Mr Muhammad Rashid Mafzool Zaka presently has the current charge of Executive Director Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services with effect from September 3, 2015. Mr Zaka is a member of the pioneering team of the Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services, who envisioned and established the Research and Training Programmes as PIPS’ Director (Research and Informational Services). He also served as the Executive Director of the Institute from 1st July to 30th September, 2014. He brings with him two decades experience in academia, research and parliamentary services. He holds an M. Phil. degree in International Relations and M.Sc in Strategic Studies with distinction from the top ranking Quaid e Azam University, Islamabad. Mr Zaka has also attended an International Course on Legislative Research by US Congressional Research Service (2008) and an International Fellowship on Human Rights and Budget Analysis (April 18-29, 2008) held by US Budget Group and Asian Institute of Human Rights, Thailand. He has to his credit publications on parliamentary democracy, society and comparative religion. Mr Zaka has authored numerous handbooks/modules for Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services on significant parliamentary topics such as the Parliamentarians Handbook 2013 and 2015, Assessing and Drafting Legislation, Parliamentary and Legislative Research, Human Rights, Peace and Conflict Resolution and a Youth Guide – Discover the Parliament of Pakistan. Mr Zaka steers PIPS team that was instrumental to commence Parliamentary Studies as a discipline in universities as envisaged by the Honourable Speaker National Assembly. He is a certified trainer in legislative research, assessing laws, human rights and disaster risk management from the Asian Institute for Human Rights, Thailand and UNDP. He is an eloquent and much sought speaker on ideology of Pakistan, leadership, human rights, role of youth, peace, tolerance and state building well as security issues not only by academia but civil society, national and international media and parliamentary institutions. He has been member of founding team member of the Foundation University, Islamabad. Mr Zaka has supervised numerous MS dissertations in the fields of development studies, international relations, sociology, diplomatic and strategic studies, at reputable Pakistani universities. He has been Member, Board of Studies at the Department of Defence and Diplomatic Studies, Fatimah Jinnah Women University, FJWU. Mr Zaka has also served on leading portfolios including Head, Deptt. of Social Sciences and Development Studies, Iqra University; Director, Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives (CPDI) and Legislative Capacity Advisor, Pakistan Legislative Strengthening Project, (PLSP). He has been on the panel of experts on Radio Pakistan current affairs programme News Nite in addition to being an Editorial Writer at The Muslim English daily way back in 1996-97.


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