Class of 2024
Salma Alokozai worked as Director General of Macroeconomics & Fiscal Policy at the Ministry of Finance of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan prior to the country’s takeover by the Taliban. She pursued her master’s degree in Public Administration at the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs and a certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Ohio University in the United States (2015-2017). Salma has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a certificate in Legal Studies from the American University of Afghanistan. She has worked with the Government of Afghanistan for 9 years. Her previous work experience in the Ministry of Finance was as Director of Aid Management, Director of National Priority Programs and Director of Public Investment Management.
Salma also worked as Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant at the Administrative Office of the President and as Advisor to the Minister of Education. Salma was honored with the Maiwand Malala Medal by the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan for her work and efforts in the Ministry of Education. Besides, she is a fellow of Afghanistan Young Leaders Initiative by Asia Society, a board member of Chaarmaghz Mobile book library for Afghan children, and Chair of the board of Paiwand-e-Afghanan Association. Salma is an alumna of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and received a United Nations medal from the mentioned institution in 2011. She speaks fluent Pashtu, Dari, and English.