Shoshana Stewart is the president of Turquoise Mountain, an international NGO founded in 2006 in Afghanistan by His Majesty King Charles to preserve cultural heritage and support artisans where their traditions are under threat. Stewart joined Turquoise Mountain in Afghanistan in 2006 where she lived for five years and has helped the project create over 25,000 jobs, bring over $17 million of crafts to market, build the Institute for Afghan Arts and Architecture, restore over 150 historic buildings in the Old City of Kabul, and provided primary healthcare for almost 200,000 people. She has also expanded the project to work with Myanmar, Saudi, Syrian, Jordanian and Palestinian artisans.
Stewart holds an MBA from the London Business School and a master's in education and a bachelor's in astrophysics from Williams College. Prior to Turquoise Mountain, she worked as a teacher and administrator in low-income urban communities with Teach For America and Uncommon Schools in New York City, Boston and Honduras.