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M. Saleem Ahmed Ranjha

Muhammad Saleem Ahmad Ranjha, is Founding Director of Akhuwat (akhuwat.org.pk), Pakistan’s largest interest free Micro Finance (at zero percent and no service fee) which was started in 2001 with a paltry sum of Pak Rs. 10,000 (donated by wife Tahira Shamsher Ranjha equivalent to US $ 200) and has up till now disbursed Pak Rs. 3.8 billion (US$ 39 Million) among 250,000 plus families in 105 plus cities and town of Pakistan. Now part of the team which is setting up Akhuwat University which will be first tuition fee free university in the region.

He is on the board of Western province Balochistan largest school system in Public Private Partnership, Taaleem Foundation www.taaleem.pk which is providing English Medium Co- Education to more than four thousands boys and girls in tribal Balochistan. From 2008-2010 he also worked with University of Management and Technology www.umt.edu.pk on sabbatical and helped start Masters Programme in Agro- Business. He is also on the Global Board of Istanbul based International Business Forum, a group of Muslim businessmen in more than seventy countries. www.musiad.org.tr

He belongs to Civil Services of Pakistan and has worked for 29 years in Public Service including assignments in Pakistan Inland Revenue Service, Pakistan Customs www.fbr.gov.pk Ministry of Commerce www.commerce.gov.pk Trade Development Authority of Pakistan www.tdap.gov.pk National Vocational and Technical Training Commission NAVTTC www.navttc.gov.pk and Civil Services Academy www.csa.edu.pk. He is working in Prime Minister’s Secretariat since 2006 (during tenure of four connective Prime Ministers) initially in NAVTTC and presently as Joint Secretary Implementation. He has been part of Pakistan trade negotiations teams with more than thirty countries during 2003-2006. He is widely travelled and has been nominated as Fellow of Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry (METI) in 2005 and 2008 respectively, and ILVP (Agriculture) for United States State Department in 2011.

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