meet the board of directors

ACIC’s affairs are primarily run and managed by a Board of Directors, along with the help of volunteers. Members of the Board of Directors are elected in annual general meeting by ACIC members and serve on a volunteer basis. Currently, the ACIC Board of Directors consists of the following eleven members:

Hameed Zarabi

Hameed Zarabi was elected as the ACIC president in 2018. Previously, he had served the community as the Director of Cultural Affairs and as an advisor to the board for 15 years.

The President is the chief executive officer of the ACIC and presides over all meetings of the organization and the Board as Chairman. The President also governs the general and active management of the organization and ensures that orders and resolutions of the Board are carried into effect.

If you have any suggestions, concerns or ideas about ACIC programs and services, please contact Hameed Zarabi at

ibrahim mohebi

Ibrahim Mohebi joined the Board of Directors in 2018.

The Vice-President, in the absence or disability of the President performs the duties and exercises the powers of the President and assists the President in management of the affairs of the organization.

If you have any suggestions, you can reach Ibrahim Mohebi at

Farhat Abbas Najem

Farhat Abbas Najem joined the Board of Directors in 2017 as Director of Logistics.

The treasurer is responsible for the collection and disbursement of funds, receipting for collection and disbursement of funds, and reporting financial statements to the Board of Directors and members.

If you wish to become a member, pay your membership fee, or make a donation, please contact Farhat Abbas Najem at

Ali Rizai

Ali Rezai, has been the Secretary of ACIC since 2020.

The Secretary attends all meeting and records all votes and minutes of all proceedings in the books to be kept for that purpose. He sends out all required notices, responds to all correspondence, exercises full authority over and is responsible for the general office and its staff, acts as custodian of the seal of the organization, certifies documents issued by the organization when required and performs such other duties as may from time to time be prescribed by the Board.

Contact Ali Rizai at for general inquiries, volunteer services, community hours certification or any other questions.

Director of Women affairs
mahwash dawari

Mahwash Dawari joined the Board in 2007 and worked as Director of Women’s Affairs until 2016. She was re-elected in 2018.
The Director of Women’s Affairs is responsible for the general and active management of the affairs of the organization relating to female members as well as:


  • making sure women’s issues and needs are addressed and their voices are heard by the President and the Board.

  • ensuring women’s active participation in all ACIC events.

  • organizing events, gatherings and women-specific programs and training (such as sewing and Quran recitation classes).

If you have any suggestions, concerns or ideas about women’s services, please contact Mahwash Dawari at

Director of Education
Sowita Hashimi

Sowita Hashimi joined the Board as Director of Education in 2020.

The Director of Education is responsible for supervising the community's educational affairs and activities, from developing educational materials to hiring experienced teachers.

For more information about our educational programs or to register your children please visit


If you have any suggestions, concerns or ideas about our educational services, please contact Sowita Hashimi at

Director of logistics
Wase Shahsamand

Wase Shahsamand joined the Board as Director of Logistics in 2018, which was formerly Social Affairs.
The Director of Logistics is responsible for the general and active management of the affairs of the organization’s logistic needs.

The Director coordinates and manages volunteers, catering services, property maintenance and burial services including Fateha and Khatem-e Quran.

If you want to hold Fateha or Khatem-e Quran at ACIC please contact Wase Shahsamand at

Director of
youth services (AYC)
morteza rasoul

Director of
cultural affairs
Ghani Homa

Ghani Homa joined the Board as director of education in 2003 and was elected as Director of Cultural Services in 2019.

The Director of Cultural Services is responsible for the general and active management of the affairs of the organization relating to its cultural and religious affairs. Duties include preparing and disseminating strategic policy and guidelines pertaining to the cultural and religious initiatives of the organization.
The Director of Cultural Services organizes weekly programs, religious and cultural celebrations and other community events.

If you have any suggestions or ideas about ACIC programs and events, please contact Ghani Homa at

Morteza Rasoul was elected as Director of Youth Services in 2018. Previously, he had worked as a member of Afghan Youth Committee (AYC) executive committee for several years.

The Director of Youth Services is responsible for creating a vision and strategic plan for AYC. The Director leads the AYC, works closely with ACIC Board members and maintains relationships with the external communities to provide quality programs and initiatives for youth.


The Director is also responsible for managing the AYC executive team and updating the ACIC Board on plans and projects.

The Director works with the Advisory Committee on AYC activities. For information about AYC programs, please contact Morteza Rasoul at

Director of
Internal Communications
nemat maysam

Director of
bookkeeping and Accounts
zahra hafiz

Zahra Hafiz joined the Board of Directors as Director of Bookkeeping and Accounts in 2018. This position was added to the Board in 2013 to provide assistance to the Treasurer.

The Director of Bookkeeping and Accounts is responsible for keeping full and accurate accounts of all assets, liabilities, receipts and disbursements of the organization  in the books belonging to the organization .

To make a payment or donation, request a membership fee receipt, or other accounting matters please contact Zahra Hafiz at

Nemat Maysam joined the Board in 2016 as Acting Director of Internal Communications and was elected as Director in 2017.

The Director of Internal Communications is responsible for communicating organization matters to members, including sending information to members and publicizing events through social media and other communications tools.

He also maintains and monitors the ACIC websites and social media. Other responsibilities include:

  • event videography and photography

  • live streaming

  • managing, maintaining and updating IT equipment and services including  servers, computers, IT room, access points, cameras, TVs, WiFi, ACIC LAN Network, data management & Backup, network cabling, network security and software installation

Former Board of Directors


1991 - 1993:      M. Ibrahim Qasimi
1994 - 1995:      Faqir Hussain Sharifi
1996 - 2001:      M. Ibrahim Qasimi
2002:                  Faqir Hussain Sharifi
2003 - 2005:      M. Ibrahim Qasimi
2006 - 2008:      Faqir Hussain Sharifi
2009 - 2017:      Abdullah Hamid

2018 - Now       Hameed Zarabi


1991 - 1992:       Faqir Hussain Sharifi
1993:                  Enayatullah Jawan Shir
1994 - 1995:      M. Naem Farzam
1996:                  M. Nabi Akram
1997:                  Latifullah Latifi
1998:                  M. Naem Farzam
1999 - 2000:      Faqir Hussain Sharifi
2001:                  Abdul Satar Frotan
2002:                  Abdullah Hamid
2003 - 2004:      Abdul Aziz Shahsamad
2005:                  Faqir Hussain Sharifi
2006- 2015:       Abdul Aziz Shahsamad
2016                   Zabi Abduli
2017                   Atifa Rasoul

2018 - Now        Ibrahim Mohebi


1991 - 1992:      M. Naem Farzam
1993:                 M. Kazim Bayat
1994 - 1995:      Abdullah Hamid
1996 - 1998:      M. Asif Abbasi
1999 - 2000:      M. Naem Farzam
2001 - 2003:      M. Asif Abbasi
2004 - 2006:      Abdullah Hamid
2007 - 2017:      M. Asif Abbasi

2018 - Now       Farhat Najem


1991 - 1992:      Said Jawed Jawadi
1993:                  Hashmatullah Majidi
1994:                  Abdullah Azizi
1995:                  M. Nabi Akram
1996:                  Abdul Samad Azada
1997 - 2000:      Abdullah Azizi
2001 - 2002:      Abdul Aziz Shahsamand
2003 - 2004:      Lotfuallah Latifi
2005 - 2007:      Jamshid Hussaini
2008 - 2019:      Ali Zamani

2020 -                 Ali Rizai

Cultural Services

1992:                   Enayatullah Jawan Shir
1993 - 1994        M. Ayoub Sediqi
1995:                   Aziz Rasul
1996:                   M. Ayoub Sediqi
1997:                   Abdul Qadir Arib
1998 - 1999        Abdul Rauf Rafat
2000 - 2002        M. Kabir Bakhtiari
2003 - 2015       Hameed Zarabi
2016                   Rashid Farzam
2017 - 2017       Yassir Taqinijad
2017 - 2018        Abdullah Azizi

2019 - Now       Ghani Homa

Women Services

1993:                   Sultana Aslam Zada
1994 - 1995        Zuhra Arib
1996:                   Sultana Aslam Zada
1997:                   Rahima Sharifi
1998 - 2001        Zuhra Arib
2002 - 2003        Hamida Hassan Zada
2004:                   Zuhura Arib
2005 - 2006        Hamida Hassan Zada
2007 - 2016        Mahwash Dawari
2017:                   Hamida Hassan Zada

2018 - Now         Mahwash Dawari

Educational Services

1992:                    Abdul Qadir Arib
1993:                    Faqir Hussain Sharifi
1994 - 1996         Zuhra Arib
1997:                    Nasima Sidiqi
1998:                    Faqir Hussain Sharifi
1999 - 2000         Nasima Sidiqi
2001 - 2002         Abdul Jalil Sarwari
2003 - 2004         Ghani Huma
2005:                    Sadeq Tahiri
2006:                    Zuhra Arib
2007 - 2019          Sadeq Tahiri    

2020 -                   Sowita Hashimi

Youth Services

2003 - 2004          Jamshid Hussaini
2005 -  2007         Hamid Ramazani
2008 -  2010         Jamshid Hussaini
2011 -  2015         Atifa Rasul
2016 -  2017        Asma Shahsamand

2018 - Now         Morteza Rasoul

Social Services

1991 - 1993          Abdullah Hamid
1994:                     Sher Ahmad Naqi Zada
1995:                     Said Habib Sajjadi
1996:                     Mosa Haidari
1997:                     Abdul Ghafoor Amiri
1998 - 2001          Abdullah Hamid
2002 - 2004          M. Reza Haji Abdul Ali
2005 - 2008           Abdullah Hamid
2009 - 2016           M. Fahim Hashimi
2017:                      Fahat Najem

2018 - Now           Wase Shahsamand

Internal Communications

2013 - July 2016      Hamida Ahmadi
July 2016 - Now      Nemat Maysam 

Finance &Accounts

2013 -  2017  Suleiman Mazaryar

2018 - Now    Zahra Hafiz


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