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Raza Ahmad Rumi | The Mahomedali Habib Distinguished Lecture for 2018: Title TBD

Lecture | November 15 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

Raza Ahmad Rumi, Pakistani writer and a public policy specialist

Munis Faruqui, Chair, Institute for South Asia Studies, Associate Professor of South and Southeast Asian Studies

Institute for South Asia Studies, The Berkeley Pakistan Initiative, The Mahomedali Habib Distinguished Lecture

ISAS and Pakistan@Berkeley, a campaign to broaden and deepen Pakistan related research, teaching and programming at UC Berkeley, are proud to announce the sixth "Mahomedali Habib Distinguished Lecture on Pakistan" by Pakistani writer and a public policy specialist, Raza Ahmad Rumi.

Speaker Bio
Raza Ahmad Rumi is a Pakistani writer and a public policy specialist currently based in Washington DC, USA. Most recently he has been a fellow at New America Foundation (2014); United States Institute of Peace (Sept 2014-March 2015) and currently a visiting fellow at National Endowment for Democracy. Raza continues to be the consulting editor for weekly The Friday Times, and a senior fellow at the Jinnah Institute in Islamabad. In addition, he has been a commentator and a current affairs talk show host in Pakistan and is affiliated with the Express TV, Pakistan. He contributes regularly to Foreign Policy, Huffington Post, New York Times, The Diplomat, Fair Observer, CNN and Al Jazeera, Daily O, Scroll India, The Hindu and Indian Express. His columns for the Express Tribune can be accessed here.

Prior to his foray in journalism, Raza worked as a governance and capacity development specialist for the Asian Development Bank, the Government of Pakistan, a number of Pakistani nongovernmental organizations, and the United Nations Mission in Kosovo. He has also been an academic adviser to the Network of Asia Pacific Schools and Institutes of Public Administration and Governance (NAPSIPAG); a public policy adviser to LEAD Pakistan, a nonprofit focused on sustainable development; and is an advisory board member of both the ASR Resource Centre and the South Asian Institute of Women's Studies in Lahore. As a freelance policy professional/consultant he continues to advise international development organizations, governments and NGOs.

Mr. Rumi contributes regularly to Pakistani and international papers and news outlets on politics, policy and governance, history, and South Asian arts and culture. He is also the author of Delhi by Heart: Impressions of a Pakistani Traveler (Harper Collins, 2013).

He holds a Bachelor's in Economics and a Masters in Social Planning, both from the London School of Economics. He has also been trained in law and public administration at the Civil Services Academy in Lahore.

In March 2014, he survived an assassination attempt in which his driver lost his life. Within weeks, he left Pakistan for security reasons. [Read this post by Committee to Protect Journalists].

Jahane Rumi started as a blog and now a personal a website devoted to Sufi thought, the arts, literature, and cultures of South Asia. Raza also blogs at cyber-magazines Pak Tea House; Lahore Nama. &Raza Rumi was adopted as a nom de plume in 2005 to keep his personal writings and opinions separate from the day job[s] in government and development institutions. Raza Rumi's alter-ego has several development reports, academic and policy publications to his credit.

The Mahomedali Habib Distinguished Lecture on Pakistan is named in honor of one of the leading figures in the history of the Habib family. In addition to successfully guiding the Habib family’s transition from India to Pakistan following independence in 1947, Mahomedali Habib laid the foundations for the House of Habib, a group of powerful business and financial companies. The group has a long-standing history of philanthropy and social service and is currently leading the establishment of Habib University, a liberal arts and sciences university, in Pakistan which aims to bridge the gap between global academia and Pakistan. Toward honoring the legacy of Mahomedali Habib – who was distinguished by his love for Pakistan and his deep commitment to education and philanthropy – the Habib family has decided to endow an annual lecture series in his name. Through this lecture series the Habib family aims to improve and diversify conversations about Pakistan in the United States as well as create opportunities for US and Pakistan-based scholars to dialogue.

This event is presented under the aegis of the Berkeley Pakistan Initiative

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