Dato’ Dr. ZAKARIA Haji Ahmad

Dato’ Dr. ZAKARIA Haji Ahmad

Distinguished Fellow, Malaysian Armed Forces Defence College (MPAT)
Distinguished Fellow, Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations (IDFR)
Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research), HELP University Malaysia

Dr. Zakaria Ahmad (“Dr. Zack”), a political scientist by training is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the HELP University, Kuala Lumpur. Born in Singapore, Prof. Zack received his B.Soc Science (Hons) from the University of Singapore (1970), his M.A. from McMaster University, Canada (1971), and his Ph.D. in Political Science from MIT, USA (1977). He served in the Malaysian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Institute of Public Administration before joining Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) in 1977. He headed the Political Science Department at UKM from 1978 till 1983, and then served ISIS Malaysia as Deputy Director-General till 1986. From 1987-1998, he headed Strategic Studies at UKM, and then was Dean of Social Sciences and Humanities 1999-2000. From 2000-2003, he was the Tun Abdul Razak Distinguished Chair in Southeast Asian Studies at Ohio University, USA. Concurrently, Prof. Zakaria is also the Distinguished Fellow at the Malaysian Armed Forces Defence College (MAFDC).


Academic Qualification
Ph.D. Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
M.A. McMaster University
B.Soc.Sc. University of Singapore (Honours)

Area of Expertise

Malaysian Politics and Foreign Relations, Asia-Pacific Security, Civil-Military Relations

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