Qanbar was born in Afghanistan, within an area significantly affected by war. As a result, he knows how to survive with sparse resources, a skill that has been integral for his role working as head of education and training division. He is also a project manager with the Afghanistan Institute of Rural Development (AIRD) and Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD). Qanbar was working as a senior program specialist and technical monitoring evaluation and reporting specialist with the National Area Based Development Program (NABDP), and joined a United Nations Development Program (UNDP) project. In addition, while he was working as an evaluation research and learning unit manager with the Agha Khan Foundation (AKF), he became one of the founding members of Baghlan University in Afghanistan.
Qanbar is a IFC-World Bank certified trainer in Afghanistan and he has great experience in project identification, planning, monitoring, evaluation, and reporting. He was awarded as one of the best university lecturers by Baghlan Provincial governor and awarded a scholarship for to pursue his master’s degree from the government of Japan, a fellowship from JICA, a fellowship from the Netherlands’ government, represented his country for the Sameual Undong Global Leadership forum in 2016 and 2017, represented Afghanistan as delegate for 2017 Youth summit in New Delhi, and participated in many other national and international trainings, workshops and conferences.
Qanbar’s education background begins in economics at the Balkh University of Afghanistan, then he completed his master’s degrees in international relation from the Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies (GSAPS) at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan, and is currently getting his MBA from the Indian School of Business Management and Administration (ISBM).