|History and Biodata
2. Previous Functions of Ahmad Yussef Nuristani:
Spokesperson and Senior Aide to President Karzai (2002),
Minister of Irrigation, Water Resources and Environment in the Afghan Transitional Administration (2002), Deputy Minister of Defense (2006),
Governor Herat (20090118 - 20100824 ),
IEC Chairman Elections 2014 (20130804)
Dr. Ahmad Yusuf Nuristani Ahmad Yousaf Nuristani was born 1947 in Shigram, Paron District, Nuristan Province. He received his early education at the Rahman Baba Highschool in Kabul 1965. After high school, he entered the History and Geography department of Anthropology Faculty at the Kabul University and graduated with a Bachelor in 1970. In 1973, Nouristani received a Fulbright Scholarship to continue his higher education at the State University of Arizona and received a Master Degree in Anthropology in 1975. In 1981, he received his Ph.D in Near East Studies from the State University of Arizona and later in 2003 was awarded an honorary Ph.D by that University.
From 1975 to 1978, Dr. Nuristani worked as a Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant at the Department of Anthropology, University of Arizona in the United States of America. He also worked as Assistant Professor at the Department of Social Sciences and Humanities at the Kabul University. He has a PhD from the university of Tucson Arizona (1994). [Nuristani, Ahmad Yusuf, Ph.D. Emergence of ulama as political leaders in the Waigal Valley: The intensification of Islamic identity. The University of Arizona, 1994. Nuristani, Ahmad Yusuf. (1991) Emergence of ulama as political leaders in the Waigal Valley, the intensification of Islamic Identity. Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Arizona.]
From April 1992 to May 1996, he served as the director of an elementary education project for Afghan refugees in Peshawar, Pakistan. From 1985-1988, Dr. Nouristani has been from the founding members of Writers Union of Free Afghanistan (WUFA) and many writings and articles of his have been published in the publication of the union. Before 2001, Dr. Nouristani has served in prestigious research and humanitarian aid organizations as consultant, coordinator and director.
He used to serve in the US consulate in Peshawar, Pakistan for several years. He has been actively involved in Afghan politics for the last 30 years and has participated in major conferences related to Afghan issues. He was one of the founding members of the Writer's Union of Free Afghanistan (WUFA) as well as the Afghan Professor's University Association (APUA) during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan while living in Peshawar.
After the September 11 and consequent political changes in Afghanistan, Dr. Nouristani served as the Chief of Media and Spokesman for the Interim Administration from January 2001 to June 2001 led by Hamid Karzai. In the first cabinet of Interim Administration, Dr. Nouristani was appointed as the Minister of Irrigation and Environment, a position in which he played a crucial and substantial role in developing policies and drafting long term strategies. From 2005 to 2008, Dr. Nouristani served as the Deputy Minister of Defense and had considerably important role in fostering Afghanistan’s defense relations with its international allies.
He is living in Afghanistan as dual citizen of Afghanistan and the USA controversial clause in the new constitution stipulates, however, that only persons holding a single — Afghan — passport may serve in the government, making the choice difficult for those who have lived most of their adult years abroad and would like to maintain a foothold in their adopted countries. A most influential man from the Waygal valley (Provinz Nuristan) is deputy defense minister, Dr. Ahmad Yusuf Nuristani. Previously he was linked to the royalist Rome Group and maintained good relations with former interim president Hazrat MujadeddiHe’s also quite close to President Karzai.
President Karzai appointed Daud Saba as governor of western Herat province as the former governor, Muhammad Yousuf Nuristani, was running for parliamentary elections 2010.