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Sharing Sad News from the GCI Community


Dear GCI Community,

It is with heavy hearts that we inform you of the untimely passing of one of our GCI Fellows, Jawed Sakhi. Jawed was a member of the inaugural 2014 cohort and held a special place in his heart for GCI. His family informed us of the tragic news that he passed away while on a trip with friends in Mexico. At just 29 years old, his life was cut short far too soon.

Jawed Sakhi, 2014 Cohort

Jawed grew up in the suburbs of Kabul, Afghanistan, in a remote area with little access to educational opportunities. The son of two educators, Jawed’s conversations with his father inspired him to see the world that lay beyond Afghan borders. He pursued a nomadic-style educational experience by joining the THINK Global School in New York, an innovative traveling high school, and became a 2014 GCI Fellow in his senior year. The following year, he returned to GCI as a Teaching Assistant for our 2015 cohort.

Jawed’s dedication to GCI’s mission continued as he shared his many talents and skills as an intern and served on the Alumni Advisory Council. Studying and working in more than 10 countries worldwide, Jawed was an impressive international scholar who attended the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and completed courses at Harvard Business School Online. His family shared that Jawed cited GCI as having a significant impact on his journey.

Jawed was recognized for his impressive dedication to volunteer and service work in various organizations including Seeds of Peace and StreetWise Partners. He was selected as National Volunteer of the Month and served as Chair of the Leadership Board at StreetWise, an organization focused on tackling underemployment in underserved communities.

He spent the past several years working with various firms and organizations in the International Development field, such as Chemonics, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the World Bank. Most recently, he was employed as a consultant at the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in Washington, D.C.

We are deeply saddened by the loss of such an impressive young professional and global citizen. Recognized at the GCI Summit for his bravery and intellectual curiosity, Jawed will always be remembered as part of the GCI family. We are grateful to have had the opportunity to know Jawed and be a small part of his journey as he unceasingly worked to make a positive difference in the world.

With heartfelt sympathy,

The GCI Team










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