He Pays it Forward
“If you can’t pay it back, pay it forward” – Catherine Ryan Hyde
He was blessed to possess a beautiful mind. Went to the best universities and left with the highest honors. Is there something missing still? Maybe. Not for himself but for the people that were left behind…
Having heard of Hamed Wardak’s life journey, one goes to thinking, “he gives till it hurts”
Hamed Wardak was not an ordinary child and neither is he an ordinary man. He didn’t get to play as much as he wanted to, he needed to grow up real fast. At present, Hamed Wardak is the force behind a new generation for American refugees. A generation who, in looking back, can only move forward to a world of living harmoniously in peace.
In December of 1979, two years before the U. S. S. R. invaded Afghanistan, Hamed Wardak was born in the town of Kabul. The son of a military leader who bravely fought the Russians during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980’s, General Abdul Rahim Wardak, who was later appointed Afghanistan’s Defense Minister. As Defense Minister of Afghanistan, General Wardak worked closely with the governments of both Afghanistan and the United States. The goal was to stop and prevent further destruction by the Taliban upon Afghan land and allow for peace to reign. Being intelligent and a linguist, he served his homeland in his best capacity, hoping for ethnic reconciliation.
Hamed, as a small boy, was initially raised in nearby Pakistan. But as war was upon them, he and six million others had no choice but to flee as refugees.
Upon arriving in the United States, Hamed took up a Bachelors’s Degree in Government and Political Theory and graduated from Georgetown University as the class of 1997 valedictorian. In the same year, he received the most coveted Rhodes Scholarship. A brilliant young man by anyone’s standards.
After graduation, Hamed joined Merrill Lynch in Palo Alto, California and New York City. His career blossomed as he skillfully managed mergers and acquisitions valued in the millions and even billions.
In 2002, Afghan Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani appointed him Private Envoy to the United States.
After which he went on to become Managing Director for International Operations at Technologists, Inc., a highly challenging yet fulfilling position. Under his wise leadership, the company developed a 44 million dollar contract in Afghanistan, working together with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Despite his resounding success in the business world, Hamed focused on how he could be of help to his home country, Afghanistan. He was trying to find ways and means to a better future for his people. A life of peace and economic stability.
He was a member of the Board of the Campaign for the United States – Afghanistan Partnership (CUSAP). An organization that aims to strengthen a long-term partnership between the citizens of both countries. A mutually beneficial partnership that will provide peace, stability, and prosperity to the country of his youth. He so wants it to come to fruition for the future generations of this precious land which he had had to leave at a very tender age.
Hamed has endeavored in all these and many others in between. Hamed has no plans of stopping until he is assured that no one will ever have to leave home against their wishes.
- Published On : 1 year ago on December 11, 2019
- Author By : Sarah hollie
- Last Updated : December 13, 2019 @ 9:27 am
- In The Categories Of : General
- Tagged With : ordinary child, Pakistan
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