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Manager Engineering

Fairfax, VA, 22031
March 30, 2021

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Ahmad Zaki


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Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MUP)

State University of New York, USA (University at Buffalo)


B.Sc in Architecture Engineering

Kabul University, Faculty of Engineering

Job and Professional Experience

May 2020- Now

Manager and Senior Urban Planner at Utopian Planners

Key Responsibilities

1.Data collection/analysis, study and preparation of five Strategic Development Plans for five Provincial Capital Cities of Afghanistan

2.Management of the team members, tasks and project deliverables

3.Design and supervision of community outreach and analysis of the findings.

Feb 2019-

May 2020

Mayor of Kabul City, Capital of Afghanistan

Major Accomplishments at Kabul Municipality (KM):

-Improved local governance and delivery of city services, particularly at by informal settlements, which formed 75 percent of the city;

-Built data and financial systems, which helped 20 percent increase in municipality revenue;

-Established and endorsed PMIS management system for the first time at KM that helped successful implementation of 225 large and small projects;

-Reviewed and updated the legal and technical frameworks of the municipality to achieve SDGs and objective of Smart Growth;

-Prepared and endorsed implementation of a Form-Based Zoning tool for the first time in the city;

-Prepared detailed plans and implementation guidelines for seven major urban corridors that boosted investment aligned with TOD principles;

-Designed and implemented 12 community parks, providing gathering and entertainment space, particularly for women and children;

-Planned and prepared the design for three transfer stations;

-Planned and conducted the site analysis for two citywide landfills;

-Played a major rule in coping the spread of COVID-19 in Kabul City;

-Revised and endorsed the organization structure based on the study of effective models in developing countries;

-Built a conducive working relationships with national and international organizations, such as WB, UN-habitat, USAID, JICA and others.

Sep 2018-

Feb 2019

Senior Advisor to the President of Afghanistan on Urban Development Affairs

Major Responsibilities:

-Worked directly with HE. The president of Afghanistan (Mohammad Ashraf Ghani);

-Being member of High Council for Urban Development;

-Provided around 60 memos and policy notes to HE. The president on urban and development issues;

-Worked with different entities of Afghanistan’s urban sector to build coordination;

-Worked on Municipality Law and its regulatory framework which was endorsed by the cabinet in the same year;

-Streamlined assistances and supports of international organizations and NGOs in strengthening Afghanistan’s urban sector.

Dec 2016

Sep 2018

Director of Urban Development Affairs, Ministry of Urban Development and Housing (MUDH), Afghanistan

Key Accomplishments:

-Revised fragmented technical process which caused unnecessary delays by establishing an integrated regulatory and technical planning platform;

-Prepared and got endorsement of development plans for seven cities;

-Developed manuals and guidelines for comprehensive planning, development and detailed planning utilizing smart growth principles;

-Drafted the first Urban Development Law of Afghanistan, which was endorsed by the cabinet on August 2017;

-Led and supervised the SASAKI Associates – a Boston based urban design firm that prepared the Kabul City Urban Design Framework which was endorsed at the 4th High Council for Urban Development;

-Revised construction permitting system/ process.

June 16 –

Dec 16

Head of Urban Research and Training Center / MUDH


-Conducted a series of more than 60 training programs, building the capacity of about 3000 gov. employees in the urban sector;

-Established a proactive board of technical experts to study, research and write policy notes on urban issues to the government;

-Conducted a survey of finding and prioritizing major urban challenges from the citizens’ perspective in Kabul Province;

-Planned and established the 3rd National Urban Conference gathering above 3000 professionals, practitioners to discuss findings of the survey and find relevant solutions;

-Designed a new complex for the center which was implemented later on.

Jun/2011 Aug/ 2012

Quality Control Program Manager @ Bakhtar Sustainable Construction. Co


-Review, control and supervision of all design activities and deliverables according to contract specification;

-Preparation and supervision of work schedules and work progress;

-Ensuring legal obligations are followed and ensuring compliance with regulatory bodies and with health and safety guidelines;

-Inspecting the final outputs of design documents.



Assistant/ Associate Professor

Kabul University, College of Engineering, Department of Architecture

-Taught different drawing, designing and urban planning courses

-Was member of Academic Council

-Was member of curriculum development committee

Major Skills

Language Skills

Urban and Regional Planning, Data Analysis, Environmental Planning

Urban Governance and Development, Policy and Strategic Development


Project management, Urban and Architectural Design/ Drawing


GIS, Auto CAD, Sketch Up and InDesign


MS Office (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook)

Hindi/ Urdu

SPSS (Statistics and data analysis software) and Primavera (P6)

Note: References will be provided upon request.

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