|History and Biodata
1. Head of the Transparent Election Foundation of Afghanistan (TEFA):
Naeem Ayoubzada (20121000, 20130914, 20140308, 20160410)
Spokesperson of Transparent Election Foundation of Afghanistan:
Mrs. Sughra Saadat, Sughrah Sadaat (20160802, 20170118, 20170910)
Transparent Election Foundation of Afghanistan (TEFA) was established in 2009 as an independent electoral observing organization aiming to observe the electoral processes to ensure credibility and transparency of elections. Considering the significant role of independent civil society organizations in the democratic process, TEFA believes that neutral observation missions help to boost the transparency of the electoral process. Democratic processes in the country continue to be nascent which requires committed contribution of civil society and government institutions to make democracy sustainable in Afghanistan. Absence of visible electoral monitoring activities conducted by local organizations, remained the unresolved challenge for Afghanistan during the past four elections. Hence, TEFA’s mission has been established to fill this gap by encouraging more active civil society participation at every stage of the electoral process.
The overall goal of TEFA is to see a transparent, free, credible and national-wide election. TEFA is committed to conduct independent electoral observations across the country to ensure the electoral process is undertaken in proper manner and in compliance with rules and regulations. TEFA continues to make advocacy efforts in order to increase active women participation as voters, candidates and election workers in all electoral process. TEFA helps to develop women networking groups and build self-confidence. Furthermore, TEFA encourages civil society organizations to broadly participate in the electoral process as well as building healthy systematic relations between the government institutions and civil society organizations. Focusing on grass-roots remains a priority for TEFA as an overwhelming majority of people live in rural areas who have been continuously ignored or under-focused
2. Previous Functions Mohammad Naeem Ayubzada:
Translater USAID (200305 – 200412)
English and Computer Instructor, Sadaf English Language and Science Center (200301 – 200503)
Translater for the US Department of Defense and Joint Task Force Army from Pashto, Farsi and Dari into English (200403 –200802)
Translator and interpreter for US Armed Force (200908-201103)
Dari,Farsi and Pashto Instructor McKellar Corporation (201107 – 201306 )
Member of the Electoral Reform Selection Committee (20160413)
Head of the Transparent Election Foundation of Afghanistan (TEFA) (20121000, 20130914, 20140308, 20150208)
3. Biodata Mohammad Naeem Ayubzada Naiem Ayubzada:
Mohammad Naim Ayoubzada Naim Ayubzada Mohammad Naeem Ayubzada was born in 1980 in Kabul, Afghanistan. He completed his secondary education in Kabul. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the Preston University of Pakistan. Under the Taliban regime, he was forced to immigrate to Pakistan where he stayed for several years. Further Education: Kabul University Degree, Economics 2002 – 2007. Kardan Institute Degree, Business Administration 2004 – 2006.
After the fall of Taliban in 2001, Ayubzada returned to Afghanistan in order to partake in the reconstruction process of Afghanistan. In 2002, he established an educational center for the eligible poor children in an outskirt of Kabul, believing that the education is the most significant tool for the progress of the country. He served as Deputy Director of Bina Organization, a local NGO which mainly worked in the areas of public awareness and social outreach in 25 provinces of Afghanistan. In 2003, he joined USAID/BearingPoint as deputy to a mentoring expert who worked with the Minister of Telecommunication.
From 2004 to 2012, Mohammad Naeem Ayubzada worked at National Democratic Institute (NDI) for International Affairs where he held several key positions, focusing on sub-national governance, parliamentary engagement, political parties’ development, election observation mission, and gender mainstreaming programs. He also served as Senior Program Manager at NDI with primarily responsibility of increasing women’s political participation. In this capacity, he managed the programs conducted for the improvement of women’s lives and gender equality.
Civil society groups disowned Mohammad Naeem Ayubzada as their representative for the selection committee that has been tasked with recommending Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) candidates to the president.(20130903)