Mina Sharif Born in Afghanistan, raised in Canada... and now back in Afghanistan producing children's TV

Mina Sharif was born in Afghanistan. When she was less than a year old, her family was forced to flee and eventually immigrated to Canada where she was raised. Mina was brought up in Toronto Canada. In early 2005, she travelled back to Afghanistan as a volunteer radio trainer working with women managed radio stations in various provinces across the country. Though this was intended to be a six month commitment, she has been in Afghanistan for 10 years. Mina Sharif has had a variety of experiences in Afghanistan including radio training for street children in a number of cities, developing and disseminating campaigns in support of the Afghan government (particularly the Afghan National Army and the Afghan National Police), authoring the IOM “Guide to Afghanistan,” and leading a literacy training project for the ANA and ANP. Mina Sharif was the Executive Producer for seasons two and three of Baghch-e-Simsim, the Afghan version of Sesame Street. The seasons are currently on the air on Tolo TV, Afghanistan’s premier television station. She is now working with Parsa, an NGO that has been in Afghanistan for 20 years. She is the Executive Producer of a TV and radio series highlighting the accomplishments of Afghan children throughout the country- including the Afghan Scouts - many of whom are orphans. On the side, Mina Sharif is involved in numerous volunteer initiatives in support of Afghan youth.