Rizwan Ahmed (civil servant)

Rizwan Ahmed (Urdu: رضوان احمد) is the current Member of Sindh Public Service Commission and a former grade 22 officer of the Pakistan Administrative Service who served at the highest civil service office of Federal Secretary. He did his two-year Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University and holds the rare distinction of having served as the chief executive of four state-owned organisations under the Government of Pakistan, the most by any individual in history at the federal level.[1]

Rizwan Ahmed
Member Sindh Public Service Commission
Appointed byMurad Ali Shah
Chairman Pakistan National Shipping Corporation
Appointed byImran Khan
Maritime Secretary of Pakistan
Appointed byImran Khan
Chairman Pakistan National Shipping Corporation
Appointed byShahid Khaqan Abbasi
Additional Establishment Secretary
Appointed byNawaz Sharif
Chairman Trading Corporation of Pakistan
Appointed byNawaz Sharif
Personal details
BornHyderabad, Sindh, Pakistan
RelationsJamil Ahmed
Haziqul Khairi
Sumaira Tazeen
Alma materHarvard University
Cadet College Petaro

He first came to the fore when he saved more than PKR 7 billion of the national exchequer through a sweeping anti-corruption drive and commodity financing operation during his tenure as Chairman of the Trading Corporation of Pakistan (TCP).[2][3]

Rizwan held the high profile portfolio of Maritime Secretary of Pakistan for a period of almost three years, during which he also became the first ever Pakistani to be appointed as Chairman of INFOFISH, an intergovernmental organisation setup by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation.[4]

He is considered to be one of the most successful Chairman of the Pakistan National Shipping Corporation (PNSC), having extensively expanded the national fleet during his tenure which led to PNSC posting its highest ever profit of PKR 30 billion. He remains the only individual to have served twice as Chairman & CEO of PNSC.[5][6]

He is a Certified Director from the Pakistan Institute of Corporate Governance and remained a Teaching Fellow for Financial Management at the Harvard Kennedy School. He was promoted to the highest bureaucratic rank of grade 22 in 2017.[7]

Family edit

Rizwan is the son of Jamil Ahmed, the former twice-elected and longest-serving Mayor of Hyderabad; and is the son-in-law of former FSC Chief Justice Haziqul Khairi.[8]

Career edit

Rizwan Ahmed is currently serving as Member Sindh Public Service Commission, in office since 2022. He joined the Pakistan Administrative Service in January 1988 and retired from active civil service in December 2021 as one of the country's senior-most grade 22 officers. He is the only officer in the history of federal bureaucracy to have served as chief executive of four state-owned organisations under the Government of Pakistan.[9]

He previously served in the Government of Pakistan as Federal Secretary for Maritime Affairs, Chairman of Trading Corporation of Pakistan, twice as Chairman of Pakistan National Shipping Corporation, Managing Director of Pakistan Security Printing Corporation, Managing Director of ENAR Petrotech, Additional Secretary Establishment Division and Additional Secretary Cabinet Division.[10][11]

Before joining the federal government, Rizwan served at the provincial level as Health Secretary of Sindh, Secretary General Administration (SGA&CD Sindh), Secretary to Governor Sindh, Additional Home Secretary Sindh and as Deputy Commissioner of Hyderabad.[12][13]

During the early stages of his career, he served as Director Local Government Bahawalpur Division and Assistant Commissioner of Rahim Yar Khan and Mianwali.[14][15]

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Pak-Africa Trade Development Conference to strengthen relations b/w Africa, Pakistan". Mettis Global Link. 31 January 2020. Retrieved 5 November 2023.
  2. ^ "TCP saves Rs 7.8 billion in commodity financing – Business Recorder". fp.brecorder.com.
  3. ^ "TCP initiates legal action against six sugar mills". DAWN.COM. 4 July 2014.
  4. ^ "Pakistan Secures Chairmanship of INFOFISH".
  5. ^ Report, Recorder (28 September 2023). "PNSC achieves record Rs30bn PAT". Brecorder. Retrieved 30 April 2024.
  6. ^ Release, Press (14 September 2022). "PNSC achieves highest annual profit in history". Brecorder. Retrieved 29 April 2024.
  7. ^ "TCP board reconstituted – Business Recorder". Retrieved 22 April 2023.
  8. ^ "Rizwan Ahmad takes charge as Federal Secy, Maritime Affairs". 1 April 2019.
  9. ^ "Shipping industry: Govt drafting maritime strategy". 17 March 2021.
  10. ^ "Rizwan new secretary maritime affairs". The Nation. 2 April 2019.
  11. ^ "PM rejects extension to MD of security printing press". www.thenews.com.pk.
  12. ^ Abbas, Zaffar (26 September 2000). "Pakistan's district commissioners bow out". news.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 29 April 2023.
  13. ^ "US ambassador in city performs groundbreaking of gynea hospital | Pakistan Today". www.pakistantoday.com.pk. 30 July 2011.
  14. ^ Alam, Mukhtar (26 October 2011). "Regional blood transfusion centres project launched". DAWN.COM.
  15. ^ "FAO Pakistan Pledges Ongoing Support to Ministry of Maritime Affairs | FAO in Pakistan | Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura". www.fao.org. Retrieved 19 March 2023.