Eklil Ahmad Hakimi was born in 1968 in Kabul, Afghanistan. After graduating from Istiqlal French High School in 1985, he obtained his Master’s degree from the Kabul Polytechnic Institute. Upon the completion of his studies, Hakimi joined the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Due to the worsening situation in Kabul, Hakimi and his family moved to the United States in 1994. During his time in the U.S., he worked in engineering, banking, management and strategic planning.