Javed Rezayee is a program assistant with the Regional Policy Initiative on Afghanistan and Pakistan (RPI). Since joining the Open Society Foundations in early 2012, Rezayee has been assisting the RPI team with programmatic matters and beyond, including translation and publication.
Back in his homeland, Afghanistan, Rezayee worked with the United Nations refugee and voluntary disarmament programs between 2001 and 2005. He helped his fellow returnees reintegrate to their places of origin, and negotiated with warlords who were handing over their soldiers and weapons to create the Afghan National Security Forces. Prior to leaving Afghanistan for the United States to attend university, Rezayee served as the acting regional office manager for the Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration (DDR) program in northeast Afghanistan.
Rezayee has worked as a translator for several documentary films and TV programs including PBS/FRONTLINE’s “Opium Brides,” and National Geographic’s “Snow Leopards of Afghanistan.” His publications include several contributions to the Open Society website.
Rezayee graduated with a degree in political science from Tufts University in Massachusetts. He speaks English, Pashtu, Persian, and Urdu.