Women's Forum USA 2023


Muqaddesa Yourish

George Washington University

Visiting Professor


Muqaddesa Yourish is the former deputy minister for commerce and industry of the previous government of Afghanistan. Ms. Yourish has broad government experience, including service as a commissioner on Afghanistan’s national civil service reform commission, and prior to that, as human resources director of the Municipality of Kabul. She was also country director for Lapis, a top strategic communication firm of MOBY Group, giving her private sector experience. Her expertise spans international trade and commerce, governance, economic development and reform, human capital, and strategic communications. A frequent commentator on Afghanistan’s political scene, Ms. Yourish is a passionate advocate for women and girls, and a champion for Afghanistan’s young citizens. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times. She was featured as a “Vital Voices of 2021” leader in October, and sat down with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to talk about the recent Taliban takeover in Afghanistan and what it means for women and girls in the country.

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Peace and conflict resolution - women at the frontline

Shafiqa Khpalwak
Musawer Foundation and Wellesley College
Sochua Mu
Courage Fund Cambodia
Melanne Verveer
Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security
Executive Director
Muqaddesa Yourish
George Washington University
Visiting Professor