Afghan Biographies

Miakhel, Shah Mahmood

Name Miakhel, Shah Mahmood
Ethnic backgr. Pashtun
Date of birth 1959
Function/Grade US Institute of Peace (USIP) Chief Kabul
History and Biodata

Shahmahmood Miakhel

Country Director, Afghanistan

United States Institute of Peace (USIP)

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Tel: +93-798-369-369

2. Previous Functions:

Chief of Party in Afghanistan for the US Institute of Peace (USIP).
Governance Advisor for the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) (2005-2009)
Peace Jirga (member) between Afghanistan and Pakistan in August 2007
Deputy Minister of the Interior in the Government of Afghanistan (2003-2005)
Emergency Loya Jirga member in 2002
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) in South and Southeastern Afghanistan (1994-1995)
Reporter for the Pashto service of the Voice of America (1985-1990)
Consultant on the Williams-Afghan Media Project at Williams College, Massachusetts, to preserve war footage of Afghanistan in the 1980s

3. Biodata:

Shahmahmood Miakhel aka Shahmahmood Sayed Miakhel Shahmahmood M Miakhel Shahmahmood S Miakel was born in Afghanistan and has an executive master's of business administration from Preston University in Pakistan. He also studied Agriculture at Kabul University and in 2006 he completed a fellowship program on democracy, development and rule of law at Stanford University.
Late Dr. Kabir Stori is the uncle of Miakhel (see background).
Shah Mahmud Miakhel  is the Chief of Party in Afghanistan for the US Institute of Peace (USIP) in Kabul . (20140318)
Shahmahmood Miakhel lives in a 300.000 $ property in Herndon, Virginia, United States. He is a U.S. citizen, married and has got three children.


Shahmahmood Miakhel is a relative to Dr. Kabir Stori who suffered a heart attack and died on 4 April 2006 in Wesseling, Germany. Stori laid the foundation of and served as chairman in 1966 of Afghan Students Association in Frankfurt, established in Europe. He also served as chairman of General Union of Afghan Students in 1972 and National Liberation Union of Pashtoons and Baluchs in Frankfurt in 1976. He worked for the Voice of Germany in 1973 as an announcer/editor in Pashto service. He founded Pashtoons Social Democratic Party (PSDP) in February 1981 in Germany, and was the first elected chairman. He also served on the editorial boards of various magazines including:
  • Sparghai (1972) (monthly) published by the 'General Union of Afghan Students',
  • Olas Ghag (1976) published by the 'National Liberation Union of Pashtoons and Baluchs',
  • Peer Rokhan (1978) (monthly),
  • Lamba (1985) (monthly),
  • De Khyber Wagma (1986) (monthly) published in Germany and
  • Pashtoonkhwa (1978) (timly) published by Social Democratic Party - Germany.

He played a pivotal role in

  • De Pakhtano Kulturi Tolana - Germany (Pashtoon Cultural Association) in 1985,
  • Pakhtoon Kor - Germany(1993) and
  • the Pakhtoonkhwa Pohanay Dera (1998) (The Pashtoonkhwa Home of Science) in Peshawar and in the year 2003 the Pakhto Adabi Hunari Tolana in Kunar.



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