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APn launches in the US & Najla Ayubi joins APn as a Member of the Board of Trustees

Afghan Professionals network (APn)



APn is pleased to announce that Najla Ayubi has officially joined APn as a Member of the Board of Trustees.

Based in San Diego (California, US), Najla Ayubi will work with Hamdullah Mohib (APn Board of Trustee and the Ambassador of Afghanistan to the US, based in Washington DC) to significantly expand and develop APn’s educational, professional development and charitable initiatives in North America.

Najla Ayubi, who was most recently Deputy Country Representative of The Asia Foundation, said: “I see a lot of positive energy and commitment within APn which has really inspired me. I look forward to working with the Board of Trustees to help deliver on APn’s vision in the US.”

Farhad Timuri, Chair of APn, said: “We believe this is the perfect time to expand the network that we have worked so hard to build in the UK and Afghanistan, and there is no one better placed than Najla Ayubi to help accelerate APn’s growth in the US. She’s a proven leader, well known for her energy and enthusiasm, and we could not have felt happier and honoured to have Najla Ayubi join APn.”

About Najla Ayubi

Najla Ayubi is a lawyer and former judge and has extensive experience in judiciary, elections, human rights and women’s empowerment. She is a civil society and human rights activist particularly working on women’s issues not only at the national level but also regionally and internationally. Most recently she was Deputy Country Representative of The Asia Foundation (Afghanistan Office) and currently works at the Institute for Peace & Justice, University of San Diego, California USA.

She has served as a Legal Advisor to the State Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs of Afghanistan and Commissioner at the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan. She was the Senior State Attorney at the Attorney General Office of Afghanistan, State Attorney of the Parwan province, and Judge at the Parwan Provincial Court.

In addition, she has served as a Board Member & Country Director of the Open Society Afghanistan, and was part of the Steering Committee of the Tawanmandi project in Afghanistan. She currently serves as a Co-Founder and Global Executive Board Member of Women’s Regional Network (WRN), and Board Member of Afghan Research Evaluation Unit (AREU), and Co-Chair of Afghan Institute for Civil Society (AICS).

Najla Ayubi has two MA degrees: one in Law and Politics from State University of Tajikistan and another in Post War Recovery and Development Studies from York University of the United Kingdom.

About APn 

The Afghan Professionals network (APn) is a dynamic team of Afghan volunteers from across the globe that leverage their collective passion, expertise and global relationships to re-invent Afghanistan. APn believes educated and skilled professionals with the right values are key to developing a better future for Afghanistan and its people.

APn’s vision is to a) channel the energy and expertise of a connected global network of professional Afghans to positively contribute to the Afghan community, b) develop and deliver educational, professional development and charitable initiatives that benefit the people of Afghanistan; and c) portray a positive, and more representative, image of Afghans and Afghanistan globally.

APn’s key values include: Tolerance, Unity, Equality, Respect, Diversity and Collaboration.

APn’s representatives can now be reached in the UK (, Afghanistan ( and the US (

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