With postgraduate degrees from the UK, Kanishka Nawabi has extensive research, public sector, development and NGO management experience both in Afghanistan and at the international level. He Managed Cooperation for Peace and Unity from 2004 to which he is a Chairman of the Board at the moment. He served as the Senior Security Advisor to the Afghan Ministry of Interior until 2010. Among his research works are Afghan NGOs Communication Systems; Advocacy Practices: Afghanistan 2001 Onwards; Armed Groups and Peace Processes; Religious Civil Society; and Transformation of War Economies. He has also co-founded the Hambastagi Consulting Group (www.hambastagi.af) with ex-Afghan cabinet Minister Haneef Atmar.
Idrees Zaman is the Managing Director of CPAU with a role to oversee and monitor all CPAU programs and supporting departments. With a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and history and MBA in financial management, he started his career with an internship at an Afghan NGO in 1995. After working there for a decade in different executive positions including Finance Director, in 2005 he started freelance consultancies in Afghanistan, during which time he worked in some major research projects including mid-term evaluation of Afghanistan’s National Solidarity Program NSP, conducted by PRDU unit of York University. In 2006 he joined CPAU at his current position.
Having attended numerous trainings sessions in different disciplines, and with a vast study of the history and political dynamics of Afghanistan and the region, he has been part of/authored some major research studies such as: Mid-term Evaluation of National Solidarity Program NSP (2005-6), Religious Civil Society (June – November 2006), Transformation of War Economies (August – October 2006), NGOs, PRTs, Government and Communities in Afghanistan (2007), Analysis of Asia Foundation survey “Afghanistan in 2007” (2007-8), Bridging the Gap: Increasing Civil Society Participation in Law and Policy Formulation in Afghanistan (2010).
Ritu Priya – Executive Program Officer
Ms. Priya is holding a law degree from Delhi University as well as a Master of Laws (LL.M.) with a specialization in International Human Rights Law from London School of Economics and Political Science.
Before she joined Cooperation for Peace and Unityas Executive Program Officer of the Creative Team, RituPriya worked as Program Associate with ‘Programme on Women’s Economic Social and Cultural Rights (PWESCR)’, an international NGO. There she worked intensively on Third Financing for Development Conferences and UN Sustainable Development Goals, advocating Global South feminist positions.
Ms. Priya furthermore worked on various other projects focusing on gender, business and human rights, and gender-based violence against women in India as well as abroad.
Irene Hofstetter – Program Coordination Officer
Irene Hofstetter is Program Coordination Officer for CPAU Creative Team. She previously worked for the Information Services of the United Nations Office at Geneva as intern, where she was responsible for press and external relations.
Ms. Hofstetter has a Bachelor degree in Comparative Literature and East Asian Language and Literature from Smith College, Massachusetts, USA and Doshishia University in Kyoto, Japan and recently graduated from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland with a Master of Philosophy in International Peace Studies. There she became actively involved in the HeForShe campaign and attended the ‘Mediation Spring School’, gaining practical skills in mediation and conflict resolution.
Irene has also worked as language teacher in Japan and China and has furthermore expertise in marketing and sales. While working for CPAU, Ms. Hofstetter is currently also an intern at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in their Middle East and North Africa division.
Stephanie Becker – Program Officer
Stephanie Becker is the Program Officer for CPAU Creative Team.
She has a Bachelor of Arts in Political and Social Science from the RheinischeFriedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn,Germany, focusing on German and European Politics and International Relations. She continued her academic studies at Trinity College Dublin in Ireland from where she graduated in 2015 with a Master of Philosophy in International Peace Studies.
Stephanie started her professional career with an internship at the Representation of the European Commission in Germany, working as a press intern and also assisting the Head of Representation in various tasks.
Ms. Becker is furthermore trained in Conflict Mediation on an interpersonal as well as on a political level through attending the ‘Mediation Spring School’ in Trinity College and ‘Dialogue for Peaceful Change’ at the Corrymeela Centre in Ballycastle, Northern Ireland.
The program department is led by Mr. Javed Stanekzai.
He pursued his studies at Anglia Ruskin University as well as at the London Metropolitan University in England, UK and is holding a master’s degree in Marketing and Innovation.
Before joining CPAU, Javed Stanekzai has worked with major national and international organizations including the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), and the Afghan NGO ‘Agency for Rehabilitation and Energy Conservation in Afghanistan’ (AREA), holding different positions in the field of operations and project management.
In addition to his formal university education, Mr. Stanekzai has also attended numerous international trainings and conferences.