Mr Mohammad Masoom Stanekzai is the former Chief Peace Negotiator of the Islamic Republic, in this talk he will reflect on three issues; a) missed opportunities in the peace process, b) the Doha agreement between the US and the Taliban and c) regional dynamics and its impact on the Afghan peace process.
Prior to this role he served as Chief of (NDS), Acting Minister of Defense, Head of the Joint Secretariat of High Peace Council, deputy to the Disarmament Demobilization and Reintegration Commission DDR). In addition, he was responsible for the disbandment of Illegal Armed Groups (DIAG). Mr. Stanekzai served as Minister of Telecommunication and initiated the public-private partnership. Before this, he served as the head of an NGO and also as one of the first members of the Human Rights Commission.
Mr. Stanekzai has over 35 years of experience in different fields and sectors including security, development, International relations, humanitarian aid, and management of large-scale projects and programs.
Mr. Stanekzai holds a Master’s degree in philosophy of engineering for sustainable development from Cambridge University and a Master’s in business management from Preston University. He holds a B.A. from the Kabul Telecom Institute and is a graduate of the Kabul Military University. He was also a senior fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace and has published several articles.