|History and Biodata
2. Previous Functions:
Special Assistant to former Minister of Finance Ashraf Ghani (2002-2004)
Work for the philanthropic organization Humanity United (2006 to 2009)
Tarek Ghani was born 1982 in the US to Dr. Ashraf Ghani and his libanese christian wife Rula who met and married in Lebanon before attending graduate school at Columbia University. His mother was from Lebanon and his father from Afghanistan.
As an undergraduate at Stanford, Ghani took a year off to serve as special assistant to his father, who had returned to Afghanistan after 9/11 and the defeat of the Taliban to serve as the country’s finance minister. After returning to Stanford, Ghani's experience in Afghanistan with crime, conflict, and corruption and the challenges of building state institutions became his senior thesis subject.
Ghani served as student representative on the finance committee of the university’s board of trustees, was commencement speaker for his class, and won a Truman Scholarship. He graduated in 2004 with a BS in symbolic systems (i.e. cognitive science), with honors in international security studies.
After graduation, Ghani oversaw a US $ million grant budget designed to promote transparency and accountability in Liberia’s government program for the philanthropic organization Humanity United.
PhD student Tarek Ghani was among 30 students from around the country to be selected to receive a Soros New American Fellowship (20100803).