Daniel Madhani new country director at the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan, SCA

As of this Monday November 18, Daniel Madhani is the new Country Director for SCA, one of Afghanistan’s biggest NGOs with approximately 6,000 Afghan employees. Daniel has a background as Secretary General for other Swedish founded international NGOs operating in the Middle East and Africa.

- My driving force is to work for the most vulnerable people. The challenge in Afghanistan will be to reach these groups far out in the rural areas, our beneficiaries being young people, women, people with disabilities and internal refugees. Security has deteriorated and the number of civilian casualties in the conflict has lately skyrocketed, says Daniel Madhani.

Previous to SCA Daniel Madhani was Secretary General for Swedo, a Swedish humanitarian aid organisation operating in countries as Iraq, Kurdistan and Syria, and before that he led the NGO Project Playground. Additionally he has been Secretary General for the Swedish Association of Young Scientists and served as a member of the Support Association for the JOHA Trust, which runs the Barbro Johansson Model Girls' Secondary School in Tanzania.

- Human rights such as girls' right to education is important to me. It is also one of the Swedish Afghanistan Committee's most important areas of work with almost 100,000 children in schools, of which a majority are girls, says Daniel Madhani.

Daniel Madhani grew up in the Swedish countryside. He is a teacher by profession and began a teaching career before his interest in humanitarian area led him to organisations working for vulnerable people.

- Daniel Madhani has a solid leadership experience from international efforts in conflict zones, including a Muslim context. I am convinced that he can continue to develop our long-term focused work to improve the situation for the most vulnerable civilians in Afghanistan, one of the world's most dangerous countries, says Andreas Stefansson, Secretary General of the Swedish Afghanistan Committee.