPM from PMI, USA. She has keen interest in Social Responsibility and has two of her white papers published. She now works as Programme Manager at AfD looking into Programme Development and Resource Management.

Alison Farnham

Public health nutritionist

  • Alison graduated from St Andrews University, followed by a Master of Medical Sciences in Human Nutrition from the University of Sheffield.

    She is currently completing the UNICEF/Cornell University training course in “Programming for Infant and Young Child Feeding”.
    Previous work experience includes Oxfam and the UK Pre-conceptual care charity, Foresight.
    Alison works as Public Health Nutritionist at AfD and has recently joined the Board of Trustees. She is currently working towards setting-up an Integrated Management of Malnutrition Program through the AfD Comprehensive Health Centre in Kabul.

Maria Catenacci

Child Education Specialist

  • Maria has more than 15 years of experience working in the field of Learning & Development and managing training programmes for enhancement of capacities.

    She holds a degree in Law from the L.U.I.S.S. University of Rome, Italy. At AfD she works as Child Education Specialist, managing and promoting the expansion of the School for Street Working Children – Education Project in Kabul.

Daniela Gerzso-Demange

Education Programme Officer

  • Daniela holds a Master's degree in International Relations and European Studies from the University of Strasbourg in France.

    Daniela has more than 7 years of work experience gained in France and Switzerland. She has worked in intercultural exchanges, international education and project management. She pursued her interest in the humanitarian sector by joining Action for Development as Education Program Officer.

Lauren Scruggs

Programme Officer (Public Health/Nutrition)

  • Lauren holds a Master’s degree in Nutrition for Global Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She has experience working in research and nutrition programmes.

    Before joining AfD, Lauren was working as a Technical Advisor for UNICEF in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Lauren has also recently earned a certification in Results-Based Project Management with a focus on Monitoring and Evaluation. She has a keen interest in international development and a passion for nutrition and health.

Elena Moroni

External Relations and Partnerships Officer

  • Elena holds a Bachelor degree in Cross-cultural Communication and a Master degree in International Human Rights Law; she has extensive experience working in the humanitarian field, especially international protection.

    Before joining the AfD team, she worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq. At AfD, Elena works on developing communication strategies, fundraising and awareness campaigns, managing social media platforms as well as developing and building partnerships with local and international organizations in favour of AfD’s projects in Afghanistan.

Lynda Truong

Human Resources Officer

  • Lynda has a background in politics and governance and human resources from Canada. Her interests and passion for humanitarianism has brought her to Geneva where she joined AfD as a Human Resources Officer.

Puja Schroth

Communication and Social Media Officer

  • Puja holds a Bachelor degree in Psychology, with a minor in Photography.

    She has experience in communication and graphic design; at AfD, she works on developing content and updating social media platforms, managing the website and designing AfD’s annual report.

Nina Firas

Health Programme Officer

  • Nina is a Public Health Nutritionist specialised in Maternal and Newborn Health, with over 5 years of experience in research and program planning in nutrition.

    She holds a Master degree in Nutrition for Global Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and has worked for UNICEF France in 2018. She also has professional experience in logistics and supply chain management in Gabon. At AfD, Nina works as Program Officer, focusing on building the capacity of midwives in Afghanistan. She is currently working on the development of new proposals and on the preparation of project budgets.

Nefti Bempong-Ahun

Programme Officer (Public Health/Nutrition)

  • Nefti is a Public Health Specialist with experience in project management and academic research.

    She holds a Bachelor degree in Biomedical Science, and a Master of Medical Science majoring in Public Health. She was previously engaged with the University of Geneva developing a grant focused on epidemic preparedness and digital innovations, and also contributed to developing a training course with the ICRC.

Daniel Rincón Machón

Program development

  • Daniel holds a dual Bachelor in Law and Political Science. He is currently pursuing a Master in Development Studies at The Graduate Institute.

    His passion for international development brought him to continue his studies in Geneva, where he is focusing on questions of humanitarian assistance in urban settings suffering from violent strife. At AfD he joined the Public Health and Education teams, for program development.

Kabul Staff

Mr. Abdul Wahab Quraishi

Country Director

  • Wahab has extensive experience in managing donor-funded projects in Afghanistan. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering & Management from Kabul Polytechnic University and a fellowship in Business Administration with the Kelly School of Business – Indiana University.

    A management all-rounder that has worked in leadership positions with high-profile donor agencies, the Afghan private sector, and a number of local NGOs, he brings over ten years of combined experience in project management, organizational leadership, and private sector development.

Dr. Kohkan Fazelpoor

Internal medicine specialist/sonologist

  • Dr Kohkan Fazelpoor was born in Kapisa in 1974. He worked for the Kabul Medical University from 2006 to 2012 and was an Internal Medicine Specialist from 2012 to 2016 at the Jamhuriat Teaching Hospital in Kabul.

    He has been working with AfD at the Comprehensive Health Center (CHC) as an Internal Medicine Specialist/Sonologist since 2013.

Zohra Kaihan

Operation Manager

Zohra Kaihan, born in Parwan in 1976, taught English at Said Jamaluddin Afghan Institute from 2003 to 2004 and has been working since 2013 as an Operation Manager with AfD.

Dr. Zabi Rahimi

Training Coordinator and Midwife Trainer

  • Dr. Rahimi Zabihullah is a pediatrician born in Kabul in 1966. After graduating from Kabul University, he has worked for various international organizations, including USAID.

    He has been working as Training Coordinator and Master Trainer for AfD’s project on training of midwives since 2014.

Sania Nezami

Coordinator for the School for Street Children Project

  • Sania, born in 1994, studied at the Afghan Technical Vocational Institute. She works as the School Coordinator for AfD’s Street Children Back to School Project.

    Her role is to coordinate the activities between the Geneva office and the school in Kabul.