Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai

Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai

Afghanistani Politician
Born 1949

Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai is a prominent politician in Afghanistan and the former chancellor of Kabul University. He is also the chairman of the Institute for State Effectiveness, an organization set up in 2005 to promote the ability of states to serve their citizens. Before returning to Afghanistan in 2002, Ahmadzai was a leading scholar of political science and anthropology.… Read More

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1949 Birth Born in 1949.


1973 24 Years Old He travelled to Lebanon to attend the American University in Beirut and earned his first degree in 1973.
1974 25 Years Old During his stay there he met his future wife, Rula Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai was elected for the UN post, has ranked second rank in the UN election he is a well famous economist of Afghanistan and well known abroad. he has also taught in the Harvard University in the U.S. He returned to Afghanistan in 1974 to teach Afghan studies and anthropology at Kabul University before winning a government scholarship to study for a Master's degree in anthropology at Columbia University in the United States.
1977 28 Years Old He left Afghanistan in 1977, intending to be away for two years. … Read More


1985 36 Years Old In 1985 he undertook a year of fieldwork researching Pakistani Madrasas as a Fulbright Scholar. … Read More


1991 42 Years Old He joined the World Bank in 1991, working on projects in East Asia and South Asia until the mid 1990s.
1996 47 Years Old In 1996, he pioneered the application of institutional and organizational analysis to macro processes of change and reform, working directly on the adjustment program of the Russian coal industry and carrying out reviews of the Bank’s country assistance strategies and structural adjustment programs globally. … Read More


2001 52 Years Old Returning after 24 years to Afghanistan in December 2001, he resigned from his posts at the UN and World Bank to join the Afghan government as the chief advisor to President Hamid Karzai on February 1, 2002. … Read More
2004 55 Years Old After the election of President Karzai directly by the people of Afghanistan in October 2004, Mr. Ghani declined to join the cabinet and asked to be appointed as Chancellor of Kabul University. … Read More
2006 57 Years Old Mr. Ghani was tipped as a candidate to succeed Kofi Annan as Secretary General of the United Nations at the end of 2006. … Read More
2007 58 Years Old Doubts about his temperament seemed to be haunting him a few months later, in April 2007, when his name appeared as a possible candidate to head the World Bank. … Read More


Dr. Ghani is also a member of the Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor, an independent initiative hosted by the UNDP. In the 2009 presidential election, he was ranked fourth in the polls, behind the president Hamid Karzai, his main contender Dr. Abdullah, and Ramazan Bashardost. … Read More
2010 61 Years Old On January 28, 2010, Ghani attended the International Conference on Afghanistan in London together with president Karzai, pledging his support to help rebuild their country.