Tasneem Noorani

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Mr. Tasneem Noorani is a prominent member of the civil society in Pakistan. Subsequent to his retirement three years back, after serving the GOP in various high profile positions for thirty seven year, he is now into consulting.

Mr. Noorani held the post of Secretary Interior, the highest level civil servant on policy making on security of the country, in the Govt. of Pakistan ,from 2001 to 2004. He was subsequently made the Secretary of Commerce, which is the highest policy framer and implementer of all trade related matters, both national and international, of the Govt. of Pakistan.

Noorani writes for DAWN and THE NEWS on national issues and is often invited by national TV Channels as an expert on government and administrative issues, with special reference to his experience in govt. on security issues and trade and commerce related matters.

Mr. Noorani has an extended of hands on experience, as his CV, which is attached, will indicate. He is also one of the most well regarded and respected former civil servant in the country currently, on account of his conduct and reputation during his years in Govt. service and his extra governmental efforts.

He has shown great passion to work for the uplift of education in the country since his days as Secretary of Education in the Govt. of Punjab. Mr. Noorani is the Vice Chairman of a Trust, which has set up a Rs.400 million cadet college in the interior of Sind (Tando Allah Yar) to give quality education to boys of depressed areas of the country to do their O and A level. This project, by providing the best education available in the country, will hopefully provide educated leadership to people from depressed areas like interior Sind, Tribal Areas, Northern Areas etc. He is also the President of a NGO, set up in Punjab, which adopts govt. primary schools, in order to improve the quality of education imparted by them.

Mr. Noorani was decorated for bravery in his younger days in the 1971 war, as Asstt. Commissioner of a frontline sub division/district He has also been elected Chairman of Lahore Gymkhana Club and the Golf Club. Mr.

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1979                    MBA (Marketing and Finance )– ICMS Tehran (in collaboration with Harvard Business School, USA) 1966          M. Sc. (Geology)– University of the Punjab, Pakistan


  2007-08          Certified  Director  Pakistan Institute of Corporate Governance (PICG). 2000                    Information Technology and e-Government Pakistan Administrative StaffCollege, Lahore, Pakistan 1995                    68th National Management Course Pakistan Administrative StaffCollege, Lahore, Pakistan 1987-88     50th Advanced Course in Management and Development National Institute of Public Administration, Lahore, Pakistan 1983           Policy and Management of Public Enterprise Institute of International Development, Harvard University, MA, USA 1968-69     Civil Service Academy (CSP batch of 68)


1.         Assignment for UNDP “SUPPORT TO STRENGTHEN CAPACITIES FOR POVERTY MONITORING AND POLICY ANALYSIS”. (November 2005) 2.         A comprehensive analysis and evaluation of trade between India and Pakistan on behalf of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Pakistan August, 2006-April,2007. 3.         Consultant with two private industrial concerns on  investment diversification, selection of new investment venues, assistance in buying assets from  Privatization Commission. 4.           Prime consultant for World Bank for evaluating the Public Sector capacity Building Project of the Govt. Of Pakistan 2009


2004 to 2005

Secretary to the Government of Pakistan, Ministry of Commerce

Key responsibilities:

  • To develop, strengthen and modernize Pakistan’s trade regime practices.
  • Liberalize flow of trade to move from a  regulated to a  liberalized  trading system
  • Creating opportunities for Pakistani entrepreneurs to access foreign markets.
  • International commercial diplomacy to find market access for Pakistani    goods.
  • Steering international negotiations with European Union, USA and other trading partners
  • Assisting the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan as their principal
  • Commercial and trading advisor at international fora and in bilateral meetings

Key Activities

  • Organizing the first ever National EXPO 2005 and Envoys trade Conference in   Africa, South America and   Central Asia to diversify Pakistan’s exports.
  • Focused engagements with Argentina, Chili and beginning Negotiation with   MERCSOUR for a Preferential Trading Agreement.
  • Negotiating an FTA with Sri Lanka and an Early Harvest Agreement with China.
  • Institutionalizing Trade personnel selection process.  (2001 to 2004)

Secretary to the Government of Pakistan, Ministry of Interior

Key responsibilities included:

  • Heading all law enforcement security agencies of Pakistan for  policy,

Coordinating working of all Federal and Provincial police, intelligence and Para-military forces/agencies administrative and financial control

  • Negotiating and interacting with United Nations, other international agencies, foreign governments for control of human and drug trafficking anti-terrorism related global security.
  • Advising and assisting President, Federal Cabinet and National Security

Council in respect of internal security, immigration, policing, criminal justice system and disaster management.

Key Activities included:

  • Initiated effort in new laws on anti-terrorism ,human trafficking, police reforms, jail reforms and anti-domestic violence
  • Conceived and implemented national de-weaponization campaign.
  • Introduced new security digital national identity cards
  • Coordinated national anti-terrorism campaign against religious extremists.
  • International spokesman of Government of Pakistan in global action against terrorism in coordination with USA after 9/11 terrorism.  (2000 to 2001)

Secretary to the Government of Pakistan, Ministry of Industries and Production

Key responsibilities:

  • Managing all public sector industries in Pakistan at  Corporate  level
  • Playing a key role in attracting and encouraging direct foreign investment in Pakistan as well in privatization of public sector enterprises.

Key achievements included:

  • Streamlined efficacy SMEDA (Small and Medium Enterprise Development Authority)
  • Reinvigorating the expert advisory cell of the Ministry.
  • Begun process for revival of sick industrial units. 


  • Secretary Education, Punjab.
    • Commissioner Faisalabad
    • D.C, D.G. Khan
    • Director Civil Services Academy Lahore.
    • Secretary Planning and Development, Punjab.
    • Charge de Affairs and Trade Commissioner Pakistan Embassy Singapore.
    • Chairman, Punjab Cooperatives Liquidation Board.


1998/2009    Chairman Gymkhana Club, Lahore 1996                President Golf Committee of Gymkhana Club, Lahore. Key achievement included:

  • An addition of an ‘additional golf range’ in the club
    • Revamping the Club building and its dinning facilities.

1997.   President of NGO, Rural Area Education Development (READ) running           primary schools in Punjab. 2006      Vice Chairman SST establishes and running  a boarding house school in Interior Sind. 2006-07 Director Karachi Electric Supply Corporation. 2007-08  Director Pakistan School of Fashion Designs.


2013 to date     Chairman Sargodian Spirit Trust.(SST) 2009-2010       Chairman Lahore Transport Company a project of the Govt. of Punjab. 2010.                 Member  Civil Military Group  Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency (PILDAT). 2009-to date       Advisor to Philip Morris International / Lakson Tobacco Company(LTC). 2006-               Member Board of Directors  Nimar Chemical Pvt. Ltd.


Feature writer, ‘DAWN’ largest English language daily newspaper and The News.