Short Biography of Deputy Minister for Refugee Affairs
Mr. Wafiullah Kakar was born in 1980 to an intellectual family in the historical city of Kandahar.
He completed his primary and secondary education at Ahmad Shah Baba School. The war in Afghanistan forced him to migrate to Pakistan where, as a migrant, he took up a bachelor degree course in Economics and Political Science at Baluchistan University in Quetta. He obtained his first master's degree in International Relations from Baluchistan University and a second MA in International Studies and Diplomacy at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
His Excellency Kakar served as coordinator and advisor to the UNHCR and oversaw the registration process and caretaking of Afghan migrants living in Quetta, Pakistan.
Upon his return to Afghanistan in 2002, Mr. Kakar worked for UNHCR in various capacities for five years, of which his last assignment was that of head of office in Spinboldak, Kandahar province.
He also worked as monitoring and evaluation specialist with the Development Alternatives INC (USAID project).
Mr. Kakar served with the UNDP as a program officer for Justice, Gender and Human Rights at the Democratization and Civil Society Empowerment Unit.
Subsequently, Mr. Wafiullah Kakar worked as the program director for protection at the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) in Greece and Tajikistan. In Turkey, he was the DRC’s regional director.
He has also served as a consultant in the Department for International Development (DFID) in the United Kingdom.
Prior to assuming office as Deputy Minister for Refugee Affairs in October 2020, Mr. Kakar served as Senior Advisor to the Presidential Office on Displacement (Refugees and IDPs) and Disaster Risk Reduction affairs.
Mr. Kakar is fluent in Pashto, Dari, English and Urdu.