Aarya Nijat

Aarya Nijat is a Founding Partner and Chief Operating Officer of Beikraan Inc. In her role as Acting-Policy Director with the Government of Afghanistan, she extensively contributed to the development of the country’s first ever sub-national governance policy, now orienting local governance legal reform and governing the working of all provinces, districts and municipalities across Afghanistan. Most recently, she served as Director Capacity and Institutional Development at the Independent Directorate for Local Governance (IDLG), where she pioneered Afghanistan’s first-ever Anti-Sexual Harassment Policy, applicable to over more than 14,000 civil servants. Trained in adaptive leadership framework, Nijat has served on the Harvard Kennedy School teaching team twice. A Fulbright Scholar and a Mary Boies Fellow, she holds a Master's degree in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, a Master's in International Relations, and dual undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Law from Quaid-i-Azam and Punjab universities. She specializes in policy development, strategic planning, governance, political analysis, gender and leadership capacity development.

Yes, the Afghanistan Election is Important — But So is the Day After

April 04, 2014

Following the presidential election, Afghans need to take charge of their own future. On April 5, Afghans will cast their votes in what is considered the most significant election in their country's recent history. For the first time since the fall of the Taliban, someone other than Hamid Karzai will...

Lavish Afghan Weddings: A Cultural Challenge

March 18, 2014

Faced with cultural challenges, youth in Afghanistan can make a difference. Afghanistan, predominantly rural, has undergone significant changes in recent decades. The urban population has increased at an unprecedented pace, owing to rural insecurity and concentration of capital, goods and services in the cities. Kabul, for example, is home to...