Mr. Ahmad Matin Zahid recently has been appointed as a Senator at Grand Assembly of the World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF). Senator Zahid will represent Afghanistan in the Global Startup Committee of the Grand Assembly.
Mr. Ahmad Matin Zahid is the Founder & CEO of PPP Knowledge Hub Organization based in Afghanistan, member of Subgroup “PPP Project Impact Assessment Working Group” United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Geneva, Switzerland. Public member of Canadian Council for Public Private Partnership (CCPPP), Canada. Mr. Zahid has Bachelor of Science in Economics and Master’s in Business Administration. He has more than 12-year extensive professional working experience with international organizations as; U.S Department of State – U.S Embassy, World Bank, USAID in the field of public procurement, logistic, supply chain & asset management, and public private partnership (PPPs) in capacity of project advisor handling project development, procurement, feasibility study and value for money in Afghanistan. He was the former Head of PPP Unit Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) Afghanistan, the project funded by the World Bank. Mr. Zahid has developed and published PPP Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for MoPH and he collaborated in voluntary basis with some jurisdictions activities in the development of Afghanistan PPP frameworks, PPP Law & Regulations. Mr. Zahid has many interviews with National & Internationals magazine, TVs & newspapers. He has published several papers and researches (investment opportunities in healthcare in Afghanistan https://view.joomag.com/business-dna-specials-issue-09-apr-2020/0316697001588049873?short). Mr. Zahid is the winner of “40 under 40” Award 2018 KARDAN University Alumni, and a PPP Certified Professional (CP3P). He is passionate & innovative entrepreneur, member of Afghanistan Investment Board, author, keynote speaker, venture activator and member of Steering Committee – World Association of PPP Units & Professionals (WAPPP).
Ex-Deputy Minister, President Afghanistan Social Democratic Party
Ajmal Shams (born 1972 in Noorgal district of Kunar province) is an Afghan politician. Shams has been president of the Afghan Social Democratic Party since October 2005. He served as Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing in the Afghan Government since December 2016 till June 2018. He speaks Pashto, Persian, English and Urdu. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with Project Management Institute (PMI) and a Licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Kentucky, USA.  Shams is a regular columnist in the Middle East's reputed English daily newspaper Arab News mainly writing on political, developmental and economic issues of Afghanistan. He also contributes opinion articles for various other international media outlets including Foreign Policy, Diplomat, National Interest, Gulf News, Global Times (China), Korea Times and others. Early life His father was the late Shamsul Huda Shams, the former president of the Afghan Social Democratic (Afghan Millat) Party. Shams pursued his education in Peshawar, graduated from the University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar with a B.Sc. degree in civil engineering. Upon graduation he worked as a lecturer at Khyber Institute of Technology. He taught for several years. He studied Water Resources and Environmental Engineering in the United States. In 2002, he obtained his master's degree in civil engineering from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, USA He worked as an environmental engineer for a consulting engineering firm in Florida for about a year before returning home to participate in the reconstruction and development of his homeland. Professional Career and Public Service Shams worked for about two years as head of the water resources section of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Kabul and served briefly as Head of the Engineering Department of the National Solidarity Program in the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development. In 2007, Eng. Shams went to United Arab Emirates (UAE) in a senior engineering position where he participated in large-scale infrastructure projects including the Sheikh Zyed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. In 2009, he returned to Afghanistan and rejoined the Ministry of Rural Development where he served in the reputed National Solidarity Program for about a year. In September 2010, Shams joined Ministry of Urban Development as Director of Planning and Policy. He was instrumental in negotiating the US Government support for Afghanistan's land reform program. On 8 June 2011, the US Government provided $40 million in financial support to the Afghan Government as part of efforts to bring reforms in the land management and administration. The aid agreement was signed by Mr. Shams together with the US Ambassador Mr. Karl Eikenberry, the USAID Director, Minister Zakhilwal and Minister Asif Rahimi. In July 2011, Shams joined as Policy Advisor to the Chairman of the Afghanistan Transition Coordination Commission, Dr. Ashraf Ghani, the current President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Ajmal Shams was appointed as Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing by President Ashraf Ghani in December 2016 and served till June 2018. Political and Party Affairs Shams has been president of Afghanistan Social Democratic Party since October 2005. He was elected by the party congress soon after his father's demise. Afghanistan Social Democratic Party, since its establishment in 1966, has been struggling peacefully for a developed and progressive Afghanistan within the framework of Afghanistan's national Islamic character. The party strongly believes in social justice as part of its economic program. Afghanistan Social Democratic Party, which is also well known as Afghan Millat National Progressive Party, was registered by the Afghan Ministry of Justice in 2007. During the 2014 Presidential Election, Shams' party supported Ashraf Ghani and actively participated in his campaign efforts. Please also refer to wikipedia page on "Ajmal Shams"