Meet Our Current LEVAS Scholars
2016-2017 LEVAS Scholars
Mr. Amanullah Ahmadzai earned his B.A. from the Faculty of Law and Political Science from Kabul University in 2011. Since graduation, Amanullah has been a Legal Fellow for Global Rights at the Ministry of Counter Narcotics of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. In his capacity as Legal Fellow, Amanullah was responsible for fostering coordination between law enforcement organs of counter narcotics, and drafting legal documents and by-laws, as well as suggesting amendments to Afghanistan’s counter narcotics statutes. Since 2012 Amanullah has been an Assistant Professor of Law at Kabul University.
Mrs. Assia Nazari earned her B.A. from the Faculty of Law and Political Science from Kabul University in 2009. Assia has worked with the Ministry of Commerce, and since 2011 at the Ministry of Interior Affairs as a Legal Expert and Legal Specialist. In that capacity, Assia was responsible for drafting laws for the Ministry, as well as providing legal advice to the Minister, Deputy Minister, and senior leaders. Assia has served as a liaison with coalition and international partners regarding laws, polices, and other matters that affect the Ministry of Interior Affairs.
Wahida Hafiz Bakhtary
Ms. Wahida Hafiz Baktary earned her B.A. from the Faculty of Law and Political Science from Kabul University in 2007. Wahida has worked as a Program Officer for Global Rights, and a Legal Researcher and Project Coordinator with the Max Planck Institute. She has also worked as Legal Aid Officer for the International Development Legal Organization (IDLO) providing legal advice to defense lawyers in the Ministry of Justice, and monitoring activities and ensuring coordination between the Legal Aid Department of the Ministry of Justice, and IDLO. Most recently, Wahida worked as a Protection Program Associate under the Elimination of Violence against Women Pillar at the United Nations to support the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and civil society organizations in the area of women’s rights.
Mr. Ajmal Jalal earned his B.A. from the Faculty of Law and Political Science from Kabul University in 2010. Ajmal has worked with the Corrections System Support Program as a Case Classification Manager conducting investigations and reporting prisoners’ issues. He has also been a Legal Researcher for the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, implementing administrative law projects in Afghanistan. Most recently, Ajmal worked for the Organization for Afghanistan Independent Defenders as Head of Training. Ajmal developed legal training manuals and curriculum, developed an inter-organizational legal education strategy and managed all legal training for the organization.
Ms. Maryam Danesh earned her B.A. in Law and Political Science from Herat University in 2008. Maryam has worked with the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission as an Assistant in the Monitoring and Investigation Department. She has also been a Legal Counsellor for the Norwegian Refugee Council. Maryam worked as a Defense Lawyer with Humanitarian Assistance for the Women and Children of Afghanistan. Maryam has worked for the Independent Election Commission in Herat providing training on the Constitution of Afghanistan and Afghanistan’s election laws. Most recently, Maryam worked as a Defense Lawyer with the Afghanistan Independent Bar Association.
Ahmad Bilal Nasiry
Mr. Ahmad Bilal Nasiry graduated from the Faculty of Sharia and Law from Kabul University in 2007. In 2012 Ahmad graduated from the Judicial Training Center of the Supreme Court of Afghanistan. Ahmad is currently working as a Judge in the Primary Court of Bamyan City.
Rustam Ali Paiman
Mr. Rustam Ali Paiman earned his B.A. from the Faculty of Law and Political Science from Kabul University in 2010. Rustam has worked as a Corruption Prevention Expert with UNDP and as a Corruption Prevention Officer for the Independent Joint Anti-Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee (MEC) in Kabul. In that capacity, Rustam worked to identify anti-corruption priorities in Afghanistan, as well as help to identify government entities most vulnerable to corruption. For the past year, Rustam served as Senior Research Officer with MEC working to develop policy on private investment, trade and industries, mining, the tracking of government assets, and other MEC projects.
Abdul Qadir Shahidyar
Mr. Abdul Qadir Shahidyar earned his B.A. from the Faculty of Law and Political Science at Herat University in 2008. Abdul served as Field Coordinator and Supervisor for the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan and as Law and Contract Coordination Manager for the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI). Shahidyar has worked as a liaison between government agencies and the private sector working to highlight the potential challenges of new legislation. Shahidyar has also served as Mediation, Arbitration, and Legal Services Director providing legal services to ACCI members. Most recently, Abdul served as Legal Services and Government Relations Director with ACCI. He is a member of the Afghanistan Independent Bar Association serves on the Oversight Commission on Access to Information in Afghanistan.
Abdul Hakim Sohail
Mr. Hakim Sohail earned his B.A. from the Faculty of Law and Political Science at Herat University in 2007. Hakim has worked as Regional Court Coordinator and Anti-Corruption Advisor in Herat. In that capacity, he worked to improve court efficiency and the implementation of the Afghanistan Court Administration System. Hakim has also served as a Regional Legal Advisor for USAID in Herat focusing on improving case management. Most recently, Hakim worked as a private Defense Lawyer representing clients in criminal, civil, and commercial cases.
Ms. Sabera Yazdani earned her B.A. from the Faculty of Law and Political Science (Judiciary Department) from Kabul University in 2011. Sabera has worked as a Legal and Advocacy Officer and Defense Lawyer with the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Child Protection Program at Hagar International, as well as a Program Officer for Global Rights providing technical assistance, and reviewing and planning program implementation. Most recently, Sabera has worked as a Legal Advisor with the U.S. State Department funded Justice Sector Support Program developing training and briefing materials on victim and witness assistance, and providing counseling materials for victims and witnesses.