Humayun Sarabi has 13 years of experience working in the nonprofit sector, and has particular expertise in the field of human rights and girls education. He worked in Pakistan and Afghanistan with non-profits since 1999, and recently he served as regional director for Act Now Children’s Fund in Pakistan and Afghanistan. He organized and ran projects on women’s rights and girl’s education in both Afghanistan and Pakistan and served on the board of directors for numerous Afghan non-governmental organizations. In addition to his fluency in English, Humayun is fluent in Dari, Urdu and Pashto—the languages of Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Humayun received his Master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School in 2011, and previously earned a Master’s degree in Human Rights and Humanitarian Disaster Response at Ruhr University Bochum and University College Dublin. He also holds a degree in International Affairs and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School, Tufts University.
Ms. MacKenzie has been a journalist and media trainer for more than two decades. Jean MacKenzie is a senior correspondent for GlobalPost formerly based in Kabul, Afghanistan. After five years as program director for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting in Kabul, she is now working as a journalist trainer and consultant. Her work has taken her to the farthest corners of Afghanistan, where she has met hundreds of Afghans from all walks of life. She has created a network of Afghan reporters who can gather news and information from all over the country, lending an all-important local perspective to coverage of the conflict there.
Ms. MacKenzie set up the first journalists' center in Helmand Province, providing training and technology to an enterprising group of young reporters in Lashkar Gah. She has forged a reputation as an analyst and commentator, contributing frequently to broadcast and online projects, including National Public Radio, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., CNN, and the Australian Broadcasting Corp. She spent nearly two years in Helmand Province, where she covered the Taliban insurgency as well as the booming poppy industry. Prior to moving to Afghanistan, MacKenzie spent more than a decade in Moscow, where she worked for a variety of newspapers. She began her career as a journalist with the Moscow Times in 1992, branching out to write for publications such as the Christian Science Monitor, Newsday and the Boston Globe. Since 2011. Ms. MacKenzie has been based in the United States, where she writes on a wide variety of topics for GlobalPost, while providing consultation on media topics to several journalists' organizations.