Official Bios

1- Dr. Mohammad Humayon Qayoumi

Dr. Mohammad Humayon Qayoumi is President Emeritus of San Jose State University and Acting Minister of Finance Chief Adviser for   President Ghani in the areas of infrastructure, human capital, and technology.
Prior to this, he served as 28th president and professor of electrical engineering at San José State University in the heart of Silicon Valley, in California. Before that, he was the President of California State University East Bay.
He holds a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from the American University of Beirut and four graduate degrees from the University of Cincinnati: a master’s in nuclear engineering, a master’s in electrical and computer engineering, an MBA in Finance, and a doctorate in electrical engineering. He has also published eight books and more than 100 articles, as well as several chapters in various books. He is a licensed professional engineer and a certified management accountant.
Dr. Qayoumi has over 40 years of engineering and administrative experience in several universities. He served as an engineer on a variety of projects in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia including two years as the project electrical engineer in building the Umm Al Nar Power Plant in 1970’s. He has made presentations at numerous conferences across the United States and in 12 other countries.
A senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), Dr. Qayoumi served as a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award examiner and senior examiner from 2000 to 2003. He also was senior examiner for the Missouri Quality Program from 1997 to 2000. Dr. Qayoumi is an APPA Fellow and the recipient of two APPA Meritorious Awards, APPA President Award in addition to NACUBO’s Distinguished Business Officer Award. He served in several board of directors including KQED, Silicon Valley Leadership Group, The Bay Area Council, The Bay Area Council Economic Institute, and Joint Venture Silicon Valley. In addition, he serves chair of cybersecurity for the U.S Department of Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council. A senior fellow with California Council on Science and Technology (CCST), he was inducted to Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame in 2015.

2-Nahid Sarabi Deputy Minister for Policy

Ms. Naheed Sarabi is the Deputy Minister for Policy at the Ministry of Finance.
ompleted her primary education in Kabul. Her family migrated to Pakistan during the Taliban regime.
After the fall of the Taliban, Ms. Sarabi returned to Afghanistan and briefly joined the Kabul University Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences. She received a scholarship form the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) to continue her studies in India.
She holds a Bachelors in Political Science from the Indraprastha College for Women, Delhi University and an M.A. in Development Management from Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany.
In 2013, Ms. Sarabi returned to academia. This time as a recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship. She received her second Masters in Applied Economics from Western Michigan University, USA.
Naheed Sarabi began her civil service career the in 2007 at the Afghan Presidential Palace where she was in charge of presidential correspondence and research programs. She has worked as Senior Coordination and Partnership Advisor for the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG), which is the agency responsible for sub-national governance. As a Senior Policy Advisor to the Office of the Deputy Minister for Policy in Ministry of Finance, Ms. Sarabi worked with a team of experts who helped in the development and oversight of the strategic development framework for Afghanistan, the Afghanistan National Peace and Development Framework (ANPDF).
She served as the Director of the Afghanistan National Development Strategy (ANDS) from 2010-2013. During her tenure as Director of ANDS, she oversaw the preparation of Implementation Plans for the ANDS and its twenty-two National Priority Programs (NPPs), and assisted in establishing the monitoring framework for these NPPs.
She was a member of the core organizing team for the Tokyo Conference 2012 and Brussels Conference 2016. She also served as Director General for Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting at the Office of Deputy Minister for Policy.

3-Mr. Abdul Habib “Zadran” Deputy Minister-Administration  Senior Advisor to H.E. Minister of                   Finance on Cost Saving in Security and Defese Sector  Ministry of Finance, Afghanistan


Mr. Abdul Habib Zadran has broad experience in Management, finance, accounting, procurement, banking and donor relations, having filled a number of roles for the Government of Afghanistan, donors and Private Sector. He is graduated from the University of Punjab, Pakistan and then obtained his Masters (MBA) with specialization in Finance.  Perior to this, he has served as a business administrator for Siemens Afghnaistan, Chief of Staff and Director of Finance and Procurement for the Independent Board of Kabul New City  and many other international companies and organizations as well as  Head of Projects Devlepoment and Senior Advisor to Director General of Budget, Ministry of Finance of Afghanistan.

Mr. Zadran has also worked as the Leading Advisor of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and as the Chief Financial Officer for the Independent Board of Kabul New City development. To attract investment and support of Donors, Mr. Zadran has represented its relevant organizations in several international conferences, seminars and interacted with international donors (i.e. IMF, World Bank, JICA, ADB, USAID, KOIKA, IDB etc). His expertise in Public Financial Management (PFM) of the Government of Afghanistan is highly noteable.

In 2016, he was appointed as the Director of Large Taxpayers in revenue department of the Ministry of Finance of Afghanistan. Considering his wide range of reforms which resulted in significant increase of the revenue of this department, he was promoted to the Director General position.  The reforms and revenue increase continued and in 2018 the revenue reached a record high of 14.2% of the GDP of the Country.

Mr. Zadran is currently serving as Deputy Minister Administration and the Senior Advisor to H.E. Minister of Finance on Cost Saving in Security and Defense Sector.