Ehsan Bayat

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Ehsan Bayat
Born (1963-07-15) July 15, 1963 (age 57)
Alma materNew Jersey Institute of Technology
OccupationCEO of Bayat Group
WebsiteOfficial website

Ehsanollah "Ehsan" Bayat (Persian: احسان الله بیات, born July 15, 1963) is an Afghan American business entrepreneur who is the founder and chairman of Bayat Group, Afghanistan's largest private company.

Early life and education[edit]

Bayat was born in Kabul; his family belongs to the Qizilbash community of Afghanistan. He grew up in Kabul's Kārte Seh district and attended Isteqlal Primary and High School.

During the 1979[1] Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, Bayat and his immediate family immigrated to Flushing, New York. From 1982 to 1986, Bayat attended the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Engineering. After graduating from NJIT, he embarked upon an entrepreneurial career, founding successful import/export and wholesale food distribution companies.

After graduating college, Bayat maintained strong ties with family and friends living in Afghanistan, and among the Afghan diaspora living in Pakistan, the United States, and throughout the world. Committed to rebuilding Afghanistan, he returned in early 2002, shortly after the fall of Afghanistan's Taliban government in November, 2001.[2][3]


When Bayat returned to Afghanistan, in early 2002, decades of armed conflict had devastated the Afghan people and destroyed the economy. Using his unique experience as an Afghan American entrepreneur who had established successful companies in the United States; he began immediately to plan the creation of a new generation of Afghan companies which would operate based on the following principles:

  • Each company would make a positive and long-term impact on the lives of ordinary Afghan
  • Each company would be run by Afghan, employ Afghans, contribute to building democracy in Afghanistan, and help establish positive relations between Afghanistan and other nations

He is the founder and chairman of Bayat Group,[4] Afghanistan's largest employer[5] and diversified services company.

Bayat Group companies[edit]

In 2002, Bayat founded Afghan Wireless Communication Company (AWCC), Afghanistan's first wireless company, which established the country's wireless telecommunications high-speed global communications infrastructure. AWCC operates in each of Afghanistan's 34 provinces, providing over 5,000,000 Afghan businesses and consumers with a world-class high-speed global network.

In 2005, Bayat founded Ariana Television Network (ATN), Afghanistan's largest privately owned media network, reaching a national audience of approximately 25,000,000 Afghans across 34 provinces.[6]

AWCC and Ariana Television are the two largest divisions of the Bayat Group. Bayat Energy,[7] is an oil and gas exploration, development and production company founded by Bayat. In October 2016,[8] Bayat Power, a division of Bayat Energy, signed an agreement with the Government of Afghanistan to build Bayat-1, a gas-fired power plant in Sheberghan, Jawzjan Province. When all three phases of Bayat-1 are completed, the power plant will be capable of generating 200 Megawatts of electricity, sufficient power for approximately 200,000 homes and businesses. In 2018, Bayat Power also signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) to sell 40MW of energy generated from the new plant to the Government of Afghanistan.[9] In April 2019, Bayat Power acquired, and will be the first power company in the world to operate, a Siemens SGT-A45 Mobile Turbine.

Bayat Group owns companies operating within the construction, security, logistics and consumer goods sectors, as well as:

  • Ariana Network Services[10]
  • Ariana Network Services
  • Bayat Energy
  • Best Jobs
  • Fine Media Consulting Group
  • Fine Mineral Water

Bayat Group has championed building the capabilities its workforce and supported Afghan economic development by dedicating significant resources to developing the educational, entrepreneurial and administrative capabilities of its executive, managerial and front line staffs. Bayat Group also provides scholarship assistance to employees attending Afghan Universities, and its internal professional development program offers more than 50 professional development courses.[11]

Bayat Foundation[edit]

In 2005, Ehsan Bayat and his wife, Fatema Bayat, established Bayat Foundation[12] to aid at-risk Afghans and Afghan refugees.[13] The Bayat Foundation has sponsored more than 500 projects dedicated to improving the health and welfare of Afghans, including the construction of 13 maternity hospitals which have treated more than21,000,000 Afghan women and children.[14][15]

Awards and honors[edit]

Ehsan Bayat has received the following awards and honors, in recognition of his achievements as a Business Leader and Philanthropist:

  • 2019: On March 8, Bayat was inducted into the New Jersey Institute of Technology Alumni Hall of Fame[14]
  • 2018: Afghan-American Chamber of Commerce (AACC )Leadership Award, also delivered the keynote address for its business conference in April[16]
  • 2016: New Jersey Institute of Technology Alumni Achievement Award[17]
  • 2014: Radio Azadi's Nowruz Man of the Year in recognition of exceptional individual contributions to Peace, Democracy and Culture in Afghanistan[6]
  • 2012: Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from American University of Afghanistan for his works[18]
  • 2011: Excellence for his commitment to Afghanistan presented by 4,000 AWCC employees
  • 2010: Mahatma Gandhi Humanitarian Award from the Friends of the South Asian American Communities[19]
  • 2008: Man of the Year Award from Afghan-Americans in California
  • 2008: Corporate Social Responsibility Award from the Canada-Afghanistan Business Council[20]
  • 2007: Man of the Year Award from Sitara magazine
  • 2007: Humanitarian of the Year award from Zeba Magazine
  • 2007: First recipient of Businessman of the Year Award by the Afghan-American Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C.[21]
  • 2006: National Human Rights Award from the Afghanistan Human Rights Association by President Hamid Karzai

Personal life[edit]

Bayat resides in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, United States, with his wife, Fatema.[22]


  1. ^ Herold, Mark W. (2002-05-12). "Karzai & Associates' Trickle-Down Reconstruction". Cursor. Archived from the original on 2008-02-01. Retrieved 2008-01-20.
  2. ^ "Ehsan Bayat: An Afghan Hero With the Heart Of A Humanitarian"; Telephone Systems International, 2016.
  3. ^ "Afghan Biographies', 2010.
  4. ^ "Official Website of Bayat Group". 2017-07-30.
  5. ^ "Afghan Wireless Launches First 4G LTE Network in Afghanistan" by Amy Nordrum; IEEE Spectrum; June 1, 2017.
  6. ^ a b "Ehsanollah Bayat Selected As Radio Azadi's Nowruz Man Of The Year; Recognizes Exceptional Individual Contributions To Peace, Democracy And Culture In Afghanistan". March 26, 2014.
  7. ^ "Official Website of Bayat Energy". 2017-07-30.
  8. ^ "Bayat Power Announces Three-Phase US$250M Investment Program To Accelerate Afghanistan's Gas-Fired Power Industry". 2016-10-03.
  9. ^ "Bayat Power to build power plant in Afghanistan". Power Technology. April 4, 2018.
  10. ^ "Official Website of Ariana Network Services". 2017-07-30.
  11. ^ "Afghan Wireless Celebrates 14 Years Of Connecting Afghans To The World"; Afgahn Wireless, 2016.
  12. ^ "The Bayat Foundation - Making a Difference in Afghanistan". 2006-10-18. Retrieved 2008-01-20.
  13. ^ Esalat - People's democratic broadcaster of Afghanistan...Link, retrieved December 2007.
  14. ^ a b "Centennial Celebrations: Newark College of Engineering Inducts 11 into its Hall of Fame" by Tracey Regan, New Jersey Institute of Technology, March 12, 2019.
  16. ^ "Bayat Group Founder and Chairman Dr. Ehsan Bayat Delivers Keynote Address to Afghan American Chamber of Commerce Annual Business Conference".
  17. ^ "Dr. Ehsan Bayat, Founder And Chairman Of The Bayat Group, Presented 2016 Alumni Achievement Award From The New Jersey Institute Of Technology". May 23, 2016.
  18. ^ "Honorary Degree Recipients at AUAF". May 26, 2012.
  19. ^ "Ehsan Bayat Receives Mahatma Gandhi Humanitarian Award". September 22, 2010.
  20. ^ "Canada-Afghanistan Business Council Recognizes Ehsan Bayat, Entrepreneur and Humanitarian, for Corporate Social Contributions in Afghanistan". October 17, 2008.
  21. ^ "Ehsan Bayat gets Businessman of the year award". November 15, 2007.
  22. ^ "Ponte Vedra Beach couple aid the poor of Afghanistan". September 17, 2012.