Imran Khan Appoints Leading Global Scholar as Top Advisor

  • Imran Khan Appoints Leading Global Scholar as Top Advisor

    Islamabad. March 14th, 2012 - The Chairman of Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf (Movement for Justice) party, Imran Khan, has appointed Dr Azeem Ibrahim as his strategic policy adviser.

    Dr Ibrahim's remit will be to develop comprehensive policies which can be implemented as soon as Khan takes office. Scottish-born Azeem Ibrahim, who holds a PhD from Cambridge University and served as a scholar at Harvard and Yale, was named as one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2009 by the LSDP European Social Think Tank. He brings a formidable track record to such a task as over the past ten years, he has advised over half a dozen world leaders.

    Imran Khan’s party has gained significant momentum in the polls with a number of high profile defections from opposition parties and is currently riding the 'tsunami' of popularity. Newsweek Pakistan conducted a recent survey with 97,000 people to find the Most Popular Leader in Pakistan. Imran Khan leads the poll with an impressive 86% with no other leader having more than 6%. Many experts believe that on the current trajectory, he is likely to become the next prime minister of Pakistan by a landslide. Dr Ibrahim’s appointment is therefore being viewed as the logical next step as the Khan campaign makes the transition from an opposition political party to a government in waiting.

    Imran Khan’s political life began in 1996 with the creation of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party. He established the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre in 1994 and a college namely Namal College in 2008 with funds he raised. His growing popularity brings crowds of over 100,000 to his rallies, and the world-famous cricketer turned politician is getting wide support from both of the main established parties - 81% of PML-N supporters and 61% of PPP supporters give him a favorable rating.

    Imran Khan said of the appointment: "We are delighted to have someone with Azeem's experience at the heart of our operation." Azeem who also serves as a Fellow and Member of the Board of Directors at the Institute for Social Policy Understanding said: "Imran Khan’s honesty and sincerity in a country where such traits are seriously lacking amongst the political elite clearly mark him out. When I first met with Imran, I was struck by his ability to absorb huge amounts of complex information and immediately understand what needs to be done to take Pakistan forward in these challenging times. I am greatly honoured to be given this opportunity to serve the next Prime Minister of Pakistan.

  • Good intiative, all political parties should bring forward Subject Matter Experts; and come up with Policies and Solutions;

    They should compete each other on Polcies, Programs and Vision.

  • Interesting.

    Inn sahab kaa CV post karr saktay hein?

    Who else is in the team?

    The thing is, such teams are made by government also. I think Musharraf made a similar team. Their recommendations are although useful but too radical, dramatic and expensive which governments are usually unable to implement. More important is to see if there is an institutional mechanism in place to actually implement them.

    At the moment, government is unable to even finance its operational expenses let alone budgeting bigger initiatives.

  • Just what we need! A foreign born and bred scholar and an intellectual who knows didly squat about Pakistan's culture, ehtos and demographics. Just what kind of strategic advice he would give in the court of His Excellency is anyone's guess. This is just cheap publicity and nothing else.

  • Documenting economy and implementing sales tax is the pre-requisite for all sustainable strategic economic initiatives and policies.

    Whichever government can do that, can do everything else.

  • @ Sidiqi

    Maybe he should have appointed someone who was born in Raiwand Palace and Keep it in the family like the great leader of Raiwand.


  • Sidd..

    buddy do you know that your "Pakistan 2010" program was written by a Non-Pakistani foreigner from Asian Development Bank?

    So if he is good and have experience in some field, why not use it?

  • @ bsobaid

    A self-made success in a number of diverse fields, Glasgow-born Azeem Ibrahim has been described by his peers as a brilliant young scholar, financial wizard and last of the true remaining polymaths.

    In 2007, Azeem became the youngest person on both the Sunday Times Scottish Rich List and Carter Anderson’s UK Power 100 list, which described him as one of the most influential and highest-achieving people in Britain. The same year Azeem was included in the Observer Courvoisier Future 500 – a definitive list of the nation’s most forward-thinking and brightest young innovators.

    In December 2007, a Scottish Parliament motion signed by a number of MSPs congratulated Azeem and his contribution to the country and in April 2008 Azeem accepted the Lloyds TSB and KPMG Business and Commerce Excellence Jewel Award.

    In 2010, Azeem was named as one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2009 by the LSDP European Social Think Tank and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

    His achievements have attracted considerable recognition around the globe and over the last few years Azeem has met and advised a number of world leaders, including the Prime Minister of Turkey and leaders in the Gulf States.

    Business Interests

    Azeem Ibrahim began by launching his own IT consultancy, later expanding the operation into continental Europe, and then moved onto an insurance corporation for the niche maritime-transportation market.

    Since then, he has founded over half a dozen companies, mostly in the financial sector, including an online insurance company specialising in maritime insurance, a private online bank for commodity traders, and an FSA-regulated global macro hedge fund based in London.

    Azeem’s most recent venture is Ibrahim Associates, a global strategic consultancy firm aimed at advising governments, NGOs and non-profits on recognising and capitalising on strategic advantage.

    Academic life

    Azeem’s former professors refer to him as a ‘first-class critical thinker’. He obtained an MBA and an M.Sc.(Econ) in Strategic Studies, then read for a PhD at the University of Cambridge on Geopolitical Strategy. Azeem also served as a Research Scholar on the International Security Program at the JFK School of Government at Harvard University.

    Azeem also sits alongside former UK Defence Chiefs as a Director and Board Member of the UKNDA – United Kingdom National Defence Association – which operates to improve the position of the armed forces in government circles.

    In 2008 Azeem also became a member of the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy’s Dean’s International Council – a prestigious group of specialists from around the world with substantive experience in government and the private sector including former Prime Ministers, Presidents, Ambassadors and Diplomats. The Council meets twice a year and acts as an advisory group for new policy initiatives and resource development for governments around the globe.

    Since then he has been accepted as a Yale World Fellow in 2009. The programme selects emerging global leaders from over 1000 nominations and brought to Yale to undertake the Ivy League School’s signature program in advanced leadership training with some of the leading experts in various fields.

    He has also been awarded an honorary doctorate from Glasgow Caledonian University for his contribution to ‘global international affairs and community developments in Scotland,’ an Adjunct Professorship from Fatih University in Istanbul, and was made a Fellow at the Macmillan Centre for International Area Studies at Yale University, an organization dedicated to improving Americans’ understanding of the world beyond their borders.

    Most recently Azeem was appointed a Fellow and Member of the Board of Directors at the Institute of Social Policy Understanding in the USA.

    Charity and Philanthropic works

    Much of Azeem’s time is now devoted to his own charities.

    He operates a private grant-giving foundation ( and founded and chairs a number of charities which tackle problems as diverse as family and marriage breakdown in the Asian community in Scotland, (, lack of access to higher education for Bosnian students (

    He has recently increased his involvement in independent charity initiatives. He launched the first think tank in Scotland which is dedicated to providing education in authentic Islamic teachings, which can help to reduce the appeal of perverse extremist Islamic narratives.

    His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales’ Charity, the Princes’ Scottish Youth Business Trust Charity, has also recently appointed him an Ambassador.

    Political Involvement

    Azeem has also broadened his political involvement over the last year. He was the youngest member of Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s Special Task Force on Social Mobility, on which he was appointed the sub-team leader tasked with studying how internships could help to improve access to the professions in Britain.

    He is a regular contributor of editorials to the Scotsman newspaper,, and a number of other publications around the world, on topics including budgetary policy, defence spending and policy, European integration, Israel-Palestinian peace talks, constitutional matters, Afghanistan and Pakistan, Islamic radicalisation, Scottish energy policy, and politics in Britain.

    Other interests

    For seven years until early 2006, Azeem was a reservist in the IV Battalion Parachute Regiment – the British army’s elite airborne infantry reserve where they are trained to be inserted by parachute behind enemy lines at short notice. He is a fitness fanatic keen on marathon and fell running, and speaks four languages.

  • @Insaftak,

    That wouldn't be such a bad idea or who knows that someday the glitter of Tsunami can also attract a brainy gal like Hina Rabbani Khan to the revolutionary brigade ;)

  • Ohhhh, the guy is a juice junkie. I'm interested in his military career and if he along with his unit were deployed at Basra in Iraq and Helmand in Afghanistan where most of the British forces are concentrated in support of the illegal occupation by Uncle Sam.

  • Looks like a smart guy but severely lacks experience.

    I dont see any major global institution and even leading financial institution in his CV. He appears more of an entrepreneur/politician/lobbyist than anything else.

  • for experience you could always rely on homegrown Iqbal Ismail Culcattawala who is also member of PTI and ex director of Karachi Stock exchange.

  • Yawn !!!!

    Like most of the Ilzamis, yet another coconut who is a "loyal servants of the Queen" , visits Pakistan once every five years and complains of dust and heat and then fantasizes that only he can transform Pakistan....

  • کیا پاکستان میں نابغے مر گئے ہیں جو ایک غیر ملکی کو اسطرح کے اھم مشوره کے مقام پر فائز کیا گیا ہے

    خاص طور پر اس بندے کا برطانوی فوجی اداروں سے تعلق اور برطانوی فوج کا حصہ ہونے پر فخر کا اظہار میرے نزدیک اس کی غیر موزونیت کیلئے کافی ہے

    ویسے اس بندے کی ڈرون حملوں کے بارے میں کیا رائے ہے اور نام نہاد دہشت گردی کے خلاف جنگ کے بارے میں کیا رائے ہے اور اس میں پاکستان کی شمولیت کے بارے میں کیا رائے ہے

    ف ج

  • @Brother Adonis,

    In today's day and age, this Azeem fella would not bother to travel to Pakistan and would go about changing the face of this country and handing over "Strategic Advice" to our Khalifa via Skype and Video Conferencing only.

  • Here is Iqbal Ismail another member of PTI finance team

  • صدیقی بھائی جی

    میرے خیال میں اس بندے کے بارے میں کوئی رائے قائم کرنے کا بہترین طریقہ اسکے پاکستان کے مختلف مسائل کے بارے میں اسکا تجزیہ اور انکے حل جاننے میں ہوگا

    اس کے علاوہ پی ٹی آئی کی مختلف معاملات میں جو واضح حکمت عملی اور رائے ہے انکے بارے میں اس شخص سے جاننا ضروری ہوگا ، ساری بات خود بخود ہی ظاہر ہو جائے گی اور کسی بھی قسم کا شوروغوغا کرنے کی بھی ضرورت نہیں پڑے گی

    ف ج

  • If you ask me, I dont have any issues with a foreigner advisor, but just looking at his CV he seems unfit and inadequate for the job.

    This guy wants to become a politician/entrepreneur/lobbyist.

    Politicians and governments hire these kind of people all the time but their recommendations usually end up the same place where islami nazaryaati council recommendations go. So I wont necessarily overrate this appointment. This is insignificant.

  • "Dr Ibrahim's remit will be to develop comprehensive policies which can be implemented as soon as Khan takes office. "

    Key is the last sentence.....

    Hazaroon khuwahishain asey, Kay her khawahish per dum niklay

    Bubat niklay insafioon tumharay arman per kum niklay.....

    Or should I say

    Na no man tel hoga, na Radha nachey gee.....

  • Fjay, loved how you used the word "nabghay".

    achi urdu sunnay ko kamm hee milti hai aaj kall. TV pay bhi jamadaar bethay hotay hein..jin ko dardd "hoti" hai aur woh kkeeemaa mazay lay lay kay khaatay hein.