I am a PhD Candidate in Sociology. I graduated from the LSE in 2016 with an MSc in Sociology (Research) while my undergraduate degree was in Sociology and Politics from the University of Goldsmiths in 2015 where I received a first for my dissertation. Whilst studying I have been extensively involved in running the Afghanistan and Central Asian Association, a charity my father founded when we first arrived in this country after fleeing the Taliban. As part of my work at the ACAA I have worked on a diaspora-led development programme in Afghanistan as well as supported women and families who are refugees and asylum seekers in the UK. My work at the organisation have helped me to develop strong monitoring and evaluation skills as well as project management capabilities.

I have been active in the community from a very young age and have dedicated my life to improving the lives of my home country through the Afghanistan and Central Asian Association all despite being in full time education. I have dedicated over 20 hours each week to help run the organisation throughout my time in higher education. I have always endeavoured to improve my work with others and have seen the women’s refugee programme that I work with grow from strength to strength, with demand outstripping funded supply. Given the work I have done thus far with relatively meagre resources, I can only imagine what the future holds and hope to be able to expand the services of the ACAA and reach far more refugees in the future.