Friday, November 10, 2017
2:00pm – 4:00pm
McKinney Conference Room, Watson Institute
Reception to follow
Raza Ahmad Rumi is a policy analyst, journalist and an author from Pakistan. In recent years, he has been a leading voice in Pakistan's public arena against extremism and human rights violations. He has been affiliated with The Friday Times, Pakistan's foremost liberal weekly paper as a writer and an editor for a decade. Raza is also a commentator for several publications which include Foreign Policy, Huffington Post, New York Times, The Diplomat, Fair Observer, CNN and Al Jazeera, Daily O, Scroll India, The Hindu and Indian Express, The News, DAWN and Express Tribune, Pakistan.
In Pakistan, he also worked in the broadcast media as an analyst and hosted talk shows at Capital TV and Express News. Raza also manages a blog Pak Tea House, which is a platform for young writers and activists. In recent years, he was also a Director at Jinnah Institute, a public policy think tank and Executive Director of Justice Network- a coalition of NGOs. His writings are archived at www.razarumi.com. His recent book 'Delhi by Heart: Impressions of a Pakistani Traveler' was published by Harper Collins (2013).
Prior to his foray into journalism and public affairs, Raza worked at the Asian Development Bank as a Governance Specialist. His areas of focus included decentralization, access to justice, institutional development and led projects in several South and Southeast Asian countries. At ADB, he also edited two publications on public administration and participatory budget making. Later, as an international development professional, Raza has also worked on designing and implementing projects for UK’s Department For International Development, UNDP, UNICEF World Bank, among others. Until recently, Raza also led the Network for Asia Pacific Schools & Institutes of Public Administration and Governance. His academic papers have covered areas such as federalism, public policy choices, access to justice, citizen rights, etc.