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Wais Ahmad Barmak

State Minister for Disaster Management and Humanitarian Affairs, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

Mr Barmak was appointed State Minister for Disaster Management and Humanitarian Affairs in October 2015.  Previous appointments include:  Minister for Rural Rehabilitation and Development, Deputy Minister for Programmes in the rural development sector, Executive Director for the National Solidarity Programme (NSP).  Senior Advisor to the previous Ministers for Rural Rehabilitation and Development. He has been a forerunner in developing and influencing national policies in rural development, programme design, budgeting and implementation in insecure environments, developing pioneering innovative frameworks and delivery mechanisms in conflict-affected regions of Afghanistan. Mr Barmak has twenty years experience as a senior government minister, policy maker and strategic thinker for the Afghanistan Government.  His previous roles include: programme design and project manager within emergency relief, conflict and post-conflict sustainable rural development, institutional and community empowerment as well as small enterprise development.   He has worked with the Afghanistan Government, United Nations agencies and international NGO’s in Afghanistan. Mr. Barmak is an MSc graduate (Development Studies) from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London, UK. Prior to holding this post-graduate degree, he obtained a BSc degree, with Honours in Architecture, from the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering in Kabul University.