Raza [Ahmad] Rumi is a writer and a public policy specialist based in Pakistan. Currently he is affiliated with Jinnah Institute, a public policy think tank located in Islamabad. He also edits weekly The Friday Times, writes columns for leading Pakistani newspapers and journals; and is a well-known commentator on politics and culture. Earlier, Raza worked as a governance expert for the Asian Development Bank, the United Nations Mission in Kosovo and the Government of Pakistan ((as an officer of the Pakistan Administrative Service). His first book ‘Delhi by Heart: Impressions of a Pakistani Traveller’ has recently been published by Harper Collins.
Raza has been contributing regularly for the Pakistani weekly The Friday Times, Express Tribune, The News and Daily DAWN on myriad topics such as politics, foreign policy, history, arts, literature and society. Jahane Rumi started as a blog and now a personal a website devoted to Sufi thought, the arts, literature, and cultures of South Asia. Raza also blogs at cyber-magazines Pak Tea House & Lahore Nama; and compiles the Development Industry blog . He is also a self-taught painter and his works can be seen at the online Saatchi Gallery. Check him out on flickr too. Raza’s interests include writing, literature, world civilizations and cultures, politics, travel, painting and mysticism. Academically, he is trained in economics, social development, law and public administration.
‘Raza Rumi’ was adopted as a nom de plume in 2005 to keep his personal writings and opinions separate from the day job[s] in government and development institutions. Raza Rumi’s alter-ego has several development reports, academic and policy publications to his credit.