Executive Director

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Umer Khan

Executive Director

Umer Khan is a graduate of the University of Oxford. Passionate about countering violent extremism and cyber security, he has a degree in software engineering from the Military College of Signals, Pakistan and a MA in nonproliferation and terrorism studies from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, California. In Oxford, he was a member of Linacre College and was also selected as the Oxford Global Leader 2018.

Email ID: umerkhan@cpsd.org.pk

Research and Publication Team

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Fizza Batool Rizvi

Senior Research Fellow

Fizza Batool is currently a PhD candidate in Department of International Relations, University of Karachi. With an exceptional academic background in STEM and social sciences, Fizza is well versed in both qualitative and quantitative research techniques. She has over seven years of experience in the field of research and publications. Her main research interests include Political Participation, Voting Behavior and Comparative Politics.

Email ID: fizza@cpsd.org.pk

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Syed Ghulam Raza

Research Associate

Raza is pursuing M.S degree in International Relations from SZABIST-Karachi. He is an experienced professional with proven record of undertaking multifaceted tasks of research and administration. His focused research areas include maritime security, blue economy and strategic dynamics of Indian Ocean. He has written various articles on maritime affairs and has previously worked as Editor - Maritime News Digest (MND) at National Centre for Maritime Policy Research (NCMPR), Karachi.

Email ID: raza@cpsd.org.pk

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Panira Ali

Visiting Researcher

Panira Ali is a PhD student in Area Study Centre for Europe, University of Karachi. She has published her research findings in Journal of European Studies (July 2018). Her 2 years’ working experience with media blends well with her academic and research expertise, giving her writing a creative yet academic tone.

Email ID: paniraali@cpsd.org.pk

Design and IT Team

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Danish Kaleem

Senior IT Associate

Danish Kaleem is a graduate in Computer Science from Iqra University. He has profound interests in web development, graphic design and video editing. He deals with all the IT related queries of CPSD and has a solution oriented approach to problems.

Email ID: danish@cpsd.org.pk

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Jawad Akbar

IT Associate

Having recently graduated in IT, Jawad Akbar has been working with CPSD for a year. Previously, he has worked as an IT officer in prestigious educational institutes. His expertise is in converting crude research data to eye-catchy infographics. While graphic designing is an added quality for him, he is more interested in web development.

Email ID: jawadakbar@cpsd.org.pk

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Faizan Irfan

Graphic Designer

Faizan Irfan has been designing graphics since 2014. His creativity and talent stretch across a wide range of print and web designs, from booklet and standees to social media posters and info-graphics. He has some experience of video editing with Adobe Premier but his major expertise lies with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.

Email ID: faizan@cpsd.org.pk

Administration Team

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Sadaf Malik

Office Coordinator

Sadaf Malik has done her Masters in Human Resource Management from University of Karachi. She has keen interest in HR and Management.

Email ID: sadaf@cpsd.org.pk

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Imdad Hussain

Admin Incharge

Imdad Hussain performs duties and responsibilities which include providing administrative support to ensure efficient operation of the office. He is vital in supporting CPSD through a variety of tasks related to organisational efficiency.

Email ID: imdad@cpsd.org.pk

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Waqas Ahmed

Admin Assistant

Waqas Ahmed undertakes multi-dimensional indoor and outdoor tasks related to administration. He is responsible for facilitating the smooth working of CPSD office. He is a certified Associate Engineer (DAE) in Auto and Diesel Technology.

Email ID: waqas@cpsd.org.pk

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Ahsan Mukhtar Zubairi

Secretary General

Mr. Ahsan Zubairi is currently serving as the Secretary General of the Foreign Relations Section. He has previously served as the honorary Consul General of Romania in Karachi. He founded the Karachi Council of Foreign Relations (KCFR) and worked as its Secretary General. He holds a graduate degree in International Relations from Karachi University.

Email ID: secretarygeneral@cpsd.org.pk

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Abdul Wajid Qureshi

Manager Administration

Abdul Wajid is a graduate in Administrative Sciences from University of Karachi. Abdul Wajid has served in Karachi Council on Foreign Relations for more than three years. He is currently pursuing his Masters in International Relations from University of Karachi.

Email ID: wajid@cpsd.org.pk