ANU graduate Ateeq Zaki has been appointed Social Development Specialist at the World Bank in Afghanistan.
Ateeq, born in Kabul Afghanistan, began studying his Masters of Social Research with the Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute (ADSRI) at the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences in 2011.
Prior to commencing his studies, he had completed a medical degree and received an AusAID scholarship.
"The Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute of ANU provided a solid foundation for me through its Graduate Certificate in Social Research and advanced skills in Demography and Research Methods through the Masters of Social Research program," Ateeq said.
"I found the lecturers and staff very caring and cooperative."
ADSRI Associate Lecturer Dr Liz Allen said that through coming to ANU, Ateeq was motivated to develop his skills in research methodologies and evaluation, with a focus on population and social development.
"I am so pleased that Ateeq's skills, along with his drive to strengthen Afghanistan, have been recognised through his appointment."
"Through Ateeq's work, and the technical expertise he acquired at the ANU, I feel that the ANU will play some role in safeguarding Afghanistan's future."