Biography

Mosharraf Zaidi currently leads Alif Ailaan – a political campaign to help address Pakistan’s education crisis. Previously, he has held senior positions with governments and various international organizations. Until January 2013, he was the principal advisor to the Foreign Minister of Pakistan. His responsibilities at the Ministry include working on Pakistan’s key strategic relationships, and establishing the Ministry’s public diplomacy unit. Over the course of his career as a government advisor, he has supported local government reform in New York City (for the New York City Council), administrative reform in the Government of the Punjab (for the Chief Minister of the Punjab) and numerous reform efforts including technology policy, higher education and capital markets reform for the 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. Mr. Zaidi writes a regular column for The News in Pakistan. His writing has also appeared in a variety of other publications including Al-Shorouk in Egypt (in Arabic), The New York Times, Foreign Policy, The Nation, the Times of India, the National, and the Wall Street Journal. He is a frequent contributor to television and radio, including CNN, BBC, Al-Jazeera English, National Public Radio, PTV, Geo News and Capital TV.