A native of Afghanistan, Ehsan Bayat has contributed to the growth and development of the country through his entrepreneurial and philanthropic activities. Bayat left Afghanistan during the Russian invasion in 1980 and completed his Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. When the Taliban regime fell, Bayat returned to Afghanistan and launched the Afghan Wireless Communication Company. He also established Telephone Systems International (TSI) in the United States, which currently owns the majority stake of Afghan Wireless through a joint venture with the Afghan Ministry of Communications. Ehsan Bayat has grown Afghan Wireless into the premier mobile phone company in the region and has also launched the Ariana Radio and Television Networks to further increase the flow of information across the country. Bayat has won several awards for his ongoing dedication to rebuilding Afghanistan, including the Corporate Social Responsibility Award from the Canada-Afghanistan Business Council and the Businessman of the Year Award from the Afghan-American Chamber of Commerce.
Ehsan Bayat’s has made large contributions to Afghanistan and its people through his charity, the Bayat Foundation. Established in 2006, the Bayat Foundation works with non-governmental organizations across the country to provide support to the most at-risk citizens. The initiatives facilitated by the Bayat Foundation run the gamut from education, orphanages, and athletic programs, to supplying medical care, food, water, and clothing. As the Chairman of the Board, Ehsan Bayat has personally contributed to the development of these programs and earned a variety of accolades for his efforts, including the Mahatma Gandhi Humanitarian Award, the Human Rights National Award from the Afghanistan Human Rights Association, and the Best Humanitarian Award from Zeba Magazine. Bayat also contributes to the country as an appointed member of Afghanistan’s House of Elders.