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Zahra Breshna
Zahra Breshna is the head of ZBC and studied architecture in Germany and completed her PhD at the town and regional institute of the elite Technical University of Karlsruhe in Germany, with a dissertation on the fundamentals of rebuilding the historical old city of Kabul.
On that basis she founded the Department for Safeguarding Afghanistan`s Urban Heritage in 2004, as part of the Ministry of Urban Development, and headed the department until 2006. In 2007, Zahra Breshna Consulting was established.
In 2011 Zahra Breshna was also head of urban planning devision at DCDA - responsible for New Kabul City.

In Germany, operating as Breshna + Thiele Architects, she worked on several urban planning competitions and carried out several medium-sized projects and worked as subcontractors for renowned architectural offices on the renovation and modernization of the Olympic Stadium in Berlin for the World Cup in Germany in 2006 and on conversion of an industrial site into a museum of industry in Chemnitz, Germany.
In addition to her practical experience Zahra Breshna contributes to diverse publications and urban research projects. This wealth of theoretical knowledge and research in turn nourishes the practical execution of architectural projects.

Abdullah Breshna
Our Honorable President and Advisor, Abdullah Breshna studied architecture in Germany and is acknowledged to be one of the most important architects and town planners in Afghanistan. In 1965 he established the central authority for town planning in Afghanistan - and was the co-founder of ABAD the first non-governmental architectural office in Kabul.
He has been involved in designing buildings in Afghanistan and Germany for over 40 years and has over 1,000 buildings and projects to his credit.

He taught as a guest professor for over 15 years at German universities (the Universities of Stuttgart, Karlsruhe, Kassel, etc.), with a particular focus on architecture for "third world" countries, which included issues such as earthen architectures, the upgrade of informal areas such as Om Dorman in Khartoum, Sudan, and the preservation and revival of the historic Stone Town of Zanzibar and the Old Town of Cairo, Egypt.
Furthermore, he was, as president of the Central Authority for Town Planning, responsible for the first renovation of the Darulaman Palace in 1966 and of other historic buildings in Afghanistan, such as the Chilsetoon Palace, the Bagh e Bala Palace and the Melli Archive, the former military school of King Abdur Rahman.
Besides his pivotal role in planning processes for the University of Kabul, the Polytechnic of Kabul and other public institutions, he continues to contribute to diverse publications and research projects. This wealth of theoretical knowledge and research in turn nourishes the practical execution of architectural projects.

Benjamin Thiele
After graduating in architecture from the University of Karlsruhe, Benjamin Thiele was engaged by the architectural office O. M. Ungers to work on several major projects. In 1997 he and Zahra Breshna founded the practice Breshna + Thiele in Berlin, Germany .
He has been engaged on a freelance basis since 2005-2010 by DU Diederichs Project Management, as part of the team in charge of what is currently the largest public architectural project in Germany.