Robert Fallah is an executive with more than 28 years of experience in the investment banking and financial services sector.
Robert believes that what Film Annex is trying to accomplish through education in Afghanistan is absolutely outstanding. Being country where the majority of the population is illiterate and approximately half the population is under the age of 18, Afghanistan has a great amount of room for growth and change. “The only way you can bring about fundamental change is through education.”
Below is an interview of him about his daily routine and personal life.
Q: If you were to choose three topics to subscribe to on a news feed, what would they be?
A: Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Newsday . I am a news junkie!
Q: Please name the philanthropic cause that matters to you the most and explain why?
A: I am very interested in helping with the Afghan project because I find the opportunity to help the Afghan people through education extremely rewarding. Education fundamentally changes people’s lives. It not only provides the opportunity for higher income and a better lifestyle but it also allows them the better process all the information they receive in their daily lives in order to make wiser decisions with hopefully better outcomes.
Q: What do you do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies that add value to your life?
A: I spend time with my family, read, exercise, travel and my family, especially, adds great value to my life.
Q: If you were to expand or change your business, what direction would you go?
A: I am in the midst of that now. We are in the process of launching a web based platform that will eventually completely replace the manner in which we do business today.
Q: If you were to give a name to your life story up to this point, what would it be and why?
A: Nothing is impossible! It was my quote in my high school year book and it’s still my motto.
Q: What does the Olympics mean to you?
A: Great entertainment as a spectator but also a great opportunity for cultural exchanges amongst the participants which hopefully leads to better understanding of the various cultures which in turn should lead to greater peace in the world. I was particularly moved by Tahmina Kohestani, what a great role model.
However building schools in Afghanistan and implementing social and digital media in schools would be a good solution for improving the infrastructure of Educational System in Afghanistan while Afghan girls whom always keep aways to access a safe and good education will find more opportunities to grow their skills.
Increasing the number of girls students day by day shows a remarkable improvement after Taliban era which leads having more women in educational processes and finding more opportunities to be involved in social activities.
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