Shoaib Rahim

  • Acting Mayor of Kabul, Cities that Work Council Member

Shoaib Rahim is currently the Acting Mayor of Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan and has served the city in different capacity since 2016. As one of the youngest high level government appointees he has contributed to the reform of the Kabul Municipality along with other young professionals, particularly focusing on drafting Afghanistan’s Municipalities Law over the course of over a year. He is a Fulbright scholar and a Duke University graduate (MEMP 2011) where he became an ardent blue devils fan. Before this post, he worked with Afghanistan's Ministry of Defense for many years bringing much needed reform to the ANA with the assistance of Resolute Support (International Forces). He is an Electronics Engineering graduate from Malaysia and has worked in the energy and tech industry in Singapore and Afghanistan over the years. Shoaib coaches the debate team at the American University of Afghanistan in his spare time. An Asia '21 fellow, A Rumsfeld Foundation fellow and the previous head of a youth political movement, Afghanistan 1400, Shoaib is a strong believer in Afghanistan's young generation and their capacity to bring peace and prosperity to the country.