Public Events/Conferences By RAZA RUMI

Speaking engagements, panels & presentations

November 2014 : Culture and Peace building

Culture and Peace building, spoke at an event organized by the Asian Arts Initiative, Philadelphia USA where my book Delhi by Heart was launched as well.

November 2014 : Young Leaders from Pakistan

Young Leaders from Pakistan, discussion organized by the Atlantic Council, Washington DC USA.

November 2014 : The Rise of Religious Intolerance in Pakistan

Spoke as 2-member panel on The Rise of Religious Intolerance in Pakistan: Implications for Democratic Development and Human Rights, a discussion organized by the National Endowment for Democracy, Washington DC USA.

November 2014: South Asia: Human Rights and Development

South Asia: Human Rights and Development, a lecture delivered at a training class for State Department officials, at the Foreign Service Institute, Arlington, VA, USA.

December 2014: Reporting in Conflict Zones

Reporting in Conflict Zones, lectured at the University of Maryland School of Journalism, Washington DC USA.

December 2014: Media, language and power

Media, language and power, an event organized by the Society of Urdu Literature, Washington DC USA.

January 2015 : Culture and Conflict

Lecture Culture and Conflict, at a graduate class at School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University (with Amb. Cynthia Schenieder).

January 2015: Domestic Security in Pakistan

Spoke at a panel discussion on After Peshawar: Domestic Security in Pakistan at the United States Institute of Peace, Washington DC, USA.

January 2015: Culture and Diplomacy

January 2015: Participated in a panel discussing focusing on Culture and Diplomacy after a theatrical presentation by Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics, Georgetown University.

February 2015: Guest lecture on ISIS, Islam, and the Crisis of Globalization

Guest lecture on ISIS, Islam, and the Crisis of Globalization at American University, Washington DC, USA.

February 2015: Panel Discussant/speaker

Panel Discussant/speaker at National Press Club, Washington DC at the launch of World Press Freedom Index 2015 by Reporters Without Borders.

September 2011: Elected Local Governments: Revival and Reforms

Presentation at the National Roundtable Consultation organised by Sustainable Development Policy Institute, Sangat Foundation and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Pakistan.

September 2011: Governance & Gender: Lessons from South Asia

A talk given at the SAP event on Exploring the State of Gender Friendliness in Democratic Institutions, Lahore Pakistan.

September 2011: Citizens and Constitution

A talk given at a learning event, “State of Constitutionalism in Pakistan”, Centre for Civic Education, Pakistan.

July 2011:Results based Management in Public Sector

At the International Growth Conference organized by the Planning Commission of Pakistan.

July 2011: 18TH Amendment and Beyond: Rethinking Development in Pakistan

Spoke and moderated a panel on environmental governance at the Inspiring Leadership for Sustainable Development, a conference by LEAD, Pakistan.

June 2011: Social Protection – Issues and Options

A presentation at a regional seminar on Social Protection Frameworks organized by UNICEF/Planning Commission, Bhurban, Pakistan.

June 2011: The Role of media in promoting democratic governance

A presentation made at theSouth Asian Regional Conference on Promoting Gender Responsive Democratic Governance in South Asia hosted by South-Asia Partnership, Nepal.

May 2011: Social Media, Governance & Accountability

A talk given at the First International Social Media Summit, Karachi.

December 2010: Innovations in governing primary health care – the case of Punjab province of Pakistan,

A presentation made at the Kerala Institute of Management, India during the annual conference of Network of Asia Pacific Schools and Institutes of Governance and Public Administration.

November 2010: Transparency and Accountability of South Asian Parliaments

A presentation made at South Asia for Human Rights (SAHR) Conference entitled The Challenges for South Asia: Human Rights & Democracy.

October 2010: From Crisis to Crisis-Governance & Rule of Law Assessments in Pakistan

Presentation at the Regional Consultation on Access to Justice Assessments, UNDP Asia Pacific Regional Centre in Bangkok.

August 2010: Managing development in post-conflict contexts

A presentation given to multi-donor moot in Islamabad, Pakistan.

April 2010: Endemic crisis of federalism in Pakistan,

A presentation made at the Sixth Annual Conference on the Management of Pakistan’s Economy.

March 2010: Entitlements and the postcolonial state: E-governance initiatives in Pakistan & South Asia

presented at a capacity development workshop at the Bangladesh Public Administration Training Centre.

June 2009 - Rethinking aid: Moving beyond the rhetoric of capacity development

A presentation made at the Regional Management Team Meeting of SNV Asia (SNV- Netherlands Development Organisation) in Bangkok, Thailand as a guest speaker.

Public Events: readings, talks, lectures & panel discussions


January 09: Attended ‘American Pakistan Foundation’ meeting at The John Hopkins University in Washington DC. January 11: Spoke on religious freedom in South Asia,…


January: Reading at ‘Justice for All’ event (as part of national writers’ resistance movement) organized by Ithaca community and IC Writing Department. February 10:…


August: Lecture Citizenship, Rights, and the State in South Asia at Foreign Service Institute, Washington D.C. August: Lecture Public Opinion, the Media and Extremism at Foreign Service Institute,…