Dr. Saeed Shafqat

faculty | Professor & Director

Dr. Saeed Shafqat

Dr Saeed Shafqat joined FCC in 2007 as a Professor and founding Director of the Centre for Public Policy and Governance. Besides working on preparation of postgraduate academic programs in Public Policy, he started the publication of Research and News Quarterly at CPPG.

Since 2005, he has also been an Adjunct Professor at the School of International Affairs and Public Policy (SIPA), Columbia University (New York, USA). His research articles on culture, politics, security and various aspects of public policy, governance and civil service reform on Pakistan have been published in journals of international repute. Currently, he is the President of the Population Association of Pakistan (PAP), a professional association of demographers and interested social scientists. Dr. Shafqat is the elected president of PAP for 2009-10 (2-year term), and has the distinction of being the first non-demographer president. He is also the current Chairman of the Board of Governors at Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), Islamabad. Dr Shafqat is a founder member and former Chairman of the Department of Pakistan Studies (established 1973) at Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad. He has served as Chief Instructor and Warden, Pakistan Civil Services Academy during 1988-2001. Over this period, he imparted instruction and training to over 1,500 under-training officers (federal civil servants) who are now serving in different branches of government all over Pakistan. He has been President (1990) of Institute of Regional Studies Islamabad (and retains the distinction of being the only academic professional to head this research organization). Dr Saeed Shafqat was a Fulbright Fellow for the year 1992-93, and has been the Director of Fulbright Seminar in Pakistan for the years 1991 and 1994. He was Visiting Professor at MAISON DES SCIENCES DEL’HOMME, Paris (France) in 2000, and has also been Adjunct Professor at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (Pakistan). He was Quaid-i-Azam Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Pakistan Center at SIPA, Columbia University during 2001-05. He is a regional member on the Board of Directors, Regional Center for Strategic Studies, Colombo, Sri Lanka. He has also held the post of Chief Executive of National Trust for Population Welfare (NATPOW), Islamabad during 2005-06, which is the principal institution of the Ministry of Population Welfare for liaison with NGOs on family planning, reproductive health and community development.

From 2005-07, he was the Executive Director, National Institute of Population Studies (NIPS), Islamabad, the premier national institute on demographic and population studies, demographic and health surveys, training and capacity building. At NIPS, Dr Shafqat led a team of professionals who managed the conduct and successful completion of Pakistan Demographic & Health Survey 2006-07 (PDHS), funded by USAID. He was also instrumental in getting the PDHS 2006-07 Preliminary Findings Report published.

He is a Consultant and Master Trainer, and has done consultancies on educational reform, governance, institution building, electoral reform and democracy for Asian Development Bank, UNDP, GTZ, DFID and USAID. In 2007, he conducted a training workshop on USAID-Pakistan Legislative Strengthening program.


His books include: Political System of Pakistan and Public Policy (1989); Civil- Military Relations in Pakistan (1997); Contemporary Issues in Pakistan Studies (2000, 3rd edition); New Perspectives on Pakistan: Visions for the Future (Oxford University Press, 2007). Currently, he is working on a monograph entitled “Assessing the Dynamics of Pakistan-US Relations in the First Decade of 21st Century and implications for the Future.”