by Tony Cross
Article published on the 2009-08-09 Latest update 2009-08-11 12:11 TU
1949: Born in Logar province.
1973-1977: Obtains degrees at the American University in Beirut, works at Kabul University.
1977: Leaves Afghanistan, wins a degree in anthropology at Columbia University in the US.
1983-1991: Moves to the US, where he works at University of California, Berkeley, and Johns Hopkins University.
1991-2001: Joins the World Bank, working on projects in east Asia and south Asia, working in China, India and Russia.
2001: Returns to Afghanistan, resigning from the World Bank, to serve as chief advisor to President Hamid Karzai.
2002: Becomes Special Advisor to the UN Afghanistan representative Lakhdar Brahimi, working on the Bonn agreement, which led to the 2004 presidential election.
2002-2004: Finance Minister, designing the National Solidarity Programme of grants to villages.
2004: Turns down an offer of a cabinet post, becomes Chancellor of Kabul University.
2009: Stands as a candidate in presidential election, advocating poverty eradication through wealth creation and citizenship rights.