Inspiring Leaders for Hamed Wardak

Hamed Wardak, the founder of the political movement Fedayeen-e-Sol and the founding vice-president of the Afghanistan-American Chamber of Commerce, has drawn inspiration from many sources.

He sees a great deal of thinkers, political leaders and civil right activities as shining examples that have helped him to define his own political movements and visions.  Jeane Kirkpatrick, former U.S. ambassador to the U.N and Georgetown professor, is described by Wardak as his “guiding inspiration.”

In addition, Hamed Wardak draws inspiration from Ahmad Shah Durrani, the 18th-century Afghan King; Martin Luther King, Jr.; Mahatma Gandhi; Nelson Mandela and others.

Background for Hamed Wardak

Hamed Wardak is a founder of Fedayeen-e-Sol, founding vice-president of the Afghan-American Chamber of Commerce, and President and CEO of  Ludus Athletics.  Born in Kabul, Afghanistan and raised in Pakistan and the United States, Mr. Wardak has a great deal of insights about Afghanistan and about how the United States can help and support life there.

He received a BA in Government and Political Theory at Georgetown University in 1997, where he was the Valedictorian of his class.  After this, he was elected as an American Rhodes Scholar and he read for the M. Phil. And M. Litt in Politics at the University of Oxford.

Following his studies, Mr. Wardak worked in mergers and acquisitions at Merrill Lynch in New York and California.  From 2002-2003 he was the Afghan Finance Minister’s Private Envoy to the U.S.

Leader for Change in Afghanistan:Hamed Wardak

Fedayeen-e-Sol, or “Sacrificers for Peace” is a movement which sees itself as an ideological alternative to the Taliban movement in Afghanistan. Leading this movement for change is Hamed Wardak, the son of the Afghan defense minister and a graduate of Georgetown University and a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University.

The 31-year old leader is hoping to lead his country on the path to free markets, low taxes and stifling the influential hold that drug trafficking and militias have had on Afghan society.