Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Dr. Eamal Arman
Dr. Eamal Arman is a private sector development specialist with 17 years of experience on agricultural development programs in Afghanistan. Dr. Arman brings 12 years of senior management experience, most recently serving as Technical Services Director and Secretary to the Agricultural Development Fund (ADF) where he worked with a team of 63 to provide business development and technical services to the agricultural borrowers nationwide. In this role, he has collaborated with all donors funded programs working to increase access to finance for small- and medium-sized agricultural enterprises via the mobilization of $110 million in loans.
Dr. Arman is the former Team Leader for the Rural Business Support Program (RBSP) of MAIL, an Asian Development Bank-funded program, where he led a team of 160 staff, oversaw a budget of $18 million and supervised technical activities in all four Regional Economic Zones to improve the livelihoods of rural and vulnerable populations through agricultural value chain development.
Dr. Arman is intimately familiar with USAID grants/contracts rules and regulations, with nine years of experience on USAID-funded programs including serving as Senior Grants Manager on the USAID Agricultural Credit Enhancement Program, where he was responsible for the management of two large grant facilities of $ 20 million. Dr. Arman has a proven ability to design and lead gender-focused initiatives in Afghanistan and has been credited with leading one of the most effective U.S. Government gender initiatives in South Asia on the USAID-funded Alternative Development Program in Afghanistan.
Dr. Arman is a poet and writer of a great accomplishments, he writes essays, literary articles and translates the works of others. An addition, he conducts feasibility studies on different agricultural value chains and writes business and operational plans for new investments in Afghanistan. He co-authored fisheries management book and distributed over 6000 copies nationwide. He is executive editor of Solo Magazine, a quarterly publication for the Eastern Region Women’s Affairs Directorates.