HIH AF’S CHAIR WINS BOND’S OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL AWARD
Hand in Hand Afghanistan Chair Seema Ghani is the winner of Bond’s Outstanding Individual Award.
The award, which celebrates “exceptional people who have made a lasting contribution to the sector”, was presented last night at the Bond Conference International Development Awards ceremony in London, the biggest event of its kind in Europe. It was the Outstanding Individual Award’s first year, and the Bond Awards’ fourth.
“At Hand in Hand we believe in helping people to help themselves,” said Seema, accepting her award. “There’s a new generation of young thinkers [with the power to change Afghanistan] but they can’t do it without you.”
Seema was recognised first and foremost for her work with Hand in Hand, but her contribution to the sector does not stop there. After fleeing Afghanistan’s 20-year civil war in the 1990s, Seema settled in London and established a career working with some of the City’s biggest Fortune 500 companies. She returned to Afghanistan just weeks after the fall of the Taliban to help the country rebuild, and went on to co-found the People’s Anti-Corruption Movement and Afghan Women Charter, as well help Hand in Hand Afghanistan create some 27,000 businesses and 32,000 jobs – and counting – as the organisation’s Chair.
Seema beat out seven other nominees to win the award, including finalists Robert Walters of international blindness prevention charity Orbis and Georgette Mulheir, CEO of Lumos, a charity working to end the institutionalisation of children.