Building Peace and Connectivity through Research and Dialogue

Team

The Heart of Asia Society was founded by a group of Afghan professionals and academics. Our team include former diplomats and professionals with experience at the highest levels of government, non-governmental organisations and private sector, as well as academics with degrees from some of the world’s leading universities.

Ambassador Jawed Ludin

Ambassador Jawed Ludin

Co-Founder & President
A former diplomat and entrepreneur, Mr Ludin has over 25 years of professional experience and a diverse career spanning politics, government, private sector and international development. He entered politics in
Ambassador Janan Mosazai

Ambassador Janan Mosazai

Co-Founder & Vice President
Born in 1980 in Kabul, JananMosazai is a seasoned, multi-lingual former Afghan diplomat who left government service in 2018 to join the private sector. He currently serves as Vice President
Ambassador William R. (Bill) Crosbie

Ambassador William R. (Bill) Crosbie

Executive Director
Bill Crosbie’s has served most of his long-standing career in the Federal Government of Canada with the Ministry responsible for Foreign Affairs and International Trade, now called Global Affairs Canada.
Dr Sima Samar

Dr Sima Samar

Member of the Board of Directors
Dr Sima Samar is the Special Envoy of the President of Afghanistan and State Minister for Human Rights and International Affairs of Afghanistan and also serves as member of the
Dr Jafar Mahdavi

Dr Jafar Mahdavi

Member of Advisory Board
Born in 1975 in Ghor, central Afghanistan, Jafar Mahdavi is a prominent Afghan scholar, politician and civil society activist. Mr Mahdavi’s educational background is in sociology in which field he
Homayra Ludin-Etemadi

Homayra Ludin-Etemadi

Member of Advisory Board
Homayra Ludin Etamadi is currently an advisor to the former President of Afghanistan, Hamed Karzai, and served as his Deputy Chief of Staff for seven years. Prior to joining the
Ambassador Gautam Mukhopadhaya

Ambassador Gautam Mukhopadhaya

Ambassador Gautam Mukhopadhaya retired from the Indian Foreign Service in May 2016 after serving as India's Ambassador to Syria, Afghanistan (July 2013-May 2016), and Myanmar, Charge d'Affaires at the newly
Mr. Elham Gharji

Mr. Elham Gharji

Senior Research Fellow
Elham Gharji is a Senior Fellow at HAS and a Ph.D. Candidate in International Politics and Conflict Resolution at the University of Coimbra, Portugal. His research focuses on foreign policy
Ambassador William R. (Bill) Crosbie

Ambassador William R. (Bill) Crosbie

Executive Director
Bill Crosbie’s has served most of his long-standing career in the Federal Government of Canada with the Ministry responsible for Foreign Affairs and International Trade, now called Global Affairs Canada.
Dr Charlotte Maxwell-Jones

Dr Charlotte Maxwell-Jones

Research Director
Dr. Maxwell-Jones has worked in Afghanistan since 2010 and has over 15 years of experience conducting field research in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia. She earned her
Dr Fabrizio Foschini

Dr Fabrizio Foschini

Senior Research Fellow
Dr. Fabrizio Foschini has researched the history, society, and politics of Afghanistan—where he has lived and visited regularly since 2003–for nearly two decades. He studied the history of Asia at