Mustafa Babak

Afghan Diaspora, Researcher, & Advocate

Mustafa is an international development expert with multidisciplinary experience in public sector reform, health financing, and strategic communications. He is currently the Technical Lead at Palladium Group focusing on health care financing in South Asia and West Africa. Prior to moving to the US, Mustafa worked as a public relations executive advising the Afghan government and international partners on key development issues including counter narcotics, civic education, and local governance.

Mustafa Babak has spoken extensively on the role of Afghan youth and Afghan diaspora in Afghanistan’s journey to self-reliance including TEDxSanJoaquin, Clinton Global Initiative University and Ashoka U. He has also published the first comprehensive study of the Afghan diaspora analyzing challenges and opportunities for building a strong Afghan diaspora constituency in the US. In his free time, Mustafa enjoys traveling with his wife and son, biking and cooking authentic Afghan cuisine.