Rizwan Ahmed: The Prominent Bureaucrat of Sindh, Pakistan

Rizwan Ahmed is an eminent Pakistani bureaucrat who serves in BPS-22 grade (highest attainable rank for a serving officer) as Chairman of the Pakistan National Shipping Corporation (PNSC). A famous officer known for his integrity, Ahmed has served in the areas of law enforcement, administration, human resource and public procurement.

Ahmed belongs to the Pakistan Administrative Service (PAS), previously known as the District Management Group (DMG). Ahmed has served in the federal government as well as in the provincial governments of Sindh and Punjab. In the year of December 2017, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi promoted Ahmed to the rank of Federal Secretary.

Early life and education

Rizwan Ahmed was born into a prominent family of Hyderabad. His father, Jamil Ahmed, served as Mayor of Hyderabad for two consecutive terms (1962-71). Ahmed is the son-in-law of former Chief Justice of the Federal Shariat Court, Haziqul Khairi.

Ahmed received his early education at Cadet College Petaro and completed his Bachelor of Engineering (Electronics) from Dawood University of Engineering and Technology. He then graduated from Harvard University with a two-year master’s degree in Public Administration.

Career of Rizwan Ahmed

Ahmed serves as the chairman of the Pakistan National Shipping Corporation (PNSC) since December 2017.

As a grade 21 officer, Ahmed served in the federal capital at key positions of Additional Secretary Cabinet Division and Additional Secretary Establishment Division. He also remained the secretary of the Central Selection Board (June 2017).

Under the administration of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Ahmed served as chairman of the Trading Corporation of Pakistan (TCP). He served as the TCP chief from 2013 to 2017, becoming the second longest-serving chairman in the history of the Corporation. Ahmed is credited with saving up to PKR 8 billion of the national exchequer by improving the effectiveness of commodity financing operations and the recovery of overdue payments owed to TCP by other state-owned entities. Several reforms were introduced in TCP under Ahmed’s chairmanship which included the setting up of a special degree verification cell for the scrutiny of educational documents of corporation’s entire staff. Ahmed was also awarded with the privilege and honour card, in his capacity as Chairman Trading Corporation, by PM Sharif for being amongst the top 100 taxpayers of the country in the Company category for the year 2013.

Ahmed served as the managing director of the Pakistan Security Printing Corporation during the caretaker government of Mir Hazar Khan Khoso where he was given the responsibility to print the voting ballot papers for the 2013 general elections.

In the Government of Sindh province, Ahmed served as the provincial Health Secretary, Secretary General Administration (GA) and Secretary to the Governor of Sindh. Rizwan Ahmed was the last deputy commissioner of Hyderabad District before the commissionerate system was abolished in the country during former President Pervez Musharraf’s administration.

In the initial stages of his career, Ahmed served in the Government of Punjab on various field postings in the districts of Rahim Yar Khan, Gujaranwala and Bahawalpur.

Ahmed was a member of the Directing Staff in the National Institute of Management in Karachi, and a teaching fellow at the institute of Harvard University.

Ahmed belongs to the 15th common training programme (CTP) and is batchmates with Zafarullah Khan, Fawad Hasan Fawad and Allah Dino Khawaja.

Other honors and achievements

Rizwan Ahmed was appointed as the manager of the Pakistan national table tennis team for the year 1988. He served as President of Red Crescent (Hyderabad Chapter) and also remained President of the Hyderabad Gymkhana (2000-2001). A basketball enthusiast, Ahmed has represented the official basketball team of Hyderabad at divisional and district levels. He also remained the captain of the Petaro basketball team.

Ahmed is a Certified Director from the Pakistan Institute of Corporate Governance. He has attended various trainings and seminars around the world, which include Ministerial Workshop on International Cooperation in Capacity Building for Developing Countries in Beijing (2016), Senior Crisis Management Seminar in Washington, D.C. (2012), seminars at the Asian Development Bank Headquarters in Philippines (2009 and 2004) and Hostage Negotiation in New Mexico (2002).

 

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