Our Organization

Afghanistan Justice Organization (AJO) is an Afghan-led, non-profit, and non-partisan organization which promotes  democracy, governance and rule of law through project design and management, project performance and evaluation, training and capacity development, policy research and analysis, and public awareness campaigns and advocacy.

AJO is governed by the board of directors and managed by its executive team. The current team consists of a President, Vice President for Program Management and Operation, and departments include Project Design & Management, Communications, Strategic Studies, Capacity Building and Training, Performance Evaluation, Evidence Based Research, Public Awareness and Advocacy, Information Technology, Finance and Procurement, and Human Resources.

The management has combined experience of 20 years in Afghanistan alone. AJO’s leadership consists of Afghan-American lawyer, former judges and prosecutors, professors, radio and television personalities, journalists, and monitoring and evaluation specialists. 

Our Management Team


Shafeek M. Seddiq: Co-Founder and President

Mr. Seddiq is a lawyer, who practiced law with Sidley Austin, LLP in Washington, D.C., has been working in Afghanistan since 2008, first as advisor to the Attorney General of Afghanistan, then Country Representative of the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) before establishing AJO in 2011. Mr. Seddiq has spoken in various national and international conferences and has written on rule of law in Afghanistan.


Lailuma Nasiri: Co-Founder and Vice President

Experienced in program management, implementation, and evaluation and performance. Ten-year experience on women’s access to justice and five years of countering violence extremism. Conducted surveys, evaluations and drafted analytical reports. Organized and held conferences, and public awareness workshops and campaigns. Experienced working with multiple donors simultaneously and handling multiple projects including USAID, INL, European Union, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, UK National Crime Agency, Dutch Foreign Ministry, the French Foreign Ministry, the Italian Development Cooperation, and the United States Institute of Peace. Ms. Nasiri has a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Bircham International University.

Abdul Hamid Darwesh: Monitoring and Evaluation Director

Mr. Darwesh holds Master degree in Criminal Law and Criminology from Azad Islamic University and a Bachelor degree in Law and Political Science from Kabul University. Since 1997, he worked in humanitarian and development programs inside and outside Afghanistan with national and international government and none government organizations including NRC, IDLG, IDLO, and DPK-Tetra Tech. Mr. Darwesh has attended training of trainer and monitoring and evaluation courses in Rome, Italy. Mr. Darwesh has designed, implemented and evaluated projects performance and impact evaluation. Mr. Darwesh has lectured at various private law schools including Bakhtar University and Afghan University. He has tremendous experience in adult learning and training management. His handbook on training methodology has been used in several organizations in Training of Trainers (ToT) programs. Mr. Darwesh is also managing AJO’s public awareness and advocacy programs.

Ms. Gullalai Karimi: Gender Development Expert

Ms. Gullalai Karimi is a Judge and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Political Science from Kabul University. She is a member of Women Judges Association (AWJA). She has been working in the legal field as Legal adviser and legal councilor with various national and international organizations including NRC, AREU, and JSSP since 2003. Ms. Karimi has served as Gender Advisor with IRC – PMU and as embedded Gender Advisor with government ministries such as Ministry of Women Affairs (MoWA), Ministry of Justice (MoJ), Ministry of Interior (MoI) & Ministry of Education (MoE). She has also participated in various gender training programs, workshops, conference, seminars and meetings inside and outside of Afghanistan. Ms. Karimi’s experience as a trainer includes training of police, attorneys, lawyers and Judges.

 Omid Rafey: Finance & Operations Manager

Mr. Rafey has more than nine years of experience in finance, human resources, administration, business development and operations including five of those years spent at international organizations funded by the United States Government (USG). He has served in multiple financial, procurement and human resources management roles on donor-funded projects and developed expertise in financial/procurement analysis and reporting, preparing budgetary projections, coordinating annual financial audits, and establishing financial, administration and procurement policies and procedures, particularly in compliance with USG rules and regulations. Mr. Rafey is certified of USAID Rules and Regulations on Grants and Cooperative Agreements and ACCA F1/2. Currently he is studying Business and Administration, CIA, CAPM. Before joining AJO, Mr. Rafey worked for IRG, IESC, ICMA, VEGA all of which were USAID funded programs.

 Sheraz Ahmad: Database & Web Development Expert 

Mr. Sheraz Ahmad has more than ten years of experience working with national and international organizations including IDLO, UNDP, Checchi Consulting, and Shneez Technologies. His expertise include overall IT management, networking, trouble shooting, databases design and development, websites design and development. He has experience in building both desktop and online databases. Mr. Sheraz has a Master’s degree in Information Technology from Iqra University, Karachi, Pakistan. Mr. Sheraz is responsible for designing and developing databases used by various justice sector institutions including the Afghanistan Independent Bar Association (AIBA). He has developed a database used both as a repository of survey data and analysis for various projects. Mr. Sheraz has also designed computerized accounts and finance system for a number of big organizations.

 Kalimullah Ahmadzai: IT Expert

Mr.Kalimullah Ahmadzai has a Bachelor degree in Computer Science from Kabul University. He is currently studying for Master’s degree in Computer Science from Kabul University with cooperation from Tallinn University of Estonia. He has received trainings from many recognized institutions and has gained national and international certificates. Mr. Ahmadzai has been working in the field of information technology with different government and non-government organization since 2012. Mr. Ahmadzai has great skills of teaching and has taught computer science related subjects in many institutions within the country. He is now working with Afghanistan Justice Organization (AJO) as IT Expert.

 Neelab Asekzai

Ms. Neelab Asekzai has a Bachelor Degree in Law and Political Science from Kabul University. She is currently studying to earn Diploma in English Language (DEL) in Kardan University. In her career, she has received trainings from many recognized institutions and has been awarded with certificates. Ms. Neelab Asekzai has worked as Research Assistant with IWA and Afghanistan Naween. She has recently started working with AJO as intern in Operations and Program Departments to gain further experience.

 Faridoon Nikzad

Mr. Faridoon Nikzad holds two Bachelor Degrees in Law and Political Sciences and English Literature from Kabul University and Tolo-Aftab Private University. He has post-graduated certification in Public Administration from ENE College Islamabad-Pakistan. Mr. Nikzad has working experience as Legal Research Project Officer, Legal Advisor and Rule of Trainer in the field of Anti-Corruption, customs and criminal legislative framework with different international US and EU funded organization including USAID, US Department of State, Human Rights and Labor and European Union Police Mission (EUPOL). He is currently working with AJO as Legal Translator.

 Mohammad Zia Mehrin

Mr. Zia Mehrin is a Researcher and holds Bachelor’s Degree in Language and Literature from Kabul University. He is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in Kardan University in Business Administration (MBA). Mr. Mehrin has more than 7 years of experience in media monitoring, program monitoring, evaluation, research and reporting with a number of organizations including Independent Election Commission (IEC) and Aga Khan Foundation - Afghanistan. He has attended M&E and report writing training in Kathmandu, Nepal and quantitative research design training at Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan and attended various M&E relevant trainings in Afghanistan. Throughout his work experience, he has been involved in conducting M&E training, designing research tools, data analysis, report writing and dissemination of findings to stakeholders. He has conducted assessments, perception studies/surveys, evaluations and developed databases for the organizations where he worked. He recently joined AJO as Monitoring and Evaluation Expert and is responsible for implementation of AJO M&E activities.