Political scientist, proud globalist, happiest outdoors

Zak is passionate about trying to better understand human behaviour and applying that knowledge to designing the optimal institutions for a society. By day, research Coordinator for International Policy and Trade at the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary. Zak has a Masters of Public Policy at University of Calgary, and BA Political Science (concentration International Relations) at Carleton University.


Zak is fascinated by the different approaches taken by societies to maximize happiness and minimize suffering. He wanted to learn more about why these differences exist and whether some approaches are preferable.


Zak wants to utilize his understanding of public policy to help inform decision-making at the civic, provincial, federal and international levels.