Akbar Arghandiwal

Akbar Arghandiwal

Akbar Arghandiwal

Akbar Arghandiwal is an Afghan American, experienced executive with intimate knowledge and
expertise in Afghanistan and in the region. In the past decade, Mr. Arghandiwal has served as CEO, Managing Director, or President of various companies since past 20 years.

With a sense of deep care for Afghanistan and its people of his birth country, Mr. Arghandiwal
spends more than 30 percent of his time supporting, mentoring, couching and advising the startup
community in Afghanistan, and now his goal, through his newest venture; Stratex Law is to continue
help the nation through legal and advocacy means.

He has been an active mentor, advisor, and coach, to the startup ecosystem here and often speaks at various startups gatherings in Afghanistan and other countries.

Mr. Arghandiwal studied Computer Sciences at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill California, as well as Sacramento State University, Sacramento, California, USA. However, the bulk of his experiences come from working with many start-ups and helps them achieve growth. His strength is operations, specifically building organizations and leadership teams. His passion also include
helping, mentor young entrepreneurs and he spends a good amount of his time volunteering on this subject in Afghanistan.

Ahmad Waleed Khaliqi

Mr. Khaliqi is expecting his bachelor's degree in Computer Science in mid-2017 from a leading private university in Kabul. He is certified in MCITP and has academic qualifications in CCNA, CCNP and CCIP. He has Diploma in Information Technology (DIT), Diploma in Business Administration (DBA) and Diploma in Accounting (DIA). While doing his degree courses, He is also a full time employee of Afghan Ministry of Information and Culture as an IT officer and has several years of professional experience with his current employer Bakhtar News Agency as senior IT officer and web Administrator. He writes articles for media and has great skills in online/offline journalism and blogging. Mr. Ahmad Waleed represented NITPAA and Afghanistan at India School of Internet Governance and ICANN 57 in Oct-Nov 2016 in India. Mr. Ahmad Waleed joined NITPAA back in 2015 as a regular member but, in a short period of time he was able to make it to NITPAA executive board. His passion for ICT, and commitment, dedication and immense achievements in executive board were visible to all and soon he was appointed as chair of NITPAA Public Awareness Committee by NITPAA leadership. In an early election by NITPAA main and executive boards’ members Mr. Khaliqi was elected as president of NITPAA for the year 2017.