Zaki Haidary is a senior at UNC Chapel Hill. He is majoring in Business Administration at the world-renowned Kenan-Flagler School of Business, and is minoring in both Arabic and Politics, Philosophy, and Economics (PPE).
Zaki serves as the President of Carolina Boxing, and fights for UNC’s Boxing team. Last fall, he oversaw the creation, promotion, and execution of UNC’s first ever on campus collegiate boxing event, the Clash at Carolina. The event boasted a sell-out crowd and brought boxing to the heart of the UNC community. Zaki also finished 3rd in the Midwest Regional Collegiate Boxing Tournament last spring, and began a program that teaches boxing to at-risk youth through a partnership with Student U of Durham, NC.
Zaki also founded and leads UNC INJAZ, a group dedicated to connecting Carolina students with recently arrived refugees from Iraq and the Sudan to ease their transition to American life. In addition, he serves as a counselor with Carolina United. The Carolina United program strives to encourage dialogue between the varied groups that make UNC such a diverse campus.
Zaki recently returned from interning in Doha, Qatar, and hopes to use his business acumen to encourage the economic development of the Middle East as a means for peace in the region.
“You have to take yourself to a higher state. You’re so intensely focused on what’s happening that you’re completely in the moment. It’s the rawest form of competition [that] combines your intelligence, your spirit, and your discipline. I find I have a similar feeling when I pray. You’re just reacting – not even necessarily wasting your time thinking. You’re just doing. It’s the purest feeling in the world.”