SOLA is supported in the implementation of its mission by an advisory board comprised of individuals who share the belief that talented young Afghan girls are the hope for an educated, progressive and prosperous Afghanistan.
Ted came out of retirement from an international, entrepreneurial business career in Sep. 2001 to begin his Afghan “career” in Feb. 2003. His strongly held belief in Afghanistan’s future underlies his deep-seated commitment to SOLA’s sustaining role in building its country’s first-ever powerfully educated female leaders. In close succession and directly related thereto, Ted now serves as Executive Director of the Abdul Madjid Zabuli Foundation’s Afghan NGO. AMZ’s mission is “to create educational opportunities and economic empowerment for rural Afghans”, especially farm women.
Dana H. Freyer, Esq.
Mrs. Freyer co-founded and chairs the Global Partnership for Afghanistan, which works with rural Afghans to create farm businesses that alleviate poverty, build sustainable livelihoods and promote economic development. She is a retired senior partner of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in New York, where she practiced for 32 years and headed the firm’s Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution and Corporate Compliance Program practices.
Mrs. Lockhart is co-founder and director of the Institute for State Effectiveness on state, market and civil society issues. She has lived in Africa, Asia, Europe and the U.S., working with the Afghan government, other transitional states, the UN and the World Bank. She was educated at Oxford, Harvard and the Inns of Court School of Law, and is a member of the Bar of England and Wales. She authored Fixing Failed States, among other papers and toolkits on state-building and development.
Hon. Ronald E. Neumann
Ambassador Neumann is a career foreign service officer who served as U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan (2005–07), Bahrain (2001–04), and Algeria (1994–97); and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs. Amb. Neumann currently is the president of the American Academy of Diplomacy. He is the author of The Other War: Winning and Losing in Afghanistan (2009), and of a number of monographs and articles.
Hon. Jane M. Swift
Mrs. Swift became the first female governor of Massachusetts (2001-03) after serving as state senator, lieutenant governor and cabinet secretary. She is CEO of Middlebury Interactive Languages, LLC, and on the boards of Suburban Propane, Sally Ride Science and Inclusion Advisory Council, Deloitte & Touche. She has been featured on 60 Minutes, CBS Early Show, NBC Today Show, ABC View and CNN Inside Politics. She is a distinguished lecturer at Williams College.
Dr. Eric Widmer
Dr. Widmer, American scholar and educator, attended Deerfield, Williams, and Harvard. He spent 25 years at Brown University as professor, historian, student-life dean, and dean of admission and financial aid. Dr. Widmer became headmaster of Deerfield Academy in 1994 and founding headmaster at King's Academy in Jordan in 2007. In 2010 he was named Global Educator of the Year by the National Association of Independent Schools.