Atta Arghandiwal

San Francisco, CA

Global citizen/Business leader/award winning author

I was born in Afghanistan but spent a majority of my life in the United States.

Shortly after graduation from high school I joined Inter-continental hotel’s sales office. After witnessing unexpected political changes beginning with the 1978 communist coup de at, and ultimate invasion by Soviet Union, I left my country in August of 1980 and became a refugee in Germany. I later immigrated to the United States in December of 1981 and was able to land a job as a teller at a savings and loan association. I was able to build a successful banking career over twenty-eight years while serving as a senior vice president in various locations of Northern California.

With deep passion and pride in his heritage, I wrote my first memoir, Lost Decency (The True Afghan Story), in order to increase awareness about his country’s political upheaval and the innocent people who have been caught in crossfire. Lost Decency became the IBPA’s recipient for the Benjamin Franklin Best First Book Award in 2013.

As a devout humanitarian, I authored a comprehensive immigrant success family resource guide. My second book, Immigrant Success Planning, is available now.

I am married and lives with my wife and two children in Northern CA while staying engaged within his community through sporting, leadership development and coaching.

  • Work
    • Author & Speaker
  • Education
    • Kabul, Afghanistan