Mosharraf Zaidi has twenty years’ worth of rich experience as a policy and governance specialist and a leader. His most recent assignment was the Campaign Director for a DFID funded education governance campaign called Alif Ailaan.
He has held senior positions with governments and various international organizations. His most recent government assignment was as advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Pakistan. He has also advised the United Nations, the European Union, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the UK Government's DFID, and the Danish and Swiss governments on policy issues in Afghanistan, Pakistan and the South Asia region. He was honoured by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2014.
Mr. Zaidi writes a regular column for The News in Pakistan and frequently contributes to television and radio, including CNN, BBC, Al-Jazeera as well as leading national channel
Dr. Zainab Latif is a quantitative researcher who has worked extensively on social issues ranging from access to public services, citizen-state relationship in evolving communities, governance frameworks among others within Pakistan as well as in the United States.
She holds a doctorate from City University of New York. Previously she has served as Team Lead for a project managed by DAI Europe in Islamabad, and held consultant roles with DAI USA, United Nations, as well as Punjab Commission on Status of Women. She has also served as consultant for Vera Institute and UNICEF HQ in New York.
Rizwan Mehboob’s technical expertise include governance and decentralization reforms, rule of law reforms, and monitoring and evaluation. He has worked extensively on governance and public sector reform, institutional and vulnerability assessments, development of political economy analysis report for health sector reform initiative in KP and Punjab, and evaluations of strengthening rule of law program; livelihood development program; post crises peace and development program among others.
He has served as the National Team Leader for Sub-national governance program before serving as Team Leader, Change Management Unit at the Planning and Development Department in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.
Raza Ahmed Rumi has a distinguished career as a public policy practitioner. He worked at the Asian Development Bank as a Governance Specialist. His areas of focus included decentralization, access to justice, institutional development and led projects in several South and Southeast Asian countries. Later, as an international development professional, Raza has also worked on designing and implementing projects for UK’s Department For International Development, UNDP, UNICEF World Bank, among others.
Author of three books, Raza currently teaches at the Cornell Institute of Public Affairs.
Umair Javed has recently returned from London School of Economics, having completed his Phd in Sociology, Politics, and International Development. Umair Javed is one of the brightest commentators on the politics of public service delivery in Pakistan. He is a regular columnist for Dawn newspaper. His varied but extensive experience includes working on policy and governance issues with DAI, CERP and The Asia Foundation among others. Umair has extensive track record of robust field researches for various clients as well as his academic pursuits. He is also Assistant Professor at LUMS School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Fauzia Yazdani is a senior Democratic and Local Governance Specialist, with over 20 years of experience of leading and evaluating governance projects in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nigeria and Nepal. Fauzia advises governments and international development organisations on design and implemention of effective local government interventions. She has a degree in Public Administration from Punjab University and an International Policy Fellowship on Local Governance from the Central European University
Zohair has extensive experience of social sector research and programming for a range of stakeholders including local and international NGOs, multilateral organizations, as well as governments of Pakistan and Chile.
In his latest assignment as Head of Research at a DFID funded campaign, Zohair oversaw and authored policy research documents spanning various aspects of education service delivery and governance. The documents have been widely referred to in the mainstream as well as policy and academic circles.
Zohair holds a master degree in Public Affairs from Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University in the United States.
Moiz Hussain is a community specialist who has for the past five years managed a national network of community mobilizers across Pakistan. Moiz excels in managing, organizing, leading and inspiring team of activists on the ground for social mobilization.
As the team leader for Alif Ailaan’s national network of volunteers and regional coordinators, Moiz managed a team of over eight thousand volunteers, through a network of over seventy community activists around the country.
Shahab Siddiqi is a Communications Specialist with over 7 years of experience and demonstrated expertise in strategic communications, media management, advocacy, and public relations.
Tech-savvy and strategic communications leader possessing exceptional writing and editing skills. Versed in a range of communications solutions and technologies.
Acumen Pakistan Fellow 2015.