Board of Advisors

1)    Associate Professor BicanSahin 

Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences

Department of Political Science and Public Administration

Division of Politics and Social Sciences

BicanSahin received PhD in 2003 from the University of Maryland in the United States. His research interests include political philosophy, issues such as democracy and state-civil society relations and the relationship between Islam and Turkey. He writes in Turkish and English newspapers and authors to many books, chapters and research articles published in international journals. Sahin currently heads the a policy research think tank Freedom Research Association based in Ankara Turkey.



 2)    Wan Saiful Wan Jan

Chief Executive at Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS)


Wan Saiful Wan Jan is Chief Executive of the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs ( He is also Director of the Southeast Asia Network for Development ( and Chairman of the Istanbul Network for Liberty (

Additionally, he is also a member of the Advisory Board at Laureate International Malaysia; member of the Advisory Board of the University of Nottingham's School of Politics, History and International Relations; a Governor at Rafflesia Education Group; and Chairman of IDEAS Academy, a not for profit learning centre for stateless and refugee children in Kuala Lumpur. In August 2015, he was appointed as a member of the National Consultative Committee on Political Financing, following the Prime Minister's announcement to set up the group.

He lived in the United Kingdom between August 1993 and October 2009. There he served several organisations, including the think tank Commonwealth Policy Studies Unit, the British Conservative Party's Research Department, and Social Enterprise London. He is now a columnist for The Star, a national newspaper in Malaysia.  He also writes for several other national and regional press.  His opinion has been quoted by various media, including the BBC, Reuters, Asian Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Al-Jazeera and The Economist.



3)   Zafarullah Khan


Mr. Zafarullah Khan is Executive Director of Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services Islamabad Pakistan. He possesses a rich experience spread over three decades in the fields of journalism, parliamentary democracy, civic education, Constitutionalism, and human rights.

He has a diverse professional background and served as Executive Director, Centre for Civic Education, Pakistan, (2004-2016); Correspondent Pakistan, Civil Society Yearbook prepared by the Centre for Civil Society, London School of Economics (2000-2006); Lead trainer Political Party Development Program, National Democratic Institute (NDI) (2004-2009); Moderator, International Academy for Leadership, Germany (October 2004- 2006) and Project Coordinator, Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung Pakistan (2000-2004) where he worked in areas of civic education, democratic training, communication skills and human rights.  He has worked as Communication consultant with (LEAD-Pakistan). Rockefeller Foundation funded project (1998- 99); Editor, State of Media and Press Freedom Report, Pakistan 1995- 2001. He has also been Bureau Chief of daily The Frontier Post (1991-96).

MrZafarullah Khan was awarded M.Sc. Media and Communications from London School of Economics & Political Science, the United Kingdom (1999-2000) He also did M.Phil. in 1989-91 and M Sc in Pakistan Studies in 1987-89 from Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad (1989-91).He also served as Editor (Honorary), Citizens Wire ( a web-based features agency on democracy, constitution and public policy issues. He is also Commentator, analyst/freelance contributor for the broadcast and leading print media. He has been an Anchorperson, with Pakistan Television's live current affairs breakfast show from December 2000-August 2002. He also reported the activities/policies of the Prime Minister and Parliament.

He has authored numerous publications on federalism, civic education, parliamentary democracy and Constitution. The Senate of Pakistan recently published his book, "Consistent Parliamentary Cord - Fundamental Rights of Citizens of Pakistan," and a special publication on the Constitution Day on April 12, 2016.


4)  Prof. Dr. Sajid Ali


Professor Dr. Sajid Ali joined the Department of Philosophy in 1979. He has been Chairman of the Department from March 15, 2006 to August 24, 2011 and held Iqbal Chair of Philosophy. He did his BA in 1971 and MA Philosophy in 1973 from Government College, Lahore, and got two Academic Rolls of Honour. He was awarded PhD on writing a dissertation entitled "Metaphysics of Shah Ismail Shaheed". There are more than a dozen research papers to his credit. Logic, Critical Rationality, Philosophy of Social Sciences, Philosophy of Science, Muslim Philosophy and Karl Popper are his major research interests.





AtifShehzad is a businessman based in Peshawar. He holds MSc in Chemistry from Department of Chemistry University of Peshawar Pakistan. He taught in the Department of Chemistry University of Peshawar and then joined his family business in pharmaceuticals which he further diversified to FMCG, import/export and CNG sectors. Currently, he has a distribution network of national and international brands. He distributes drugs from Medipak pharma, Stiefel, Unilever portfolios in foods, beverages, cosmetics and household products. Besides, his company also distributes Pepsi Cola frito Lays, Engro Foods Ltd and Dabur international. His company is the first ATU certified distributor of North region of Pepsi cola International. He represented Dabur Pakistan in Dabur International Mallis at Abu Dhabi, and attended international foods distributor forum at New York USA in 2015. He is member Pakistan Chemist and Druggist Association, and Peshawar Chamber of Small Traders and Small Industry Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.



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