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Mariam A. Nawabi is Strategic & Business Development Director for AMDi. She is an attorney, social entrepreneur, and activist. She is also a Founding Member of the Afghanistan Advocacy Group, a national network of Americans engaging with policymakers regarding development and security in Afghanistan. She has experience in the legal, diplomatic, business, and civil society sectors.
Mariam recently served as Senior Advisor to the Afghan-American Chamber of Commerce and Afghanistan International Chamber of Commerce. Her focus was on policy issues and programs affecting private sector and economic development. From January 2004 to January 2006, she worked at the Embassy of Afghanistan, serving as Commercial & Trade Counsel. In that capacity, Mariam worked on policy issues, private sector development, women’s entrepreneurship, reform of commercial laws, and training and capacity building programs.
Mariam is an attorney who worked in private practice at Dechert LLP in Washington, D.C. from 1999 until 2003. Her focus was commercial litigation, intellectual property, and international business law. In February 2002, she was selected to serve as a member of the U.N's Legal Affairs Working Group for Afghanistan. Mariam's focus was women's rights in the new constitution. Mariam was a leading force behind commercial and legal reform in Afghanistan post-Taliban. She served as the Coordinating Attorney for the Afghanistan Commercial Law Project, sponsored by the Center for International Management Education and the Asia Law Initiative of the American Bar Association.
Mariam is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., cum laude 1999), where she served on the editorial board of Law and Policy in International Business and of George Mason University (B.A., International Studies, summa cum laude, 1995), where she was a recipient of the Peat-Marwick, Datatel and John C. Wood scholarships and a White House intern.
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Strategic & Business Development Director at AMDi, Inc.
Dear friend "Vasudev kutukbkam" entire world is a family.This is the teaching of our indian culture and tradition.This is a wonderful site to to know our inner self and each other and can make a world a family. We created countries, boundaries,religions,cast,race for any reason.But this the time to realize that we are one and naturally interconnected with each other which we can just realize by watching inhale and exhale of our breaths. The source is same without any discrimination of religion and boundaries, equally for all living life of universe .When we understand this simple thing then we must understand how our and other's life is equally important, valuable and respectable . We should follow the nature's rule,God has given us a human life not for destruction but to look after the wellbeing of all living life so that peace and harmony can establish in this planet. .I shall be happy if we could be a friend. shyam
I have really only trained until this point. I am in my last year of law school and plan on working predominantly on human rights issues in the future. I'd like to be able to list a bunch of experience but as of yet I'm just getting started. I am however certified to work as a court appointed mediator/negotiator and hope to use my legal education more as a way to bring people together than to work for a client right or wrong. I'll be attending a criminal law summer program in Amsterdam this summer which centers around human rights, tribunals, comparative law, women's and refugees rights, and terrorism. It seems to me it is good to learn about any areas that can be flash-points for conflict.
I noticed you have worked in IP and business/corporate law. I actually started school thinking I'd work in IP (as an ex musician/artist) but just didn't enjoy it. I'm not so interested in PHOSITA and such as a day to day practice. I enjoyed my classes in business law. I made my prof crazy when I argued that control (in a franchise agreement) cannot be exhibited if the franchiser takes away a franchise from a franchisee for actions unacceptable to the franchiser. After all, isn't it admitting you have no control over the operations if all you can do is take away their franchise? I knew I couldn't really win that argument but I did get her to say she'd never thought of it that way before.
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