Afghan Young Leaders in Action: Youth Summit in Herat
Members of the Asia Society’s Afghanistan Young Leaders Initiative (AYLI) played a critical role at the recently concluded youth summit, Promising Voices, in the Herat Province from Dec. 22-23. The first in a series of youth summits, organized in partnership with MOBY GROUP and the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI), focused on preventing brain-drain; delving deeper into AYLI’s “ten ideas for ten years”; and inspiring Afghan youth to contribute towards affecting change in their country. Over two days, AYLI leaders spoke about their leadership journeys and their commitment to remain in Afghanistan after 2014, in spite of all the anticipated risks and fears after the upcoming presidential election and the uncertainty about the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA). The next summit is scheduled to take place in Jalalabad, Nangarhar, later this month. AYLI leaders who participated at the Herat Summit include Salma Alokozai, Sadiq Amini, Zia Rasouli, Habee Athaee, Sulaiman Akbari, and Lotfullah Najafizada.