Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A Brief Biography of Adib Fahim

A Brief Biography of Adib Fahim

Adib Fahim is an Afghan diplomat and politician. He was appointed as the successor of his father Marshal Fahim. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration and Policy from New York University (NYU).

Adib Fahim was born in 1985. He grew up in the Panjsher valley. Adib Fahim went to school in Kabul. After the fall of the Taliban regime, he joined Kabul University (KU)’s Faculty of Law and International Relations. After a brief stint at KU, in 2003, Adib Fahim went to pursue his education at the American University of Sharjah (AUS) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

At the AUS, Adib Fahim studied International Relations and focused his research on an array of topics including state-building, ethnic politics, civil wars, political-economy, and history of the Middle East. To broaden his understanding of the contemporary challenges in international affairs, he attended several conferences on these topics, both regionally and globally. In 2005, Adib Fahim was a delegation member on a trip organized by the International Relations department of the AUS. The purpose of the trip was to gather a deeper understanding of US policy towards the Middle East. To this end, Adib Fahim visited the US Congress, the White House and the US Department of State and met with representatives from different governmental departments in Washington D.C. In 2006, Adib Fahim was selected from a highly competitive group of students to serve as a research assistant at the Consulate General of Switzerland in Dubai. He conducted research and co-wrote, with the Commercial Attaché, reports on UAE’s healthcare, the food industry and the environment sector.

After graduating from the AUS in 2007, Adib Fahim got admitted to the New York University (NYU). He studied Public Administration and Policy and focused his research on local governance. From mid-2009 until graduating from NYU, Adib Fahim also served as a member of a small group of consultants who were hired by the UNDP and the Egyptian Ministry of Local Development. The group was tasked to carry out fieldwork in Egypt to inform a baseline study that would aim at assessing public service provision programs in four governorates. The project entailed evaluating the progress of government programs and analyzing local budgeting and planning systems. In 2010, the team produced a client report on decentralization program progress and provided strategic recommendations on improving local economic planning and administration systems in Egypt.

Following his studies at NYU, Adib Fahim returned to Afghanistan. He was soon appointed as the Deputy Director for Policy at the Office of National Security Council (ONSC) - the office that reports daily to the President of Afghanistan on matters of national security. During his work at the ONSC, Adib Fahim worked on various issues of national security significance including representing the ONSC in several policy working groups and serving as an active member of the committee that drafted the first National Security Policy of Afghanistan.

Adib Fahim joined the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs in mid-2011 and served as the Deputy Director at the Ministry's Economics Division. Early in 2013, he was promoted to lead the Ministry's division on the Middle East and Africa (2nd Division). The Division works closely with the diplomatic missions of countries from the Middle East and Africa. It also leads the work of Afghanistan’s foreign missions in these countries. During his tenure at the Division, Adib Fahim visited a number of countries in the region on official trips, negotiated crucial agreements, and evaluated the state of Afghanistan’s bilateral relations with countries in the Middle East and Africa.

He chaired several policy working groups on partnership agreements and joint commissions with several countries in the region. Adib Fahim envisioned, planned, and applied an assessment and change program at the 2nd Division including undertaking a strategic assessment of the Division’s core responsibilities and functions. He led efforts to develop and implement plans targeting capacity building in the Division. Adib Fahim also led efforts to undertake a comprehensive analysis of Afghanistan’s bilateral relations with the countries of the Persian Gulf, Iran, Turkey, Iraq, Jordan, and Egypt.

Adib Fahim left the Ministry of Foreign Affairs following the passing away of his father in March 2014. In a ceremony held in the Presidential Palace later in the month, in the presence of former Mujahideen commanders, Members of the Parliament, Members of the Cabinet, and members of Marshal Fahim’s family, Adib Fahim was appointed to succeed the Late Marshal in public affairs.

Beginning as early as the year 1991, Adib Fahim accompanied his father on meetings with commanders and elders across the country. Since the fall of the Taliban regime, he joined his father on several official domestic and international trips. Adib Fahim is married and has three children. He enjoys reading about Afghan and Middle-eastern history and politics. He speaks Dari, English, Arabic, Urdu, and Pashto.

Adib Fahim’s vision

As a founding member of modern day Afghanistan, his father, Marshal Fahim, played a significant role in shaping Afghanistan’s evolution into a multi-ethnic, pluralistic democracy. In doing so, Marshal Fahim championed the institutionalization of the values of freedom of expression, equality and peace into a right for all Afghans.

Afghanistan faces numerous challenges. Its continued progress necessitates dedicated and visionary leadership. Adib Fahim believes that Afghanistan’s opportunities reside in its challenges. The most obvious challenges pertain to defending Afghanistan’s national unity and sovereignty, and promoting economic and human development in light of waning international support. To confront these challenges, the Afghans have an opportunity to take greater ownership of the decision making processes and shape their destiny through active participation.

Adib Fahim views himself as an honest stakeholder in the ‘new Afghanistan’ and as a member of the new generation of Afghans. He is determined to work for all Afghan citizens by promoting the establishment of an accountable and responsive government that will serve them regardless of their ethnic or political affiliations.

Adib Fahim believes that Afghans have taken immeasurable strides in espousing and defending the values of equality, freedom, and peace. Their contributions are however not given their due, nor are their sacrifices appreciated in the contemporary narrative of Afghanistan’s political evolution.

Confidence in the fairness of the system engenders people’s participation. Greater participation sows the seeds for both human and economic development. Development expands the range of freedoms that people enjoy. It is to this vision that Adib Fahim is determined to dedicate his work.

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