Our team


Our team

Chékéba Hachemi

President and Founder of Afghanistan Libre

President and founder of Afghanistan Libre, Chékéba fled her country during the Soviet invasion in 1986 and arrived in France at the age of 11. First female diplomat of the Afghan Interim Government, she was appointed First Secretary of the Embassy of Afghanistan to the European Communities in January 2002. In July 2005, she was appointed by the government as Advisor to the First Vice-President in charge of major national priority projects. In March 2007, she was appointed by President Karzai, Minister Counsellor, based in Paris. Two years later, she resigned and denounced corruption. 

Chékéba Hachemi uses her charisma and determination to raise public awareness of her cause. She frequently intervenes in the media and with major political bodies such as the Senate, the National Assembly and the European Parliament to raise awareness among as many people as possible about the conditions of women in Afghanistan and the programmes of Afghanistan Libre. She won the “Femme en Or 2001” award and was the guest of honour at the Women’s Day in Geneva organized by the International Labour Organization and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in 2002. In 2012, she was awarded the Trofémina Prize as well as the French Republic’s Human Rights Prize. In 2014, she was also awarded the insignia of Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Laurent Fabius.

Marie Carpentier

Director

” I joined Afghanistan Libre’s team in October 2017, and I was immediately won over by the splendid projects we are defending for girls’ education and the status of women, the strength and determination of our Afghan colleagues, the long-term commitment of its President. Afghanistan Libre is a structure that carries in its DNA the resistance to injustice and makes people want to fight. I am very proud to be part of such a close-knit inspiring team. “

Louise Clément

Project Monitoring and Development Manager

“I have been working as a project monitoring and development officer at Afghanistan Libre headquarters in Paris since March 2018. Working for Afghanistan Libre is an extremely rewarding experience, both professionally and humanely. I have discovered a country of incredible wealth and resilience and I am very proud to contribute to the fight for girls’ education and the empowerment of Afghan women.”

Nazim Akrami

Country Director

“I am from Panjshir province and started working with Afghanistan Libre as a logistics manager from 2001 until November 2016. Today, I am the director of the Afghan team. I am very happy and lucky to work for Afghanistan Libre. I am proud to work for an organization that fights for the rights of women in my country, rights that they were denied, especially during the reign of the Taliban regime.”

Nasim Safa

Program Manager

“I come from Farza, a district in Kabul province. I studied at the Farza University of Applied Sciences up to grade 12 (final year) and now I am studying management in parallel with my work. I worked for 5 years as a teacher in the Sanayee Development organization in Kabul and 4 years as an educational assistant for the international organization Save the Children.

I started working as a project manager with Afghanistan Libre in 2013. As you know, women have a lot of problems in my country and I think that Afghanistan Libre is the most appropriate response to help Afghan women and children.”

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Victoria Barikzay

Project Manager

“I have been working as a project manager in Afghanistan Libre since 2014. I have a degree in construction and 4 years of experience in various fields such as administration, marketing, supervisor. I could have served my country through different careers and many national and international organizations, but to me Afghanistan Libre has something more, it’s about passion and the fact that they are close to the people, especially women.”

Najia Jalal

Project Manager

“I am from the province of Parwan. I saw the Malalaï High School being built in 2001 and I was able to study up to grade 10 there. I now have a degree in English and literature. I started working for Afghanistan Libre in 2006 as a literacy teacher. I then worked as a teacher in a private school and finally returned to work with Afghanistan Libre in November 2016. I am very happy to be able to work again with this association that defends the rights of women in my country.” 

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Omran Hashimi

Finance and Admin Manager

“I am from Kabul and started working for Afghanistan Libre in November 2016 as a financial manager. I am very happy to work for such an organization that helps the women of my country through various essential actions.”


Jalilullah Yusufi

Project Assistant

“My name is Jalilullah Yusufi. I’m from Kabul Afghanistan, I have started working in Afghanistan Libre in 2017. Being part of Afghanistan Libre family is a life changing experience, I’m so delighted to have an active role in serving my nation, especially women’s empowerment through the resolute and long-term objectives of Afghanistan Libre.” 

Pordel Akrami

Rental Car Driver

“My name is Pordel Akrami, I’m from Panjshir province. I have joined Afghanistan Libre team in 2008, and I’m really pleased to help my people by working in this organization. 

Mir Agha Sarwary

Cook and Cleaner

“My name is Mir Agha Sarwary, I’m from Kabul province. I have been working with Afghanistan Libre since 2004. It’s my greatest pleasure to be a part of this hardworking team.”

Abdul Allah Akrami

Guard

“My name is Abdul Ullah Akrami, I’m from Baghlan province. I have joined Afghanistan Libre team in 2003, I’m really happy to be working with this organization, and I do my best to be a hardworking employee.”

Hamida Zohra

Midwife

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The entire team would like to pay tribute to Whalid, former director of Afghanistan Libre, who was killed during the attack on the American University in Kabul on August 24, 2016.