The HBT team works hard to provide the best future for Afghan children in the remotest areas of Afghanistan
Meet our Team
Our success is due to the contribution of our selfless team. In every situation, they have worked hard and have maximized their talents. Pluse, They are consistently going above and beyond their requirements to truly make a difference. In doing so, HBT has been able to deliver projects on time and provide humanitarian aid to the most rural locations of Afghanistan.
In addition, Placed in challenging conditions, their honesty, hard work, excellent problem-solving skills, and creativity has allowed us to swiftly resolve issues that otherwise might escalate the crisis in Afghanistan. Accordingly, They have always done outstanding work in being measured and accountable. Their work ethic is unsurpassed. Further, they are passionate, ambitious, and willing to help the poor and orphaned Afghans, and they are making society better every and each day.
Director and CEO of HBT
Tariq Ahmadzai was born in Afghanistan and lived in Pakistan until the age 18. He would move to the UK to complete his undergraduate studies. Additionally, his love for education and knowledge would take him to the U.S to pursue his post-grad studies. Subsequently, Tariq completed his first master’s degree in project management and a second master’s degree in International Development from the School of International Service at American University in Washington DC.
Tariq established HBT in 2016, alongside twenty other Afghan American professionals in the DC metro area, with two goals in mind; he believes no child should go through hardship and every child deserves to be educated in a safe environment. Tariq’s passion for Afghan Children’s education stems from his childhood in a Pakistan refugee camp and the distress he endured during his childhood. He is passionate about ensuring every Afghan child receives an education and is able to contribute towards Afghanistan’s social, economic, and political development.
In addition to his passion for educating every Afghan child, he believes that charitable organizations should spend the entirety of the funds collected from individual and organization donors on beneficiaries instead of administrative and other overhead costs.
Further, Tariq also coordinated emergency response services beginning in 2016. However, after the fall of the government, HBT has drastically accelerated emergency response services to meet the dire circumstances of the Afghan population, particularly vulnerable children and women.
Tariq currently serves as the director and CEO overseeing US and Afghanistan operations for HBT. He provides strategic guidance for growth in coordination with the rest of the team to ensure the goals, directives, and strategic communications are met and satisfactory to the stated policies of HBT.
Co-Founder & English Language Program Director
Omar Ahmadzai leads the English Language Program at HBT, coordinating all day-to-day academic and administrative activities, which include and are not limited to: managing initiation of new courses, working along with instructors to implement a curriculum that is responsive to students’ needs and interests, providing necessary resources to support development goals, preparing and coordinating the weekly class schedule and weekly updates, monitoring all teaching activities and ensuring all classes are delivered in accordance to HBT’s policies, monitoring student academic progress and attendance, and maintaining constant communication with instructors and students.
Omar received a B.S. in Information Technology with a concentration in Cybersecurity from George Mason University. Prior to that, Omar attended the Northern Virginia Community College where he obtained an A.S. in Information Technology. Omar also holds various IT certifications in architecting and managing Azure Cloud environments.
Omar has over 8 years of professional experience in the IT industry. Beside working wiht HBT, Omar is currently working as an IT Lead for a Software company focusing on system modernization, consolidation, uptime, and security. As an IT expert, Omar has an IT consulting firm where he offers services from business continuity planning to cloud and data migration and beyond.
Afghanistan Operation Lead
Hamid Malekzada was born in 1992 and has a bachelor’s degree in journalism, and mass communication from Nangarhar University. He is extremely proficient in writing and news reporting. Plus, his favorite professions are designing and photography.
After completing his bachelor’s degree, he worked as a social media manager with one of the largest, and most important news networks in Afghanistan. In addition, in his capacity, he has worked on Producing multimedia programs, managing social pages, and implementing work schedules.
He joined the HBT team as a social media manager in 2021 and now as Afghanistan Operations Lead, directs the HBT operations in Afghanistan. Further, he is attempting to provide more educational opportunities for a large number of orphaned children in Afghanistan.
He stated,” I am motivated to work harder when I encounter HBT’s sponsored students, and they welcome me as they would welcome their father. Likewise, I am happy that as a member of the HBT team I have been able to bring smiles to the lips of orphaned children.
“Providing education for everyone is one of our responsibilities”
Abou Bakri Sy
Program Advisor (Volunteer)
Abou Bakri Sy is Mauritanian-American and received his Bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University, majoring in Political Science and African Studies. He recently received his Master’s Degree from American University, concentrating on democracy and governance in the global south. He is passionate about human rights, inclusive governance, and the role ethnicity plays in nation-building.
Additionally, Abou has also previously worked in Finance, where he advised clients on making sound financial decisions and provided various financial solutions. He is also active in the Mauritanian community as he is a member of the Mauritanian Network for Human rights, where he advocates for inclusive governance, an end to racism, and accountable governance.
Lastly, Abou serves as a strategic advisor with HBT. In his role, he has the portfolio of reviewing documents, expanding the social media footprint of HBT, and generating ideas to improve donations and humanitarian efforts. Despite being a non-Afghan, abou believes human rights are universal and every child should be offered an opportunity to succeed without detrimental impediments.
Child Case Manager
Sorya Yousufi received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Kabul Education University in 2021 and a professional diploma in Journalism from Khurshid University in 2020. Added to, she joined HBT as a Child Case Manager in 2021. Her favorite hobbies are reading and helping others which have uplifted her knowledge and skillsets.
Different opportunities have improved her working abilities and has helped to reach the apex of her career. Aside from, she has participated in many civic activities where she conveyed Afghan women and girls voices to the world. Recently, she was working as social media specialist, designing new posts and writing contents for the social media pages.
Furthermore, she joined HBT as Children Case Manager in 2021. she launches investigations to find orphaned children and child laborers and provides them with opportunities to better their conditions. She states, “it makes me happy to help indigent children and bring laughter to their faces.”
Additionally, she is a bridge between poor children and HBT. She interviews them and shares their problems with the HBT team. Besides that, she follows up on already enrolled students by HBT to check their progress, skills and newly acquired abilities.
MATIULLAH Sahak received his bachelor’s degree in BBA from Kardan University in 2021. He begun working as a field volunteer for HBT in 2021. In addition, his enthusiasm and hard-working qualities have made him indispensable.
His career is filled great achievements thus far, which has improved his skills tremendously. His experiences incudes the role HR Assistant, where he assumed responsibilities for coordinating meetings, posting new job ads. Further, he acted as liaison between HR and employees to ensure seamless communications.
Moreover, he is a very active member of HBT. As field volunteer, he is working to arrange, and organize our humanitarian aid programs in the different provinces of Afghanistan.
He also responsible for ensuring that our humanitarian aid programs reach as many people as possible.
He stated, “The greatest joy for me is the joyous reactions of people after receiving urgent aid. Therefore, helping others makes me inspired.”
Samsor Ayoubi received his bachelor’s degree in Management and diplomacy from Ariana University in 2015. Indeed, his humanistic approach and dignity has always helped him to grow and acquire higher positions.
Added to, Samsor has worked in different positions which has played a key role in his career. He has worked as an administrative assistant where he was responsible for managing office calendars, organizing office attendance and travels to provinces. He has also worked as a children’s education officer. Besides, he was tasked with reporting monthly and quarterly progress reports of various projects and keeping track of project implementation plan.
Samsor joined HBT in 2022, working as a Program coordinator. He is responsible with assisting HBT’s humanitarian programs implementation. Positively, he also coordinates between the schools where HBT sponsored students continue their education.
Additionally, he is responsible in identifying new families who need humanitarian assistance. Furthermore, he stated, “I am very proud of being a member of HBT, where I can serve and help poor children and families in Afghanistan.”
Digital Media Producer
Muzhgan has BA in English Language literature from Kabul University and completed her BA in 2019. During her education at KU, he was working as a volunteer in Lincoln Learning Center-Women Garden. As a volunteer, she was responsible for implementing many cultural and educational programs for Afghan women from different backgrounds and ages.
After her graduation, she started working as a freelance Translator, translating from English to Dari and vice versa. Then, she started her professional journey in media with an internship at Salam Watandar Radio of Salam Afghanistan Media Organization in 2020.
As an Uzbek Intern Journalist, she advocated for women’s rights and free Media. After that, she joined RTA (Radio and Television of Afghanistan) as a Digital Media Producer and Presenter of English and Uzbek programs to bring more positive impact on society. In the National TV of Afghanistan, she produced and presented a number of packages covering socio-political issues, including women’s education, women in the private sector, and so on.
Mozhgan started working with HBT in 2023. Now, she is working as a Digital Media Producer for HBT social media platforms. Working with HBT gives purpose and meaning to my life. Helping those who are in need makes me feel seen, heard, and existed as a helpful person.