Board Member Sakena Yacoobi Wins the Kravis Prize

Posted by Preeti Shekar

Global Fund Board member from Afghanistan, Sakena Yacoobi, President and Executive Director of the Afghan Institute for Learning (AIL) will receive the fourth annual Henry R. Kravis Prize in Leadership.

Founded in 2006, the Kravis Prize carries a $250,000 award designated to the honoree’s organization, in recognition of extraordinary leadership in the nonprofit sector. Dr. Yacoobi was selected for her outstanding accomplishment of providing over 350,000 Afghan women and children with education and health care each year. The Kravis Prize will be presented to Dr. Yacoobi on March 31st  in New York City. Founded in 2006, the prize recognizes and celebrates extraordinary accomplishment and bold, visionary leadership in the nonprofit sector.

“It is important to understand that entrepreneurial spirit and leadership are just as vital to achievement in the not-for-profit world as they are in the private sector,” said Mr. Kravis. “We are pleased and proud to recognize and celebrate the significant and inspirational work being done by Dr. Yacoobi and the Afghan Institute of Learning.” Past recipients of The Henry R. Kravis Prize in Leadership are Roy Prosterman, the inaugural recipient (2006), founder of the Rural Development Institute; Fazle Abed (2007), founder of BRAC in Bangladesh; and the Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) (2008).

She will also be in San Francisco next week on February 10th at a luncheon hosted by Americans for UNFPA, an organization dedicated to building American support for the work of UNFPA and torestoring the United States’ moral and financial contribution to theorganization.

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Watch a YouTube Video about the Afghan Institute of Learning


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