Mr. Shoaib Sultan Khan is a pioneer of the Rural Support Program movement in Pakistan: a community driven initiative. His career in rural development dates back to 1959, when he worked in close collaboration with Dr. Akhter Hameed Khan. Mr. Khan pursued academic studies at Universities of Lucknow, Cambridge, Oxford, and Birmingham studying English Literature, Public Administration, and Law. Given a rich academic background, Mr. Khan is known for steering rural support programs in Pakistan and India that have over 800,000 Community Organizations and Self-Help Groups. In recognition of his work Mr. Khan was awarded the United Nations Environment Program Global 500 Award in 1989;Sitara-e-Imtiaz by the President of Pakistan in 1990; the Magsaysay Award by the President of Phillipinesin 1992; the World Conservation Medal by the Duke of Edinburgh in 1994; the Rotary International Man of the Year 2005, and Gold Medal in 2006; Sitara-e-Eisaar for earthquake work, and Hilal-e-Imtiaz of Pakistan Day 2006 by the President of Pakistan.