Dr Ashraf Ghani is a director of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance.
"Chancellor of Kabul University; former Afghan Minister of Finance
"Education: Political science studies at the American University of Beirut; international affairs and anthropology at Columbia University (where he earned his PhD); Harvard-INSEAD and Stanford business schools leadership training program
"Current and previous positions: Prior to assuming his current post, Mr. Ghani spent several years as lead anthropologist at the World Bank. In October 2001 he became Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General's Special Representative for Afghanistan, Lakhdar Brahimi. When the Taliban fell from power in Afghanistan and the Afghan Interim Administration took control, Dr. Ghani acted as the Chief Advisor to the Chairman Karzai. In April of 2002 Dr. Ghani was named the Executive Director of the Afghan Assistance Coordination Authority. From June 2002 to December 2004 he served as the Finance Minister of the Transitional Islamic State of Afghanistan."