Basir Feda

Head of Unit
Afghanistan and Central/South Asia Unit


Berlin, Germany


Basir Feda leads the Afghanistan/Central and Southeast Asia Unit. Previously, he worked as a Project Officer for the project "Forms of Informal Governance in North and North-East Afghanistan" at Berghof. Prior to joining the Berghof Foundation, Basir worked with the political as well as development cooperation sections of the German Embassy in Kabul. He also worked with the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). During his time in UNAMA, Basir served as a Principle Liaison Officer to Dr. Ashraf Ghani, former chair of the Transition Coordination Commission, NATO’s main Afghan partner for transfer of security responsibilities from International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) to Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF). In addition to his focus on transition, Basir’s other main area of focus was peace at UNAMA. Basir has published on questions of governance in areas of limited statehood, including international interventions, state-building approaches in conflict and post-conflict settings. He has worked as a consultant for key governance and development programs such as the Stabilization Program for North Afghanistan, water sector reform in Afghanistan and German-sponsored governance programs in Pakistan.

Basir holds a BA in Economics from Goa University and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin with a special focus on – among others – applied quantitative methods of data analysis.


Basir Feda leitet das Afghanistan/Central and Southeast Asia Unit der Berghof Foundation und war zuvor an unserem Projekt zu Formen informeller Governance in Nord- und Nordostafghanistan beteiligt.

Bevor er zur Berghof Foundation kam, arbeitete er in der deutschen Botschaft in Kabul in den Bereichen Politik und Entwicklungszusammenarbeit. Einige Zeit arbeitete er auch für die Unterstützungsmission der Vereinten Nationen in Afghanistan (UNAMA). Dort war er oberster Verbindungsbeauftragter für Dr. Ashraf Ghani, dem ehemaligen Vorsitzenden der Transition Coordination Commission, dem wichtigsten Kontakt der NATO auf afghanischer Seite für die Übergabe der Sicherheitsverantwortung von der internationale Mission (ISAF) auf die nationalen afghanischen Sicherheitskräfte (ANSF). Seine Forschung konzentriert sich auf die Frage nach Regierungsführung in Räumen begrenzter Staatlichkeit wie nach internationalen Interventionen und Maßnahmen zur Staatenbildung in Phasen des Konflikts oder des Wiederaufbaus.

Basir Feda hat einen Bachelorabschluss in Wirtschaft von der Goa Universität sowie einen Masterabschluss in Public Policy von der Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, u.a. mit besonderen Fokus auf angewandte quantitative Methoden der Datenanalyse.


Basir is available to speak about topics including:

  • Afghanistan
  • Asia