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Project Management Director, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Afghanistan Regional Business Unit Safir Sahar
Safir Sahar is a trade and customs legal expert with nearly 15 years of trade and customs reform experience, including six years implementing USAID-funded economic growth projects in Afghanistan and Central Asia. He is currently a project management unit director in Chemonics’ home office, managing the USAID Afghanistan Capacity Building Activity. He recently completed his field assignment in the capacity of chief of party of the $77.8 million USAID Trade and Revenue (ATAR) project in Afghanistan. Prior to this, he served as deputy chief of party for ATAR and the USAID Trade and Accession Facilitation for Afghanistan (TAFA) project. Safir played an active role in Afghanistan’s World Trade Organization accession and actively participated in the Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement (APTTA) negotiation, providing tremendous support to the Afghan negotiation team. He also represented Afghanistan as the commercial attaché to Switzerland and trade representative to the World Trade Organization (2012-2013). Safir has a B.A. in law and political science.