Awista Ayub

Director, Fellows Program

Awista Ayub is the director of New America's Fellows Program. She is the author of Kabul Girls Soccer Club (Hyperion). Ayub has served as an advisory council member and contributor to and has written extensively about issues pertaining to Muslim women in sports.

Prior to joining New America, Ayub worked as the director of South Asia programs at Seeds of Peace and was based in Mumbai, India with extensive travel to Pakistan and Afghanistan for three years of her six years in this role. She also worked for the Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington, D.C. as the education and health officer.  

In 2004, Awista founded Afghanistan’s first girl's soccer team; a program that was featured on ESPN as a recipient of the 2006 ESPY's Arthur Ashe Courage Award.  She has been featured in a number of national news publications and programs for her work in Afghanistan that includes ABC News, NPR, ESPN, Glamour Magazine, CNN, New York Daily News, Sports Illustrated, the San Francisco ChronicleWashingtonian, and USA Today.

She received her B.S. in chemistry from the University of Rochester, and her M.P.A. from the University of Delaware.

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