Wais Ahmad Barmak
|Minister of Interior Affairs|
13 August 2017 – 23 December 2018
|Preceded by||Mohammad Jahid|
|Succeeded by||Amrullah Saleh|
|Born||1972 (age 47–48)|
Wais Ahmad Barmak (born 1972) is a politician in Afghanistan. He is a former Minister of Interior. Prior to that, he served as Minister for Disaster Management and Humanitarian Affairs of Afghanistan and as Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development.
Early years and education
Barmak was born in 1972 in Kabul, Afghanistan. He had graduated from the Department of Architecture at Kabul University. He then went on to receive an MSc degree from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London (2004).
In the 1990s, Barmak started working as a field assistant of the ICRC and as a program officer at the Agency Co-ordinating Body for Afghan Relief, and later as a program officer of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).
Barmak was Senior Advisor to the Department of Disaster Management and Preparedness and became a high-level civil servant in the Afghan Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) in 2004.
He was subsequently Senior Advisor on Capacity Development and Programmes, Senior Advisor/Chief Coordinator of the National Rural Access Programme and Executive Director of the National Solidarity Program. From 2008 onward he was Deputy Minister of Programmes at the MRRD.
Barmak is said to be an ally of former vice-president Mohammad Fahim. He was nominated for the position of Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development in January 2010, but his nomination was rejected by the Lower House of Parliament and instead Jarullah Mansouri obtained the position. Two years later, then-President Hamid Karzai nominated Barmak for the same position and this time his nomination was approved.
Under his leadership, tha National Solidarity Program of the ministry supported 70,000 rural infrastructure projects, such as roads, bridges, retaining walls, protection walls, irrigation schemes, the schools, clinics.
In 2014, after the Karzai administration was replaced by the Ashraf Ghani administration, Barmak began serving President Ghani's Special Representative on Humanitarian Affairs. He became Ghani's advisor in the Northern Zone, tasked to evaluate performance of officials and government agencies and fight corruption.
In October 2015 Barmak became a minister again, when he was appointed to lead the Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority, which was being upgraded to ministry.
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Taj Mohammad Jahid
| Minister of Interior
|| Minister of Disaster Management and Humanitarian Affairs
| Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development
Mohammad Tariq Ismati