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Nader Nadery

Senior Fellow


    March 15, 2023 — March 15, 2024

    Professional affiliation

    Associate fellow, Asser Institute; Visiting fellow, Hoover Institute, Stanford

    Wilson Center Projects

    Rights, Democracy and Peace in Conflict-Affected Societies

    Full Biography

    Nader Nadery is a seasoned leader with 22 years' experience. His background spans civil society, private sector, institutional building,  government and research. He is an internationally known advocate for human rights and justice, and has firsthand experience in peacebuilding, having participated in UN peace talks for Afghanistan in 2001, track 1.5 peace processes for number of years and the 2020/21 peace talks between the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban. Nadery has served as a commissioner of the Independent Human Rights Commission, Chairman of Civil Service Commission, senior advisor to the Afghan president on strategic affairs and human rights. He also served as chief of party to the work of NPWJ in Libya to promote rule of law and justice in 2012. He is an associate fellow with Asser Institute, center for international and European law and fellow with Hoover Institution of Stanford University. Nadery’s views and writings regularly appears in major media outlets including New York Times, WSJ, Washington Post, BBC, CNN and others. He has received numerous accolades, including being named an "Asian Hero" by Time magazine, a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, and received the Reebok Human Rights Award. Nadery holds a LLB from Kabul University, a MA in international relations from George Washington University and has studied leadership at the Kennedy School of Government. He speaks English, Pashtu, Dari/ Persian, Baluchi, Urdu and basic Dutch.