August 12 – Afghanistan Cultural Presentation (Naweed Ahmadzai)


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Join us for an overview presentation on Afghan culture and best practices of working with newly arrived Afghans by Naweed Ahmadzai. Naweed is a first-generation immigrant from Afghanistan currently managing workforce development pathways to employment programs at the City of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. He is an Afghan-American who grew up in Kabul, Afghanistan and came to the U.S. in 2009 as an exchange student and later applied for a political asylum. Naweed speaks from personal experience with insight for those working with and supporting newly arriving Afghan evacuees coming to Minnesota.  

The presentation will address the following topics of interest: 

  • the context out of which Afghan evacuees are arriving to Minnesota (early and contemporary history) 
  • the diverse demographic of over 15 different ethnic groups in Afghanistan 
  • language and communication tips for better cross-cultural connecting 
  • some of the main differences between Western and Eastern interactions and concepts of time 
  • overview of gender and family structure and implications for the workforce 

Naweed Ahmadzai was born and raised in Kabul, Afghanistan. Naweed moved to Minneapolis in 2009 when he was a senior in high school as part of an exchange program through U.S. State Department. He attained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Management at Gustavus Adolphus College, where he interned in Washington D.C. with a non-profit that focuses in advancing democracy worldwide. In Gustavus, he wrote his thesis about the lack of Afghan American interest groups in the United States. He also attended Lorenzo De Medici in Florence for a semester as part of his study abroad where he took an interest in Anthropology of Fashion where he wrote his thesis on “Is getting tattoos a taboo in Islam”. After graduating Gustavus Adolphus College, Naweed has worked with Hennepin County and currently with the City of Brooklyn Park where he is building career pathways for BIPOC population to connect them with livable wages and a career. Naweed has a passion for storytelling and presentation acumen to cater to businesses professional and cultural needs pertaining to Afghanistan. 

You can find Naweed on

  • Twitter: @nahmadzai12  
  • Instagram: @na_weezy



Event Details

Date: August 12, 2022

Start time: 08:30 a.m. CDT

End time: 11:00 a.m. CDT

Venue: Virtual Meeting (Zoom)

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