Patty Zakaria has always been fascinated by the dynamics that form communities, particularly how individuals leverage communal interests to influence the behaviour of groups. Dr. Zakaria understands how the motivations of power brokers can be self-perpetuating, yet Patty is convinced that political will, properly channeled, can yield social justice and social responsibility through good governance and equal access to education. Dr. Zakaria believes this can be achieved by ensuring the effectiveness of policies and programs as well as maintaining transparency in government.
Patty Zakaria spent ten years in academia, teaching political science at various universities in the United States, Canada and Croatia, and publishing research notes on corruption, anti-corruption measures, ethics, and nuclear proliferation and conflict behavior. Dr. Zakaria also participated in several international and regional conferences, notably presenting her study on corruption in the education sector at the Second Interdisciplinary Corruption Research (ICR) Forum at Sciences-Po University in Paris, which was co-sponsored by the Education for Justice (E4J) Initiative of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Patty will now be refining our knowledge base on evaluation methodologies and will develop compendia on social themes related to human quality life.
Patty Zakaria holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science and a Master of Arts in Industrial Relations, from Wayne State University (USA); a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, from University of Windsor (Canada) and earned a Graduate Certificate in Balkan Politics and Ethnic Conflict, from the Inter-University Center (Croatia).