Shoaib Sultan Khan

Mr. Shoaib Sultan Khan is the Chairman of the Rural Support Programmes Network. He is a pioneer of the Rural Support Programmes in Pakistan, a totally community driven development approach. He initiated the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme in 1982 and afterwards steered various programmes in Pakistan, India and South Asia, touching the lives of millions of rural poor.

As Senior Advisor, South Asia Poverty Alleviation Programme (SAPAP) of the UNDP, Mr. Khan has set up demonstration pilots in six countries of the SAARC region, on the pattern of the AKRSP. Having served as an illustrious bureaucrat and development expert, Mr. Khan has been closely associated with policy making and development planning of Pakistan. He is also serving as the Chairman of National Rural Support Programme, and is on the board of eight out of eleven RSPs. In recognition of his services, he received the Global 500 award in 1989, Sitara-e- Imtiaz in 1990, the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 1992 and the WWF Conservation Medal in 1994.

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