Advisory Board

The Skateistan Advisory Board consists of voluntary members from a range of professional backgrounds. Each member meets regularly with Skateistan's management to provide independent consultation and advice.

Peter Dalglish Peter Dalglish
Country Representative for UN-HABITAT in Afghanistan

Peter began his humanitarian career in Ethiopia and Sudan with refugees and street children. In 1987 he founded Street Kids International, now a global leader in designing creative self-help project for poor, urban children. In 2002 he was appointed to the UN's child labor program in Nepal, and later served as the Executive Director of the South Asia Children's Fund. In 2010 he became Senior Advisor for UN-HABITAT in Afghanistan and in 2013 became Country Representative. Since 2011, Peter has been an advisor to Skateistan's Executive Director and management team in Kabul regarding youth development best practices and fundraising.
General Zahir Aghbar - Skateistan Advisory Board General Zahir Aghbar
President of the Afghan National Olympic Committee, 

General Aghbar has been an advisor to Skateistan in Afghanistan since 2009, and has been instrumental in establishing and maintaining a strong partnership between the Afghan National Olympic Committee (ANOC) and Skateistan. Prior to being elected as President of the ANOC in 2009 (and now in his 2nd term), General Aghbar held senior roles in various Afghan ministries, including Chief of Education Department in the Ministry of Defence (1993-2000), Chief of Counter-Narcotics Directorate (2004-2005), and Chief of Police in the Ministry of Interior (2006-2008). He brings his passion for sport and expertise in Sport for Peacebuilding to the Skateistan Advisory Board.  
Bryan Ridgeway Bryan Ridgeway
Skateboard Industry Expert

Since 2010 Bryan has served as Skateistan's Global Skateboarding Advisor, bringing his vast experience and connections in the world of skateboarding. His global business and marketing experience are an immense asset to the NGO, ensuring that Skateistan continues to be authentic in the eyes and minds of skateboarders around the world. Bryan is also assisting to grow awareness and support in the USA for Skateistan's activities.
Benafsha Tasmim Benafsha Tasmim
Strongheart Fellow and former Skateistan Education Coordinator

Benafsha was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, and graduated from Psychology and Educational Sciences at Kabul University in 2009. She joined Skateistan Kabul in 2010, serving for two years as the Education Coordinator. In October 2012 Benafsha was awarded the Strongheart Fellowship, which has sponsored her to study in the US. She is dedicated to using her knowledge and skills to enhance the educational experience for Afghan children, and assist girls recovering from trauma. While in the US Benafsha is acting as an educational and cultural advisor to Skateistan's team in Kabul.
Sargon Sargon Heinrich
Executive Vice President ACCL International & Entrepreneur

Sargon has served as President and Principal of several companies that he has founded and eventually sold. With extensive experience in conflict-affected regions since the early 90s, in 2003 Sargon partnered with an Afghan businessman to build ACCL International, based in Kabul. In 2011 he established the Global Engagement Center at Southern Utah University. As a successful entrepreneur he has provided Skateistan's management with advice on developing a social business to increase the longterm financial sustainability of Skateistan.