Dato’ Dr Zakaria Bin Ahmad is the Deputy Vice Chancellor of HELP University. He started his career at the Malaysian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1970, upon graduating from the University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) He was a teaching fellow at McMaster University, Canada from 1970-1971, where he completed his Master’s degree.
Dr Zakaria joined Universiti Malaysia after completing his Master’s degree. He later taught at the University of Malaya from 1972-1973. Subsequently he entered the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to pursue his PhD.
Upon completion of his PhD, Dr. Zakaria was appointed Head and Associate Professor of the Department of Political Science at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia between 1978-1983. From 1983-1985 Dr. Zakaria was Deputy Director-General (Studies) at the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) in Malaysia. In 1987 he returned to Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.
Dr Zakaria was the incumbent of the Tun Abdul Razak Chair in Southeast Asian Studies at Ohio University from 2001 to 2003.