There are lots of TEDx Talks that I find useful but these are some of the best talks given in TEDxKabul events, I think every Afghan entrepreneur should watch.

TEDx is a program which is run under the TED brand to bring a TED-like experience to as many people as possible. TED events are organized by the TED organization themselves while TEDx events can be organized by anyone for their community after gaining a license from TED, hence “independently organized”. 

  1. Entrepreneurship in Afghanistan: Ashraf Ghani at TEDxKabul

Dr. Ashraf Ghani is a leading scholar of Political Science and Anthropology. Currently, he is the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and his talk is about Entrepreneurship in Afghanistan.

  1. Life story of an Afghan IT entrepreneur: Farshid Ghyasi at TEDxKabul

Farshid is the Founder and CEO of NETLINKS Ltd, He has a bachelor’s degree in Information Systems Management from the International Islamic University of Malaysia and a Master’s degree in E-Business Management from the International University of Japan.Farshid also established the first online jobs portal in Afghanistan (, He talks about his journey as an Afghan IT Entrepreneur. He talks about the challenges he faced and how he made the largest IT company in Afghanistan.

  1. Why Afghanistan needs an exchange now: Sanzar Kakar at TEDxKabul

Sanzar is the Chairman of Afghanistan Holding Group, He holds a BSE in Computer Science Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from Warwick Business School.

In this talk, Sanzar Kakar discusses the need for a stock market in Afghanistan, and how the creation of such a market would positively impact the country’s economic development.

  1. Rebranding a nation: Mariam Atash at TEDxKabul

Mariam is an attorney and social entrepreneur with experience in the legal, business, government relations, media and nonprofit sectors. She is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center, where she served on the editorial board of law and Policy in International Business.

In this talk, Mariam outlines her vision for rebranding Afghanistan as a country known internationally for its beautiful people, natural resources, investment opportunities, and hospitality.

  1. Now is the time for utilitarianism: Richard Ghiasy at TEDxKabul

Richard is a Dutch national with Afghan roots, with experience working on economic development in the European periphery. He holds an MBA from Wuhan University of Technology and an MPA in development studies from China’s Tsinghua University. Richard is currently a fellow at the Afghan Institute for Strategic Studies (AISS) in Kabul.