Symposium Team


Vorstand Kefa Hamidi

Dr Kefajat Hamidi

Board of Directors

Dr. Kefajat Hamidi is a communication scientist who teaches and researches at the Institute for Communication and Media Studies at the University of Leipzig. From 2008 to 2013, he did his doctorate at the University of Leipzig on the topic of „Journalism in fragile states: the case study of Afghanistan“. From 2010 to 2013, he was a doctoral fellow of The Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (SYLFF). Since 2019, he has headed the Research Centre Development Communication – Communication for Social Change at the University of Leipzig. He is also a board member of the Association of Afghan Organisations in Germany (VAFO) and is the initiator of the platform mikopa (People and Institutions for Communication and Participation).

Vorsitzender Harun Badakhshi

Priv.-Doz. Harun Badakhshi, MD

Chairman of the AFGiD

Priv.-Doz. Dr. med. Harun Badakhshi works as Medical Director of the Charité Research Organisation at the Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin as a researcher and manager and also teaches as a university lecturer at the Charité medical faculty there. His current clinical focus is on neuro-oncology, thoracic oncology, integrative oncology and e-health/digital medicine. He is also a co-initiator of the AFG-ResearchGate platform, where an online library on Afghanistan has been created in recent years, and further and advanced training is to be offered.


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Abumoslem Khorasani (BA)

Abu Khurasani was born on July 27, 1995 in Afghanistan. In 2016, he graduated from Minhaj Siraj High School in Sar-e-Pul. In 2019, he received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Herat University. For the past five years, Khurasani has worked with newspapers such as Sobh Kabul, Neshaneh News Agency, Rasad News Agency, Hasht Subh Newspaper and Daily Etilaatroz.
He also teaches at the Faculty of Journalism at Rena University. He has written extensively on extremism, terrorism, history and sociology, publishing more than 500 reports and articles. His book Afghanistan’s National Security Pathology with Emphasis on Internal Factors was scheduled to be published in September 2021, but the fall of Afghanistan’s government stopped it.

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Dr Daniel Grabić

Dr Daniel Grabić studied international information management at the University of Hildesheim, graduating in 2004. In his master’s thesis, he dealt with identity politics discourses in the context of the independence of the youngest European state, Montenegro (independence in 2006). From 2006 to 2010, he completed his PhD at the University of Leipzig as a doctoral fellow of the Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (SYLLF). Since then, he has been manager to the musician and artist, Carolina Eyck. Between 2017 and 2022, he also worked as project manager and CMO for the Leipzig-based company Dr. Dobler-Optimierung (DDO). Since 2023, he has been working as an administrative project coordinator at the Centre for Development Communication EC4SC at the Institute for Communication Studies at the University of Leipzig.