Abdul Wahid Wafa joins the Humanities Council this year as a professional specialist, co-appointed in the Program in Journalism. He will participate in journalism courses and events and advise reporting and writing projects about Afghanistan and the surrounding region.
He is the former director of the Afghanistan Center at Kabul University (ACKU), a non-profit organization that promotes and facilitates research and information sharing through the dissemination of knowledge and the enhancement of the capacity of Kabul University and other private institutions in Afghanistan.
From 2001-2010, he worked as a local reporter for The New York Times based in Kabul, Afghanistan. While reporting for The New York Times, Mr. Wafa travelled to almost all provinces of Afghanistan and gained vast knowledge about Afghanistan’s people and its culture.
He holds a BA in Law and Political Science from Kabul University (2007) and was awarded the prestigious Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University where he studied leadership, democracy, and communication at the Kennedy School of Government from 2010-2011. He is also a member of the steering committee at Silk Rout initiative, working on preserving the tangible and intangible heritage of Afghanistan. He also serves as a board member of Journalists Safety Committee and the Heart of Asia Society in Afghanistan.