Academic Background: BA in Law.
Areas of interest: Gender issues, Women’s and Human Rights, Peacebuilding, Women, Peace and Security agenda, Management and Coordination of Development Programmes, Research and M&E.
Language Proficiency: Farsi/Dari (mother tongue), English, Pashto, Urdu and basic of Arabic.
Ali Hassan Fahimi was born in Afghanistan, but spent around two decades of his life in Pakistan as a refugee. He returned to Afghanistan in early 2000 and started working with different national and international organizations for the reconstruction and development of his country. He has worked in the fields of gender, human rights and peace-building for the last 12 years.
From 2006-2009 he worked as a Research Assistant and Research Officer with the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit in the gender and livelihood departments. His topics of research included family dynamics and family violence, gender mainstreaming in government institutions and women’s participation in community development initiatives.
In 2009, he joined UN Women Afghanistan Country Office in the Women, Peace and Governance Unit as Research Programme Officer. He served as Unit Manager until 2013, then moved to the Political and Economic Empowerment Pillar of UN Women as Deputy Programme Manager, but served most of his time as Acting Programme Manager for the mentioned pillar and Women, Peace and Security Pillar since January 2018.
His portfolio for UN Women included women’s leadership & participation, governance, political and economic empowerment and women, peace and security. He left his role at UN Women when he joined the University of Bradford in Sept 2018.