AFLP BG-Net Grant-Writing/Fundraising Workshop I

AFLP is happy to welcome Dr. Michael A. Fors as new member of its BG-Net international advisory committee. Dr. Fors has been a long-standing core faculty member of the Hiroshima Fellowship for Afghanistan from its inception and an advisor to the Institute (See Dr. Fors’ brief bio below).

Dr. Fors and Humaira Khan-Kamal led the Grant-Writing/Fundraising Workshop for AFLP/BG-Net.  In the first of the two-part series, participants learned some of the basic concepts of fundraising and components of a project proposal, and also heard from UNITAR AFLP Community Leaders, namely Najib Sabory and Najeeb Ahmadzai, about their fundraising practices in an Afghan context.

Kabul, Bamyan and Paktia university teams will start to prepare project proposals based on the information they have learned at the workshop. They will initially focus on seed money grants as the first phase of their fund raising.

PowerPoint presentation of the workshop is available from the link.


Michael A. FORS
Executive Leader, Corporate Division and Business Unit Development, Boeing

Michael A. Fors, Ph.D., is Executive Leader of corporate division and business unit development at Boeing. His team works to transform the business and develop workforces systematically as part of the 4th industrial revolution.  Before Boeing, he was an Executive Leader at Microsoft, digitally transforming Microsoft divisions.  Michael led a P&L comprised of 350 ex-CIO consultants, who digitally transform Microsoft customers.  Michael also led a business strategy team working across Microsoft divisions. Before Microsoft, Michael was Chief Learning Officer of Intel University.  Michael is an adjunct professor at Stanford University, Columbia University, and the University of Washington, teaching innovation, entrepreneurship, the Future of Work, and Leadership/Executive Development.  Michael is a member of the World Economic Forum, the Global Engineering Deans’ Council, ReWork America, & the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies.  Michael is Chairman of the Board for the United Nations Institute for Training and Research Division for Prosperity, leading programs for post conflict and developing nations and for many years led the curriculum design and training workshops for the UNITAR Hiroshima Fellowship for Afghanistan.  

AFLP Coordinator

Humaira Khan-Kamal has worked with UNITAR since 1996, as a UNITAR Special Fellow, as Training Associate, and from 2012 to 2016 as Senior Advisor to the UNITAR Fellowship for Afghanistan. In her first assignment at UNITAR she was directly involved in developing the UNITAR New York Office Work Program for Government Officials based in New York. She was responsible for research, development, planning, and coordination of several training programmes in specific thematic areas. Her projects included annual intensive courses on international trade, public-private partnerships for sustainable development, and policy issues in information and communication technologies, as well as workshops on basics in technology for senior policy makers and negotiators. With the opening of the UNITAR Hiroshima Office in 2003, Khan-Kamal was involved in the overall design, launch, and management of the Fellowship project on post-conflict reconstruction and training in Afghanistan, and served as Program Leader till 2011.  

Nassrine AZIMI
AFLP Team Leader

Nassrine Azimi is co-founder and coordinator of the Green Legacy Hiroshima Initiative, a global campaign to disseminate and plant worldwide seeds and saplings of trees that survived the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima. She is also co- founder and chair of the EDEN (Emerging and Developing Economies Network) Seminars.
At the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) where she is currently a senior advisor, Dr. Azimi established the Institute’s Hiroshima Office for Asia and the Pacific in 2003. Prior to that she was UNITAR’s coordinator of environmental training programs, deputy to the executive director, chief of the Institute’s New York Office, and for 12 years head of UNITAR’s Board of Trustees’ secretariat in Geneva, throughout the Institute’s restructuring and revival.

Najeebullah AHMADZAI
UNITAR AFLP BG-Net Community Leader ー Paktia University 

Najeeb Ahmadzai holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Pakistan in 2009, and a second master’s degree in Development of Public Policy and Practices from the Graduate institute of Geneva, Switzerland. In 2015, he co-founded the BAWAR Social Society in Paktia Province with goals to improve education and strengthen environment and social mobilization. The organization arranges free courses for students who are applying for universities. In one year, BAWAR trained 1090 students, and more than 600 of them were admitted to their top choice faculties and universities across the country. BAWAR also conducts fund-raising events and is making efforts to create a greener and more inclusive campus for Paktia University. The effort has thus far collected and donated, on average, 300 trees and other ornamental plants for each school and higher education institute in Paktia Province, including Paktia University. In 2020, they are preparing over 2000 roses to offer to people in Kabul and Paktia free of charge, in an effort to bring people together, spread messages of peace, and cultivate awareness across the community of green environments. 

Najib Rahman SABORY
UNITAR AFLP BG-Net Community Leader ー Kabul University 

Najib Rahman Sabory currently serves as Associate Professor and Head of the Energy Department of the Engineering School at Kabul University. He is Chairman of Afghanistan Renewable Energy Union (AREU) as well as the Rotating Chairman of Afghanistan Awareness and Analysis (A3), a Kabul-based think tank. He founded The Kabul Talks, a professional dialogue platform, and TechDoor, an engineering and science networking group. 
He graduated from the Electrical and Electronics Department, Engineering School of Kabul University in 2001. He joined the teaching faculty of the same department after graduation. From 2009 to 2011, he served as Deputy Dean for the Engineering School. He received a Fulbright Scholarship in 2011 and obtained a master’s degree in Sustainable Energy and a graduate certificate in Project Management from A. James Clark School of Engineering at University of Maryland College Park, the United States. He also earned an MBA in 2014 from the World Wide Science Academy in Malaysia. Sabory participated in the UNITAR Afghanistan Fellowship Program in 2007 and served as Coach and then Resource Person in 2008 and 2009. 

President and CEO, San Diego Botanic Garden 

Ari Novy is President and CEO of the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas, CA, a 37- acre facility with extensive collections of Mediterranean climate plants as well as award winning children’s gardens. Before joining San Diego Botanic Garden, Novy was Chief Scientist at the Leichtag Foundation, also in Encinitas, CA and before that Executive Director of the United States Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C. As Executive Director of the U.S. Botanic Garden, he also sat on the Executive Leadership Team of the U.S. Architect of the Capitol, the federal agency responsible for the management and upkeep of the U.S. Capitol Campus, including the U.S. Botanic Garden, U.S. Capitol, Library of Congress and Supreme Court. Dr. Novy remains an active researcher, holding an appointment as Research Collaborator at the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History and Visiting Scholar at University of California-San Diego.