Before joining CIVIC as a researcher, Mr. Qayoom Suroush worked with the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) as a Researcher and as a Project Manager. Mr. Suroush has also worked as a researcher with Afghanistan Analyst Network (AAN), Human Rights Watch (HRW), and International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES). He has served as Senior Research Advisor for the Office of National Security Council (ONSC) and has published on a wide range of issues.

Suroush has an MA in Security and Politics in Central Asia from OSCE Academy and a BA in sociology and philosophy from the Kabul University.