Rizwan Ahmed (bureaucrat)
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Rizwan Ahmed Bureaucrat

Rizwan Ahmed (Urdu: ?) is a Pakistani civil servant who serves in BPS-22 grade (highest attainable rank for a serving officer) as the Maritime Secretary of Pakistan, in office since April 2019.[1] Rizwan holds a two-year Master in Public Administration from Harvard University and was promoted to the rank of Federal Secretary in December 2017.[2] An officer of the Pakistan Administrative Service, he first rose to prominence when a record amount of up to PKR 8 billion was saved and recovered during his tenure as Chairman of the Trading Corporation of Pakistan.[3]


Rizwan was born into a notable family of Hyderabad. His father, Jamil Ahmed, served as Mayor of Hyderabad for two consecutive terms (1962-71). Rizwan is the son-in-law of former Chief Justice of the Federal Shariat Court, Haziqul Khairi.[4] He received his early education at Cadet College Petaro and graduated from Harvard University with a two-year master's degree in Public Administration.[5]


Rizwan Ahmed is a grade 22 officer belonging to the Pakistan Administrative Service.[6] He is currently serving as the Federal Secretary for Maritime Affairs, in office since April 2019.[1][7] Previously, he served as chairman of the Pakistan National Shipping Corporation (PNSC), the country's national flag carrier.[8][9][10]

Before his elevation to grade 22 in December 2017, Rizwan served at the key positions of Additional Secretary Cabinet Division and Additional Secretary Establishment Division in the federal capital.[11]

Under the administration of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Rizwan served as chairman of the Trading Corporation of Pakistan (TCP).[12][13] Rizwan is credited with saving and recovering up to PKR 8 billion of the national exchequer by improving the effectiveness of commodity financing operations and taking transparent measures, in particular by an extensive crackdown on corruption.[14][15][16][17][3]

Rizwan served as managing director of the Pakistan Security Printing Corporation (PSPC) during the caretaker government of Mir Hazar Khan Khoso where he was given the responsibility to print the voting ballot papers for the 2013 general elections.[18] Prior to that, he served in the Government of Sindh as provincial Health Secretary, Secretary for General Administration and Secretary to Governor of Sindh.[19][20]

Rizwan held multiple field assignments in Punjab and also served as the last deputy commissioner of Hyderabad District before the commissionerate system was abolished in the country during former President Musharraf's administration.[21][22][23]

Rizwan is civil service batchmates with Jawad Rafique Malik, Sikandar Sultan Raja, Zafarullah Khan, Fawad Hasan Fawad and Allah Dino Khawaja. Rizwan remained a member of the Directing Staff in the National Institute of Management in Karachi, and a teaching fellow at Harvard University.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Rizwan new secretary maritime affairs". Nation.com.pk. 2 April 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  2. ^ "15 babus promoted to top grade". Nation.com.pk. 2017-12-12. Retrieved .
  3. ^ a b Bhatti, Rizwan (23 February 2017). "TCP saves Rs 7.8 billion in commodity financing". Business Recorder. Archived from the original on 27 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Rizwan Ahmad takes charge as Federal Secy, Maritime Affairs". Lahoreworld.com. April 1, 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Rizwan Ahmad takes charge as Federal Secy, Maritime Affairs". Lahoreworld.com. 1 April 2019.
  6. ^ "NA panel on Commerce satisfied with TCP performance". Pstimes.com.
  7. ^ "FAO Pakistan Pledges Ongoing Support to Ministry of Maritime Affairs | FAO in Pakistan | Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations". Fao.org.
  8. ^ "Contributions continue to pour in for Diamer-Bhasha & Mohmand Dams". Zameen.com.
  9. ^ "Rizwan Ahmed takes over as PNSC chairman". Business Recorder. 5 December 2017. Archived from the original on 5 December 2017.
  10. ^ "National Assembly body for uplifting indigenous fishermen". www.brecorder.com.
  11. ^ "Ali Jahangir appointed special assistant to PM". Dawn.com. 31 August 2017. Archived from the original on 9 September 2017.
  12. ^ "New management: TCP announces new chairman". The Express Tribune. July 10, 2013. Retrieved 2019.
  13. ^ "TCP board reconstituted". Business Recorder. Archived from the original on 16 March 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  14. ^ "Clearing, forwarding charges in urea import: new TCP bidding process likely to save over Rs two million". Business Recorder. Archived from the original on 31 March 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  15. ^ Bhatti, Rizwan (10 November 2015). "TCP sets up staff degree verification cell". Business Recorder. Archived from the original on 8 February 2018.
  16. ^ "TCP to support Reap's roadmap to increase rice exports: Rizwan". Agriculture Corner. Archived from the original on 27 October 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  17. ^ "Financial matters of TCP with NFML and USC resolved". Agrihunt.com. Archived from the original on 27 October 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  18. ^ "PM rejects extension to MD of security printing press". TheNews International. 9 April 2013. Retrieved 2018.
  19. ^ "WHO | WHO scales up humanitarian support in Sindh". Who.int. Retrieved 2019.
  20. ^ "KARACHI: 160 govt tenders `corrected` every month: watchdog". Dawnn.com. April 13, 2009.
  21. ^ "Pakistan's district commissioners bow out". BBC News. Archived from the original on 27 October 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  22. ^ "Qaim reviews provision of funds for rain affected areas". ReliefWeb. 27 September 2011. Archived from the original on 7 November 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  23. ^ "US ambassador in city performs groundbreaking of gynea hospital". Pakistantoday.com.pk. Retrieved 2018.

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