Meet the CEO

Mina Sherzoy

Founder & CEO

My name is Mina Sherzoy and I’m the founding director of Excel Consulting International. I started my business because I experienced the need for a niche expertise that bridges cultural, language and mindset differences between Afghan people and those wanting to work in the country. What attracted me to this work is not only to improve the lives of Afghanis, particularly women and children, but to influence the larger context of which Afghanistan is a key part.  The other indispensable actors are India and the United States, the guarantors of a secure and prosperous Central and South Asia.

I started my business because I experienced the need for a niche expertise that bridges cultural, language and mindset differences between Afghan people and those wanting to work in the country.

There will be tremendous opportunities involving this triad of nations.  Taking full advantage will require special expertise to make things happen in all three places.  Excel was created to do just that. Since many projects will be centered in and around Afghanistan, Excel will lower the risks and uncertainty of operating there.

Delivering results on time and within budget.

Depending on your needs, I’m confident we can help you. This confidence comes from helping others during the past 16 years.  I have worked as country director and technical chief of party for USAID-funded projects through large providers of technical assistance such as Deloitte and Chemonics.  I’ve managed projects worth many millions of dollars, delivering results on time and within budget.
Getting important things done requires broad and deep connections in Afghanistan government ministries.  We have those contacts and are ready to put them to work for you.  We’re also comfortable and effective working in Washington, DC and New Delhi.

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Projects involving women’s empowerment

We have special expertise in and great passion for projects involving women’s empowerment. In the time before the Taliban, women could be found in the upper echelons of government, medicine law and other professions.  Afterwards, participation rates plummeted, rolling back these gains and relegating most women to roles within the home. Since the Taliban were deposed, female school enrollment and overall participation rates in the economy and civil society have begun to recover.
There is much left to do. As you seek to participate in the doing, and I hope you will and not be deterred by media media reports, be prepared for a very hands-on approach from me and my colleagues.  I have designed and managed highly successful programs for thousands of Afghan women, many of whom went on to create their own businesses and assume leadership roles in the Afghan public and private sector.  Women must be full partners if Afghanistan is to be a peaceful and stable country.
The transformation has begun, but there’s much work to be done.  Change will come more quickly in the future, and we must learn and apply what works by identifying best practices and building on them. Let us help you do this and other valuable work in the country and region.