Shabir Ahmed, Country Director, Pakistan
International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) Country Director for Pakistan Shabir Ahmed brings to IFES 22 years of experience as a governance expert. He specializes in the fields of elections, civil registration, development and human rights. He has experience in the public and private sectors including the government of Pakistan, the United Nations (UN), UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and international nongovernmental organizations in Asia, Africa and Europe.
Most recently, he was country director for IFES Pakistan. Shabir joined IFES in November 2009 as strategic planning facilitator and successfully steered the process leading to the development of the first five-year strategic plan of the Election Commission of Pakistan, officially launched in May 2010 and later facilitated the development of the second five-year plan. In 2010, Shabir joined IFES Pakistan as deputy chief of party. Shabir also provided technical support to the Election Commission of Sri Lanka in the development of their first strategic plan. He was part of the team that undertook capacity consultation with the National Election Committee of Cambodia and provided a future capacity development framework.
Shabir has worked in post-conflict societies and developing democracies. He worked on elections and civil registration in Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Kosovo, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Sudan and Timor-Leste. He remotely provided support to UNICEF Gambia for their civil registration intervention. He has also contributed toward advocacy on child protection in Asia-Pacific.
Previously in Pakistan, Shabir worked as country director for the "Community Development and Volunteerism" program at the Government of Pakistan’s National Commission for Human Development, based at the prime minister’s secretariat. He also headed the research unit of the Election Commission of Pakistan.
Shabir holds a master’s degree in political science from Shah Abdul Latif University, Pakistan, and a certificate in international relations and multilateral governance from the Institut Universitaire de Hautes Etudes Internationales, Geneva. He is fluent in English, Hindko, Punjabi, Sindh and Urdu, with working knowledge of French. Shabir was decorated by the government of Cambodia in 2007 as a knight with the medal of “Sahamitrie” in acknowledgment of his services to the people of Cambodia.