Shahab A Khawaja

Shahab A Khawaja


Shahab Khawaja is a retired civil servant. He served Government of Pakistan for 36 years in various capacities. Some of his postings in initial career were Deputy Commissioner Rajanpur and DG Khan. He also served as Additional Director General Lahore Development Authority, Additional Secretary Health Department Punjab. Subsequently he served as Commissioner Afghan Refugees Punjab, Joint Secretary Economic Affairs Division, Secretary Agriculture Punjab, and Secretary Livestock Punjab.

He spent three years as Additional Secretary in Ministry of Population Government of Pakistan. During this time, a ten-year Population Vision was launched. He then was appointed as CEO Small and Medium Enterprises Authority (SMEDA) where he served for three years. During this Pakistan’s first ever SMEs Policy was launched. On his promotion as Federal Secretary he was posted as Secretary Ministry of Industries, Production and Special Initiatives. He retired as Secretary Ministry of Privatization.

Post retirement, Mr. Khawaja headed Pakistan Competitiveness Support Fund which was set up by Government of Pakistan (Ministry of Finance) and USAID. His last assignment was Executive Director Fertilizer Manufacturers of Pakistan Advisory Council.

During his career, he has represented Pakistan on number of Boards, International Conferences and Seminars, UNDP, UNFPA Sessions etc. He is a certified Director

having completed Directors Training Program. Currently he is Chairman Board of Management Lahore General Hospital and Post Graduate Medical Institute. He is also on the Board of JS Global Capital. Earlier he had served as Director of JS Bank for six years, Director Pak Libya Investment Company for three years etc.

Mr. Khawaja did Masters in Chemistry. Later he did Post Graduate Diploma in Development Studies from Birmingham University, UK, Diploma in Public Policy from University of Connecticut, Hartford USA. He has also qualified Flagship Courses on Health Sector Reforms from Harvard University School of Public Health and the World Bank.