A native of Afghanistan, Saber Azam left Kabul at the age of 22 for Switzerland to study at the prestigious “École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne” where he obtained a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Ph.D. in the field of advanced nuclear technology.
Following the invasion of Afghanistan by the Soviet Union in 1979, he engaged in mobilizing support for the Afghan Resistance, refugees, and internally displaced persons while pursuing his academic endeavors. He contributed significantly to sensitizing Western capitals on the deplorable plight of Afghan people under the Red Army occupation and advocated a
wide-range discussion on Afghanistan’s post-Soviet withdrawal scenarios. He also presided over the “Comité Afghan d’Aide Humanitaire” in Geneva and promoted Swiss public and private sectors’ involvement in reconstructing war-torn countries.
In 1994, he joined the United Nations (UN), devoting his life to peace and security of the world and humankind’s well-being. He served with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Côte d’Ivoire and Kenya before becoming the Deputy Special Envoy of this world body for Southeast Europe. In 2001, he moved to the UN Department for Peace Keeping Operations (DPKO) and assumed senior functions in the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Kosovo. In 2006, he returned to UNHCR and served as Representative
of the organization in Côte d’Ivoire, Bangladesh, and Rwanda and Regional Representative and Coordinator for Central Asia. His assignments have provided him with an in-depth knowledge of the world’s affairs, particularly West, East, and the Great Lakes region of Africa, Southwest and Central Asia, Balkans, and the Rohingya situation. Previously, he has authored SORAYA: The Other Princess. Hell’s Mouth is his second historical fiction.