Hamed Wardak & Abdul Rahim Wardak

Clearly, the apple does not fall far from the tree with Hamed Wardak and his father, the current Defense Minister of Afghanistan, Abdul Rahim Wardak.

Abdul Rahim Wardak was appointed on December 23, 2004 by Afghan President Hamid Karzai.  Prior to this, Wardak was the deputy Defense Minister to the former Mohammed Fahim.

Abdul Rahim Wardak works tirelessly, as does Hamed Wardak, to achieve stability between Afghanistan and Pakistan.  The elder Wardak has met with Richard Holbrooke, the U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan; he has met with the NATO defense ministers and with U.S. General John Craddock.

His knowledge of his home country is highly respected, and he has clearly translated this knowledge and commitment to Afghanistan to his son, Hamed Wardak.

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Success with the Afghan-American Chamber of Commerce

In recent news, the Afghan-American Chamber of Commerce (AACC) was thrilled with the attendance at their 5th Annual Business Matchmaking Conference in Washington DC.  With over 350 people in attendance, including 60 business people from Afghanistan, the event highlighted new economic opportunities and focused on the need to put greater emphasis on the Afghan private sector.

In the coming month, AACC plans to increase its activities to evaluate investment opportunities in Afghanistan.  The conference focused on challenges facing both Afghan and U.S. businesspeople while looking for key avenues through which American and Afghan businessmen and women can find ways to work together.

Certainly, the conference was made possible by the efforts of those within the AACC, including founding vice-president Hamed Wardak, AACC Board members Francis Skrobiszewski and Bill Joern and others.

Meeting the Campaign for a US-Afghanistan Partnership Board Members

There are three leaders who sit on the board for the Campaign for a US-Afghanistan Partnership (CUSAP).  Each one brings exceptional leadership qualities and a strong business background to his board commitment.  These men include Hamed Wardak, Omar Olumee, and Assad A. Mattin.

The CUSAP believes that Afghanistan can be a strong nation, but that it needs the continued support of the United States to do so.  They are a membership organization.

One of the board members, Assad A. Mattin, was born in Kabul, Afghanistan where he received an undergraduate degree in economics from Kabul University.  He completed the Economics and Political Science Program at the Diplomatic Institute of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan. In addition, Mr. Mattin studied Business Administration at Georgetown University and strategic management at Cornell University.

Assad A. Mattin is a Senior Analyst at SOS International.