Shabir Ahmed, Deputy Chief of Party, Pakistan
Shabir Ahmed brings 18 years of experience as governance expert; he specializes in the fields of elections, civil registration, development and human rights with a focus on children’s right to legal identity and protection. He has experience in the public and private sectors including Government of Pakistan, United Nations Missions, UNICEF and international non-governmental organizations in Asia, Africa and Europe.
Ahmed joined IFES as a consultant in November 2009 to function as the Strategic Planning Facilitator and successfully steered the process leading to the development of the first Five-Year Strategic Plan of the Election Commission of Pakistan, officially launched in May 2010. In April 2010 Shabir took up his new role with IFES Pakistan as Deputy Chief of Party.
Ahmed has worked in post-conflict societies and developing democracies. He worked on elections in Pakistan, East Timor and Kosovo and was engaged on civil registration and child protection related projects in Cambodia, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Chad and Sudan. He contributed towards advocacy on child protection in Asia-Pacific region.
In Pakistan, Ahmed worked as Country Director for the Community Development and Volunteerism program at the Government of Pakistan’s National Commission for Human Development, Prime Minister’s Secretariat. He was also head of research at the Election Commission of Pakistan.
Ahmed holds a masters degree in political science from Shah Abdul Latif University, Pakistan, and a Certificate on International Relations and Multilateral Governance from Institut universitaire de hautes études internationales, Geneva. He is fluent in English, Urdu, Sindhi, Punjabi and Hindi with working knowledge of French. Ahmed was decorated by the Government of Cambodia in 2007 as a Knight with the medal of “Sahamitrie” in acknowledgment of his services to the people of Cambodia.