Delivering power to 145 million Pakistanis is no easy task, but, fortunately, Ashfaq Mahmood is well qualified for the position. With twenty years of experience in the energy sector of the Planning Commission of Pakistan, and having participated in several of IIE's Energy Training Program’s international study tours, Mahmood was well prepared to serve as Secretary of the Pakistan Ministry of Planning and Development (1992), and as Minister of Water and Power (1994-97).
His IIE Energy Group study tours, focusing on energy sector restructuring and privatization, were particularly useful in helping Mahmood play a major role in developing policies that reconfigured the energy sector, and placed Pakistan at the forefront of the worldwide trend towards privatization. Impressed by IIE's work, Mahmood has taught various Energy Group courses and seminars, notably for the Ukraine Energy MBA Program and the African Women in Energy Policy and Planning Workshop. Ashfaq Mahmood was appointed Secretary of the Ministry of Information Technology and Communications of Pakistan in September 2001.
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