Sardar Ahmad Nawaz Sukhera is an officer of the Pakistan Administrative Service and joined as Secretary, Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage on March 27, 2017.
He joined the Civil Service of Pakistan in 1985 and over the course of his career, has held various Secretariat, Field and Staff assignments. Before joining the Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage he served as Secretary Privatisation Division from April 08, 2014 to March 27, 2017. He also served as Chief Executive Officer of the Small & Medium Enterprises Development Authority of Pakistan (SMEDA). He has held field assignments of Deputy Commissioner in Faisalabad (1995-96) and Sheikhupura (2000-01) Districts and was District Coordination Officer, Sheikhupura (2001). Staff jobs done by him include Principal Secretary to the Governor Punjab (2008-11), PSO to Chief Minister, Punjab (1994-95) and Faculty Member at the National School of Public Policy (2011-12). In the Secretariat of Government of the Punjab, he has held assignments of Secretary (Implementation & Coordination) – 2005-08, Additional Finance Secretary (Budget & Development) – 2003-05, Chief, External Capital Assistance (1996-97), besides having been Project Director of the Technical Education Project (1998-99), which was an ADB Funded Project.
He earned his MPA degree from Harvard University (1994), and Master of Arts (Development Economics) from Williams College (1993). He also holds a Bachelor of Science (Hon.) degree in Economics, specialising in Industry & Trade, from the London School of Economics (1983). Earlier, he did his O&A Level at the Aitchison College, Lahore.
He has attended executive courses in Investment Appraisal & Management, Infrastructure in Market Economy, and Public-Private Partnership for Infrastructure Development at Harvard University, and Budgeting & Financial Management in Public Sector at Duke University.
He has also taught economics at the undergraduate level at Harvard University (1993-94). His research paper on ‘Kalabagh Dam – contentious issues and ways of reproachment’ was published in the National Institute of Public Administration Papers (2004), and his master thesis at Williams College was on ‘Peace Dividend and its Impact on Social Sector Development – a case study of India and Pakistan’.