Since launching Afghan Wireless Communication Company in 2002, chairman Ehsan Bayat has overseen the delivery of wireless and broadband communication services to approximately 4 million subscribers throughout Afghanistan. Additionally, he serves as chairman of the Bayat Foundation, a global nonprofit dedicated to the well-being and advancement of Afghan citizens. In 2010, the telecommunications entrepreneur received commendation for his extensive humanitarian efforts from both the Afghan-California Business Council and Friends of South Asian American Communities.
The two organizations recognized his service to society with the Mahatma Gandhi Humanitarian Award, which they presented during a ceremony at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The event welcomed a number of prominent community members as guests, including representatives from the offices of Congressman Brad Sherman, Congresswoman Judy Chu, and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
The Mahatma Gandhi Humanitarian Award recognizes values viewed as central to a peaceful and progressive society, as exemplified by the life and works of Mahatma Gandhi. The award represents a dedication to achieving civil rights via nonviolent means, as well as a firm opposition to tyranny. Mr. Bayat’s extensive efforts to serve disadvantaged communities throughout Afghanistan have included educational, civic, economic, and health care initiatives that seek to improve quality of life and encourage national growth. In leading the humanitarian activities of the Bayat Foundation, he has spearheaded the development of more than 200 projects, including new schools, orphanages, hospitals, recreational facilities, and religious centers.