Left to right: Dapo Akande applauds Shabana Basij-Rasikh, as does Byron Fay and Soledad Nunez

Shabana Wasij-Rasikh (MPP 2019) has been awarded the 2023 ROLEX National Geographic Explorer of the Year Award in recognition of her contribution to Afghan girls' education. Shabana co-founded the School of Leadership, Afghanistan (SOLA) with the aim of providing access to quality education for girls across Afghanistan. In 2021, Shabana led the evacuation of the SOLA community from Afghanistan, re-establishing the school in Rwanda to continue providing Afghan girls with education.