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Mosharraf Zaidi


Mosharraf Zaidi

Senior Fellow, Founder

Mosharraf Zaidi is a public intellectual with over two decades of experience in analysing and shaping policy in complex political environments. He has spearheaded research, analysis and delivery for a wide array of reform interventions in Pakistan and Afghanistan as well as in the South Asia region. His work intersects
political economy, strategic communications and change management.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Zaidi has consistently demonstrated expertise in engaging with and persuading leaders to take decision that are informed by data and evidence. He blends a wide array of public engagements through regular speaking and social media engagements, with a laser-focus on big picture outcomes, such as regional stability and security in South Asia, universal enrolment, universal
health coverage and universal basic income in Pakistan.

His most recent work for Tabadlab, the think tank and policy advisory firm he helped found in 2018, includes FCDO funded work on housing and urban development, education and skills, strengthening parliament and democracy.

From 2013 through 2018, he founded and lead the Alif Ailaan campaign for
education in Pakistan, which was funded by FCDO. He served as principal Policy Advisor at Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2011 to 2013, where he established the Public Diplomacy division in 2012.

Mr. Zaidi was Governance Adviser for the FCDO from 2004 through 2008, focusing on tax and revenue reform with the World Bank, and improved public financial management in the Punjab province, with the Asian Development Bank. Prior to this, Mr. Zaidi worked on various civil service and public administration reform efforts, including disentangling the revenue function from local administration, for the World Bank, and for the National Reconstruction Bureau of the Government of Pakistan.

Mr. Zaidi was honoured by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2014 and the Tribeca Film Festival and Disruptor Foundation Fellow in 2015. He writes a regular column for The News in Pakistan, and his writing appears frequently in a variety of other publications including Foreign Policy, the New York Times and the Indian Express. He frequently contributes to television, radio and podcasts.