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Please feel free to provide a short bio about yourself or the work of your organization (no more than 3 paragraphs)
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.
Please list the countries and/or regions in which you (or your organization) have direct and significant expertise
Central Asia
Middle East
What is your current country of residence (or location of your organization)?
United States
What is your current job (and organization) and/or where and what field are you studying?
Strategic & Business Development Director at AMDi, Inc.
What is your personal or organizational website?
Which are your primary sectoral areas of expertise (or the primary sectoral areas of your organization) ?
Alternative Dispute Resolution, Democratization, Gender, Civil Society, Organizational Development
Which are your primary skills areas(or the primary skill areas of your organization)?
Program Design, Program Administration, Advocacy
What are some of your current areas of research (if any)?
Promoting business and investment in post-conflict environments
Utilization of business incubators to promote economic development

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At 4:26pm on May 30, 2011, Muhammad Tahir Tabassum said…

Dear Mariam,

Very happy to meet and visit your profile here.

We can be good friend and partner in common


At 3:57pm on May 23, 2011, shyam tosawad said…
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.
At 7:47am on December 3, 2009, Sohail Mahmood said…
how are u doing?
nice meeting u here
best wishes
At 9:13pm on August 31, 2009, Andrew Benson Greene said…
Hi Mariam,
i am so delighted to be your friend and be able to collaborate on peace and development. best wishes, andrew
At 9:27am on November 19, 2008, THUSHARA WITHARANA said…
hi atash,

I like to ask about afgan situation.U hava any free time plz send me some ideas.thanks

At 11:09pm on November 13, 2008, Deelip Mhaske said…
Hi how are you, Thanks for comments and information. Your work is inspiring too.
At 4:09am on October 9, 2008, Waheed Ahmad said…

Easy is to get a place is someone's address book.
Difficult is to get a place in someone's heart.

Easy is to judge the mistakes of others
Difficult is to recognize our own mistakes

Easy is to talk without thinking
Difficult is to refrain the tongue

Easy is to hurt someone who loves us.
Difficult is to heal the wound...

Easy is to forgive others
Difficult is to ask for forgiveness

Easy is to set rules.
Difficult is to follow them...

Easy is to dream every night.
Difficult is to fight for a dream...

Easy is to show victory.
Difficult is to assume defeat with dignity...

Easy is to admire a full moon.
Difficult to see the other side...

Easy is to stumble with a stone.
Difficult is to get up...

Easy is to enjoy life every day.
Difficult to give its real value...

Easy is to promise something to someone.
Difficult is to fulfill that promise...

Easy is to say we love.
Difficult is to show it every day...

Easy is to criticize others.
Difficult is to improve oneself...

Easy is to make mistakes.
Difficult is to learn from them...

Easy is to weep for a lost love.
Difficult is to take care of it so not to lose it.

Easy is to think about improving.
Difficult is to stop thinking it and put it into action...

Easy is to think bad of others
Difficult is to give them the benefit of the doubt...

Easy is to receive
Difficult is to give

Easy to read this
Difficult to follow

Easy is to keep the friendship with words
Difficult is to keep it with meanings.

Would u like to be my Penpal

I am Waheed 33 Male Lawyer , working for human rights in Pakistan

hope to hear from you soon

At 7:30pm on September 27, 2008, Deelip Mhaske said…
Thanks Mariam,
I am sorry i didnt reply earlier.
You should talk more, you can email me on or can call on +12673036172
At 7:40pm on August 1, 2008, shyam tosawad said…
Dear Mariam
Realy it is a great work to make an effort in reconstruction of afganisthan in any way,i wish you all the best and wish to join you at any way in your efforts.
At 8:05pm on June 14, 2008, Chris LeGore said…
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.

Are you working on any interesting projects right now?


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