PASARC Members
Musharraf Rasool Cyan (25+ Years of Experience)
Musharraf Rasool received his Ph.D in Economics from Andrew Young School of Policy Studies Georgia State University and a M.Sc. in Development Administration and Planning from University College London (1998). He also holds a M.A. in Economics from University of the Punjab, Lahore (1997). Musharraf held a number of important public appointments. He served Government of the North-West Frontier Province, Pakistan as Chief Economist and Government of the NWFP, Pakistan as a Deputy Secretary to Chief Minister, Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Municipal Administrator and Assistant Commissioner. His practical areas have been project appraisal and evaluation, economic research and design issues, policy advise to government on rural development, formulation and implementation of provincial annual development and social programs, preparation of capital budget, supervision of donor assisted portfolio, administration of Local and Special Laws and supervision of Provincial Bureaue of Statistics data collection and publications.
Musharraf has served as a consultant in ADB, UNOPS, GTZ DFID. His duties included Fiscal Decentralization, Supervision of Development Projects, Pakistan Social Sector Expenditure Review, assessment of contract employment policy, Review and Policy statement for Provincial Cabinet, Institutional analysis of education management offices, Development of new functional assignments for education managers, Policy and technical advice to the senior executives and legislative members of provincial and federal governments, Design, management and implementation of training programs on budget making and Midterm Review of Social Services Program for Asian Development Bank. Now he is research associate in Andrew Young School of Policy Studies and his currently his area of focus is fiscal decentralization in Macedonia, Nepal and Egypt.
Ali Ameer Shiekh (25+ Years of Experience)
He has over 25 years experience in merchandizing, production operations, marketing and brand compliance. He is an enterprising individual with experience of setting up and running his own business. He is a thorough professional, committed to my work. He is dependable and trustworthy. He manages things systematically and methodically. Relationship strengthening and building partnerships are his primary strengths. His key achievements include successfully dealing with American and European buyers towards booking, selling and execution of complete production capacity while working in textile industry, record sales of writing paper of Shaheen Paper Mills and Designing and implementing different systems and procedures during his career. At GM Marketing when in April 2010, he took the challenge head-on when 50 million value stocks were piled up and production was dormant. Within three months it sold all stocks at market rates, re-built the mill team to achieve timely delivery of new orders to distributors/wholesalers and within a year established retail outlets at Karachi & Lahore. At Excel Marketing he achieved award of Proprietary Rights for antistatic and antiskid safety shoes from Pakistan Navy, development of Pilot safety boots of International standards for Pakistan Air Force and development of specific safety boots for Oil & Gas sector to cater to staff working on oil rigs. At Caravan East Fabrics Ltd. Karachi from 1986 to 1990, the company was manufacturing 7 export non-branded garments. After a few marketing visits by him the international brands of Izod, Ralph Lauren, Perry Ellis, Gap, Salty Dog, and Sears were added to the company’s profile.
Muhammad S. Syed (25+ Years of Experience)
He has a BE in Civil Engineering from UET Lahore. He worked with Continew Technology, Sterling, VA as Senior System Analyst. In Pakistan he led a team of 19 members to design, develop and implement e-governance and IT infrastructure projects for City Government Lahore. These included the local government web portal (, networking of 36 offices through LAN and WAN, and a complaint management CRM solution. He reorganized the infrastructure and reengineered the operations strategy of the local government of Lahore (As part of a 4-member team). It not only considerably improved the quality of services provided, but also saved the City Rs.20 million ($330,000) annually. As an executive head of an area of 6511 square km, he was associated with planning, formulation, construction and supervision of 190 development schemes worth Rs. 659 million ($ 11 million) in local government sectors such as education, health, water supply and sanitation. This helped save the Government an amount of Rs 119 million ($2 million) by involving NGOs, forging public-private partnerships and mobilizing local community participation. He assisted the Chief Commercial Officer, Pakistan Railways in administration and negotiation of 1735 contracts of different natures. This included preparation of documents, supervision of tendering procedures, identifying and analyzing variances from negotiated and agreed upon parameters and monitoring and recording violations of contractual obligations. He designed and developed a MIS system for contract management. In WAPDA he worked as a Junior Engineer where he worked on various phases, from reconnaissance and initial planning to technical designing, of 3 small water conservation dams built on non-perennial streams in the province of Baluchistan.
Basit Maqsood Abbasi (25+ Years of Experience)
He has an MPA in Economic Policy Management from Columbia University. Basit worked with the World Bank, Washington DC as Consultant, designing training courses for officials of different agencies of member countries in financial investigations & Customs processes; anti-corruption studies and building training modules in this area; compiling reports on the status of legal and financial framework in various jurisdictions about implementation of recommendations made by the multilateral institutions for bringing transparency in the financial markets. He worked in the fields of Customs, Excise & Sales Tax Service, Federal Board of Revenue, Government of Pakistan, Assistant/Deputy Collector/Director Customs conducting assessment & Collection of Federal Revenues. Audits covering operational and financial analysis of various business units with the purpose of determining the exact amount of the government revenues due. Resolution of the Valuation disputes and issuance of rulings in respect of various commodities being imported and exported to and from the country after a thorough study and analyses of International and domestic markets pricing and taxes levied thereupon; Leading team members in investigative efforts associated with suspicious activities referred by FBR; Directing investigation and inquiry into suspected tax evasion, tax fraud, money laundering and financial crimes; Enforcement of Customs, Excise & Sales Tax Act and Allied Laws; Administrative functions including personnel (Placement, Training, Discipline and Evaluation of Staff), logistics and coordination among various field formations of the department, arranging staff meetings, Upward/Downward communication within the department and with external stakeholders; Direct operational supervision of staff in the range of 100-200; Judicial Functions of the Department; Automation. Worked extensively in the projects of modernizing the Customs and Sales Tax Operations by converting large number of manual procedures to full automation to achieve more facilitation, efficiency and accuracy. Import/Export clearance procedures were computerized fully and Sales tax registration and Refund systems were revamped through extensive computerization under these projects to bring more transparency and increase the revenue collection as well; Integrity Management. Developed various procedures and techniques for timely detection and identification of any misuse of authority, deliberate and intentional negligence of duty or inefficiency. He worked for Pakistan Railways in supervision of Commercial & Traffic Operations in Pakistan Railways: Marketing and Management the products and services offered by Railways; his administrative functions including personnel (Placement, Training, Discipline and Evaluation of Staff), logistics and coordination among various field formations of the department, arranging staff meetings, Upward/Downward communication within the department and with external stakeholders. Direct operational and administrative supervision of staff in the range of 800-1200. He worked for Small Business Finance Corporation, Islamabad, Pakistan - Project Officer Grade-II conducting evaluation and Monitoring of Small and Medium Business Projects for the purpose of Sanctioning of Loans. Thorough analysis of loan applications in terms of economic viability of the business project and security of the loan, monitoring of the project and reporting accordingly to provide feedback for decision regarding continuity of the loan sanctioned. He also worked for Askari Commercial Bank, Islamabad, Pakistan, Officer Grade-II , in Commercial & Investment Banking Operations.
Mehnaz Bhaur (20+ Years of Experience)
Mehnaz holds a Masters degree in International Law and Economics (MILE) from World Trade Institute, University of Bern, Switzerland. She also got Specialized Training in Customs, Excises & Sales Tax from National Institute of Customs, Excise & Sales Tax, Karachi, Pakistan and Common Training Program for newly recruited civil from Civil Services Academy Lahore, Pakistan. He taught WTO Law and Rules at Government College University, WTO Agreement on Customs Valuation at WTO Cell, P&D Department, the middle management officers of Customs and Excise group at Directorate of Training, Customs and Excise, Lahore.
She served Federal Board of Revenue as an Assistant Collector, Deputy Collector and Deputy Director. She worked as a Consultant with DFID led Technical Assistance Management Agency in Lahore and as an Additional Program Director in Punjab Resource Management Program, developed in Lahore, Pakistan with support of Asian Development Bank. Now she is project manager at Department for International Development Technical Assistance Management Agency Lahore, Pakistan.
Anser Ali (20+ Years of Experience)
Anser is a Public Policy graduate of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He also holds an MBA from IBA, Karachi, Pakistan. He started his career in 1994 as a credit officer. He was responsible for management of a diverse portfolio involving import and export finance, commercial and industrial loans, and bank guarantee business. Managing compliance to SBP regulations and credit policies of the bank was a significant part of this job.
Anser left commercial banking in 1996 to serve Government of Pakistan as civil service (CSS) officer in Federal Board of Revenue. As Deputy Commissioner, He supervised corporate tax circles covering medium and large tax payers in sugar, engineering, hospitality, food, chemicals, and oil and gas industries. As an Assistant Commissioner, He supervised tax circles covering international and national traders and medium sized industries headquartered in Karachi. His responsibilities included tax compliance and tax audits and financial investigations leading to judicial work & tax assessments and oversight over tax collection.
He is an experienced public sector management consultant. His functional areas have been project management, public financial management, policy coordination, and energy & infrastructure. He was Deputy Team Leader of the design team for DFID’s technical assistance (a 3-year program of centre-of-the-government reforms) to NWFP Provincial Reform Programme II. At the implementation stage of the same project, he became Policy Coordination Advisor. He has also consulted with provincial governments of Punjab, Sindh and Karachi City District Government. Anser also advised public and private sector clients on energy and infrastructure projects with public-private collaboration. Scope of his work has included reviews of current policies and procedures, legal and corporate requirements, financial structures, and assessment/management and sharing of risk between public and private partners, financial modeling and tariff analysis.
Fawad-ud-Din Qureshi (20+ Years of Experience)
Fawad received a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Washington University, St. Louis, MO, USA. He participated in a training program on Good governance practices arranged by QUT, Australia. He had seven year experience in public sector as a SSP Crime Analysis, Punjab, SSP Investigation Punjab, SP CIA Lahore, SP Criminal Records, Lahore, ASP Investigations (Lahore), ASP Sargodha City, ASP Kahuta (RWP), ASP (UT) Rawalpinidi, ASP (UT) NPA, ASP (UT) Civil Services A. He also had ten year experience in private sector as a Consultant/COO in Accountancy Outsourcing Services, Software Development Manager in Prompt Solutions (Pvt) Ltd. MIS Project Manager in Citibank N.A. Karachi. Now he is a general manager of a Lahore Transport Company.
Rina Saeed Khan Qureshi (20+ Years of Experience)
Rina Saeed received master’s degree in Environment and development from School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She is a news paper columnist and regular features writer, specializing in social, cultural, heritage, development and environmental topics in DAWN Sunday magazine and The Friday Times. She is also the member of National Steering Committee, Global Environment Facility’s Small Grants Program, and United Nations Development Program Islamabad.
Syed Ali Murtaza (20+ Years of Experience)
He has a Master of Laws from LSU Law Center, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA. Mr. Ali Murtaza is a well respected and well known name in management and governance consultancy in Pakistan. He worked in Home Department, Punjab, for legislative drafting with respect to police laws (Review of the proposed Police Ordinance; Amendments in the Police Act, 1861 and Police Rules, 1934); establishment of Public Safety Commissions; (Drafted the Punjab Police (Constitution of Public Safety Commission), Rules 2001 which have been promulgated); establishment of Provincial Forensic Science Agency and reorganization of existing facilities; amendment in the Code of Criminal Procedure and Pakistan Penal Code.
Imrana Wazir (20+ Years of Experience)
Imrana has an MA in Political Science. She worked a Press Information Officer, Press Information Department, Peshawar, Ministry of Information and Media development, Government of Pakistan; Public Relation Officer, Directorate of Human Rights, Ministry of Law, Justice and Human Rights, Government of Pakistan; Information Officer Press Information Department, Islamabad, Ministry of Information and Media Development, Government of Pakistan; and Field Officer, Khwendo Kor (NGO),Peshawar.
Saif Hameed (20+ Years of Experience)
Saif is an MBA from McKinsey & Co. Alpine University. He served McKinsey & Company as an Associate and Government of Punjab as a Special Advisor to the Chief Minister. Currently he runs his own business Terranova Limited and Technical Education and Vocational Training Company.
Sumaira Samad (20+ Years of Experience)
Sumaira is currently the Director/Curator of the Lahore Museum, Pakistan’s largest and most historic museum. Sumaira got her Phd in Public Administration Program from University of the Philippines, MSc in Environmental Change and Management from University of Oxford Uk and M.A in English from University of Peshawar. She started her career in January 1994 as a Sub Editor in the Frontier Post (Peshawar Edition). She joined Municipal Committees of Hazro and Hassan Abdal Towns as an administrator in May 1996 and prepared the annual development programs, run municipal schools and health centers; addressed public complaints related to the provision of municipal services and forged partnership with civil society.
Sumaira served Government of Pakistan as an Assistant Commissioner (Area Administrator/Sub-divisional Magistrate, District Attock, General Management, Rawalpindi), Director Murree Kahuta Development Authority (MKDA), Section Officer (Land and Water) Federal Ministry of Environment, Desk Officer (ADB) Federal Secretariat Ministry of Finance, Deputy Secretary Establishment Division Federal Secretariat. Her responsibilities included 1). Coordinating and implementing the Public Sector Capacity Building Projects, 2). Dealing with administrative and financial matters of public sector training institutions and Federal Public Service Commission, 3).Nominating civil servants for foreign trainings/scholarships and for promotion-related capacity building short courses, 4). Selecting officers for posting with foreign governments, 5). Coordinating ADB-funded projects, programs, and technical assistance loans in the fields of Environment, Governance, Regional Cooperation, Finance and Trade, Education, Public-Private Partnership, and Resource Management, 6). Monitoring, on behalf of the Federal Government, the implementation of projects and program by Federal and Provincial agencies, 7). Negotiating loans from ADB, on behalf of the Federal Government; and organizing the Pakistan Development Forum.
She worked as researcher for the UNIFAM sponsored Study, for Leadership in Environment and Development (LEAD) Studies, and for Rural Support Programmes Network. She also worked as a consultant for Practical Action, a UK-based International Development Agency and for the Agha Khan Social Welfare Board (AKSWB). She served as an Additional Secretary (Planning) Agriculture Department, Government of the Punjab.
Rabia Shahab (20+ Years of Experience)
Rabia received Masters degree in Public Management & Governance from London School of Economics and Political Science. She had the opportunity to work at Think Tank, Pakistan as a policy analyst, National Hospital and Medical Center as a Deputy Administrator Manager, ICI as a Graduate Recruit, and as internee in Small and Medium Enterprise Development Authority and United Nations Fund Population Pakistan. Currently she is a Deputy Manager – Development & Alumni Relations, at LUMS.
Muhammad Aslam (20+ Years of Experience)
Muhammad Aslam has Masters in International Affairs- majored in economic policy management from the Columbia University, Programme in Economic Policy Management, New York City, USA; Masters in Business Administration from Imperial College Management School, Imperial College, University of London, UK; and Masters in Economics from University of Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan
He worked as Service Planning Manager – London Borough of Greenwich, London UK, leading on community consultation, performance management, value for money, commissioning of services to community and independent sectors and planning and securing outcome focused local services. He also worked as Deputy Head of Policy, London Borough of Greenwich, London, UK, leading on the development of local policies related to children services, and overseeing efficient implementation of and compliance with national policies and legislations at the local level. As Commissioning Manager, London Borough of Southwark, London UK he worked as consultant and led on the development, commissioning and monitoring of delivery of local services to voluntary and independent sector.
Muhammad Aslam worked for IUCN--THE WORLD CONSERVATION UNION- PAKISTAN as Program Director. He Led programme’s growth in potential thematic and geographical areas; Prepared medium term strategic, intersessional and business plans; Carried out Inception Planning of the program and developed log framework and plan of operation for five years and annual work plans; Prepared sub programmes on Advocacy and Policy, Knowledge Management, Institutional Strengthening and on Education and Awareness; Attended Board, Senior Management, Steering Committee, and Asia Senior Manager; forum meetings in respective countries to discuss and decide on strategic direction of important regional initiatives and to share relevant information; Managed demonstration model projects in the field of water harvesting, ground water recharge, sustainable use of community forests, desalination, saltpan, biodiversity conservation, high efficient irrigation system and community physical infrastructure; Provided leadership in identifying the theme, developing strategy, and managing the advocacy on important themes; Identified the capacity building needs of staff and partners and developed and implemented capacity building plans; Coordinated consultation process for writing of provincial and national poverty reduction strategy papers; Assisted and encouraged the provincial government by providing written input and engaging in policy dialogues to have consistent and appropriate policies on water, forest, energy and poverty alleviation; Wrote project proposals in the log frame format and marketed successfully; Developed management plan to influence the planning process at the provincial planning and development departments and federal environmental protection authority; Led the process of developing ‘district development vision’ for the sustainable development in selected districts; Interacted with different bilateral and multilateral donors on different projects funding and reporting matters; Carried out periodic monitoring and evaluation of the projects at national and regional levels and ensured lesson learnt are fed in the future planning
Muhammad Aslam worked for public sector group, World Bank, Washington, DC, USA as Programme Officer. His responsibilities were to assist the Lead Economist on the design and implementation of different projects in the public sector of member developing countries. This involved, among other things, the interaction with many country offices of the World Bank to communicate the unit’s response to requested advices on different issues. He wrote reports on selected themes related to ‘market failures’ and role of state regulation; Assisted member countries partners in achieving best practices in devolution of administrative, political and financial powers; Helped selected country offices in designing effective, efficient and sustainable public services; Organised brown bag series of dialogues related to topics of unit’s mandate; Wrote, jointly with other two colleagues, report on good-governance in community based organizations; Contributed econometric analyses on different issues presented in the World Bank’s World Development Report; Wrote a report on the possible role of donor agencies in the development of Chamber of Tax Consultants in Central Asian economies; Evaluated the tax mappings (surveys) undertaken in Lebanon, Tanzania, and Pakistan and synthesized the lessons learnt; Wrote ‘topic briefs’ on ‘ tax incidence’ and ‘equity in taxation’ for posting on the World Bank’s web site; Evaluated the nature, determinants and adequacy of sub-national taxes in selected developing countries of federal nature
Muhammad Aslam has worked with Governments of Sindh and Punjab as Assistant Commissioner/Administrator Sub-Divisional Magistrate. He also worked as Lecturer of Economics for the University of the Punjab.
Raza Ahmad (20+ Years of Experience)
Raza has MSc, Social Policy and Planning in Developing Countries from London School of Economics, UK; and BSc, Economics: International Trade & Development from London School of Economics, UK.
Raza undertakes freelance advisory and research work. Specific skills include: Team Leadership, Program Management, Institutional Development; Public Policy & Structural Reforms; Governance & Anticorruption;
Decentralisation; Humanitarian Assistance; Poverty Assessment & Alleviation; Project Evaluations & Reviews; Civil Society Advocacy; Urban Planning; Private Sector Development; Monitoring & Evaluation; Capacity Development & Training; Organisational development; change management; and Public-Private Partnerships.
He worked on consulting assignments for DFID: Punjab Public Resource Management-Technical Assistance Management,Agency (TAMA), Lahore, Pakistan where he provided technical support to project management and ensure compliance and quality; develop individual and institutional capacity for project management within the provincial government; provide support to line departments in problem analysis and project design’ He worked with UNDP, Pakistan: Baseline study on governance & rule of law in Malakand, NWFP, Pakistan- Post conflict situation analysis of formal and non-formal justice systems, public safety, legal aid and access to justice; for Rural Support Programmes Network, Pakistan: Rural development and poverty mitigation strategies (Nov-Dec 2009); for UNDP, Regional Centre in Bangkok, UNDP/UNICEF Cambodia- Institutional /Capacity Assessment of 4 Central Ministries in support of ongoing Deconcentration & Decentralisation Reforms. He worked for UNDP, Pakistan: Governance & Institutions Assessment - Conflict Early Recovery Initial Needs Assessment for the conflict-affected areas in NWFP and FATA; for UNDP, Pakistan: Strengthening Public Grievance Redress Mechanisms Project at the
Federal Ombudsman Secretariat –Institutional and capacity development for the application of Continuous Improvement and Benchmarking techniques for the Registration and Investigation wings; for UNDP, Pakistan: Institutional Assessment for the development of a Labour Market
Information System in Pakistan; for UNDP, Pakistan: Led the Mid Term Review Mission of Technical Assistance for Management of Earthquake Early Recovery (TAMEER) – analysis and recommendations for the continuation of a refocused TA support; for Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD), Pakistan: Public Policy Adviser – review of LEAD’s governance and public policy programme and action-research.
His full time work includes Asian Development Bank, Governance Specialist, South Asia
Governance, Finance and Trade Division, ADB HQ where he conducted Project Design, Management and results-based Monitoring; Nepal: Support to Anticorruption Institutions: Support to key government agencies mandated to check and curb corruption; Bhutan: Support for Anticorruption and Good Governance at Local Level: help implement the Government’s anticorruption agenda including the strengthening of the Anti Corruption Commission and improving financial management; Bangladesh: Good Governance Program: A $150 million support to prepare and implement a National Integrity Strategy, judicial and administrative reforms; Bangladesh: Support to the Anti Corruption Commission. Capacity development, public campaigns, automation and demand side interventions; India: Administration of Justice Project: project under preparation and discussion with the Government on judicial reforms at Delhi High Court, Legal Empowerment and financial sector reform; Maldives: Member of design team for the “Private Sector Development Project” and “Strengthening Economic & Financial Management”; Bangladesh: Member of design team for the Public-Private Infrastructure Development Facility; Nepal: Member of a team to design and implement Governance Support Program ($106.3 million) supporting devolution, sub-national governance, and community development; Governance and Anticorruption Risk Assessments: Preparation and finalisation of governance assessments for Nepal, Bangladesh and Bhutan. Facilitating policy dialogue with the government and non-state actors on the key corruption risks and designing national and sectoral mitigations strategies. Knowledge Management: Preparation of knowledge products on administrative and justice reforms, decentralization, public expenditure management and anti-corruption; External publications and internal notes; Website[s] management and learning networks. Sector Governance Work: Policy and operational advice on governance and anticorruption aspects of sectoral interventions. Key sectors include: energy, transport, water, education and urban development. He worked with Asian Development Bank as Governance and Capacity Development Specialist, Regional and Sustainable Development Department, ADB HQ where he was responsible for Managing Regional Technical Assistance Projects - Developing Pro-Poor Governance Capability and Knowledge – Dissemination and Pilot Testing of Tool-Kits on Citizen Report Cards and Continuous Improvement and Benchmarking Techniques. Implementation in Pakistan, India, Indonesia and the Philippines; Institutionalizing Civil-Society Participation to Create Local Pro-Poor budgets: Implemented in Pakistan, Indonesia and the Marshall Islands; Network of Public Administration Institutes of the Asia and Pacific Region: Facilitated the evolution of this network and its sustainability; Supporting Malaysian Anti Corruption Agency: assistance to prepare, pilot and launch a series of regional anticorruption training programs; ADB-OECD Anticorruption Action Plan for Asia and the Pacific: Participation in the regional network and implementation of Action Plan; Promoting Knowledge Transfer through Diaspora Networks. Country studies and policy/operational lessons in China, Afghanistan and the Philippines. He gave Operational Advice to Regional Departments - Pakistan- Punjab Public Resource Management Program Subprogram II; India - Administration of Justice India Project; Pakistan- Supporting Public Resource Management Reforms in Punjab; Upstream operational assistance; Bangladesh - Participation of the Urban Poor in Municipal Governance Project; Good Governance Project; Pakistan- Second Microfinance Sector Development Program; Private Participation in Infrastructure Development; and Nepal: Economic and Social Inclusion of the Disadvantaged Poor through Livelihood Enhancement with Micro-Irrigation. He Contributed to ADB Policies, Strategies and Frameworks as Member governance and capacity development teams; Supported the preparation and approval of governance and anticorruption action plan and the framework for ADB to mainstream CD in its operations; Participated in the design and delivery of sector-specific capacity development learning programs. Advancing Law and Policy Reform activities within ADB’s member countries. He was involved with Supporting Quality Assurance for ADB Interventions which included Reviewing and providing comments on project documents circulated – project documents from capacity development, governance and anti-corruption perspectives. In terms of Knowledge Management he helped with Internal and external on justice reforms, decentralization, public Expenditure management and anti-corruption; and Bank-wide dissemination of information on these policies; External publications and internal notes; Website management and content development for governance, project websites and learning networks.
Raza worked for Asian Development Bank as Project Specialist – Governance;
NGO/Civil Society Coordinator; Pakistan Resident Mission. He performed Managing teams of staff and consultants for the operations of the Governance Unit; actively monitored ADB assisted governance programs in Pakistan; and assisted in formulating new governance programs/interventions; Management of Technical Assistance (TA) projects including reviews and participation in missions, refinement of project scope, consultant recruitment and contract administration etc. He was involved with Projects/Programs - Monitoring the implementation of ADB financed a) Access to Justice Program (USD 350 million) and b) Decentralization Support Program, Gender Reform (USD 300 million) and associated Advisory TA Projects listed below: (i) Institutional Strengthening of Government-NGO Cooperation; Supporting & Monitoring Progress under the Access to Justice Program; Strengthening of Institutional Capacity for Judicial and Legal Reform; Institutional Development for Access to Justice; Gender Reform Program; Fiscal Decentralization; Support to the Implementation of Decentralization; Enhancement of Local Government Performance; TA 4043- PAK: Strengthening the National Accountability Bureau Legal and Judicial Reform. Raza prepared the following projects:
(i) Improving Governance in the Non Profit Sector of Pakistan implemented by the
Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy
(ii) Support To Implementation of Gender Reform Action Plans
(iii) Implementing Public Safety Reforms in Four Districts of Punjab co-financed by
(iv) Strengthening, Coordination and Alignment of Government Operations to
He worked with the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo Civil Affairs Officer; {Deputy Municipal Administrator-OIC} Kacanik Municipality, Kosovo, helping with Municipal Services which included Public Services: Coordination with the Central and Municipal Registration Offices for the streamlining of registration/document issuance at the Municipal level. Support to the civil registration Officer and OSCE for electoral registration; Judicial: Contribution to the development and streamlining of the district court in the Municipality and coordinating with the local judges for effective court management and facilities for the litigants etc.; Legal Affairs: overseeing the contracts, agreements etc. of the Municipality. Assistance in court cases against the Municipality. Drafting of the Municipal regulations on urbanism, water and Sanitation Company, public health etc.; Budget & Finance: Finance functions in accordance with the UN regulations and procedures. Budget preparation in consultation with the Kosovar administration for submission to Central Fiscal Authority, monitoring and reviewing actual expenditures and Commitments to ensure that these conform to the authority which governs such expenditures as well as recommending reassignment of and transfer of funds where warranted; Resource generation, Setting up of Municipal Property tax etc. Establishment of local/Kosovar administration and logistics, procurement and other support to the Municipal offices; Political - Peacekeeping and political functions – involvement in Municipal elections and transition to local self government, support of local political structures; Liaison with the local KFOR and UN Police and OSCE in day to day security and in matters concerning political developments, human rights and democratisation. Attended security meetings in the absence of Municipal Administrator and other coordination meetings; Municipal Assembly matters: Providing support to the MA in the affairs of the Municipal Assembly – oath taking, election of committees and offices, minute recording, resignations, etc. Also participation in the Municipal Board of Directors meetings as an international observer; Assistance in Refugee crisis management at the local level: Coordination with UNHCR/SDC in setting up of the refugee transit camp in Kacanik. Facilitation of water and sanitation supply services to the camp from the local utility; Drafting of reports, communiqués and memorandums for MA/DMA; daily/weekly reports to the Regional Head Quarters; assistance to other civil affairs officers in this regard; Local/Municipal Development - Focal point for Municipal and Local Infrastructure projects: local development planning and identification of projects; budgetary planning and monitoring of projects; Coordination with Swiss Agency for Development and other NGOs for support in public utilities and development projects; Start-up of fire brigade department in the Municipality; Liaison with NATO {US KFOR} for development projects; Urban Regulation - Regulatory framework for building permits, drafting of notices and technical support to the Kosovar Director Urbanism and Public Works in matters of illegal constructions, housing records etc.; Liaison with Regional Housing and Property Directorate; Public Utilities Management at the local level; Management/ oversight of the public utility service provider (water and sanitation company) at the local level; appointment of director, formation of a supervisory board, drafting of statute, tariff regulation and personnel management assistance.
In Pakistan, Raza worked as Assistant Commissioner/Sub Divisional Magistrate gaining Field experiences in Sargodha, Sahiwal, Wazirabad and Murree Hills, Punjab Province, Pakistan which involved Law and order maintenance - supervision of Police and law enforcement agencies; judicial and quasi-judicial powers under Code of Criminal Procedure and other national laws; liaison with security agencies, armed forces and intelligence apparatus at the local level; Crisis Management in tense sectarian, political riots and natural disasters; Interaction with the local politicians, interest groups and stakeholders in security at the field level; Judicial work as sub-divisional magistrate & magistrate first class, as revenue judge, as the trial court for forests, fisheries, wildlife, petroleum adulteration, as the traffic magistrate; Conducted criminal and revenue trials, adjudication, case flow management and hands on experience with court management; Local Justice - Local conciliation and mediation in divorce and family cases as the Administrator of Municipalities. Working with district and sub district bar associations for effective bench-bar liaison, coordination with district judiciary and police for smooth functioning of the criminal justice system; Collector of state revenues and registrar of the land records, supervision of agricultural extension, rural credit, agricultural marketing and infrastructure; Local officer in charge during National Census 1998; National and Local Elections and Delimitation of electoral boundaries (1997, 1998, 1999); As Municipal Administrator: managing urban cities/towns he was the Administrator of 6 urban Municipalities in Punjab, Pakistan involved with collection of local taxes and fees, strengthening and improvement of local infrastructure, sanitation and public health & hygiene, street lighting, floriculture, plantation, maintenance of public parks etc.; Management of Fire brigade services; Municipal Accounts; budgeting, planning and monitoring; Supervision and Administration of numerous Municipal schools, clinics, primary health centres, hospitals, family planning outlets and other field organizations; Municipal budget and finance officer. Implementing and enforcing municipal regulations, strategic planning and leadership for improvement of urban conditions, resource generation and allocation of funds. Served with the local elected officials as well and effecting of public-private sector partnerships at the local level. Supervision of hundreds of professional, technical, auxiliary and field staff; personnel management, promotions and disciplinary proceedings etc.; Facilitator and coordinator of socio-economic area development with regard to the nation-building departments, forests, highways, education, health and family planning activities, preparation of local development plans and ensuring timely and efficient execution of public projects; Promotion of local, indigenous cultures; supervision of heritage/conservation work and environmental protection.
Raza worked for The Aga Khan Rural Support Programme, Northern Areas, Pakistan as Social Scientist, Monitoring, Evaluation and Research Section conducting Institutional Development at the grassroots level; involvement in the formation, nurturing and monitoring of the village-based organisations fostered by AKRSP across northern Pakistan; Evaluation studies of projects and programmes of AKRSP. Environmental/gender impact assessment, village studies and developing institutional maturity index; Participatory rural appraisals, monitoring of physical socio-economic development indicators; Conducting gender sensitisation workshops and mainstreaming of gender concerns into planning and programming of AKRSP.
Raza worked for AURAT Foundation, Lahore, as an intern, working with a committee of non-governmental organisations for mainstreaming gender and environmental concerns into the national planning process; Research on role of women in environmental conservation/management.
Syed Abrar Hussain (17+ Years of Experience)
Abrar has an MBA (Major in Finance) from the prestigious Wharton School, University Of Pennsylvania. He also has an MA in Conflict Transformation & Organizational Leadership from the Center for Justice and Peace Building, Eastern Mennonite University. He worked as Senior Vice President/Senior Relationship with Silk Bank LTD. as part of a team consisting of bankers from Deutsche and Nomura to prepare the Expression of Interest (EOI) and RFP (both financial and technical) for the US$ 500M Exchangeable Bonds for Oil and Gs Development Corporation Ltd. (OGDCL). He managed a US$10M Term Deposit Receipt (TDR) portfolio for government and corporate clients and liaised with the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Petroleum, Ministry of Water and Power, and the Privatization Commission. He worked as Equity Research Analyst for Brandywine Global Investment, LLC. (a Legg Mason subsidiary with $26B under management) where he conducted extensive research and prepared pitch reports for companies in industrial, financial, and technology sectors; prepared financial models including DCF, Public Comps, and sensitivities analyses; results presented to Investment Committee; researched and recommended small- and midcap- companies through extensive analysis of 10K, 10Q, and proxy reports and conducted comp. & sum-of-the-part analyses. The research was used for buy/sell/hold decisions by the Portfolio Managers. He collaborated with sell side analysts to arrange company presentations given by CEOs and senior management; attended the presentations and advised the Portfolio Managers on the business model and competitive advantages of the companies. He was the youngest Program Director for President of Pakistan Primary Healthcare Initiative in Gilgit, Pakistan. He initiated the public-private partnership in the northern province of Pakistan (area: 30000 sq km; population: 1 million) as head of a three member team and within one year, 60% of dysfunctional health centers were restored. He collaborated with Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) and Aga Khan Health Services Programme (AKHSP) in designing project strategy and long term goals. He recruited, supervised, & managed 125+ employees with 10% of them at managerial level. Abrar constituted Community Support Groups in 24 villages and union councils for the oversight and collaboration with the project staff for the proper running of the Basic Health Units (BHUs). He developed and designed the financial model of the $8M healthcare-focused project and the 5 year budgetary forecasts; structured a $3M merger of 28 basic health units in the public sector with the new private sector organization. He worked as a consultant for International Labor Organization (ILO) in Pakistan where he developed the detailed financial model for the project finances in line with the ILO Budgetary Framework. Abrar also worked with the Counter Terrorism Committee of Un Security Council in New York, NY; National Police Bureau, Ministry of Interior, Govt. of Pakistan where he served as member of a multi-agency team to devise the financial and operational model of a $10M National Criminal Database Project, implemented in collaboration with the US govt., the database was integrated with the national immigration system. He arranged $ 4M in early stage financing for projects in transportation, infrastructure and IT and led a team of 3 members to negotiate $4M funding from the US DOJ for training projects and IT projects. Abrar worked for the Information Technology Department, Government of Pakistan as Deputy Secretary (Project Financing) in Quetta, Pakistan where he developed the financial model and feasibility report of a $1M project to establish an IT university; arranged $2M funding from donor agencies for the computer training of 2000+ government employees and supervised a project for the computer training of 2000+ government employees. While working as Assistant Commissioner Mekran, he ensured speedy completion of schemes worth $2.5M in the health, education and communication sectors under the Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Program. He worked as a liaison officer for coordination between the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and the Ministry of Food and Agriculture while working as the Section Officer (FAO) for the Ministry Of Food And Agriculture, Government of Pakistan.
Mona Aslam (16+ Years of Experience)
Mona has a Master of Government Administration with focus on Project Management from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA. She has a Master in Psychology from Government College, Lahore.
She worked as Deputy Collector, Large Taxpayers Unit, Lahore where she planned, conducted and managed all events of LTU; ensured taxpayers facilitation; adjudicated cases of tax evasion; managed HR issues of LTU. Mona performed duties as Deputy Collector, Collectorate of Sales Tax & Federal Excise, Lahore, where she ensured liaison between FBR HQ and the field offices; achieved the target of tax collection; adjudicated the cases of tax fraud and tax evasion. As Deputy Director, Directorate of Inspection and Audit, (Federal Board of Revenue), Lahore, she looked after financial accountability; conducted Audits of taxpayers; and conducted extensive study of scanners at airports. As Assistant Director, Civil Services Academy, Lahore, she assisted Program Director in the implementation of Common Training Programme for Civil Servants; held and managed the Discussion Forum and scrutinized the quarterly financial activity of the Academy. As Assistant Collector, Collectorate of Sales Tax & Central Excise, Gujranwala, she developed the Job Descriptions of FBR; assisted the Collector in personnel management; achieved target of tax collection; conducted Post – refund audits and administered financial controls. She worked as Visiting Faculty Member at GCU, Lahore, where she taught Organizational Project Management to MBA; taught Professional Skills to the Principals of Government High schools. She worked as Lecturer, at the Government College, Lahore, where she taught Psychology to graduate classes.
Poonam Pervaiz (15+ Years of Experience)
Poonam has M.Sc. Marketing and Strategy from Warwick Business School and a BA (Hons) in International Business, Finance and Economics from Manchester Business School. She is a development practitioner with diverse professional experience in policy-level research project management in public and private sectors. She has successfully worked on projects related to business plan development, public sector reform, governance and institutional development. She has extensive academic and professional exposure to meeting targets and deadlines and writing reports and research papers. Poonam has working knowledge of donor agencies including DFID and CIDA. She worked as Policy Analyst, Department for International Development (DFID) – Technical Assistance Management Agency (TAMA) (June 2010- October 2011); assisted with other TAMA-DFID projects including the High Level Government Review Project (HLGR), Local Government (LG) Project and the Punjab Economic Opportunities Program (PEOP); worked as Senior Research Executive, Consumer Research at AC Nielsen Company (February 2009 to August 2009); Microfinance Research Associate at the Social Enterprise Development Center (SEDC) at Lahore University of Management Sciences (November 2006-July 2007) where she developed business case studies. In Summer 2005 she assisted Dr. Rasul Baksh, (Political Science Professor at LUMS) in conducting research for his book titled “Recovering the Frontier State: War, Ethnicity, and the State in Afghanistan”. In Summer 2004 – she assisted Dr. Salman Shah, (Economist), in writing report on excise duty on tobacco farmers for the Pakistan Agriculture Board and in Summer 2002 she assisted Ms. Saima Riaz, (official Pakistani representative of Warwick) in developing international newsletter for Warwick University
Mobeen Chaudhry (15+ Years of Experience)
Mobeen is a financial analyst with experience of complex financial environment in City of London. She holds an M.Sc. Economic Policy from the University of Birmingham, UK. She has demonstrated ability to manage large volume of data with focus on detail, accuracy and integrity. She proactively engaged in coordinating with different teams to drive resolution to issues arising due to re-organization within the Bank. She actively participated in process improvement and business plan development which generated efficiency gains. She attained enough subject matter expertise to provide training and guidance to senior members of my team. Her academic background in Economics has developed strong analytical, economic and statistical inference skills with strong scholarly writing skills. She learnt to build strong client relationships and is often applauded for being a strong team player. She worked for UBS AG, London as financial analyst within Group Operational Finance (GOF Costs) Allocations Team ensuring establishment and monitoring of appropriate KPI’s. She worked for KASHF Foundation, Lahore with the Enterprise Development Department as a consultant and conducted market research and successfully implemented a two-part business plan development report. The first part help redesigned the products. The second planned the launch of the products, by determining their pricing, placement and promotion. Mobeen worked for Punjab Rural Support Programme, Lahore for helping in formation of Community Organisations (COs), arranging for training workshops and the disbursement of micro-credit.
Dr. Iffat Idris holds Ph.D. on ethnic conflict in Kashmir. She worked as RTI and Transparency Specialist, World Bank Pakistan, where she promoted the establishment of effective right to information (RTI) regimes in Pakistan at federal and provincial level through liaising with relevant stakeholders, research, conducting various awareness-raising/capacity building activities, supporting RTI/transparency elements under other WB programs and supporting design and implementation of Enabling Open Government Program in Bangladesh, focusing on proactive disclosure. She also worked with World Bank for Preparation of Social Impact Assessment Report for the Central Asia South Asia Electricity Transmission and Trade Project (CASA-1000). She worked with UNDP Pakistan (Strategic Management Unit) for preparation of the Pakistan One UN Programme Annual Report 2012, highlighting progress under the various Joint Programmes and Cross-Cutting areas, as well as institutional and financial progress, and relevant country developments. As a Freelance Consultant she conducted research on Development Issues, Security (Conflict) and Political Economy Analysis, Evaluation, Capacity Development, Communications and Report Writing and Technical Editing. She held full time positions as Research and Communications Coordinator, Governance Unit (GU), Pakistan Resident Mission, Asian Development Bank, Program Officer, UNDP PARAGON, Pakistan, Political Research Officer, Australian High Commission, Islamabad, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Strategic Studies, Islamabad, and Assistant Professor, Fatima Jinnah Women's University, Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
Hasaan Khawar (15+ Years of Experience)
Hasaan is an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis, USA and has worked with two Fortune 500 companies in Pakistan and USA. He is a regular op-ed columnist, writing extensively on socio-political, economic and business issues, for leading national newspapers including Dawn and The Nation. He also edits a blog on public-private partnerships in Pakistan, which can be accessed at
Hasaan Khawar is a management consultant and has worked with the development sector in private sector development & competitiveness, capacity-building, project management, monitoring & evaluation, education and community-driven development. He has a proven track record of experience in the area of private sector development, where his achievements include drafting the Public-Private Partnership Law for Punjab, assisting in establishment of PPP Cell, developing the PPP Project Inception, Preparation and Project Development Facility Guidelines, leading the transaction advisory work for 155 land revenue facilitation centers in Punjab and a host of sector mapping studies. Recently he made substantial contributions to the Medium Term Fiscal Framework 2009-12 for Punjab, by leading the work on assessing infrastructure financing gap for Punjab. Currently he is working with Planning Commission to bring the public sector project formulation and appraisal process for industrial support interventions in line with best international practices. In parallel, he is conducting an institutional assessment of Engineering Development Board and reviewing its industrial support initiatives. He has also worked with a number of private sector corporations and medium-size enterprises in areas like capacity building, performance review, quality assurance and strategy, both in Pakistan and United States. He is a former civil servant belonging to the District Management Group (DMG) and has worked at various positions in provincial and federal governments of Pakistan.
Gulzar Hussain Shah (15+ Years of Experience)
Gulzar holds a Masters in Finance, Money & Capital Markets from Boston University, Boston USA and bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Engineering & Technology, Taxila. He participated in training programs arranged by Civil Services Academy on Common Training, Special Training and JICA Training in Local Governance. He also participated in various training programs arranged by NIPA Lahore, Karachi, CSA Lahore, MPDD & AG Punjab based on Office Skills, Information Technology, Presentation Skills, Negotiation Skills, Office Management, Urban Governance, District Government Budget/Financial Rules Introduction to PIFFRA, and total Quality Management.
 He had different positions is his professional career. He worked as a DMG Probationer, in Civil Services Academy, AC(UT) and AC/Sub Divisional Magistrate MP in Thatta, AC/Sub Divisional Magistrate in Karachi, Assistant Commissioner General/DDOC in Karachi, Political Assistant/ DDOR in Rajan Pur, District Collector/DOR in Toba Tek Singh, Executive District Officer Finance & Planning,in Jhang, Executive District Officer Revenue in Kasur, Regional Director Anti-Corruption Establishment in Sargodha, Regional Director Anti-Corruption Establishment in Lahore. He is currently serving Government of Punjab as an Additional Secretary (Administration), S&GAD.
Najam Ahmed Shah (15+ Years of Experience)
Najam is an MBA from John F. Kennedy School, Harvard University Cambridge,USA. He also holds a masters degree in Engineering & Management of Manufacturing Systems from Cranfield University Bedfordshire U.K. He got various training certificates in Best Practices in Public Sector Procurement from Civil Services College, Singapore, Development in International Political Economy from London School of Economics & Political Science, UK, Project Management Professional – Certified PMP from Project Management Institute, Lahore, Local Administration from JICA, Japan, Specialized Training Program – District Management Group from Civil Services Academy, Common Training Program from Civil Services Academy. He served government of Punjab as a Directorate General of Monitoring & Evaluation, Planning & Development Department, as a District Officer Revenue/ District Collector of District Government Gujranwala, as an Assistant Commissioner of District Administration Gujranwala. Now he is an Additional Secretary (Implementation & Coordination) of Services & General Administration, Government of Punjab.
Dr. Momina Randhawa (15+ Years of Experience)
Dr. Momina has a Ph.D. from London School of Economics & Political Science where her dissertation dealt with the role of Third World countries and their economy in International Trade Agreements and International Commercial Arbitrations. She has an LLM from the London School of Economics & Political Science, and Masters Business Administration from New York University with concentration in Marketing, General Management, Human Resources, and Finance. She has a Bachelor in Arts from Kinnaird College for Women, Lahore with focus on Journalism, Social Work, French, Philosophy, Psychology, English Literature

She worked for Lawbird (Formerly Randhawa & Randhawa) Legal Consultants, Solicitors & Advocates and has been a Partner since September 2004. She focuses on Human Rights, Family Laws, Civil Litigation, Banking and International Trade with a special interest in development of laws for the protection of children from sexual abuse and women from domestic abuse. She also worked for Salahuddin Saif and Aslam Barristers and Solicitors on Family laws and International trade laws and commercial arbitration. She worked with Walker Martineau Saleem - Advocates and Consultants on Human Rights, Family Laws, Civil Litigation, and Banking.
She also worked for German Technical Cooperation – Capacity Building Project to MoWD
Legal Expert (Consultant) for Gender Mainstreaming through Legal Reforms. She was a Professor at Quaid-E-Azam Law College teaching Conflict of Laws and Statutory Interpretation since September 2008. She taught at University College Lahore as well as the Teaching LLM Programme University of London.
She was a Consultant at Asian Development Bank and CENTAD in Gender and Governance – Governance Decentralization Program. She did internships at Simorgh, Aghs Legal Aid Cell, Bharwana Law Associates, and American Management International.
Asad Jamal (14+ Years of Experience)
Asad has done LLM in International Commercial Law, School of Legal Studies, from the University of Sussex, Brighton; and LLB from Punjab Law College. He has worked as Advocate and Legal Consultant for laws relating to animal welfare, and dairy development for Crown Agents; Right to Transparent Governance in South Asia for South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR) (2008-09); Anti-terrorism laws and policies for International Commission of Jurists (ICJ); Police and Freedom of Information Laws, Access to Justice Programme, Consumer Rights Commission of Pakistan (CRCP), Islamabad (2006). His publications include, compilation of Laws relating to Juvenile Justice in Pakistan; Police Organisations in Pakistan (ISBN 81-88205-79-6); paper on The Need for Improving Consumer Protection Laws in Pakistan to mark Golden Jubilee celebrations of the Supreme Court of Pakistan; chapter on Pakistan in Feudal Forces: Reform delayed -- Moving from Force to Service in South Asian Policing; Contributed paper titled Freedom of Information Law in Pakistan (2006), for seminar marking 4th International Right to Know Day, CPDI, Islamabad.
His newspaper articles include, Accountability and law in Pakistan, The Friday Times, 18-25 June, 2010, available at; Police Torture, NIPSA Newsletter June, 2010; available at; Consistently inconsistent, The Friday Times, 12-18 March, 2010 Vol. XXII, No. 04 (p.6) available at; The long and short of the order, The News, 27 December, 2009; available at; Collusion against a law, The News, 22 November, 2009; available at; Judgment Day, The News, 09 August, 2009 available at; A Step in the Right Direction, The News, June 14, 2009; is available at; Undemocratic Policing, The News, March 27, 2009;; It is High Time to Reform... (Accountability of spy agencies) The News, August 3, 2008;; Reform or Perish, The News, August 17, 2009;; A Law That Must Go, The News, April 06, 2008;; Keine Scheu vor den Mächtigen, (Not Afraid of the Powerful) Welt-Sicthten, March, 2008 He worked as an Adjunct Faculty Member “Principles of Criminal Law” at Superior Law College.
He has worked extensively on child rights, primarily in the area of legal aid for juvenile justice and advocacy; he has worked to identify and provide legal aid to juveniles in prisons, or in conflict with law, and illegally arrested; filed habeas corpus petitions for recovery of illegally arrested juveniles; filed applications for declaration of juveniles who were being tried along with the accused having attained majority; pursued cases for speedy disposal of trial in case of juveniles; Advocacy among the prison authorities to keep juveniles in separate premises or at least in separate compartments where the former is not possible; Visits to prisons to identify juveniles detained there to pursue their cases; and to identify cases of children imprisoned in minor offences such as recovery from them of contrabands less than 100 gms and bring it to the notice of Sessions Courts for granting pardon; Advocacy for the implementation of Juvenile Justice Ordinance, 2000 especially for the establishment of Juvenile Courts under section 4 of the Ordinance; Currently, I am engaged, inter alia, in getting released and repatriated children from Indian jails. These children have crossed the border by mistake or otherwise, and have been arrested in violation of the Indian Foreigners’ Act; See for instance “Lucky boy returns home safely from India” at; with the help of a local Advocate V. P. S. Bhattia, was able to secure transfer of case of a Pakistani juvenile (imprisoned at Amritsar Central Jail) pending before Chief Judicial Magistrate Amritsar to the Juvenile Board established under the Indian Juvenile Justice (Care & Protection of Children) Act; conducted workshops and consultations on child rights for school teachers as member of the Punjab Bar Council, and for organizations working for child rights such as Iraj Education and Development Foundation and others.
Abdul Wahab Soomro (14+ Years of Experience)
Abdul Wahab has done MBA and BBA from IBA, Karachi. His experience includes working as Assistant Commissioner / Deputy District Officer (Revenue). As sub-divisional in-charge of administration he supervised development projects in my jurisdiction and monitored working of other government departments; As sub-divisional magistrate, he supervised lower magistrate’s court and police, and hear the criminal cases pertaining to drugs, traffic, adulteration, security etc.; As sub-divisional collector, I supervise revenue administration, levy and collect taxes to the tune of Rs. 500 million, and adjudicated revenue cases and appeals; As Assistant Director Civil Services Academy, Lahore, he supervised the renovation of Academy to make it ready for new comers; was responsible for making arrangements for all official activities; assisted the senior faculty members in teaching and organizing syndicates etc.; As Divisional Superintendent, Pakistan Post Offices, Lahore, he was in charge of all the outgoing mail from Karachi to the rest of Pakistan; supervised working of about 500 employees under my direct supervision; managed financial resources to the tune of 10 million rupees per annum. As Officer Grade – I in National Bank of Pakistan, Karachi, he participated actively in NBP’s credit card launching exercise and conducted research in this regard; Worked as Financial analyst, for assessing financial viability of negotiable instruments, for discounting purpose.

He worked as Faculty Member ZABIM, Larkana and taught courses in finance, accounting, economics, and marketing disciplines; and developed prospectus for the Institute, and designed and helped conducting the entry test. He was Lecturer University of Sindh, Hyderabad and taught courses in finance, accounting, economics, and marketing disciplines. As Sales Officer, Engro Chemicals, Pakistan, Karachi he traveled extensively in the country as part of on-the-job training; and managed independent geographical area for the sale of urea, and all the related activities.
Mr. Adnan Sher (12+ Years of Experience)
Mr. Sher’s specialization includes intergovernmental finance, fiscal decentralization and strategic municipal financial management with over 12 years of experience working in private and public (national, state and local governments) sectors. He has worked on issues relating to public finance, performance management and infrastructure finance. Working as the Deputy Chief of Party (DCoP) for “Districts That Work Project” (Funded by USAID and implemented by Urban Institute, Washington DC) he was responsible for supervising and providing leadership for programmatic interventions (which also included supervision of the work undertaken by the international consultants) and administrative/ finance functions of the project. He was also the Program Lead for Local Government Financial Management within the Districts That Work Project and was managing/ implementing the technical inputs for interventions relating to Education and Health functions at the local level. For Kfw, Mr. Sher conducted a pre-feasibility study on municipal lending to finance urban infrastructure in Pakistan. He also prepared guidelines on implementing performance management to improve local service delivery for USAID/ ADB funded projects and trained government officials on implementing performance management systems to improve service delivery especially in Health and Education sectors at local level. Prior to his work for the Urban Institute, Mr. Sher was working for the “Asian Development Bank” as a member of its Advisory Technical Assistance Team for its Decentralization Support Program. He has also worked as the Joint Director for corporate sector’s regulator “Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan”. He is a Public accountant/ auditor with more than 12 years of progressive, administrative and supervisory experience in public and private sectors of Pakistan and has contributed to various Financial Management activities at National and Sub National levels.
Mr. Sher returned from Australia after pursuing his professional development work through attachment with the Victorian Auditor General’s Office at Melbourne under the Endeavour Executive Awards and worked for USAID funded FIRMS project implemented by Chemonics Intl. in Pakistan.
His worked for Empower Pakistan Firms Project funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Electoral Reforms Project funded by European Commission (EU), Districts That Work Project funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Victorian Auditor General’s Office, Melbourne, Australia, Decentralization Support Program (DSP) funded by Asian Development Bank (ADB), Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan, Small and Medium Enterprises Bank Ltd, Federal Ministry of Finance, Controller General of Accounts, Federal Ministry of Finance, Accountant General of Pakistan Revenues (Federal Accountant General), Federal Ministry of Commerce - Department of Insurance, Interfund Housing Finance Company Ltd, Manager (Housing Projects) [Northern Region].
Sana Shah (10+ Years of Experience)
Sana holds an MSc Public Policy and Administration from the London School of Economics and Political Science with focus on bureaucracy and the various themes regarding its change, administration, implementation and management and her final dissertation was on the fiscal decentralization in Pakistan. She has a BA Economics and Political Science from the University of British Columbia, Canada focusing on macro- and micro-economics and econometrics and political Science focused on the governmental systems of various countries and their political economies; as well as international organizations.
Sana worked as a Research Analyst for Earthquake Emergency Assistance Project – Legal Assistance, Governance and Institutional Building, ADB – Islamabad, where she coordinated orientation, training sessions and workshops for ERRA (Earthquake, Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority), IA staff and external agencies; assisted in coordination efforts with Government authorities, NGOs, Bar Associations, Judiciary, Civil Society representatives and any other stakeholder for logistics and networking support; was responsible for work plans and financial disbursement plans for various activities undertaken in the project; assisted in the hiring of consultants, incremental staff and the purchase of goods for various governmental departments; conducted interviews and the hiring process for a Legal Assistant for the project team as well as a legal team for the implementation of the Legal Assistance Centers in the earthquake affected areas; created reports and presentations on the extent of progress made on activities undertaken in the project; and liaised with other groups to aid in effective and efficient communication across ERRA/EAs/IAs and external agencies.
She was the Administrative Assistant for a Construction Management Company in Angus One, Vancouver Canada where she was responsible for assisting the Senior Project Manager with the upkeep of the database and project documentations; she created bid forms for upcoming construction projects as well as letters of correspondence with clients; and created a friendly and comfortable work atmosphere that encouraged clients and visitors to feel welcomed. She worked as Sales Associate for Reitmans Clothing Ltd, Vancouver Canada, where she assisted and advised customers on their clothing selection; Handled a dial cash float and money till; assisted in the set up of a new branch for the store in another city; and assisted the Regional and Store Managers with the visual display and set up for the new store.
Ayesha Ali (10+ Years of Experience)
Ayesha Ali has M.A. in International Policy Studies from Stanford University, USA; M.A. Economics from University of British Columbia, Canada and B. Com. (Joint Hons.) Economics and Finance from McGill University, Canada
She worked as Economic Policy Specialist, Competitiveness Support Fund, Lahore (October 09-present, as a part of technical assistance team to perform policy research for the federal and provincial governments with a specific focus on policies to enhance economic competitiveness, support value addition activities in agriculture and industry and to promote human resource development; she was involved with coordination and research support for the National Policy Platform, a learning and dialogue forum that brings together academia, private sector, and government stakeholders to identify and propose solutions to pressing public policy issues.
Ayesha Ali worked as a consultant for World Bank (Private Sector Development), Islamabad, Pakistan, conducting background research and analytical support for preparing the Interim Report of the Planning
Commission’s Task Force on Private Sector Development . She worked as Consultant for Economic Reform & Development Unit, The Asia Foundation, San Francisco conducting assessment of the governance and regulation of microfinance sector in Pakistan to prepare comprehensive policy recommendations for a future Asia Foundation program to strengthen microfinance governance in Pakistan. She worked as Visiting Scholar, Independent Evaluation Office of the IMF, Washington DC, where she conducted research and staff interviews to assess the role of IMF in giving trade policy advice to Bangladesh over 1997-2007 as part of the Trade Policy Evaluation project. As a Teaching Assistant, UBC Department of Economics, Vancouver she organized and led discussion sections for undergraduate economics and statistics courses. While working as Policy & Planning Intern, Women’s Empowerment Group, Lahore Ayesha conducted research and prepared publication material for the ‘White Ribbon’ campaign to increase male participation in campaigning against gender violence. She was engaged in restructuring of the ongoing ‘Pink ribbon’ (breast cancer awareness) campaign. As Research Assistant, McGill Department of Economics, Montreal, she aided Macroeconomics professor in preparing material for a textbook; assembled and analyzed data on unemployment, inflation and other macro indicators. As Director Logistics, Canadian Forum on Islamic Economics and Finance, Montreal she spearheaded management and organization of a nation-wide conference on the emerging field of Islamic economics and finance; Identified and liaised with sponsors and key experts in the field. She was designated as “Event of the Year” by McGill University Campus Life Fund.
He research includes, Health and Governance project, Stanford Center for Health Policy Research, where she assembled data to create measures of political institution to capture the ‘planning horizon of leaders’ and ‘fragmentation of constituencies’. These variables were used to examine the impact of political incentives on improvement in health outcomes during the UNICEF’s GOBI program.
India and the WTO, Paper for Stanford IPS Political Economy Seminar: Using WTO data on India’s usage of dispute settlement mechanism and membership in coalitions, to examine the role of ideas, interests, and institutions in shaping India’s increasing participation at the multi-lateral trade negotiation forum.
Trade Liberalization and Governance, Paper for Stanford IPS International Trade Seminar: An empirical investigation of the link between governance indicators (control of corruption, law and order, and bureaucratic quality) and trade liberalization using panel data and fixed effects model
Sustainability of New Zealand’s Current Account Deficit, Paper for Stanford IPS International Macroeconomics Seminar: Assessing the likelihood of a sudden current account reversal in New Zealand through estimation of a probit model with historic reversals as a dependent variable and external, fiscal, monetary indicators plus other controls as independent variables.
Culture and Economic Development, UBC Masters Empirical Paper: Using a multiple instrumental variable strategy to examine the extent to which social capital can explain cross- country variations in income after controlling for institutional quality.
Huma Ajam (5+ Years of Experience)
Huma has an M.Sc. in Social Policy and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She worked as Consultant (STT) with The World Bank, Islamabad where she developed key skills such as attention to detail while editing The Pakistan Infrastructure Implementation Capacity Report (PIICA).
Sidra Khan (5+ Years of Experience)
Sidra has a Master in Economics from State University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, USA; with concentration in Development Economics and Public Policy, Econometric Techniques and Statistical Analysis. She is a Recipient of USAID’s ‘Women Leadership Training in Economics’ (WLTIE) Scholarship program. She worked as an intern at the Embassy of Pakistan in Washington DC, USA, for its Economic Wing and Offices of Ambassador and Head of Chancery. She assisted the Minister of Economic Affairs in conducting background research on a range of economic issues; attended meetings at Embassy, Capitol Hill and at different Think Tanks with Ambassador and HOC, was an active Team Member of the Flood Disaster Management and worked extensively in presenting Pakistan’s situation at that time for fundraising. She worked at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Lahore, Pakistan, as Deputy Director, Research & Development Department, where she conducted economic research and statistical analysis for the business community of Lahore, collaborated in preparation of budget proposals, managed a number of Standing Committees on different Economic Issues, tried to find investment opportunities for business community, ran Women Resource Center, Team Member of the establishment Pakistan Halal Products Development Board, did Networking for Reference Center of WTO, ITC, etc., Attended and organized international level Seminars and Workshops on Different topics held at LCCI.