Staff

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.

Qudratullah Shafiq

Founder and CEO

  • Qudrat is a specialist in public health, community-based development, procurement, supply chain management and donor coordination.

    He holds a MD and a MBA, having 16 years of professional experience in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, South Africa and Switzerland, where he currently resides. He established AfD as a non-profit organization in Geneva in 2014; he oversees the effective implementation of AfD’s portfolio including monitoring and evaluation of the public health services in Afghanistan as well as the selection,supply and distribution of health products.

    He chairs staff meetings and coordinates donor activities, strategically planning and budgeting initiatives in line with the organization’s mission.

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.

Zahra Al-Amine

Programme Development Officer (Health & Nutrition)

  • Zahra holds a master’s degree in Public Health from the American University of Beirut (AUB). She has experience in Nutrition research as well as monitoring and evaluation and program adaptation in low resource settings.

    Before joining AfD, Zahra worked with World Food Program (WFP) in Lebanon as well as with World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, where she supported the emergency health interventions unit in fragile, conflict affected and vulnerable settings. Zahra has worked a lot with vulnerable populations including orphanage children, refugees and detainees in Lebanon as well as in Sri Lanka. She is passionate about children’s health, nutrition, and advocating for their rights. At AfD, Zahra is currently working to develop funding proposals; in addition, she will develop M&E tools and training materials for girls and women in Afghanistan as part of the health and nutrition program.

Dr. Shegufta Mohammad

Health Research Officer

  • Dr. Shegufta is an accomplished Dental Surgeon born in Bangladesh.

    Before joining AFD she served as the chief dental consultant of Pacific International Hospital in Papua New Guinea. She enjoys a diversified career of 21 years as a clinician, assistant professor, mentor, facilitator, medical educationist and public health professional. She also  served as faculty member and executive committee member of Public health foundation of Bangladesh and also as associate editor of South East Asian Journal of Public Health.

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.

Claudia Cordes

Child Protection Specialist

  • Claudia has 10 years of experience advocating for children’s rights with UN agencies, government bodies, NGOs and civil society.

    She holds a Master’s degree in Social Sciences (Intercultural Education) from the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Germany.

    Previously, she worked as a social worker working directly with street children in Ghana, Tanzania, Mexico and as a Child Protection Specialist in Liberia.  In her last position as Educational Director of two residential groups for unaccompanied minor refugees in Germany, she worked a lot with youth from Afghanistan where she developed an interest in country and supporting its people.

Thenjiwe Phillips

Educational Report Writer

  • Thenjiwe holds a degree in Law from Coventry University. She has 7 years of experience of working on grass-roots programs, assisting refugees, asylum seekers, children and people who have been sexually exploited.

    Her passion for human rights, health, and education issues led her to join Action for Development. She also has a particular interest in understanding and using the feminist political economy as a tool for peace.

    At AfD, Thenjiwe works as a Report Writer on the Education Team, assisting with the writing of monthly, quarterly and annual reports and research supporting the organization’s activities.

Sophie Kräuchi

Communications and External Relations Officer

  • Sophie holds a MA in Anthropology and Sociology of Development from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and is currently pursuing a second MA in Communication for Development at Malmö University.

    She has extensive experience working in development, especially in communications, partnerships and donor relations.

    Sophie has a keen interest in women and children’s rights. Before joining AfD, she worked with UNICEF in Tanzania and Bosnia and Herzegovina. She has also worked for the Oak Foundation, in their prevention of child abuse programme and volunteered with an NGO in Ecuador working on education programmes for street children. At AfD, Sophie holds the position of External Relations Officer where she supports the team by developing communication strategies, increasing fundraising opportunities and generating social media content to help develop AfD’s visibility.

Maude Girard

Communication & Social Media Officer

  • Maude is a communications consultant and a project manager. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and a master's degree in human and social sciences from the University of Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne.

    In her career, she quickly developed a passion for humanitarian and development issues. Her interest in questions related to women’s – children’s rights and health naturally led her to join Action for Development.

    She has 4 years of experience in the press and communications field. Within the AfD, she collaborates in the implementation of the multi-support communication strategy.

Loubna Khalifa

HR and Admin Officer

  • Loubna is a certified CFC employee de commerce graduate, with 5 years of experience in administration and accounting. She is currently completing a HR Swiss certification to further specialize in the field.

    Loubna has previously worked as HR officer at WIPO, an International non-for-profit organization. She joined AfD as HR Officer at the beginning of 2021 and she is in charge of the employee life cycle and management of human resources.

Kabul Staff

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.

Haroon Noori

Administration/Finance Officer

  • Haroon has a Bachelor's degree in history and sociology from the University of Kabul. He also has a diploma in accounting and management.

    Before joining AfD, Haroon held various positions with Action contre la Faim – as a translator and English teacher, as an accountant, and working in logistics and supply. Haroon brings this experience to his role as administration and finance officer.