Afghan Biographies

Hamidi, Rangina Mrs.

Name Hamidi, Rangina Mrs.
Ethnic backgr. Pashtun
Date of birth 1978
Function/Grade Minister of Education nominated and acting
History and Biodata

1. Former Ministers of Education:
Rasool Amin (20011222-200206)
Yunus Qanooni (200206-20040831)
Ahmad Moshahed (20040831-200412)
Noor Moh. Qarqeen (20041223 -20060302)
Hanif Atmar (200603),
Dr. Farooq Wardak (20081022-20140930) confirmed for second term by Wolesi Jirga (20100103),
Dr. Farooq Wardak acting Minister (20141001)
acting Minister of Education MoE Muhammad Asef Nang (20141209)
Dr. Asadullah Hanif Balkhi (20150418, 20160522, 20161113 impeached and acting)
Mohammad Shah Ibrahim Shinwari, nominated (20171123)
Dr. Mirwais Balkhi, acting (20180319, 20190107)

Mrs. Rangina Hamidi (20200610) nominated and acting, not confirmed (20201201)

Deputy Minister of Education:
Deputy Minister for Administration and Finance: Sulaiman Kakar Muhammad Suleman Kakar (20100222),
Deputy Minister of Academic Affairs: Mohammad Sidiq Patman (20051118, 20060412, 20090212, 20110326, 20121127)
Deputy Minister of Islamic studies affairs: Dr. Shafiq Samim (20111018)
Deputy Minister of Education for Technical Evaluation: Sarwar Azizi, (20100809), Muhammad Asif Nang (20101228)
Asadullah Mohaqiq (20141013, 20170101)
Ministry of education’s deputy, Dr. Mohammad Ibrahim Shinwari (20171111)

Ministry of Education Spokesperson:
Abdul Ghafoor Zafarani (20110324)
Kabir Haqmal (20150607)
Mrs. Noria Nazhat Nooria Nazhat (20181214, 20200818)

Director of the Infrastructure Services Department;
Mohammad Reza Radyar (20110325)

Director of Secondary Education:
Dastgir Moneer Dastagir Monir Dastagee Munir (20110325)

Other Officials in the Ministry of Education (as of 20110327):

# Name Position Mobile Phone Number
1 Mohammad Sarwar Azizi Chief of Staff & Senior Technical Advisor to the Minister 0777 392 764
2 Salim Hayran Director - Information Technology 0700 39 90 39
3 Gul Agha Ahmadi Media Advisor 0799 30 18 33
4 Shamshad Ayobi Website Administrator 077 428 33 55
5 Sifat Rahimee Executive Assistant to the Minister 0796 800 200
6 Jamaludin Hamid Sr. IT Officer/Database Developer 0700 18 57 64

2. Previous Function:
Minister of Education nominated and acting (20200610), not confirmed (20201201)
3. Biodata:
Hamidi RanginaRangina Hamidi, fourth daughter of five of late Ghulam Haider Hamidi (Mayor of Kandahar City; assassinated 20110727), was born 1978 in Kandahar Province and escaped her native Afghanistan in 1981, at the age of three, during the Soviet occupation. She moved first to Pakistan and then, in 1988, to the United States. Settling with her family in Virginia, Rangina earned a Bachelors degree in Religious Studies and Gender Studies from the University of Virginia and worked for the Institute for International Public Policy, an affiliate of the United Negro College Fund.


Rangina returned to Kandahar, in 2003. With a personal commitment to help lead change in Afghanistan she assumed the leadership of the Women’s Income Generation (WIG) Project for Afghans for Civil Society (ACS), a development organization dedicated to the social development of Southern Afghanistan.


2012 she came back to the United States due to the deteriorating safety situation in her homeland.


Rangina Hamidi runs an embroidering business. (20130213)

Rangina Hamidi was voted out as minister of Education, with 114 only voting out of 242 in favor. (20201201)

She holds a US Passport.


She speaks Pashtu and English.

Last Modified 2020-12-06
Established 2013-02-13