Hamed Wardak was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, the son of Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak. He essentially spent the better chunk of his developmental years in Pakistan and the United States. He was a student at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. from 1993 to ‘97 where he was selected valedictorian of his graduating class.
He was named a Rhodes Scholar in the same year of his graduation.
After college, Hamed Wardak returned to Afghanistan to help those that were in need during the Afghan Civil War. He quickly returned to the US and began his career. Hamed Wardak worked at Merrill Lynch . Then, Hamed took a job as the Managing Director of International Operations for Technologists, Inc. from 2004 to 2005. Technologists, Inc. operated as a contractor for the United States Government working on business development endeavors in connection with the US Department of Defense and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Under Hamed Wardak’s control, Technologists, Inc. generated $44 million in design and built numerous contracts to benefit Afghanistan.
Hamed Wardak was one of the original eight originators of the Campaign for a US-Afghanistan Partnership (CUSAP). This effort was formulated and proceeds to operate as a charitable entity that leverages the donations of both Afghan and American citizens to achieve the goal of sustainability and to secure affluence for Afghanistan and its citizens.
Hamed brings to the world a positive force to help the plight of refugees, such as he was and like those in his home country of Afghanistan. The successful businessman that he is, Hamed Wardak decided to weave these philanthropic efforts into a venture called “Ludas Athletics,” a line of clothing whose sales partially benefited his vision of benevolence
Hamed not only helped refugees from all over the world but wanted to shape the lives, goals, and dreams of today’s youth as well. The idea for “Ludas Athletics” was born in Miami, Florida. So, it is no wonder that Hamed Wardak utilized the events and endeavors of Ludas to benefit the local Miami community by funneling resources and encouragement to the younger generation.
Another adage that Hamed might agree with is “music is the universal language.”
Wardak now reaches out to a new generation by performing at musical events under the banner of “Valen of Wicked.” Wicked is the canopy for a myriad of memories and present emotional depths that Hamed is connected to and from these, his music is born. Hamed Wardak and Valen of Wicked can be followed through the online app Instagram.
Hamed’s main passion today is the production of atmospherically-specific electronic music and performing this music in clubs and venues all over the world. It remains an abiding enthusiasm at the center of his life. He believes it to be a universal thing that everyone can embrace and love. As Valen of Wicked, he creates and embodies the music that comes with new life. Hamed Wardak as Valen of Wicked is currently working on his first techno album with some musical icons soon to be announced!
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