Shoaib Rahim

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.

Content by Shoaib Rahim
  • Blog post

    Urbanisation in fragile societies: Thinking about Kabul

    As part of the Blavatnik School of Government’s “Challenges of Government” Conference, the International Growth Centre’s Cities that Work team put together a panel on identity and legitimacy in Kabul. The discussion highlighted the importance of building legitimacy in fragile contexts, particularly given the emergence of fragmented identities and new networks of...

    13 Feb 2020 | Oliver Harman, Shoaib Rahim, Shahrukh Wani

  • Multimedia Item - Video

    Kabul: Identity, legitimacy and governance

    What roles do cities, with their youthful populations, play in developing a sense of identity and legitimacy in fragile contexts? This panel takes Kabul, the capital city of Afghanistan and the fifth fastest-growing city in the world, as a case study to examine how urban contexts and actors can support, or undermine, national stability by providing a dense spatial context...

    4 Nov 2019