Dr. Amjad Saqib, founder of Akhuwat, is a development practitioner, social entrepreneur, author and a former civil servant. On account of his remarkable achievements in restoring human dignity to Pakistan’s most vulnerable communities through financial inclusion, education, healthcare and the presenting of food and clothes, Dr. Saqib has received world-wide recognition. Most recently, he has been presented with the Commonwealth’s 31st Point of Light Award by Queen Elizabeth II. He has also been awarded “Sitara-e-Imtiaz” by the President of Pakistan.

Dr Saqib’s started his professional pursuits as a doctor after completing his MBBS from King Edward Medical College and later joined the Pakistan Civil Service. After having served at various high-level bureaucratic positions, he resigned from the Civil Services to devote his life to Akhuwat. He also supports various public and private institutions, and plays an instrumental role in setting up of multiple service-delivery institutions in Pakistan. He continues to play an advisory role for organizations and start-ups that are working to promote social welfare. His most distinguished contribution is the establishment of Akhuwat and the implementation of Mawakhat for poverty alleviation.



  • MBBS from King Edward Medical College, Lahore – 1982
  • Bachelors from University of Punjab, Lahore – 1984
  • Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship in Public Administration – 1994
  • Masters in Public Administration (MPA) from School of International Studies, the American University Washington, D.C. USA – 1995


  • 2006 – present Consultant, various organisations (DFID, EDC/USAID, CIDA, ILO, World Bank, ADB, Lahore University of Management Sciences, University of Central Punjab)
  • 1998 – 2005        General Manager, Punjab Rural Support Program, Pakistan
  • 1995 – 1997        Director, Punjab Middle Schooling Project, Government of Punjab, Pakistan
  • 1987 – 1995        Various senior management positions in Government of Punjab (District Management Group), Pakistan
  • Punjab Health Foundation, Consultant for developing interest free loan scheme for doctors and allied health professional (October 2016 to December 2016)
  • Adam Smith International, Advisor – The Punjab Education Sector Programme II (PESP 2) is DFID’s one of the largest education investments in the world, both in terms of its scale and its aspirations. In just three years, it aimed to improve education access and quality for over 20 million children in Punjab, and simultaneously show substantial improvements in their learning outcomes. (January 2015 to April 2017)
  • World Bank, Consultant – Providing technical expertise for development of Islamic Finance in Manila and Mindanao, Philippine.  (on need basis)
  • University of Central Punjab, Advisor – Social Entrepreneurship, Poverty Alleviation and Rural Development (April 2013 to date)
  • USAID –  Teacher Education Project – EDC Senior Provincial Director USAID – Teacher Education Project, Punjab, Pakistan (Dec 2011 to July 2013)
  • Asian Development Bank, Policy Advisor RBM Unit, Govt. of the Punjab (July 2011 to Dec 2011)
  • Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Project Director for Canada Pakistan Basic Education Project – CPBEP (June 2007 to July 2011).
  • Assessment of Capacity and Capacity Building Institutions in the Developing Policy Loan (DPL) Sectors, Team leader for the subject consultancy for the Urban Unit, Planning and Development Department, Govt. of the Punjab (January 2007 to May 2007).
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB), Team member for implementation of Project RSC- C60936 (PAK): Country Partnership Strategy. It involved analysis of impact of devolution on various departments of the district governments i.e. education and health etc. (January 2007 to February 2007).
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB), Consultant for Development of ICT based information services and distant education in rural Pakistan to support poverty reduction – Determinants and Drivers of Poverty and ADB’s contribution (December 2006 to February 2007).
  • Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Social Mobilization and poverty specialist for preparing and writing Devolved Health Sector Practitioner’s Manual. (October 2006 to September 2007).
  • Asian Development Bank and Decentralization Support Programme, Senior Training Coordinator for a training programme, pertaining to local governance and devolution, to more than 4500 nazims and members of zila (district) and tehsil (sub-district) councils. (October 2006 to January 2007).
  • International Labour Organization (ILO), Consultant for facilitating the process of formulating a project on National Crèche Fund in collaboration with Ministry of Labour and Manpower Government of Pakistan, Departments of Labour and Manpower at all four provinces and private sector/civil society  stakeholders (July 2006 to Feb 2007)
  • Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Senior Consultant/Task Leader to conduct study on Enhanced revenue mobilization by local government through CIDA Development Support Project (CDSP). The purpose of CDSP is to strengthen local governments through creating enabling environment for local governments and citizen’s participation; capacity building of local governments in planning, decision making and resource mobilization; and through improved, accessible, accountable and sustainable service delivery at the local level. (November 2005 to April 2006).
  • International Labour Organization (ILO), Team Leader Impact Assessment Study for Prevention and Elimination of Bonded Labour in South Asia (PEBLISA) – The Pak component. TP Code RAS.04/57m/net. Financing Agency, the Netherlands. (December 2005 to February 2006)
  • International Labour Organization (ILO), Team Leader Impact Project Evaluation Study for Prevention and Elimination of Bonded Labour in South Asia (PEBLISA) – Pak component. TP Code RAS.04/57m/net. Financing Agency, the Netherlands. (December 2005 to February 2006)
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB), Senior Resource Person-Microfinance Specialist. To assist implementation of TA 4015-Pak: Enhancing capacity for resource management and Poverty reduction in Punjab. This TA’s objectives are to primarily promote poverty focused development planning and effective use of public resources in Punjab for poverty reduction, human development, and economic growth. (March to April 2005).
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB), Consultant/ Resource Person to study and suggest changes in the microfinance component of the Barani Area Development Project in NWFP. (April 2004 to July 2004)
  • Punjab Rural Support Programme (PRSP), Consultant/Advisor on Social Mobilization & Micro Finance (July 2005 to Dec 2005)
  • Punjab Municipal Development Fund Company (PMDFC) CONSULTANT, SOCIAL MOBILIZATION/CCB – (Jan 2005 to Dec 2006)
  • Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), TASK LEADER DISTRICT SOCIAL SERVICE OFFICERS TRAINING PROGRAMME (Nov 2005 to Nov 2006)
  • Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Development of teaching material for social enterprise development centre at LUMS (Jan 2006 to Jan 2008)
  • Punjab Rural Support Programme (Prsp) – (Jun 1998 to Mar 2005)   General Manager
  • Government Of The Punjab – (Sep 1997 to May 1998) Deputy Secretary/Staff Officer To Chief Secretary, Punjab
  • Government Of The Punjab – (Feb 1997 to Sep 1997) Deputy Secretary, Chief Minister’s Secretariat, Punjab
  • Punjab Middle Schooling Project (Pmsp) – (Jul 1995 to Feb 1997)  Project Director Pmsp
  • Health Department, Government Of The Punjab. Deputy Secretary Administration – (Jul 1992 to Jul 1993)
  • Punjab Education Foundation, Government Of The Punjab, Manager Development – (Jul 1991 to Jul 1992)
  • Government Of The Punjab, Assistant Commissioner/Sub-Divisional Magistrate – (Apr 1987 to Jul 1991)


  1. Chief Executive Officer (Akhuwat Islamic Microfinance)- (Jan 2017 to date)
  2. Executive Director (Honorary), Akhuwat – (2001 to date)
  3. Vice Chairman, Punjab Educational Endowment Fund (PEEF) – (Dec 2008 to date)
  4. Managing Director (Honorary), Punjab Welfare Trust for Disabled (PWTD) – (Dec 2007 to date)
  5. Member Board of Directors Fountain House, Lahore (A project of Lahore Mental Health Association for the treatment and rehabilitation of mentally ill patients).
  6. Member Board of Directors the Bank of Punjab (Non NBFC)
  7. Member Board of Governors Pakistan Kidney & Liver Institute and Research Center and Trust.
  8. Member Board of Directors Pak Turk Education Foundation.
  9. Member Board of Directors Hum Pakistani Foundation.
  10. Commissioner Punjab Health Care Commission.
  11. Member of various reform/monitoring/working committees appointed by Government of the Punjab and Government of Pakistan:
  12. Member of the Committee of Management and Administrative Model, Curriculum and Human Resource for Daanish Schools
  13. Member of the Committee of Technical Training Programme for the Students of Deeni Madaris
  14. Member of the Committee for Reforms in Special Education
  15. Member of the Committee to analyse the existing state of Dar-ul-Amans in Paunjab
  16. Member of the Committee for Employment Framework for Best Pakistani Ph.D Teachers in Educational Institutes of Pakistan
  17. Member of the Monitoring Committee for Chief Minister’s Speech, Debate, Essay Writing and Sports Competitions Programme.
  18. Member Civil Society Advisory Committee (CSAC) of Wafaqi Mohtasab (Ombudsman)
  19. Member of the Committee regarding Permanent Rehabilitation of Beneficiaries of Punjab Food Support Programme
  20. Member of the Committee to review the entire role and scope of Punjab Health Foundation
  21. Member of the Committee for Monitoring of Implementation Status of Chief Minister’s Initiatives on Education
  22. Member of the Committee to strategize some positive Interventions for the Development of Women in the Province
  23. Member of the Working Group on Poverty Alleviation and Social Protection in Punjab
  24. Member of the Committee to review the initiative of Food Stamp Scheme
  25. Member of the Working Group of Social Safety Nets
  26. Member of the Committee of Working of School Councils (SCs) and Regulatory Framework for Private Schools
  27. Member of the Committee to Improve Services in Education Sector
  28. Member of the Committee of Punjab Health Strategic Plan
  29. Member of the Syndicate, University of the Punjab
  30. Member of the Committee of Punjab Day Care Fund Society
  31. Member of the Syndicate, University of Education
  32. Member of the Syndicate, Fatima Medical College
  33. Member of the Board of Directors of Bank of Punjab

Dr. Muhammad Amjad Saqib, Akhuwat’s Founder is a development practitioner and a philanthropist he joined the Civil Service of Pakistan (DMG) in 1985 and served at senior positions in the Government of the Punjab including as the General Manager of the Punjab Rural Support Program (PRSP). He resigned from Civil Service in 2003 with the intent to dedicate himself to becoming a social entrepreneur and make a difference in societal change through Akhuwat – which he had founded in 2001.