Afghan Biographies

Mohammad Qayoumi, senior advisor to the president


Name Mohammad Qayoumi, senior advisor to the president
Ethnic backgr. Pashtun
Date of birth 1952
Function/Grade Senior advisor to President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai
History and Biodata

2. Previous Functions:
Engineer in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates
University of Cincinnati different functions (1979-1989)
Associate vice president for Administration at San Jose State University (1986)
Vice chancellor for administrative services at University of Missouri-Rolla (1995-2000)
California State University, Northridge, Vice president for Administration and Finance and chief financial officer, as well as a tenured professor of engineering management (until 2006)
President of Cal State East Bay (2006-2010)
President of San Jose State University (2011-20150817 resigned)
Senior Adviser to President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai (2015)
3. Biodata:
Mohammad Qayoumi was born 1952 near Kabul, Afghanistan, Qayoumi earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from American University of Beirut in 1975. He holds four degrees from the University of Cincinnati: a Master of Science in nuclear engineering (1979), a Master of Science in electrical and computer engineering (1980), an MBA (1984), and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering (1983). Qayoumi was born in Afghanistan and is the first person of Afghan descent to head a major U.S. university.

He was a tenured professor of engineering management at California State University, Northridge. On July 13, 2015, Qayoumi announced that he would resign on August 17 to take a position with the government of Afghanistan.

Last Modified 2016-07-21
Established 2016-07-21