Dr. Shaista Sohail Joins HEC as Executive Director

Dr. Shaista Sohail, a BPS-22 officer of Pakistan Administrative Service has joined the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan as its Executive Director.

With a doctorate in International Relations from Geneva School of Diplomacy, Switzerland and Master’s in Economics from Punjab University, Dr. Shaista Sohail brings with her a diverse experience of serving at national and international levels.

Starting her career as a Lecturer in Economics at Government College for Women Okara, she joined Civil Service of Pakistan in 1985 with her first assignment as Assistant Commissioner Karachi South.

Her key postings include Joint Secretary, Policy and Planning, Ministry of Industries; Member Estate CDA; Joint Secretary, Debt Management/ Japan EAD; Additional Secretary to the President of Pakistan; Special Secretary Cabinet; Secretary Statistics; Secretary Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Division, Deputy Secretary Commerce WTO, Economic Counsellor to WTO, Geneva.

In WTO Geneva, her abilities were recognised internationally when she was made the consensus Chairperson of the Working Party on GATS Rules from amongst 150 countries. She also won the “Best Contributor” Award from ITC Geneva in 2007 Chamonix France.

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