About IRM

Board of Directors

Dr. Humayun Khan is the Chairman of the Institute of Rural Management. He was educated at the prestigious Bishop Cotton School in Simla, India and later at Edwardes College Peshawar and at Trinity College, Cambridge. He holds an honours degree and an MA from Cambridge University. He was called to the Bar from Lincoln’s Inn, London in 1954. Later, he earned another MA and a Doctorate from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He joined the then Civil Service of Pakistan (CSP) in 1955 and served as Assistant Commissioner, Tank; Assistant Commissioner, Nowshera; Deputy Commissioner, Bannu; Political Agent, North Waziristan and Political Agent, Malakand.

He was Home Secretary, NWFP in the NAP-JUI Government in 1972-73, after which he moved to the Pakistan Foreign Service and served in the country’s missions in Moscow and the UNO in Geneva. He has served as Pakistan’s Ambassador to Bangladesh and India and also as the High Commissioner in London. After his retirement from the Government, he was appointed as the Head of the Commonwealth Foundation in London. After moving back to Pakistan in 2000, Dr. Humayun has been serving on the Boards of the National Finance Commission and the National Rural Support Programme and is also actively involved in a number of committees dealing with relations between the countries of South Asia.

Shoaib Sultan Khan holds a Master of Arts in English from Lucknow University, a Bachelor of Law from Peshawar University and has also completed a Public Administration Course at the University of Cambridge, UK. Mr. Shoaib Sultan Khan has been closely associated with policy making and development planning in Pakistan and is currently serving as honorary Chairman, Board of Directors of the Rural Support Programmes Network (RSPN), National Rural Support Programme (NRSP), Ghazi Brotha Development Organization (GBTI), Sindh Rural Support Organization (SRSO) and Director of the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP), Sarhad Rural Support Programme (SRSP), Punjab Rural Support Programme (PRSP) and Balochistan Rural Support Programme (BRSP), besides being Director of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Member of the Advisory Group of the World Bank sponsored Community Development Carbon Fund, Member of the Government of Pakistan Advisory Committee on Millennium Development Goals and Chairman of the Pakistan Government’s Vision 2030 Group on Just Society.

As Senior Advisor, South Asia Poverty Alleviation Programme (SAPAP) of the UNDP, Mr. Khan has set up demonstration pilots in the six countries of the SAARC region, on the pattern of the AKRSP. He has also received the Global 500 award in 1989, the Sitara-e- Imtiaz in 1990, the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 1992 and the WWF Conservation Medal in 1994.

Dr. Rashid Bajwa is an eminent development professional and is leading the only countrywide development programme (National Rural Support Programme) in Pakistan. He holds an MPH degree from the UK and an MBBS from Pakistan. Dr. Bajwa is a founding member of the NRSP Microfinance Bank and also serves as a Senior Advisor to the Khushali Bank. He is also serving as the Chairman of the Pakistan Microfinance Network and is a member of Board of Directors of many organizations including Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF), Punjab Rural Support Programme (PRSP), Sindh Rural Support Organization (SRSO), Rural Support Programmes Network (RSPN), Ghazi Barotha Taraqiati Idara (GBTI) and Fauji Fertilizer Bin Qasim Ltd. Dr. Bajwa has extensive experience in the field s of Management, Social Mobilization, Community Development, Microfinance and Policy.

Nazar Memon holds MA in Economics from the University of Karachi and MA in Regional Planning, Clark University, USA. He has also obtained Diploma in Comprehensive Regional Planning from United Nations Center for Regional Development, Japan and Diploma Certificate in District Health Planning from Institute of Child Health, London UK.

He was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Sindh Rural Support Organization (SRSO) till 2008. As a Consultant Capacity Building National Reconstruction Bureau (NRB) he has worked on the Capacity Building of elected representatives and government functionaries that came under the paradigm shift of Devolution in Pakistan. He has contributed to the final draft of Local Government Ordinance 2000.

He has served UNICEF in the area of Social Planning, with special focus on women and children. He has also worked in Tanzania and Uganda in the development of Area based programmes. As Head of Area Services in Kenya and South Africa, he extended his services in the areas of Programming, Planning, Implementation and Monitoring of community-based programmes/projects in collaboration with the local communities.

Dr. Tariq Siddiqui is a renowned educationist and policy maker. He holds M. Sc. Degree from Punjab University, MPA and Ph.D. from Syracuse University USA. Presently he is the Member of Board of  Institute of Rural Management and Akhter Hameed Khan Resource Centre. He has served as the Vice-Chancellor of Quaid-i-Azam University and Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad. He was the Secretary, Planning Division, Government of Pakistan and Member of the Planning Commission.

Mr. Fazalullah Qureshi  holds MA Economics from the Sindh University and a Certificate in Development Economics from Glasgow University UK. He has completed Fellowship in Development Economics from World Bank’s Economic Development Institute (EDI) Washington. Mr. Qureshi was appointed as the Vice Chairman National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) in 2001 and has served as the Federal Secretary Planning & Development twice. He was also the Chairman of National Tariff Commission in 1999. He is an active BOD Member of various organizations including Sindh Rural Support Organization, Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund, Rural Support Programme Network, NRSP Microfinance bank, National Rural Support Program and Sindh Graduate Association. He is also a Member of Trust for Voluntary Organization.

The first woman Vice Chancellor/Founder of the Sardar Bahadur Khan Women’s University in Balochistan, Dr. Shahida Jaffrey holds a Masters Degree in English Literature from University of Punjab Lahore and PhD in Education. She is the Chairperson of Behbud Balochistan, which provides preventive health care to underprivileged women in the rural area of District Mastung Balochistan. She has also served as the Member of Board of Security and Exchanges Commission of Pakistan and AHAN Pakistan – “Aik Hunar Aik Nagar”, Director of Rural Support Programmes Network and Chief Executive of the largest Rural Support Programme in Balochistan, the Balochistan Rural Support Programme

Dr. Muhammad Amjad Saqib, a prominent social worker, volunteer and development professional. He is the founder and Executive Director of Akhuwat, the largest individual based lending programme in the country. On the request of the Government of Punjab, Dr. Saqib also leads two of its flagship programmes i.e. Punjab Educational Endowment Fund (PEEF) and Punjab Welfare Trust for the Disabled (PWTD).

Dr. Saqib served in the District Management Group of the Civil Services of Pakistan for seven years before resigning in 2003. Since then, besides rendering philanthropic and social services, he has been providing consultancy services to Asian Development Bank, International Labour Organization, UNICEF, World Bank, and Canadian International Development Agency. His areas of expertise include poverty alleviation, microfinance, social mobilization and education management.

Dr. Saqib is a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow and has authored four books. He is a well known columnist and regularly writes in leading newspapers such as Daily Jang and Nawa-i-Waqt. In recognition of his literary achievements, Government of the Punjab awarded him Khushhal Khan Khattak Literary award in 1993.

Dr. Aliya Khan is the Professor of Department of Economics, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad. She holds Master of Arts in Social Sciences and Ph.D. in Economics from University of Illinois at Chicago.

She has also served as the Registrar of the Quaid-i-Azam University. She remained a Member of the Debt Management and Reduction Committee, Ministry of Finance and has also worked in the subcommittee on Institutional Arrangements for Debt Management. She was nominated by the Federal Ministry of Labor, Manpower & Overseas Pakistanis to attend the ILO Seminar on “International Labor Standards and Equality in Employment, with a Focus on Gender Issues: Tools and Practice” at the ILO International Training Centre in Turin, Italy. She has worked as a National Consultant by Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and Ministry of Labour, Manpower & Overseas Pakistanis.

Shandana Khan, Chief Executive Officer, Rural Support Programmes Network (RSPN) has over eighteen years of extensive grassroots and policy level experience in rural development, mainly in the Rural Support Programmes. Her strengths are in project management, their design and social assessment. Her work at the RSPN has involved undertaking policy advocacy with donors as well as with the highest levels of government and associated institutions (e.g. the National Reconstruction Bureau and the Devolution Trust for Community Empowerment). She contributed strategic insights and inputs into the Pakistan Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper, the Local Government Ordinance 2001, gender mainstreaming policies, and inclusion of social mobilisation in government programmes at all levels. She has been an advocate for meaningful, result-oriented partnerships between the poor communities and the government and private sector.

Shandana Khan is a strong team player and leader, managing a team of over 100 multidisciplinary professionals at RSPN. She has a social sciences background, with a Masters degree in the Social and Political Sciences from Pembroke College, University of Cambridge as well as a Masters in International Public Policy from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University. She is widely traveled and comfortable in multi-cultural settings. She is fluent in English, Urdu and Pushto and functional in French.

Roomi Saeed Hayat holds multiple degrees including a Master’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA and another Master degree in Rural Sociology from the NWFP University of Agriculture, Peshawar, Pakistan. He is currently a Doctoral Candidate in Anthropology (Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan). He has over 30 years of experience working in the Government and Non-Government sectors of Pakistan and his areas of expertise include rural development, women empowerment, and environment and poverty reduction. Mr. Hayat is the founding Chairman of an international think tank Human Resource Development Network (HRDN) and also serve as the Vice Chairman of Akhtar Hameed Khan Resource Center (AHKRC). He is also a member of the Board of Director of the Rural Support Programmes Network (RSPN) and member of the Executive Committee of the PNC-IUCN and CEC-IUCN, Geneva.

Mr. Hayat specializes in livelihoods and poverty reduction with strong expertise in fostering Community Based Organizations, developing need based innovative livelihoods programmes, and formulating short cycle employable vocational and technical skills training. He has designed and conducted over 500 short and long term training programmes in more than 20 countries and has extensive multi-disciplinary experience of managing and executing donor funded projects including UNDP, ILO, USIAD and World Bank with a special focus on livelihoods, rural development with gender as a cross cutting theme. Besides these, he has also provided HRD consultancy services to various national and international development sector organizations including UNESCAP, UNICEF and all the rural support programmes of Pakistan.