“The Lit. Review Method for becoming a successful impact professional” by Dr. Christopher Zambakari
After spending 10 years in refugee camps in Central Africa, Christopher Zambakari and his family arrived to the U.S. No war or any other obstacle -like not getting a job immediately after graduation- stopped him to becoming a successful academic, practitioner and business owner with degrees in Law, MBA and a PhD. Learn about “The Lit Review Method” for changing the world and becoming a successful social change professional in Episode 2 of Season 4 (click on the the link to listen).
In this episode we discuss:
- On how the Sudanese civil war influenced Dr. Zambakari.
- Born in South Sudan (before partition) first he was IDP (internally displaced) to Central Africa Republic spent over a decade in refugee camps.
- Most of what he does professionally is informed by his experience as a refugee and address the issues and causes of conflict.
- On how Dr. Zambakari’s support system (two sisters and a mum) was key to propel his career forward
- On how mum made sure they had a good support system, she arranged teachers and bartered mid-wife services in exchange for education
- By the time they arrived to Phoenix, the children spoke Arabic, French and English, all thanks to mum
- Mum worked 16 hours a day and two jobs and strongly pushed the kids to get an education
- How the outside (was chaos, wars) but the household was stable and produced an environment that encouraged education
- On how he funded his education and college and attended Grand Canyon University and how he transferred to ASU and he graduated with a BS in Psychology
- Zambakari’s grad school experience
- On being multi-lingual and his passion for Spanish and Spanish Literature
- How has he integrated his career while making a living
- Zambakari’s “why” and how we transformed his upbringing (in a conflict zone) and propelled him to a successful career
- On why he took student loans
- What happened to him after two years of trying and NOT finding a job
- Zambakari’s Darfur advocacy work
- The many organizations that Dr. Zambakari helped initiated and what lessons he got from there and how he propelled his career from here on now
- Zambakari’s experience advising students on their careers and his personal career tips
- Differentiate between your talent and your calling
- How he started a business in assisting living that allowed him to fund his non-profit ventures
- Zambakari’s Rotary Peace Fellowship and how he started his own global consulting firm afterwards
- How he built Zambakari’s Advisory (ZA) and how his research got ranked one of the most influential in the world.
- How he plans on training the next generation of researchers FROM Africa
- How to get in touch with the ZACF (as an intern, fellow)
- How to publish your research at ZACF
- Zambakari’s top skill for a social change professional to succeed
- Journals or Blogs? What is best for a social change career?
- Zambakari’s lesson’s for those that have to start their own business
- Final words for life and career from Dr. Zambakari
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