Chairman Rural Support Programmes Network (RSPN) is the pioneer of the Rural Support Programmes in Pakistan, a totally community driven development model. He initiated the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme in 1982 and afterwards steered various development programmes in Pakistan, India and South Asia, touching the lives of millions of rural poor.
As Senior Advisor, South Asia Poverty Alleviation Programme (SAPAP) of the UNDP, Mr. Khan has set up demonstration pilots in six countries of the SAARC region, from the pattern of AKRSP. Having served as an illustrious bureaucrat and development expert, Mr. Khan has been closely associated with policy making and development planning of Pakistan. He is also serving as the Chairman of National Rural Support Programme, and is on the board of eight out of eleven RSPs. In recognition of his services, he received the Global 500 award in 1989, Sitara-e- Imtiaz in 1990, the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 1992 and the WWF Conservation Medal in 1994.
An eminent development professional, Dr. Rashid Bajwa is leading the only countrywide rural development programme: National Rural Support Programme (NRSP) in Pakistan. He holds an MPH degree from the UK and an MBBS from Pakistan. He has extensive experience in the field of management, social mobilization, community development, microfinance and policy. Dr. Bajwa is also implementing one of the largest microfinance programmes in Pakistan. He has helped in setting up Khushaali Bank, while also providing guidance to other non-profits as Chairman of Pakistan Microfinance Network, Director of Khushaal Pakistan Fund, Punjab Rural Support Programme and Sindh Rural Support Organization.
Mr. Roomi S. Hayat, currently holds the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of Rural Management (IRM) Islamabad. He is also serving as the Chairman of Human Resource Development Network (HRDN) which has a membership base of more than 1,000 professionals and organizations. He holds two master degrees: Master’s in Engineering obtained from New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA in 1989, where he also attended a one year training course on Improving Training Quality from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign – USA and AIT – Thailand, and Master’s in Rural Sociology.
Serving as the Chief Executive Officer of the Rural Support Programmes Network, Shandana has over twenty years of extensive grassroots and policy level experience in rural development, mainly in the Rural Support Programmes. Her strengths includes project management, heir design and social assessment. Her work involves undertaking policy advocacy with donors as well as with the highest levels of government and associated institutions. She has a social sciences background, with a Master’s degree in the Social and Political Sciences from Pembroke College, University of Cambridge as well as a Master’s in International Public Policy from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University.
Mr. Nadir Gul Barech is the Chief Executive Officer of the Balochistan Rural Support Programme, leading BRSP’s efforts to expand its reach throughout the Balochistan Province. He has sixteen years of experience of working with the United Nations in Pakistan, at the national and provincial levels in leadership capacity. He contributed significantly to the development of the Balochistan Conservation Strategy, which is the sustainable development agenda of the Balochistan province. Also, Mr. Gul has served the Government of Balochistan as Deputy Director PHED from 1995 to 1998.
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.
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 a graduate of University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA. His field is Public Policy and public management. Being Director of the Institute in Pakistan, he administers and promotes exchange of faculty and senior scholars between US and Pakistan. He has a rich experience in running international exchanges and establishing research linkages between US and Pakistani institutes 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.