Afghan Biographies

Balkhi, Mirwais Dr.


Name Balkhi, Mirwais Dr.
Ethnic backgr. Tajik
Date of birth 1982
Function/Grade Minister of Education acting
History and Biodata

1. Former Ministers of Education:
Rasool Amin (20011222-200206)
Yunus Qanooni (200206-20040831)
Ahmad Moshahed (20040831-200412)
Noor Moh. Qarqeen (20041223 -20060302)
Hanif Atmar (200603),
Dr. Farooq Wardak (20081022-20140930) confirmed for second term by Wolesi Jirga (20100103),
Dr. Farooq Wardak acting Minister (20141001)
acting Minister of Education MoE Muhammad Asef Nang (20141209)
Dr. Asadullah Hanif Balkhi (20150418, 20160522, 20161113 impeached and acting)
Mohammad Shah Ibrahim Shinwari, nominated (20171123)
Dr. Mirwais Balkhi, acting (20180319, 20190107)

Deputy Minister of Education:
Deputy Minister for Administration and Finance: Sulaiman Kakar Muhammad Suleman Kakar (20100222),
u/i Function: Mohammad Sidiq Patman (2006, 20110326)
u/i Function: Dr. Shafiq Samim (20111018)
Deputy Minister of Education for Technical Evaluation: Sarwar Azizi, (20100809), Muhammad Asif Nang (20101228)
Asadullah Mohaqiq (20141013, 20170101)
Ministry of education’s deputy, Dr. Mohammad Ibrahim Shinwari (20171111)

Ministry of Education Spokesperson:
Abdul Ghafoor Zafarani (20110324)
Kabir Haqmal (20150607)
Mrs. Noria Nazhat (20181214)

Director of the Infrastructure Services Department;
Mohammad Reza Radyar (20110325)

Director of Secondary Education:
Dastgir Moneer Dastagir Monir Dastagee Munir (20110325)

Other Officials in the Ministry of Education (as of 20110327):

# Name Position Mobile Phone Number
1 Mohammad Sarwar Azizi Chief of Staff & Senior Technical Advisor to the Minister 0777 392 764
2 Salim Hayran Director - Information Technology 0700 39 90 39
3 Gul Agha Ahmadi Media Advisor 0799 30 18 33
4 Shamshad Ayobi Website Administrator 077 428 33 55
5 Sifat Rahimee Executive Assistant to the Minister 0796 800 200
6 Jamaludin Hamid Sr. IT Officer/Database Developer 0700 18 57 64



2. Previous Functions:
Lecturer at the Law and Political Science Faculty of the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) & was lecturing at the International Relations Faculty of Afghanistan Institute of Higher Education (UofA).
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in May 2013
Deputy Director General of First Political Division (India & South Asia) (2015-2016)
Head of Africa and Middle East Desk in the Center for Strategic Studies (CSS) (20171015)
earmarked as Minister of Education (20180319)

3. Biodata:
Dr. Mohammad Mirwais Balkh was born 1982 in Balkh Province. He joined Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in May 2013 and served as the head of Africa and Middle East Desk in the Center for Strategic Studies (CSS) and as the Chief Editor of the CSS’ Quarterly Journal of Strategic Studies. Dr. Balkhi also worked as Deputy Director General of First Political Division (India & South Asia) from 2015-2016.
Mirwais Balkhi holds a Ph.D in International Relations (with specialization in West Asian Studies) from Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi India (2007-2014).
Afghan presidency has promised two ministerial posts to Jamiat-i-Islami political party as part of negotiation to end dispute over Balkh governorship, sources said 20180318. Based on the agreement, Mirwais Balkhi will be introduced as minister of education while Najib Aqa Fahim will be given another ministerial post. Both are members of the party.

Last Modified 2019-01-07
Established 2018-03-19