Mr. Zia Shefaie is the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Admin of Kateb University and Co-chair of SDSN Afghanistan. Prior to his current position, Mr. Shefaie worked as Managing Director at Kateb Research Institute where he played significant role in development studies, linking Kateb University with international organizations and initiating the first-ever conference related to “Roles of Universities in implementing the SDGs in Afghanistan”. He has 13 years of diverse working experience mostly in development finance with financial companies like Exchangerzone, Afghanistan Institute of Banking and Finance (AIBF), the First Microfinance Bank (FMIB), and BRAC Afghanistan as COO, senior trainer, product development officer, program supervisor, and MIS manager. He has gained a lot of experience working under international microfinance, banking and academic consultants for many years and is passionate about helping people learn and transform the way they work to achieve personal and business goals.
Mr. Shefaie has an M.A. in Economics and currently serves as co-chair at SDSN Afghanistan secretariat, assisting and counselling the chair and network manager. From accredited certification standpoints, he is a Certified International Microfinance Expert earned his certification from Frankfort School of Finance and Management (FSFM) and further has pursued several quality online courses facilitated by the world famous institutions like MIT, George Town University and International Monetary Fund (IMF).