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  • In late 2004, an idea to establish a private foundation to address infant and child mortality in
  • Afghanistan was conceived. Subsequently, primary and secondary research was conducted
  • on the need for and feasibility of such an endeavor
    lDiscussions with healthcare experts within Afghanistan proved that the need exists for a private
  • foundation to address infant and child mortality. It was also clear that UNICEF, WHO & the
  • Afghan Ministry of Health will work with this foundation
    lHealthcare expertise provided by:
    • Deputy Health Minister – Dr. Abdullah Sherzai
    • UNICEF Chief of Health and Nutrition – Dr. Chris Hirabayashi
    • World Health Organization (WHO) Head of Child Health Promotion – Dr. Ahmed Shadoul
    • Dr. Basir Zikria, Columbia Presbyterian Hospital
  • The Columbia Law School Non-Profit / Small Business Clinic
    lSidley Austin LLP 
  • White & Case LLP

Board of Directors

Jemal Dean Zikria (President)
    With the upheaval in Afghanistan, Dean recognized a need and an opportunity to help improve the health and welfare of a truly disadvantaged community.  With his Afghan heritage and connections, he also felt a strong desire to do so and determined that hee could make a difference.
    Dean is the Head of
Strategy (Senior Director) for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals' Cardiovascular & Metabolics Business Unit in the U.S. (known as Pratt), a division with about $7 Billion in annual revenues.  Previous to Pfizer, Dean worked as the Vice President of Strategy & Business Development for McKesson’s market leading healthcare software subsidiary in Atlanta, Georgia, where he developed strategy for the division and its 20+ sub-business units.  Prior to that, Dean was the Director of eCommerce Business Development at McKesson’s headquarters in San Francisco where he put together various joint ventures and deals that leveraged internet technology.  Before his work in corporations, Dean had experiences with a bio-pharmaceutical start-up, medical research at Columbia University, Accenture Consulting and Deloitte Consulting’s Braxton Healthcare Strategy Practice.  
Also, through his early work in medical research & technology, Dean has been granted
three U.S. patents (either as the sole inventor or co-inventor).  Dean attended Rutgers University where he received a BS in Biology and an MBA in Strategic Management as well as being on the Varsity Football Team.  Dean now resides in Old Greenwich, Connecticut with his wife and their two children.

Laila Afridi (Secretary)

Steven Krause (Treasurer)
    When Steve’s former roommate, Dean, suggested the Afghan Child Foundation, he jumped at the chance to make a difference.  Together, they got the project started and here we are today.
    Steve is currently an attorney with White & Case and is admitted to the bar in New York and Massachusetts.  Previous to White & Case, Steve worked in consulting, finance, and corporate management.  He has spent time with companies ranging from major financial services institutions to internet start-ups as well as running a toy company.  
    Steve received a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, an M.B.A. in Strategy and Entrepreneurship from the Anderson School at UCLA, and an B.A. in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University, all with
honors. Steve now resides Manhattan with his wife and their two children.

Roxanne Hill (Director)
lBoard of Advisors

Currently in process of forming/recruiting the Board of Advisors