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.

Dominique Chatelet

Pharma supply and management advisor

  • Dominique is a pharmacist working in Geneva. She holds a Certificate of Advanced Studies from the Institut Universitaire d’Étude du Développement (Graduate Institute) in Geneva.

    She was involved in several training programs on palliative care and morphine use in Africa (Uganda, Mali, Burkina-Faso, Ivory Coast) with Hospice Africa and AMCC (Alliance Mondiale Contre le Cancer).

    At Action for Development, she contributes by supplying the Community Health Center in Kabul with Swiss pharmaceutical products.

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.

Olena Kuzyakiv

Public health specialist

  • Starting her education in General Medicine back in Ukraine, Olena has graduated from the University of Toronto (Canada) in Human Biology.

    Since graduation Olena has successfully contributed to various biomedical projects including stem-cell research, vaccine development and clinical trials procedures. She has gained professional experience in both the private and public sector. Pursuing her great interest in Public Health and Epidemiology, Olena has completed additional education in both disciplines. Since joining AfD as a Public Health Specialist in October 2017, Olena has been in charge of data analysis, interpretation and visualization as well as report development. She speaks English, French, Ukrainian and Russian.

Maria Catenacci

Children Education Officer

  • Born in 1970, Maria has a degree in Law from the L.U.I.S.S. University in Rome. For more than 15 years in Learning and Development, managing training programmes in the private sector, Maria has decided to share her knowledge, experience and passion to support the humanitarian cause following a family decision to move to Geneva.

    Within AfD, Maria coordinates the School for Street Working Children – an Education project in Kabul, while believing that education is the road to freedom and that starting from the schools we, together, can make the world a better place for all.

Daniela Gerzso-Demange

Education Programme Manager

  • Daniela holds a Master degree in International Relations and European Studies from the University of Strasbourg in France. She worked in international education in France for nearly seven years.

    She was responsible for international students and partnerships with international universities. She arrived in Geneva in 2018 and worked at the Geneva Centre For Security Policy as Junior Program Officer. After this experience, Daniela pursued her interest in the humanitarian sector by joining Action for Development as Education Program Manager in 2019.

    Daniela’s topics of interest include intercultural exchanges, international education and project management in the humanitarian sector. Daniela speaks English, French, Spanish and some Italian.

Eunice Bonzemba

Street Children Project Coordinator

  • Eunice has a Bachelor degree in Psychology and a Master degree in Children's Rights Studies.

    She has a strong interest in human rights and has worked in NGOs before, which is why she was interested in joining Action for Development.

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 local projects in the assistance to refugees and migrants residing in Switzerland, as well as developing and building partnerships with local and international organizations in favour of AfD’s projects in Afghanistan.

Loris Zancanaro

Fundraising and Accounting Consulting

  • Loris Zancaro has always been passionate about humanitarian work and has many years of experience working with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

    With regards to AfD, Loris has been supporting the organization as a Fundraising and Accounting Consultant.

Kabul Staff

Mohammad Ismail Qarizada

Afghanistan country director

  • Mr. Qarizada has a BSc in Civil Engineering from Herat University and an MBA in Project Management from Preston Institute of Management Science and Technology in Karachi, Pakistan.

    He has previously worked as Organizational Development Advisor for the Capacity Building for Results Facility Project, and as Senior Program Manager for the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

    He joined Action for Development as Afghanistan Country Director in 2018.

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.