Naheed Vadsaria is an information technology consultant for the U.S. government and a National Security Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracy. In her free time, Naheed volunteers at STEM-based organizations focusing on youth empowerment, such as Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu Girls Academy and Focal Point Global. Naheed has also worked as a social scientist for the U.S. Army’s Human Terrain Systems in Afghanistan, where she conducted ethnographic research and analysis on socio-cultural issues affecting the military. She was awarded the Non-Article 5 NATO Medal, Superior Civilian Service Award, and French Brigade Ministry of Defense and Veterans Commander Commendation Award for her service in Afghanistan. Upon returning to the U.S., she published a book, Tajik Hope: Reflections of Engaging Women In Kapisa Province. The book offers a series of case studies that provide insight into the role of Afghan Women. Naheed is working on her MBA at Johns Hopkins University and is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success. She holds a Masters in International Policy Studies from Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, and a B.S. from Northeastern University. She speaks Urdu and French, and previously served as a United States Peace Corps volunteer in The Gambia.