Naim Ashraf

Dr. Nasim Ashraf serves as the Executive Director for the Center for Pakistan at the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C.

Prior to his current position, Dr. Ashraf was the Minister of State for Human Development in the Pakistan Government from 2002-2008. He also served as Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board from 2006-2008.

He is a close confidante and personal friend of former President Pervez Musharraf. From his vantage point as a prior Minister of State, he provides a strategic and humanitarian perspective on the present situation in Pakistan and Afghanistan. He brings a first hand account of Pakistan's fight against extremism and terrorism, while offering education and peace as the solution for going forward.

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Dr. Ashraf is a native Pashtun and has spent over 30 years setting up programs to help the local tribespeople with healthcare and education projects, particularly women's literacy. He offers unique insights on human solutions for winning the support of the people of Northwest frontier region. His advice for NGOs and governments is practical and he understands equally the mentality of both the West and the frontier's people.

Nasim Ashraf is an internationally recognized social worker who has promoted the cause of the poor worldwide and actively initiated and implemented projects to improve the quality of life of people. Since 2001, he has been working full time as a volunteer in Pakistan, heading the National Commission for Human Development. (

Dr. Ashraf, a community activist, has been involved in development work at the grass roots level for 30 years. In 1998, while President of APPNA, the largest organization of Pakistani professionals in USA, he conceived, designed and implemented an innovative and highly successful model of primary health care to reduce disease and lower death rates in developing countries. This model, called APPNA SEHAT Village Improvement Program has been successfully carried out in rural Pakistan since 1989 and has reduced infant mortality and maternal mortality rates by 300% and currently serves nearly 200,000 people in 100 villages all over Pakistan. APPNA SEHAT has received international recognition and the model has won many awards, most recently, The Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award given by the American College of Physicians.

In 1997 Dr. Ashraf co-founded the Human Development Foundation of North America (HDFNA), an organization dedicated to the empowerment of people at the grass roots level in America as well as Pakistan. HDFNA has integrated human development grass roots projects serving 100,000 people in all four provinces of Pakistan. He has also served as Chairman of the Oregon Medical Association Public Health Education Committee and President of Douglas County Medical Society. He is a member of Amnesty International, The World Wildlife Fund and the End Hunger Campaign. He serves on various boards including The National Council of Islamic Affairs of America, Muslim Education Trust and the Overseas Pakistanis Foundation.

He is the founding member and President of Pakistani Americans Public Affairs Committee (PAK-PAC), which works extensively with the U.S. Congress to promote issues of importance to Pakistani Americans. He was the Chair of Quaid Project, USA, and was the executive co-producer of the movie Jinnah, the first major international film on the life of the founder of Pakistan.

Dr. Ashraf has published original studies in national and international medical journals, and lectured on human development issues at various international forums and meetings. Dr. Ashraf has appeared on CNN, FOX News, PBS, Al Jazeera and Pakistan Television to advocate people-centered development and other issues relating to Pakistan.

Dr. Nasim Ashraf has dedicated his life to humanitarian work and the empowerment of people. In 1998 he set up relief camps in Kosovo and Albania for the victims of war.

Dr. Ashraf brought Zahida Perveen, a victim of domestic violence and 'honour' crimes, to the USA for treatment and reconstructive surgery. He then established the Zahida Perveen Trust Fund for Zahida's continuing medical care and the education of her children. He has been featured on National Geographic Television for his efforts in this area.

Dr. Ashraf founded Americans for Peace and Justice in South Asia (APJSA) to work with the American think tanks, US Congress, and the media in particular for promotion of peace and conflict resolution in South Asia. APJSA has been instrumental in arranging visits of several Congressmen and Senators to Pakistan, holding seminars at prestigious US institutions such as the Georgetown School of International Affairs, creating a permanent fellowship for Pakistan Studies at the John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, and publication of articles supporting Pakistan's view point in the New York Times and Washington Post.

Dr. Ashraf was honored by the Institute of Overseas Pakistanis, which awarded him a Gold Medal in 1996 for services to the people of Pakistan. He is also recipient of the APPNA Gold Medal for his contributions towards promoting health care in rural Pakistan. In 1992, the South Douglas County Chamber of Commerce in Oregon, USA, adjudged him Citizen of the Year.

Dr. Nasim Ashraf was awarded "Star Man of The Year" in the field of Human Resources Management by South Asia Publications at the XIV Star Awards 2003. Recently he also received Gold Medal from Sohni Dharti for services to the people of Pakistan in the field of human development.

The Khyber Medical College Alumni Association of North America awarded Dr. Nasim Ashraf the "Lifetime Achievement Award 2004".

Dr. Ashraf is ultimately interested in the role of civil society in human development. He has worked tirelessly throughout his life to promote peace and harmony between people of different faiths and religions. For this service he received a Special Award from Fairfax County, Virginia, USA for promoting Asian American Harmony in 2000.

Dr. Nasim Ashraf graduated with honors from Khyber Medical College Peshawar University, Pakistan in 1972. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians.






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