Mr. Abdul Samad Ghaznavi has more than 20 years of work experience in management and socio-political affairs as democracy and governance specialist and AOR / COR with USAID and States Department, and US Army. He remained substantially involved as technical manager, senior expert and political governance advisor for several US government and federally funded Democracy and Governance projects in the areas of democratic governance, rule of law, civil society, elections, political processes, parliament and anti-corruption. He served as a Policy Director for IDLG and Chief of Staff for the Afghanistan Senate and National Assembly.
Mr. Ghaznavi holds a Master degree in Public Policy and Administration from Kabul University and another Master degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Peshawar University. He also keeps a certificate in Public Policy from the University of Washington. He speaks English, Dari, and Pashto fluently.
Some of his work include designing surveys and evaluations on public opinion, national interest and democratic processes and to advocate for communal changes through legislative bodies, government and champions. He managed multi-million dollars projects for the Department of States including the Consortium for Elections and Political Processes (CEPPS), Support to Increased Electoral Participation (SIEP), Support to Subnational Governance (SNG), Afghanistan Electoral Reform and Civic Advocacy (AERCA), Assistance to the Legislative Bodies of Afghanistan (ALBA), Afghanistan Parliamentary Assistance Program (APAP I & II), Survey of the people of Afghanistan (2012 to 2014), Electoral Support of Afghanistan (ESOA), Integrity Watch Afghanistan (IWA), Accountability and Transparency (ACT-UNDP), Afghanistan Social Outreach Program (ASOP),Kandahar Food Zone (KFZ) and Rule of Law Project (AROLP) and the basket funding for the UNDP Elect for Presidential Elections 2014.