Bismellah Alizada holds a BA in political science from Kabul University. He has been involved in civil society and human rights activism since 2012 when he co-founded Youth Development Association (YDA), a local CSO focused on youth and women empowerment through advocacy, training, and awareness raising. He is a contributor to the Global Voices, the Diplomat, and the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS) in New Delhi. Currently, he is the deputy director at Organization for Policy Research and Development Studies (DROPS), a research and advocacy organization based in Kabul. He has also translated the book China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know.