Barmak Pazhwak is a senior program officer responsible for the Institute’s Priority Grant Competition related to Afghanistan and Pakistan. He came to USIP from the U.N. Development Program where he was the senior international adviser to the minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development, government of Afghanistan. Before that, he was director of program development and faculty with Southwestern University and Global College, where he developed the international development curriculum and taught courses. He has 18 years of experience in the design and management of humanitarian relief and socio-economic development programs with NGOs, government and the U.N. system in Afghanistan, in Central and South Asia and the Great Lakes region of Africa.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in economy and management of agriculture from the University of Kabul in Afghanistan, and a master’s degree (with distinction) in rural social development from University of Reading, Berkshire, United Kingdom.