Emerging Young Leaders Award and Exchange Program

Participant Story

Emerging Young Leaders Award - Ahmad Shakib Mohsanyar


Ahmad Shakib Mohsanyar Ahmad Shakib Mohsanyar

Ahmad Shakib Mohsanyar has dedicated himself to making Afghanistan a better place for young people. To counter the narrative that youth need to leave Afghanistan to improve their lives, Shakib founded a social media campaign titled “Afghanistan Needs You.”

In its first seven months, the campaign had 26,500 likes and dozens have put their faces on the page, including youth leaders, singers, athletes and officials, each pledging their dedication to the country and holding a sign saying “Afghanistan needs you.” His efforts have gained him international media coverage. Shakib works as a job placement specialist and serves as president of a professional network that promotes universal education, entrepreneurship and civil society engagement.