Afghan Biographies

Afghan Center for Socio-Economic and Opinion Research (ACSOR

Name Afghan Center for Socio-Economic and Opinion Research (ACSOR
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Afghan Center for Socio-Economic and Opinion Research (ACSOR)
ACSOR’s staff is led by an executive team including:

  • - Matthew Warshaw, Managing Director
  • - Assen Blagoev, Vice President
  • - Mohammad Ashraf Salehi, Administrative and Field Director, Tel. 93 (0) 799-011-274.
  • - Ihsan Atai, Finance Director (2008-today); former SIEMENS Commercial Manager (2006-2008), Education Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul Turkey (2000-2005),,  Tel. 93 (0) 799-620-639 and 93 (0) 75-202-3432

Founded in 2003, the Afghan Center for Socio-Economic and Opinion Research (ACSOR) is the first registered for-profit market and opinion research firm operating in Afghanistan. ACSOR offers a variety of services including opinion polling, monitoring and evaluation, marketing and consumer studies, media monitoring, and other quantitative and qualitative research.

ACSOR utilizes the expertise of:

  • - Over 40 full-time employees in Kabul, including English-speaking project managers, field managers, and IT specialists
  • - More than 65 field supervisors
  • - A pool of over 1,000 male and female multi-ethnic interviewers
  • - A large cadre of data entry specialists, transcribers, and translators

- The nature of Afghan culture requires gender and ethnic matching of interviewer teams to respondents. To meet this need, ACSOR maintains a 50% female workforce and a mix of ethnicities across the country.


Supporting International Development

  • Adam Smith International
  • Afghan Reconstruction Group
  • Afghan Ministry of Counter Narcotics
  • Army Corps of Engineers
  • Asia Foundation
  • BBC World Service Trust
  • BRAC
  • British Embassy
  • British Council
  • Center for Naval Analysis
  • Coffey International
  • Counterpart International
  • Department for International Development (DFID)
  • ICF International
  • International Relief & Development
  • International Republican Institute
  • International Committee of the Red Cross
  • Langer Research Associates
  • Management Sciences for Health
  • Management Systems International
  • National Democratic Institute
  • Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation
  • RTI International
  • Special Investigator General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR)
  • United Nations Development Program (UNDP)
  • United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • United States Embassy
  • World Bank
  • World Justice Project
Last Modified 2015-01-30
Established 2015-01-30