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Shahnaz Wazir Ali | Chair

Ms. Shahnaz Wazir Ali is a social activist and holds Master's Degree in Education from the University of Arkansas, USA and in Education Administration from Trenton College, New Jersey. She has participated in numerous trainings, one such significant is Principal's Certification from Harvard University, Cambridge, USA.

She was the Executive Director of the Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy (PCP), in Islamabad, Pakistan before becoming member of national assembly of Pakistan on a reserve seat for women. Ms. Ali has served as Special Assistant to the Prime Minister of Pakistan of the Social Sector. She has also served on the boards of the National Commission for Human Development, the Economic Advisory Council of Pakistan, UNESCO and the Fund for Inclusion of Disabled Persons, amongst others.

Ms. Ali’s career spans 37 years of experience in policy and practice in the education sector in government and the private sector. In particular, her significant contributions are in the health and education sector, which include the concept, design, planning and implementation of Pakistan’s largest primary health care initiative more commonly known as the Lady Health Workers Program which delivers preventive and promotive health services to women and children through the village based LHWs. The establishment of the Prime Minister’s Literacy Commission, the National and Provincial Education Foundations, the National Education Assessment System and priority actions on EFA are also among her major contributions in the Education Sector. As the Co-chair of the 21 member Pakistan Education Task Force, Ms. Wazir Ali is leading a strategically focused national effort for implementations of the National Education Policy.

During 2009 she has also held the charge of the Higher Education Commission, which regulates the tertiary sector and is the standard setting authority for all 124 universities of Pakistan. She has been an active member of the National Commission for Human Development leading the restructuring effort to provide greater focus on EFA through Primary school enrolments.