Raza Ahmad Rumi is a Pakistani writer and a public policy specialist currently based in Washington DC, USA. Most recently he has been a fellow at New America Foundation (2014); United States Institute of PeaceÂ (Sept 2014-March 2015) and currently a visiting fellow at National Endowment for Democracy. RazaÂ continues to be the consulting editor for weeklyÂ The Friday Times, and a senior fellow at the Jinnah Institute in Islamabad. InÂ addition, heÂ has been a commentator and a currentÂ affairs talk show host in Pakistan and isÂ affiliated with the Express TV, Pakistan. He contributes regularly toÂ Foreign Policy, Huffington Post, New York Times, The Diplomat,Â Fair Observer, CNN and Al Jazeera, Daily O, Scroll India, The Hindu and Indian Express.Â His columns for the Express Tribune can be accessed here.
Prior to his foray in journalism, RazaÂ worked as aÂ governanceÂ and capacity development specialist for the Asian Development Bank, the Government of Pakistan, a number of Pakistani nongovernmental organizations, and the United Nations Mission in Kosovo. He has also beenÂ an academic adviser to the Network of Asia Pacific Schools and Institutes of Public Administration and Governance (NAPSIPAG); a public policy adviser to LEAD Pakistan, a nonprofit focused on sustainable development; and is an advisory board member of both the ASR Resource Centre and the South Asian Institute of Womenâ€™s Studies in Lahore.Â As a freelance policy professional/consultant he continues toÂ advise international development organizations, governments and NGOs.
Mr. Rumi contributes regularly to Pakistani and international papers and news outletsÂ on politics, policy and governance, history, and South Asian arts and culture. He is also the author ofÂ Delhi by Heart: Impressions of a Pakistani TravelerÂ (Harper Collins, 2013).
He holds a Bachelor’s in Economics and a Masters in Social Planning, both from the London School of Economics. He has also been trained in law and public administration at the Civil Services Academy in Lahore.
P.S.Â 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-magazinesÂ Pak Tea House & Lahore NamaÂ . ‘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.