Founder and executive director of NGO Skateistan, which uses skateboarding as a tool for youth empowerment in Afghanistan and Cambodia.
Oliver Percovich was born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1974 and grew up in Papua New Guinea. He began skateboarding in 1980 and has since travelled to numerous countries with his skateboard. He pursued an Honours degree in Environmental Chemistry and upon graduation worked as a social scientist in emergency management for RMIT University (Australia).
Percovich has lived in Afghanistan since 2007. He is the founder and executive director of the innovative Afghan NGO Skateistan, which has become an international NGO using skateboarding as a tool for youth empowerment in Afghanistan and Cambodia. Skateistan's programming focuses especially on the involvement of girls and on providing educational opportunities to marginalised youth. Since 2009, Oliver has also acted as an advisor to the president of the Afghan National Olympic Committee.