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About Saqib Riaz

Saqib Riaz is a public outreach and advocacy professional with nine years of experience in nonprofit and media organizations. Saqib has demonstrated impactful contributions to improve the quality of elections as well as democracy in Pakistan. He managed the advocacy portfolio of Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN), Pakistan’s largest election observation network, by contributing to mainstreaming the long-impending agenda of electoral and political reforms – a prerequisite for the deepening of democracy in the country.

His academic grounding as a political scientist with a Master’s Degree from the University of Punjab, Lahore, has provided him the added advantage of steering complex advocacy campaigns to influence policy, legal and regulatory reforms. Harnessing the potential of new technologies, Saqib successfully blended traditional communication tools with more advanced and emerging social media to advance FAFEN’s electoral reforms work. More than 13,000 Twitter and 66,000 Facebook followers has given FAFEN a unique advantage of directly accessing attentive audiences interested in the country’s democratization.

Saqib also excels in complete advocacy-based project cycle and has significant experience of working with projects funded by USAID, DFID, EU and The Asia Foundation. Keeping in view his expertise and skills, he recently worked on a unique project that is designed to study the relationship between citizens’ voices and actions, and the process of reforms in Pakistan’s education governance.

Saqib started his career as a journalist and has worked with print and electronic media as desk editor and producer. He was the member of the founding team of Express 24/7, Pakistan’s first English-language news channel. His hobbies include traveling, trekking and photography.

Currently, Saqib is serving at Meridian International Center in Washington DC and engaged in developing emerging leader programs and develop innovative U.S.-based and in-country short term educational programs. He also supports Meridian-wide communications channels and looks globally for new partners for campaigns and other prospective programs. He also explores innovative ways to engage with program alumni and develop curriculums for short training workshops.