Abdul Bari Farahi
Former Technical Advisor, mSTAR
Abdul Bari Farahi was a Technical Advisor for the Mobile Solutions, Technical Assistance and Research (mSTAR) project in the Digital Development Unit at FHI 360. He provided technical support to mSTAR for ICT4D, mobile money, open data, responsible data practices, digital data solutions, mobile data collection and use of real-time data for adaptive management. Farahi has over 13 years of experience managing more than 80 ICT4D-focused projects for private sector and development organizations spanning across the Africa, central Asia, Europe, and the United States.
Prior to FHI 360, Farahi worked at UNICEF, developing strategies for ICT4D and fostering its use for monitoring the functionality of rural water sources, improving health outcomes for pregnant women in children, and other projects focused on health, nutrition, HIV, communication, child protection and youth participation. He has also worked with other organizations including the multi-national GSM company, MTN, United Nations Development Program, UNHCR, USAID, and other for- and non-profit firms in Afghanistan, India, Liberia, Mozambique, Pakistan, Rwanda, Switzerland, Tanzania and the United States.
During his career, Farahi developed software for functional systems’ automation and managed complex projects providing institutional reforms and automation—and then designed innovative and strategic solutions to enable organizations to increase their development impact. He has professional certifications in: Projects in Controlled Environments (PRINCE 2); Project Management Professional (PMP); Oracle 11g; Microsoft Certified Professional Development 3.5 (MCPD); ESRI certified; and Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS).
Farahi has an MA in International Development from the American University in Washington DC, an MBA in General Management from University of NorthWest in New York, and a BS in Information Technology from PIMSAT University in Karachi, Pakistan.