Dr MOHAMMAD NAFEES ZAKARIA
Executive Director, Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South - COMSATS
Ambassador Dr. Mohammad Nafees Zakaria is the Executive Director of the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South – COMSATS, an intergovernmental/international organization based in Islamabad, comprising 27 Member States. It is striving to promote South-South cooperation in the fields of Science and Technology for socio-economic progress in the developing countries. He is ex-officio Pro Chancellor-II of COMSATS University Islamabad (CUI), and Chairman Board of Management of COMSATS Internet Services (CIS).
A seasoned civil servant of Pakistan, Mr. Zakaria joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) in 1988. During his illustrious diplomatic career, he has represented Pakistan as High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (2019-20), and Malaysia (2017-19). His earlier appointments include Minister (Political)/ Deputy High Commissioner in London (2009-2012) and Consul General for Pakistan in Toronto (2012-2014), as well as various diplomatic assignments in Abu Dhabi (1992-1996), Jakarta (1999-2001), and Bangkok (2001-2006). He was also Pakistan’s Representative to UNESCAP, Bangkok.
At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad, he held important senior positions, including Additional Foreign Secretary/Spokesperson, Director General for South Asia and SAARC, and Director General for Europe. He was appointed by the President of Pakistan as Member Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) of Pakistan, (November 2020 – October 2022).