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The CESS 2018 Keynote Speaker

Orzala Nemat
Director, Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit

Friday, October 26, 5:15PM - 7PM  |  David Lawrence Hall 121
The Power of Evidence-Based Research in Policy Making: Lessons from Afganistan

Dr. Orzala Nemat is the Director of the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit, which was named by Prospect Magazine as the world’s top international social think tank in 2018. She is a political ethnographer whose work bridges the academic and policy divide, through use of evidence based social research. Her research focuses on the political economy of governance interventions in conflict-affected settings.

As the Director of Afghanistan’s top research think-tank, Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU), Dr. Nemat works to bridge the academic and policy platforms by using evidence based social research. She holds a Ph.D. in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and MSc in Development Planning from the University College of London (UCL). For over 18 years, Dr. Nemat has worked with grassroots, national and international organizations to help marginalized members of society, particularly women and children. Dr Nemat’s own experiences as a war refugee for fourteen years in Pakistan added by her outstanding leadership skills under challenging circumstances in Afghanistan since 1999 has resulted in bringing a unique perspective into the academic and policy platform that knots the disconnect between the two worlds. Dr Nemat founded and led an Afghan NGO that served girls education through home-based schools and safe houses for victims of violence –Humanitarian Assistance to the Women and Children of Afghanistan— She then worked as Program officer and researcher for various international organisations. Later in early 2010, she founded the Women and Youth Leadership Center, through which Dr. Nemat was able to help developing a network of emerging youth and women leaders in her home country. In 2012 she became a curator for Kabul-Hub, a community member of Global Shapers Community by the World Economic Forum helping in mentorship and support of youth under 30s.

Dr. Nemat served as Senior Teaching Fellow at SOAS convening BA and MA courses on Development studies. She has also served on various development organization and academic journal boards, including Afghanaid, Open Society Afghanistan, and journal of  Peacebuilding and Development (JPB) and journal of Illicit Economies and Development (JIED). Dr Nemat attended numerous international academic and policy related conferences, representing voices from Afghanistan that often remain unheard. Dr Nemat was selected as Young Global Leader at the World Forum in 2009, Yale Greenberg World Fellow in 2008, and is a recipient of the Isabel Ferror Award for Women’s Education and the Amnesty International Award for Humanitarian Aid to Children and Women in 2000. Dr Nemat returned to Afghanistan in 2016 to work briefly as President Ashraf Ghani’s advisor on sub-national governance. As both a human rights advocate and Director of AREU, Dr. Nemat is well respected and offers a unique perspective on many development issues.



Thursday, October 25

Friday, October 26

Saturday, October 27


Special Events Series Exhibit


Special Events Series | FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Saturday, October 27

    Majlis Podcast: Central Asia in Current Affairs
    The Majlis Podcast is Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s in-depth weekly current affairs talk show focusing on Central Asia. As part of the conference RFE/RL will record an episode on a current affairs topic based on recent news with discussants and a live audience.
    Ingushetia, the Speech of the Voiceless
    Based on ten years’ of research, this documentary explores the evolution of the Republic of Ingushetia from the Russian colonization of the North Caucasus in the 19th century to its current centrality in Russia’s War on Terror.
    Not in Our Name
    According to recent estimates, countries of the former Soviet Union were the single largest source of foreign fighters in the Syria/Iraq conflict. The first documentary project ever produced on counter-extremism in Central Asia, Not in Our Name follows youth as they come to a deeper understanding of the challenges counter-extremism presents to their communities and as they consider options for collective action.