Aliye Yilmaz is a women’s rights activist and an academic. She has received her doctorate in philosophy and religious studies from Ankara University, Turkey. Ms. Yilmaz did her MA in Turkish literature in Süleyman Demirel University and her BA in theology and inter-state relations in Süleyman Demirel and Eskişehir Osmangazi Universities.
Ms. Yimaz has published articles in media and domestic and international journals. Her MA and doctorate were respectively about women’s social problems and education in Afghanistan and the philosophy of education in the politics of Sayyid Jamal al-Din al-Afghani.
Aliye Yilmaz holds membership in the steering committee of tomorrow’s leaders group (Süleyman Demirel University), the executive board of the forum of Afghan scientists and scholars and the academic board of the international conference on new foreign language learning methods (Süleyman Demirel University).
Aliye YilmazAppeals Board Commissioner
Baryalai Helmand was born on December 04, 1982 in Kajaki district of Helmand province. Mr. Helmand has Bachelor of Arts in political science from University of Delhi, India; Masters of Public Administration from University of Rajasthan, India. Prior to his current appointment, he was founding director of Sabawoon media group which is comprised of three media outlets; Radio Sabawoon, Sabawoon Television and Radio Muska. Sabawoon Media group established in 2004 has the largest viewership and listenership in Helmand province.
Mr. Helmand is one of the few persons who initiated the Media, cultural and civil society movements in southern Afghanistan after the fall of Taliban. In 2004 he established the first culture society in Helmand, published the first quarterly magazine and established the first commercial radio station in Helmand province. Mr. Helmand is also the founder of the annual poetry festival of Helmand Sind which is organized each year and poets from around the country participate. Mr. Helmand participated in London Conference on Afghanistan, 2014 as elected civil society activist of southern Afghanistan.
After completion of his higher education in 2010, he worked on several national and regional development projects and program. Prior to his current appointment, he was working with CARD-F as provincial Manager of Helmand branch. While working with CARD-F, Mr. Helmand was also teaching regional administration and international organizations in University of Bost, Helmand.
Mr. Helmand has attendant a number of leadership and management trainings & courses in Denmark, London, Uganda and India.
Baryalai HelmandAppointment Board Commissioner
Rohullah Amin is a psychologist by profession. He has conducted independent social psychological research on the psychology of peace in the context of Afghanistan as well as on the impacts of violent conflict on public mental health. He has developed theories on organisational development and organisational behaviour change for the workforce in conditions of psychological stress.
Mr Amin has studied psychology at New York University from 2011 to 2013. Prior to this, he has studied medicine at Kabul Medical University from 2004 to 2010.
Currently Mr Amin serves as commissioner and head of the Appeals Board of the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission. He has also worked as director and senior research fellow of the American Institute of Afghanistan Studies. Additionally he has taught at the American University of Afghanistan, Kabul University, and the Institute of Diplomacy of the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He has also served as head of the Fulbright Association in Afghanistan.
Rohullah AminAppeals Board Head
Najibullah Amin is an Afghan academic and expert in the areas of development and reform. He has worked as a lecturer in the Law and Political Science Faculty of Kabul University since 2001. He has also served in key positions for national institutions, including the Presidential Office of Administrative Affairs. As a senior Afghan government official, Mr Amin has coordinated the meetings of the Council of Ministers and monitored the implementation of the Council decisions as well as presidential decrees. At the same time, he has been involved in administrative reform and civil service initiatives and has served as a member of the steering committee of the Capacity-Building for Results (CBR) programme on behalf of the Secretariat of the Council of Ministers.
Mr Amin has also worked as a policy director for various commissions, including those tasked with convening the loya jirga from 2008 to 2014. He has been awarded by the President with several state medals and certificates of appreciation in honour for his service in different capacities.
Mr Amin also has rich working experiences in various international institutions. He has worked for the International Development Law Organisation (IDLO) and the Asia Foundation in capacities such as electoral advisor, reform and local governance officer, and coordinator of the largest survey research of the Afghan people.
Mr Amin is currently a PhD candidate at Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance and Society, Leiden Law School, Leiden University in Leiden, the Netherlands. He has received his MA in development, innovation and change from Bologna University in Italy and his BA in law and political science from Kabul University.
Najib AminAppointment Board Head
Maiwand Rahyab has served in leadership capacities in national and international organisations for the past 15 years. He has served as director of the Afghanistan Institute for Civil Society since 2014. Prior to this, Mr Rahyab has led international humanitarian aid organisations such as Focus and Counterpart International in Afghanistan.
In 2006 he worked as Chevening fellow in democracy and rule of law at the Centre for Studies in Security and Diplomacy at the University of Birmingham in the UK and as an Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) international electoral observer in Tajikistan. Additionally, he has working experiences in technical, management, research, and organisational development fields.
Mr Rahyab has received his MA in public administration through a Fulbright scholarship at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, California, the US, and his BA in law and political science from Balkh University.
Mr Rahyab has delivered talks in international forums, including in the UN Headquarters in New York, the United States Institute of Peace, and the Wilson Centre. He has completed short-term leadership training programmes at universities such as Stanford University. In 2016 Mr Rahyab was recognised by the Asia Society as one of the Asia 21 Young Leaders in the Asia-Pacific.
Maiwand RahyabAppointment Board Commissioner
Muqaddesa Yourish is Commissioner and Member of the Appointment Board of the Independent Administrative Reforms and Civil Service Commission of Afghanistan (IARCSC), an independent government institution responsible for steering and overseeing nationwide public administration reform. She is also an adjunct lecturer with the American University of Afghanistan, Department of Business.
In 2009, Muqaddesa was awarded an ICCR (Indian Council for Cultural Relations) scholarship to complete her bachelor’s degree in India. Getting her family’s blessings for study abroad was nothing less than a small revolution. Muqaddesa not only became the first generation women in her family to study abroad but she also paved the path for 2 other women of the family who followed her in this journey. She went to Pune University (India) for her bachelor’s degree in Business and International Relations.
Upon her return in 2012, Muqaddesa managed and directed several assignments for a diverse set of clients in the
public, not-for-profit and private sectors. In 2014, she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, where she completed her Masters in Business Administration (MBA) with highest honors from Akron University, Ohio.
Prior to joining the Commission, Muqaddesa was Director of Human Resources at Kabul Municipality, where she effectively led and managed 8000 employees and was able to create and adopt merit-based HR recruitment policies; transparent pay packages, result-based appraisal system and an effective document tracking and record management system.
The main implications of these administrative reforms have resulted in a significant increase (36%) of skilled professional workforce and an overall efficient delivery of municipal services to Kabul residents.
She is the co-founder of Cross Cultural Association (CCA) and Fulbright Student Association at Akron University and currently vice president of the Afghanistan Fulbright Association. She is also a founding member of Afghan Fulbrighters for Peace, Afghan Fulbrighter’s first think tank organization and an active member of “Afghanistan 1400”, a political movement drawn from a new generation of energetic, political-minded Afghans working to lay the foundations of a better Afghanistan for tomorrow.
Following her passion of educating Afghan women, Muqaddesa volunteers with Afghan Scholars Initiative (ASI) in connecting hand-selected Afghan students with visionary colleges/institutions in United States and India. She is also a frequent commentator on public administration reform, governance, anti corruption and youth affairs and has
appeared on media channels including Tolo TV, Channel 1 Afghanistan, Ariana TV, PBS NewsHour and Voice of America. Born and raised in Kabul, Muqaddesa is fluent in Dari, English and Hindi and has a solid understanding of Pashto.
Muqaddesa YourishAppointment Board Commissioner
Sayed Hashmatullah Hashimi
Born in 1359 (1980/81) in Kabul, Sayed Hashmatullah Hashimi is a graduate of Kabul Medical University. He has also been trained in human resource management at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
Mr Hashimi has working experiences in areas such as public policy and administration, human resource management, donor coordination, project management, organisational development and human resource support in ministers and other government agencies, and restructuring and reform initiatives in government institutions such as the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Interior, and the Independent Directorate of Local Governance.
He has served in policy and advisory capacities for institutions such as the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission, the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock, and the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission.
In addition, Mr Hashimi has been involved in research and translation for organisations such as the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit and the BBC News Service.
Sayed Hashmatullah HashimiAppointment Board Commissioner
Sayed Ahmad Rateb Muzafari
Sayed Ahmad Rateb Muzafari is an Afghan scholar and lecturer at the Law and Political Science Faculty of Kabul University. He has received his MA (2004–06) and PhD (2006–10) from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.
‘Presidential System in a Divided Society: Afghanistan 2004–09’ is the topic of Mr Muzafari’s doctoral dissertation. The title of his MA thesis was ‘Mechanisms Influencing Foreign Interventions: Causes and Consequences of the War in Afghanistan’. Mr Muzafari’s articles have been published in specialised national and international journals. He is a pioneer of critical research in the fields referred to above in Afghanistan.
‘Afghanistan’s Early Democratisation Process 1946–73: An Analysis of Factors Influencing its Rise and Fall’ is the title of a research article by Mr Muzafari that has been published in the Annals of Japan Association for Middle East Studies. He also has a number of unpublished research articles that will be published in the future.