Professional Profile

Professor and Director, Centre for Public Policy and Governance (CPPG),
Forman Christian University (formerly College),
Ferozepur Road, Lahore, Pakistan
Phone: +92-42-9231581-88 EMAIL: Website:

Professor Saeed Shafqat obtained M.A. (Geography) from the Punjab University. He has M.A. (South Asian Studies) and Ph.D. (Political Science) from University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.  He is a founder member and former Chairman of the Department of Pakistan Studies established in 1973 at the Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad.  He has served as Chief Instructor and Warden (1988-2001), Pakistan Civil Services Academy, Lahore. 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), Institute of Regional Studies Islamabad (and retains the distinction of being the only academic/professional to head that research organization).

He was Fulbright Fellow for the year 1992-93.  He has been Director of Fulbright Seminar in Pakistan for the years 1991 and 1994.  He was Visiting Professor at MAISON DES SCIENCES DEL’HOMME, Paris (France) 2000. He has been Adjunct Professor at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) Lahore. He was Quaid-i-Azam Distinguished Professor and Chair (March 2001- May 2005), Pakistan Center at the School of International Affairs and Public Policy (SIPA), Columbia University in the city of New York, USA. He is a regional member on the Board of Directors, Regional Center for Strategic Studies, Colombo, Sri Lanka. He is Chairman Board of Directors, Sustainable Development Institute (SDPI), Islamabad. He is also member Board of Governors National Institute of Pakistan Studies, Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad. He has also held the post of Chief Executive (July 2005- October 2006), National Trust for Population Welfare (NATPOW) Islamabad, the principal institution of the Ministry of Population Welfare for liaison with the NGOs on family planning, reproductive health and community development. He was Executive Director (June 2005- June 2007), National Institute of Population Studies (NIPS), Islamabad. NIPS is the premier national institute on demographic and population studies, demographic and health surveys, training and capacity building, where he guided, oversaw and monitored the work of over 20 research staff. At NIPS Dr. Shafqat led a team of professionals who managed the conduct and successful completion of Pakistan Demographic Health Survey 2006-07(PDHS). The PDHS was funded by USAID ($1.29Million) and Macro International provided the technical support. Dr. Shafqat was 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, DFID, GTZ and USAID. In May-June 07, he conducted a training workshop on USAID-Pakistan Legislative Strengthening program. He has been the President of Population Association of Pakistan (PAP) 2008-10.

In July 2007 he joined Forman Christian (college) University, Lahore as Professor and founding Director, Centre for Public Policy and Governance. Besides working on the preparation of academic program for Executive Masters in Pubic Policy, he has started the publication of Research and News Quarterly for the Centre of Public Policy and Governance. He has been Adjunct Professor at SIPA (2005-2009), Columbia University, teaching two online courses IAU 8615 Globalization and Transformation of Religion and Politics in South Asia. And IAU 8582 Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan: Changing dynamics of religion, politics, security and Great Power Interactions. His research articles on culture, politics, security and various aspects of public policy, governance, demographic change and civil service reform on Pakistan have been published in journals of international repute.  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 (Karachi: Oxford University Press, 2007).