Muhammad Yunus Nawandish

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Muhammad Yunus Nawandish
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Muhammad Yunus Nawandish speaking in 2010
Mayor of Kabul
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 2010
Deputy Minister of Water and Energy
In office
2001–2005
Personal details
Citizenship Afghan
Alma mater Polytechnical University of Kabul
Lviv University
Occupation Engineer, politician, lecturer

Engineer Muhammad Yunus Nawandish is the current mayor of Kabul, appointed at the start of 2010.[1] He is an ethnic Uzbek.

Earlier, as of 2002 Nawandish served as Afghan Deputy Minister for Water and Power.[2]

Mayor Nawandish was appointed as Mayor of Kabul by the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in January, 2010, and governs a city of an estimated five million in population. Since taking office, the Mayor has initiated an aggressive program of municipal improvements in streets, parks, greenery, revenue collection, environmental control, and solid waste management.

Engineer Nawandish has thirty years of experience in the oil, gas and power sectors in Afghanistan. He served as the Manager of the Afghan Gas Refinery Department, Ministry of Mines and Industry (MMI) from 1979 – 1981; as Assistant to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1984 – 1988; as Petroleum Engineer, (MMI) from 1989 – 1992; and as a Professor of Engineering at Balkh University in northern Afghanistan from 1992 – 1994. From 1994 – 2001, the Mayor lived outside of Afghanistan during the Taliban regime.

From 2001 – 2005, the Mayor served as Deputy Minister for the Ministry of Energy and Water. Since 2005, he has managed new construction and rehabilitation projects in generation, transmission and distribution of energy in a conflict environment. He designed the largest power sector project in Afghanistan, the Northern Transmission System which provides power to Afghanistan from Uzbekistan. On behalf of the Afghan Government, he has coordinated over $500 million in power sector projects in cooperation with the Asian Development Bank, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the European Union, The World Bank, and the Governments of India, Iran, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and South Korea. He has worked as a Senior Advisor on the U.S. Agency for International Development funded project to rehabilitate the Sheberghan gas fields.

Mayor Nawandish also serves as a member of the Kabul Polytechnic University’s Academic Council and of Kabul University. He is a member of two non – governmental organizations: the Afghanistan Engineers and Architects Association and Afghan American Engineers Union. He holds a B.S in Petroleum Engineering from Kabul Polytechnic University and a M.S in Gas Production and Distribution Specialty from Lvov, Ukraine.

Mayor Nawandish of Kabul city is Married and has four daughters and two sons.

Mohammad Younas Nawandish was reluctant to be the mayor of Kabul at first due to its difficulty. His day begins at five in the morning and usually ends at about one the following morning. He is a compulsive walker, sometimes covering as much as 10 km (six miles) a day. The mayor is known to be a night bird. He often inspects Kabul's streets at night when residents of the city are fast asleep. Mr Nawandish has succeeded in generating millions of dollars more revenue for Kabul during his tenure - mainly from retail taxes, business taxes, advertisements and property and business taxes. He also has regular visits to Washington, Moscow and Istanbul. One of the mayor's top objectives now is his ongoing campaign to remove illegal shops, buildings and illegally-parked carts from the city's streets and pavements.

Currently, the Mayor is assisted in his municipal reform efforts by the U.S. Agency for International Development’s “Kabul City Initiative” project, the World Bank, Japanese Government JICA and other International Donors to build municipal capacity, improve service delivery and infrastructure, and increase municipal revenue for a cleaner and greener Kabul.

The Mayor of Kabul was invited to the United States Conference of Mayor as a special guest in USCM conference in 2011. He is the first public participation Gold medalist in Afghanistan that was awarded by the Citizens in Kabul. The Christian Science Moinitor hailed Mayor Nawandish as "The can-do mayor of Kabul: Some see a model for a modern Afghanistan politician". He has also been dubbed as the "Builder of Kabul".

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