Mr. Nader Nadery who worked for several years as FEFA's chairman has officially resigned from the organization on June 6th 2016 after a decade of substantial work and remarkable achievements. On June 4th 2016 Mr. Nadery informed FEFA’s board of directors that he shall no longer be available to sustain in his position with FEFA, as he is appointed to lead greater responsibilities in the government as president’s chief advisor in the strategic and public relation affairs. In consideration of his several extraordinary achievements such as his role in establishment of FEFA, serving tirelessly for over a decade to make FEFA the organization it is today, and honoring his hard work and dedication to the cause of free and democratic Afghanistan and investing a significant portion of his time and energy to guide and lead FEFA to achieve his noble mission and vision, considering the fact that he remains ambassador at large for freedom of expression as an independent voice to protect and promote this fundamental right, and keeping the best interests of the organization on mind, ultimately FEFA’s board of directors came to take a difficult decision of approving his resignation but strongly recommends him to persist in his position as FEFA’s founder.
Mohammad Yousuf Rasheed graduated from faculty of law and political sciences of Kabul University. He has experiences on Research, Program Management, and Capacity Development. Rasheed is fully accredited trainer with BRIDG in elections and democracy. In addition to Dari and Pashto, Rasheed can speak in English. He had been engaged as a senior researcher on the Afghan constitution developing process in 2003. He worked with the Free and fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan (FEFA) in June 2004, and led the training and program units up to March 2008. Rasheed also worked with the National Democratic Institute for international affairs (NDI) for more than six years for various senior positions. He led NDI’s Elections program for almost four years. Rasheed had worked as the deputy director for NDI’s Elections Observation Mission (EOM) for Afghanistan in 2010. In the lead-up of 2014 presidential elections in Afghanistan, Rasheed worked with NDI’s local partners to prepare them for observing 2014 elections. Rasheed left NDI in June 2014 and is currently working as Executive Director of FEFA. He was selected by the civil society organizations of Afghanistan as representative of the civil society to the Selection Committee of commissioners of electoral commissions in 2016. Rasheed has participated in many international seminars and conferences on elections.
The current board is composed of seven members serving a term of five years. The board’s term began in Feb 2012, and members are registered at the Ministry of Economy. FEFA’s charter suggests that at least one third of the board should be selected from those who served as board members previously, so that continuity and organizational memory may be preserved. As per FEFA’s charter the board is the highest authority of the organization, and is accountable to the Afghan public, the network of FEFA, and its large number of volunteers.
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