The Afghan Future Fund is a partnership between Schmidt Futures and the Yalda Hakim Foundation. It is a sponsored project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA), a US 501(c)(3) public charity.
Schmidt Futures and the Yalda Hakim Foundation launched the Afghan Future Fund after the fall of Kabul in August 2021. The Fund’s work began with coordinating emergency evacuations for at-risk Afghans and providing humanitarian relief and resettlement assistance, especially for Afghan women, journalists, civil society leaders, and students.
Today, AFF is on a mission to empower talented Afghans to reach their full potential. We provide charitable and educational seed grants, support Afghan refugees and displaced students with scholarships, support entrepreneurship, and advance other socially and culturally significant efforts relating to democracy and human rights.
Who we are
CEO, Schmidt Futures
Anchor and Correspondent, BBC
Chief of Staff, Schmidt Futures
Executive Director and Managing Director, KKR Global Institute and Private Equity
Manager, Schmidt Futures
Executive Director, AFF
Nadima Sahar, a Kabul native and honored US graduate, champions Afghan arts and education. She founded the Galleria, boosting local artisans, and SPS, a research firm aiding in health, education, and governance. As TVETA head, she expanded access to vocational training, profoundly impacting Afghanistan’s educational landscape. Her board roles with the Initiative to Educate Afghan Women and Afghan Women’s Chamber of Commerce showcase her commitment to empowering Afghan women.