Advisory Board

The Skateistan Global Advisory Board consists of voluntary members from a range of professional backgrounds. Board meetings are held twice per year, and members meet regularly with Skateistan's management to provide independent consultation and advice.

Peter Dalglish Peter Dalglish (Chair)
Country Representative for UN-HABITAT in Afghanistan

Peter began his humanitarian career in Ethiopia and Sudan with refugees and street children. In 1987 he founded Street Kids International, now a global leader in designing creative self-help project for poor, urban children. In 2002 he was appointed to the UN's child labor program in Nepal, and later served as the Executive Director of the South Asia Children's Fund. In 2010 he became Senior Advisor for UN-HABITAT in Afghanistan and in 2013 became Country Representative. Since 2011, Peter has been an advisor to Skateistan's Executive Director and management team in Kabul regarding youth development best practices and fundraising.
Dr. Simon Adams Dr. Simon Adams (Vice-Chair)
Executive Director of the Global Centre for Responsibility to Protect

Simon is the Executive Director of the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, the world’s leading research and advocacy organization for advancing the international human rights norm of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) at the United Nations and beyond. He is a former anti-apartheid activist and the author of four books and numerous academic articles on international conflict. He has also written for the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Australian, New York Times and many other publications about global politics and mass atrocity prevention. Simon has also been a skateboarder since the 70s and has a mini-ramp in his basement. He was instrumental in setting up Skateistan’s newest project in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Tony Hawk Tony Hawk
Professional Skateboarder and Philanthropist

Tony is a professional skateboarder, and is the most influential skateboarder of all time. He has been a professional skateboarder since 1982 and has since spread skateboarding’s popularity worldwide through innovative corporate partnerships. Throughout his career, Hawk has made numerous appearances in films, other media, and his own series of video games. He has also been involved in various philanthropic activities, including his own Tony Hawk Foundation. In 2013 Tony visited Skateistan Cambodia, and in early 2014 the Tony Hawk Foundation committed four years of support to Skateistan.
Bryan Ridgeway Bryan Ridgeway
Skateboard Industry Expert

Since 2010 Bryan has served as Skateistan's Global Skateboarding Advisor, bringing his vast experience and connections in the world of skateboarding. His global business and marketing experience are an immense asset to the NGO, ensuring that Skateistan remains authentic in the eyes and minds of skateboarders around the world. Bryan is also assisting to grow awareness and support in the USA for Skateistan's activities.
Benafsha Tasmim Benafsha Tasmim
Strongheart Fellow and former Skateistan Education Coordinator

Benafsha was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, and graduated from Psychology and Educational Sciences at Kabul University in 2009. She joined Skateistan Kabul in 2010, serving for two years as the Education Coordinator. In October 2012 Benafsha was awarded the Strongheart Fellowship, which has sponsored her to complete her Masters degree in the United States. She is dedicated to using her knowledge and skills to enhance the educational experience for Afghan children and assist girls recovering from trauma. Since moving to the USA, Benafsha has been acting as a volunteer educational and cultural advisor to Skateistan's team in Afghanistan, and a representative for Skateistan at American events.
Jamie Thomas Jamie Thomas
Professional Skateboarder and Owner of Zero Skateboards/Fallen Footwear

Originally from Alabama, Jamie has made his dreams a reality by putting everything on the line and following his passion for skateboarding. In 1992, Jamie made his way to California with the goal of becoming a professional skateboarder. One opportunity led to another and in 1996 Jamie started Zero Skateboards. Jamie was voted ‘Skateboarder of the Year’ in 2002 by the readers of Transworld Skateboarding Magazine.  In 2003 Jamie started Fallen Footwear and in 2006, Jamie was presented with the Southern California Regional award for ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ from business leaders, Ernst & Young. Jamie’s brands, Zero Skateboards and Fallen Footwear have provided Skateistan with equipment since 2008, and in 2014 Jamie visited Skateistan's Afghan skate schools.