Ehsan Bayat: An Afghan Hero With the Heart Of A Humanitarian

Born in Kabul and growing up during the difficult era of the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, entrepreneur and philanthropist Ehsanollah Bayat made a commitment to help rebuild his nation when given the opportunity. And, in the almost fifteen years, he has generously implemented his vision through the creation of three important entities fundamental to rebuilding Afghanistan through sustainable development, peace, democracy and employment: Ariana Television and Radio Network (ATN); the Bayat Foundation; and the Afghan Wireless Communication Company (AWCC). Each of these initiatives has helped redefine key sectors and make significant differences in the Afghan economy and the everyday lives of Afghan citizens, specifically telecommunications that reconnects Afghanistan with the world; unbiased media that empowers and showcases Afghan arts and culture; and effective charitable outreach dedicated to improving the quality of life for the youth, women, poor, and elderly of Afghanistan.

ehsan-pic“Our nation’s future belongs to the Afghan youth and children of today. We need to establish modern medical facilities to ensure healthy births; build new schools to deliver essential education; and develop modern world-class industries that provide job opportunities as well as sophisticated communications infrastructure to enable Afghans to engage the networked world.

My goal has been to contribute as much as possible in each of these three areas, and I’ve been grateful for the thousands of Afghan employees and partners who have joined me in this mission. I am especially proud of the achievements of the Bayat Foundation which, among other accomplishments, has built 13 hospitals that have served more than 1.5 million Afghan mothers and children. I look forward to continuing these efforts and contributions in the years ahead to help all Afghans to grow and support our country’s progress in regaining its rightful place as a vibrant economic, cultural, and political leader in Central Asia.”

Ehsan Bayat’s achievements over the years have not gone unnoticed as the following awards indicate:

  • 2006: National Human Rights Award awarded by the Afghanistan Human Rights Association through President Hamid Karzai
  • 2007: Humanitarian of the Year award from Zeba Magazine
  • 2007: First recipient of the Businessman of the Year Award by AACC
  • 2007: Man of the Year Award from Sitara magazine
  • 2008: Corporate Social Responsibility Award from the Canada-Afghanistan Business Council
  • 2008: Man of the Year Award
  • 2010: Mahatma Gandhi Humanitarian Award
  • 2011: Excellence for his commitment to Afghanistan presented by 4,000 AWCC employees
  • 2012: Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters for his works in Afghanistan
  • 2014: Chosen as Radio Azadi’s Nowruz Man of the Year in recognition of exceptional individual contributions to Peace, Democracy and Culture in Afghanistan

About Afghan Wireless

Founded by Ehsanollah Bayat, Afghan Wireless (AWCC), serves over 4,000,000 subscribers throughout Afghanistan. Employing over 6,000 people directly and another 100,000 indirectly, Afghan Wireless is one of the largest employers in all of Afghanistan, and is a leader in delivering wireless and broadband communication solutions to residential and business customers. Additional information is available at

About the Bayat Foundation

Since 2005, the US-based Bayat Foundation, a 501 c(3) charitable organization, has promoted the well-being of the Afghan people. Founded and directed by Ehsan Bayat and Fatema Bayat, the Foundation has contributed to more than 250 projects dedicated to improving the quality of life for the youth, women, poor, and elderly of Afghanistan. Projects have included the construction of new facilities and sustainable infrastructure in needy regions, and the promotion of health, education, economic, and cultural programs. The Foundation’s 13 maternal and early childhood health focused hospitals have treated more than 1.5 million Afghan mothers and children. Additional information is available from and via email:

About Ariana Television and Radio Network

Founded by Mr. Ehsanollah Bayat in 2005, Ariana Television and Radio (ATN) are the largest private media channels in Afghanistan, covering 33 of 34 provinces and reaching over 25,000,000 Afghans. ATN is also available via satellite to Dari and Pashto speaking viewers in Europe, Scandinavia, Asia, Australia, and North America. Focusing on information, content and entertainment, ATN programming places particular emphasis on education, health, children’s programming, women’s and world issues, and the ATN team takes great pride in broadcasting accurate, unbiased news to the audience as events occur.

ATN’s goal since launch has been one of inclusion and education, providing a “Window for a Better Tomorrow”. While exposing our radio and television audiences to the best of international arts & culture from around the world, we also expand opportunities for local writers, producers, actors, and directors within Afghan communities. Programs can be accessed via the ATN website, or via the HotBird and GlobeCast satellites.