Nizamuddin Rezahi in his office, Aga Khan Agency for Habitat, Dushanbe, Tajikistan December 29, 2017

Nizamuddin Rezahi is a Human Resources Management Specialist of Afghan heritage.

Born on 31 December 1988 in a poor neighborhood in Kabul, Afghanistan, Nizam came of age during the civil war in Afghanistan. Destruction of infrastructure and education system forced him to pursue non-traditional schooling. Displaying a keen interest in the arts and calligraphy, he studied at a local arts center. Soon after, he began to learn English. He would walk more than two hours each day, six days a week to attend classes. He persisted in his pursuit of education despite of several difficulties and hardship.

As a teenager, he had to contribute to his family’s income as the economy worsened. At the time, carpet weaving was one of the only skilled trades that provided opportunities for gainful employment. Under the tutelage of his neighbor, and with the help of his father and two sisters, Nizam and his family set up a small weaving business in their home that sustained them.

Nizam was able to attain primary and secondary education during the post-2000 democratic era of Afghanistan. He received his high school diploma in 2007. While in school, he worked as a part-time English language teacher in local learning centers, teaching elementary classes.

Having overcome much adversity in his younger years, his determination did not falter in the pursuit of higher education. Despite not attaining high enough marks on the university entrance exam to enroll into the major of his choice, he sought to gain work experience and later enrolled and graduated from Rana University. While attending evening classes at Rana University, he worked as a Human Resources Officer with French Medical Institute for Children (FMIC) 2009 to 2010 and with MTN Afghanistan from 2011 to 2012 as Learning and Development Coordinator. Nizam completed his undergraduate work in 2012 with a degree in business administration. Soon after, he attended Kardan University and got his Masters degree in Business Administration in 2015 attending evening classes, while working full-time as Human Resources Manager for Aga Khan Health Service Afghanistan from 2012 to 2016.

In 2016, he joined Ministry of Urban Development and Housing (MUDH), Islamic Republic of Afghanistan as Human Resources Director at the age of 28, becoming the youngest director in the history of this ministry and one of the youngest directors in the history of Government of Afghanistan.

In 2017, he joined Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH), which is the most recently established agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), in the capacity of Head of Human Resources for Central Asia. He is one of the few expatriates within the AKDN from Afghanistan, holding a Senior Leadership role.

In 2018, Nizam got a CIPD diploma from UK Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, which is a specialized degree in Human Resources Management. He recently started a Doctorate degree program in Management Studies with Indian Institute of Learning Management.

Nizam has served as Board Member of FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance in Afghanistan (2014 to 2015) in a voluntary capacity.

With a penchant for hospitality and charm, Nizam is often the emcee at a variety of professional and cultural events. He has presented several programs and events with local and international guests, engaging in a bilingual modality with Persian (Dari) and English languages. He greatly enjoys poetry and enjoys the recitation of Persian poems.

His dreams of a peaceful Afghanistan where every Afghan can live a peaceful life, and have access at least to the basic needs and believes a peaceful Afghanistan has the high potential for quick economic and social growth in various forms.

Nizam’s motivation: “What you seek is seeking you” ~ Mawlana Balkhi (Rumi)