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About Humaira Ghilzai

HUMAIRA GHILZAI is a writer, speaker, and Afghanistan cultural consultant. She focuses on projects that bring positive social change. She co-founded Afghan Friends Network and instituted the Sister City relationship between Hayward, California, and Ghazni, Afghanistan where she has done extensive work to improve education for girls, boys, and women.


Humaira is a sought-after cultural expert who has worked with notable professional theatres, authors, playwrights, and artists for the past ten years, utilizing her extensive knowledge of Afghan people, culture, religion, and history to bring authenticity to their creative work relating to Afghanistan and the Islamic world. Humaira is currently working on her own new work, PILGRIMAGE, the KITE RUNNER - Broadway, HEARTLAND - off-Broadway, SELLING KABUL, Seattle Rep, Little America television series and is producing an original TV series. Humaira shares Afghan culture and cuisine through her blog Afghan Culture Unveiled and Youtube channel. She shares the wonders of Afghanistan through stories of rich culture, delicious food, and her family’s traditions.


Humaira helps people connect with stories of Afghan people, immigrants and the Islamic world on a human level because at the end of the day we are all fighting the same issues. Humaira was born and raised in Kabul, Afghanistan but her family fled the country right after the Russian invasion in 1979 and they made the Bay Area their new home. Humaira has traveled to six continents, 37 countries—including a pilgrimage to Mecca.

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