Sayed Asef Hossaini was born in the north of Afghanistan. He was one year old when his family immigrated to Iran with thousands refugees due to USSR invasion. He completed his primary and secondary education there. After the fall of the Taliban Asef went to Afghanistan for the first time at age 22 and entered the Kabul University and studied Philosophy and Sociology. Along with the studies, he participated in political activities and worked as the editor and the chief-in-editor of the only opposition weekly Sadaye Mardom (Voice of the People).
In 2005, as a student at Kabul University, Asef ran for a seat in the first Afghan parliamentary elections, and was a leader of the Afghanistan Student Movement, frequently speaking out for security and against the resurgent Taliban. In 2008, Asef won aDAAD scholarship to complete a Master’s in Public Policy at Erfurt University. He also attended the Summer School in Forced Migration at Oxford University in 2009.
Asef received his master degree in Public Policy from the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy in 2010. Afterwards, he worked with a project on Afghanistan media with Media in Cooperation and Transition in Berlin and Deutsche Welle in Bonn. His research on Local Power Centres in Afghanistan focuses on the basic principles of power structure in Afghanistan's traditional society.
Recently, a few of Asefs articles have been published in German as part of an dossier on Afghanistan of the Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung (The Federal Agency for Civic Eduation):
Afghanistan - das zweite Gesicht: Die Rolle der Stämme (2013)
Afghanistan - das zweite Gesicht: Die afghanische Jugend zwischen Tradition und Moderne (2013)
Afghanistan - das zweite Gesicht: Afghanische Diaspora und Brain Drain (2013)