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.

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

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.

Mr. Mukhtar Ahmad Ali has an M. Phil degree in Development Studies (with distinction) from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex, UK; and over 18 years of work experience in areas like right to information, democratic development, legislative oversight and development, budget tracking, governance, local governments and decentralization, police reforms and consumer protection. He is currently working as Team Leader with Development Alternatives Incorporated (DAI) on the Consolidating Democracy in Pakistan (CDIP) Project. Earlier, he served as Information Commissioner at the Punjab Information Commission, Chief of Party of the USAID’s ‘Strengthening Citizens’ Voice and Public Accountability Project’, he also worked as the first Executive Director of Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives (CPDI), He was a Board member of Pakistan Coalition for Education (PCE) as well as the Trust for Democratic Education Accountability (TDEA). He has the experience of observing elections in Pakistan, as well in other countries as a member of observation missions of the Commonwealth Observers Group and the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFRAL), he also served as member of the Advisory Committee of the Federal Tax Ombudsman. Furthermore, he is a visiting faculty member of, among others, the National Management College (NMC), Lahore, National Institute of Management (NIM), Lahore, and NIM, Quetta, where he regularly delivers lectures on various subjects including right to information.

Mr. Nadeem Akbar is Country Director of the American Institute of Pakistan Studies (a bi-national academic and research institution) at Islamabad. He is a former Fulbright fellow and holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA. He has over 20 years of work experience in the field of research and educational exchange management. Being Director of the Institute, he administers and promotes exchange of scholarship, organizing policy forums and facilitating collaborative programs between US and Pakistani institutions of higher learning. In addition, he has to his credit a thorough knowledge of management issues of not-for-profit programs and partnerships. He maintains an active network of scholars and professionals in over 32 American universities and institutions and is a key player in formalizing joint research projects for US and Pakistani academic community.

Dr. Noor Fatima is a Postdoctorate Fellows at Department of Internaitonal Affairs,(Public Policy, Political economy of Terrorism) University of North Carolina, Wilmington , United States. 2016, she holds a PhD. (Major Developmental Economics, Political Economy). ROLE OF IMF & World Bank IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, Quaid-e-Azam Univerity. Islamabad. Pakistan. 2007. Previously she had been working as Chairperson of Department of Internaitonal Relaitons and Political Science till June 2017 and presently She working as Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science and International Relations. International Islamic University Islamabad. Her major interest areas are research in Public Policy, and Internaitonal Political Economy.

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).

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.