Our New Board Members & Leadership – 2021

The Afghanistan Economic and Legal Studies Organization (AELSO) is excited to announce that new leadership team of the organization has started their works officially.

We warmly welcome our new board of director members; Prof. Ken Schoolland, Prof. Sayed Mustafa Saiedy, Mrs. Baishali Bomjan, Mr. Dr. Amit Chandra, Prof. Khalilurahman Sarwary and Mohammad Khalid Ramizy as the director board members and also Dr. Abdul Azim Mommand, Li Schoolland and Mr. Yar Mohammad Yari as the newly elected advisory board members of the Afghanistan Economic and Legal Studies Organization (AELSO).

We believe that by cooperation and experiences of our new board of directors and advisory members the AELSO team will be directed in a more and professional way for achieving its mission and vision in Afghanistan and will work more effectively for creating of a free, prosperous and peaceful Afghanistan.

As the working term of the former executive director and board chairman of the organization was completed, the general assembly elected Prof. Sayed Mustafa Saiedy as the new board chairman and Mr. Mohammad Khalid Ramizy who previously had more than 11 years working experiences in several executive, communications and training departments as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the organization.

“It is my great honor to let you all know that almost after more than 11 years working in several executive, communications and training departments of the Afghanistan Economic and Legal Studies Organization (AELSO), I have been elected by the recent decision of general assembly and board of directors to officially undertake the great responsibility of serving as the Chief Executive Officer of this organization. I am undertaking this new responsibility in a time while the Afghan society extremely suffering from the insecurity, instability, deep poverty, and increasing of ongoing war and extremist ideologies. As my previous commitments with the AELSO and our other partner organizations in Afghanistan for promotion and education of free society values; hereby, once again I would like to emphasize on my commitments to work with my full capacity and dedication for creating a freer, peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan,” Said Mohammad Khalid Ramizy, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of AELSO.

“I have the honor to work with a number of well-known prestigious academic and youth institutions of Afghanistan since two decades, and AELSO was one of the most active one of those institutions. The programs and capacity which I experienced in AELSO team; made me to accept their invitation to join as one of their board members and I am sure that by our joint cooperation we can do much better works for the promotion of the classical liberal ideas in Afghanistan,” Said Prof. Sayed Mustafa Saiedy, Board Chairman of AELSO.

“I am truly honored to be a member of the Board of Directors for the Afghanistan Economic and Legal Studies Organization (AELSO). AELSO is renowned globally as the leading proponent of a free society. Having first heard the words of your courageous founder at an international conference in Asia, I became focused on the vast array of accomplishments of this organization: conferences, publications, and outreach in ways that spark the imagination and bolster economic prosperity through unleashed human action. Yes, there are ideas of liberty that abound internationally, but I find that AELSO has so much to teach policy think tanks and intellectuals in many diverse cultures. I am delighted if I can contribute in some way to the amazing successes of AELSO, but surely I will gain the most by such warm affiliation,” Said Prof. Ken Schoolland, Board Member of AELSO.

“I am a champion of the idea of peace, prosperity, and liberty which is fundamental for the development of any society. AELSO is doing the tough job of promoting these ideas in Afghanistan amid very challenging circumstances. I am inspired by the commitment of the AELSO leadership and the perseverance of the team to build a peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan. I hope to provide sectoral knowledge and technical support to AELSO to make the work impactful,” Said Dr. Amit Chandra, Board Member of AELSO.  


Find the complete list and biography of our BOARD OF DIRECTORS and ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS.

The Afghanistan Economic and Legal Studies Organization (AELSO) is an independent think-tank based in Afghanistan and registered as a non-profit and non-political, non-governmental organization with the Ministry of Economy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan on December 10, 2009 (Registration Number 1532).

The mission of AELSO is promote the values of individual freedom and of the responsibility of civil society for the creation and sustenance of the institutions of limited government, the rule of law, and the other institutional foundations of a free society. That includes strengthening the institutions of a free-market economy, such as clear definition of, and respect, for property, and promotion of freedom of expression, toleration, human rights, and civil peace.


       A short video of AELSO’s Introduction in Dari Language with English subtitles:​