BA in international economics, Tajik State University of Commerce (2004). MA in political science (Central Asia), OSCE Academy in Bishkek (2005). In 2001-2002, Said studied international relations at Montana State University. Upon return to Tajikistan, he worked as an assistant at the Aga Khan Humanities Project, maintaining communications among nine partner universities throughout Central Asia. In 2004 he and several colleagues organized Tajikistan's first Model UN conference. Said has had several internships that involved work in the areas of peace and development for host organizations such as The Coexistence Initiative, Canadian Embassy and Aga Khan Humanities Project.