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Leading an NGO in Afghanistan After an MBA at London Business School | London Business School

Leading an NGO in Afghanistan After an MBA at London Business School | London Business School


In an ever-changing ever-evolving world we
need inspirational men and woman to lead us. LBS students are at the forefront of the agenda,
overcoming challenges and realizing the opportunities. One thing I learned at LBS was that I love
my job and I just wanna do it better which is a nice thing to learn. I was a teacher
for about five years and then in 2006 I moved to Afghanistan. I was volunteering for an
NGO called turquoise mountain. We’re trying to revive traditional crafts and rebuild a
neighbourhood in the old city and in 2009 I was hired to be the managing director and
founder, stepped back to be on the board and I’ve been ever since.
I came to LBS wanting to fill in the holes between what I’d learned just learning how
to manage this NGO and what I knew was missing. It was also a chance for me to figure out
what kind of manager I was. I think you learn that you can’t change the way you are you
just have to learn what you’re good at and what you’re bad at and then figure out how
you need to backfill it. I chose London Business School because it’s
in London, it’s in the middle everything and it is a genuinely global place. LBS has been
an amazing thing for me, this is a place with a huge momentum and energy; I never seen I’ve
never seen a roomful people as energized as a classroom here. I have loved being here,
it’s been a great two years. I’ve definitely taken some great friends me. I’m going back
to Afghanistan with a set of skills that I didn’t have. So I’m very excited about going
back to turquoise mountain because I’m gonna be able to do what I wasn’t able to do before.
I’m gonna be able to take a small concept that we’ve proven, which is that these Afghan
crafts jewellery would work and can compete on international markets. We sold about two
and a half million dollars worth of the stuff, but I now have the ability to figure out how
to scale that up. The next phase of this really looks like trying to quadruple our sales of
Afghan crafts around the world. So I would be very happy if in three years we are selling
that five million dollars a year worth of jewellery would work.
London Business School students go on to have a global impact, with your support we can
educate the next generation of leaders to have a profound impact on the way the world
does business.

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