Ashraf Ghani Fast Facts

(CNN)Here's a look at the life of Ashraf Ghani, president of Afghanistan.


Birth date: 1949
Birth place: Logar Province, Afghanistan
    Birth name: Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai
    Father: Shah Pesand
    Mother: Kawkaba Lodin
    Marriage: Rula (Saade) Ghani.
    Children: Tarek; Mariam
    Education: American University in Beirut, Lebanon, 1973; Columbia University, masters and Ph.D, anthropology
    Religion: Muslim

    Other Facts

    A former US citizen who gave up his passport to run for the Afghan presidency in 2009.
    He was working at the World Bank in Washington during the September 11 attacks, and used the tragedy as a springboard for his re-engagement in Afghan politics, returning to his home country just months after the event.

    Was diagnosed with cancer and had to have part of his stomach removed.
    Hired Democratic pundit James Carville to manage his 2009 presidential campaign.
    His wife is Lebanese-American.


    1974-1977 - Anthropology and Afghan studies professor at Kabul University in Afghanistan.
    1977 - Comes to the United States to study anthropology at Columbia University in New York.
    1983 - Anthropology professor at University of California, Berkeley.
    1983-1991- Anthropology professor at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
    1991-2001 - Lead anthropologist at the World Bank.
    2001 - Returns to post-Taliban Afghanistan to be the special adviser to Ambassador Lakhdar Brahimi, the United Nations special envoy to Afghanistan.
    2002-2004 - Afghan finance minister in the transitional government led by Hamid Karzai.
    January 2005-2009 - Chancellor of Kabul University.
    2006 - Co-founds the Institute for State Effectiveness, with Clare Lockhart.
    2008 - Ghani's book, "Fixing Failed States: A Framework for Rebuilding a Fractured World," is published, co-written with Lockhart.
    2009 - Runs for president of Afghanistan, coming in fourth place.
    2010-October 1, 2013 - Chairman of the Transition Coordination Commission (TCC), the group responsible for the transition of