Work Experience

2002-2012: Asian Development Bank (ADB) – worked as governance specialist, Economist/Operations.

Worked on a number of projects in Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Pakistan, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Marhsall Islands among others.

Worked on Tool-Kits on Citizen Report Cards and Continuous Improvement  & Benchmarking Techniques. Supported the implementation of ADB-OECD Anticorruption Action Plan for Asia and the Pacific. Facilitated the publication of a book on Promoting Knowledge Transfer through Diaspora

Led Network for Asia Pacific Schools & Institutes for Governance and Public Administration (NAPSIPAG)

2000-2002: United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo. Worked as Civil Affairs Officer; {Deputy Municipal Administrator} Kacanik Municipality, Kosovo

1994 –2000 Civil Service of Pakistan, Pakistan Administrative Service. Assistant Commissioner/Sub Divisional Magistrate in Sargodha, Sahiwal, Wazirabad and Murree Hills, Punjab Province, Pakistan

1992 – 1994 The Aga Khan Rural Support Programme, Northern Areas, Pakistan. Social Scientist,

Monitoring, Evaluation and Research Section

1991 AURAT Foundation, Lahore, Pakistan Research Intern

10/2008 to 10 2011 Freelance Consulting, Journalism & Research   

Consulting Assignments

Social Sectors

    • Planning Commission of Pakistan: Team Leader for the preparation of Social Protection Strategy Paper and provincial social protection frameworks. (Sep 2011).
    • UNICEF Cambodia- Policy paper prepared for the Royal Government of Cambodia on improving policies, procedures & practices relating to ‘special centres’ managed by the Ministry of social affairs, veterans and youth rehabilitation. (July, 2011)
    • Government of Pakistan, Ministry of Environment: Country Sanitation Report- prepared country situation analysis on Progress vis-à-vis MDG achievement.(April 2011)
    • Water and Sanitation Policies: Working with UNICEF, assisted the Government of the Punjab (Pakistan) in the preparation of Water and Sanitation Policies and strategies (2010-2011, intermittent)
    • Global Sanitation Fund, United Nations: Drafted the Pakistan Sanitation Report and preparation the Country Program Proposal for interventions in the sanitation sector (April-June 2010)
  • Rural Support Programmes Network, Pakistan: Social Sector Interventions – a review and analysis – led a team of researchers/prepared a policy brief (July 2010)

Decentralisation & Service Delivery

  • UNICEF/GIZ Cambodia- Functional Review and Capacity Assessment of Ministry of Social Affairs for reassignment of functions under the ongoing Deconcentration & Decentralisation Reforms (January-June, 2011-intermittent)
  • UNDP Bangkok/Nepal: “Delivering Basic Services in Post-Conflict Nepal” A case study prepared for the Capacity Development Group, Bureau for Development Policy, New York. (February 2011)
  • UNDP, Geneva Bureau of Crisis Prevention and Recovery: Prepared Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) Guide (Governance Section), provided inputs to Study on Decentralisation and Political Economy Analysis for the  2011 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction. (December 2010)
  • UNDP, Regional Centre in Bangkok, UNDP/UNICEF Cambodia- Institutional /Capacity Assessment of 4 Central Ministries in support of ongoing Deconcentration & Decentralisation Reforms. (August, 2009)


  • The Asia Foundation: Developing a Governance Index for the Agriculture Sector in Pakistan – Scoping study and potential outline of a governance index at the subnational levels. (Jan 2010)
    • UNDP, Pakistan: Institutional Assessment for the development of a Labour Market Information System in Pakistan. (November 2008)
  • Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD), Pakistan: Public Policy AdviserAdvice to LEAD’s governance and public policy programme and action-research (

Post-Conflict & Disaster Management

    • UNDP, Pakistan: Damage Needs Assessment (governance) –Worked with Government of Pakistan, ADB and the World Bank to assess the impact of natural disaster on the governance institutions and public service delivery & identifying short and medium term interventions for restoration of services and entitlements. (October 2010)
    • UNDP, Pakistan: Post crisis needs assessment (governance & rule of law) in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province and Federally administered tribal areas (FATA) Pakistan- Post conflict analysis of local, provincial and national governance imperatives; working with stakeholders to identify interventions for peace and security. (August 2010)
  • UNDP, Pakistan: Design of project for strengthening rule of law in Malakand, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan- Post conflict situation analysis of formal and non-formal Justice systems, public safety, legal aid & access to justice (March 2010)
  • UNDP, Pakistan: Baseline study on governance & rule of law in Malakand, NWFP, Pakistan- Post conflict situation analysis of formal and non-formal justice systems, public safety, legal aid and access to justice (February 2010)
  • UNDP, Pakistan: Governance & Institutional Assessment – Conflict Early Recovery Initial Needs Assessment for the conflict-affected areas in NWFP and FATA (July 2009)
  • UNDP, Pakistan: Led the Mid Term Review Mission of Technical Assistance for Management of Earthquake Early Recovery (TAMEER) – (October-November 2008) – analysis and recommendations for the continuation of a refocused TA support

Grievance Redress & Benchmarking

  • UNDP, Pakistan: Strengthening Public Grievance Redress Mechanisms Project at the Federal Ombudsman SecretariatInstitutional and capacity development for the application of Continuous Improvement and Benchmarking techniques  for the Registration and Investigation wings (April-July 2010)

Public Resource Management/Economic growth

  • DFID: Punjab Public Resource Management-Technical Assistance Management Agency (TAMA), Lahore, Pakistan (intermittent inputs from November 2008 – July 2011); provided technical support to project management and ensure compliance and quality; developed individual and institutional capacity for project management within the provincial government; supported line departments in problem analysis and project design. Led technical workstreams: public finance, service delivery and private sector development.


Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (Focus Areas): Household and Income Expenditure Survey, Village level Institutional Maturity Index, Village Studies and impact assessment studies of project interventions; etc.1992-94; (titles available on request)