UN Resident Coordinator
and UNDP Resident Representative in Turkey
Shahid Najam assumed his office as the Resident Coordinator/ Resident Representative United Nations Development Programme in Ankara on 24 December 2009.
Najam, a national of Pakistan, has to his credit; four Masterates namely, MA Political Science from the Punjab University, Pakistan; Masters of Law and MSc. Public Policy from London School of Economics and Political Science, London UK; and MSc. Rural Development as a joint programme from Wye College London. He started his career with Government of Pakistan as a Civil Servant in 1974 and has been with the UN System since January 1992 though in between, he did two assignments with the Government of Punjab in Pakistan.
Najam’s major professional expertise and experience has been in the domains of public policy and strategy formulation; development planning and programming at macro and local levels; management of large programmes; and disaster management, relief operations and rehabilitation. Some high level positions with the Government of Pakistan held by Najam included Commissioner, Lahore Division, Chief Operating Officer, Punjab Board of Investment and Trade and Deputy Secretary, International Cooperation in the Ministry of Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Livestock.
Shahid Najam has served in various capacities in the UN system, including FAO Representative Iran, Chief Decentralization Support Service, FAO Rome and Deputy FAO Representative in Tanzania.
His major contribution include formulation and management of large development programmes in the economic and social sectors; development of agri-business model; specifically targeted programs for poverty alleviation, income generation and urban and rural development; development of community based and managed "Model villages" in the poverty stricken rural areas and "Model Wards" in the poor urban slums; introduction and implementation of “self-help” schemes for integrated rural development with emphasis on marginalized groups; the design and implementation of the new decentralized governance system in Pakistan involving delegation, devolution and deconcentration of power in favour of the elected representatives at local level; and establishment of Investment Promotion Agency for the province of Punjab in Pakistan.
He speaks English, French and Urdu and is reasonably well conversant with Farsi.