Saad S. Khan, PhD, is an officer of Pakistan Administrative Service (P.A.S) and is a widely-published writer and analyst on democracy, law, and international politics, especially within the context of Muslim countries. His diverse academic interests also extend to Security and Military Studies and Urban Planning & Design. Before joining NIM Quetta as its head, Dr Khan had vast teaching experience having been a full-time faculty member at the National School of Public Policy: the National Management College (formerly Pakistan Administrative Staff College) and the National Institute of Public Administration, Lahore. He has taught full semester courses at many Universities including the GIK Institute (Swabi), International Islamic University, Allama Iqbal Open University, Sir Syed Center for Advance Research, and Air University, Islamabad. As a career civil servant, Dr Khan has extensive experience at all three tiers of Government hierarchy including the Federal Government of Pakistan, the provincial Governments of Punjab, Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan, as well as many District Governments. As Secretary to the Government, he has headed six provincial level departments being Secretary, Services & General Admin Dept (S&GAD); Secretary, Planning & Development (P&D); Secretary Information Dept and Secretary, Health Dept, among others. He also remained Managing Director & CEO of Tourism Development Corporation of Punjab (TDCP), Additional Secretary (Education Dept) Punjab, Director Intelligence (Govt. of Balochistan) and Deputy Commandant/A.I.G, Balochistan Levies Force.He has, to his credit the authorship of eight books including Reasserting International Islam (Oxford University Press; 2000),Friends Indeed: Review & Reference on Pakistan OIC Relations National Commission for Historical and Cultural Research; 2004),SERVICE: Our Highest Honor (PASA; 2011),When Military Wages Peace: Military Bands in Diplomacy, War and Statecraft (Pentagon; 2018)Ruttie Jinnah: The Woman Who Stood Defiant (Penguin; 2020) In addition, his three Urdu books on Quaid-e-Azam and freedom movement are titled:ِ
Quaid e Azam ki Nijji Zindagi: Maslak, Shadi, Aulad. (قائد اعظم کی نجی زندگی، مسلک، شادی، اولاد)
Mohammad Ali Jinnah: Daulat, Jaedad aur Wasiyat (محمد علی جناح، دولت، جائیداد اور وصیت)
Begum Maryam Jinnah: Quaid ki ahlia o humsafar (بیگم مریم جناح: قائد کی اہلیہ و ہمسفر)
Dr Khan, is also contributing author of the multi-volume Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Politics, in the Board of Advisors of multi-volume Compendium of Procurement Laws in Pakistan as well as a contributor to the prestigious Oxford Bibliography Online, in addition to several book chapters.
He has contributed extensively to research journals and has remained Section Editor of Cambridge Review of International Affairs. He has an impressive list of research journals publications to his credit including in Quarterly Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, Qtly Muslim and Arab Perspectives, and Journal of National Development & Security His Op-Ed columns have appeared in numerous leading papers worldwide including in Pakistan, Iran, Lebanon, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Turkey and in the Diplomatic Traffic (Washington DC, USA) and some have been translated into French, Turkish, Bengali and other languages.
He has appeared as a Guest Speaker abroad at the University of Dhaka, Cairo University, Jamia Millia University New Delhi, Cambridge University, UK, and Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA among many other forums and conferences in Italy, Belgium, UK, Sri Lanka and elsewhere. Within Pakistan, he has appeared as Guest Speaker at Naval War College, Lahore; Frontier Corps Training Center, Loralai; Civil Services Academy, Lahore; University of Karachi; University of Peshawar; Sind University, Jamshoro, Bahauddin Zakaria University, Multan; Iqbal Academy and countless other forums. He is also a regular speaker at training courses for civil servants at all five campuses of the National Institutes of Management (NIMs) across Pakistan.
Dr Khan is also distinguished to have been the Country Expert for Pakistan for the V-Dem (Varieties of Democracy) Project of Gothenburg University, Sweden.
Saad Khan’s interest in International Law, especially the law concerning military conflicts and Humanitarian law, has led him to complete various MOOC courses on the subject from Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium. He has also completed the 2021 Winter Course in International Law from the Hague Academy of International Law, The Hague.
Dr Khan is a hobby collector and promoter of Marching Bands and is Chairman of Marching Bands for Peace—a forum to promote Army Bands, Police Bands and School/College Marching Bands www.marchingbands.band . He is also Fellow of Royal Edinburgh Military Bands Tattoo, also the National Representative of International Military Music Society in Pakistan as well as one of the Directors of the World Association of Marching Show Bands (WAMSB).
Dr. Khan also co-produced an Urdu documentary on Marching Bands in Pakistan titled Band Baja aur Pakistan that won the Bolan Academy Award for best documentary in 2017 and is now a part of the syllabus of the prestigious Army School of Music.
Dr Khan holds many awards honors including Sicahin War Medal, Armed Forces Mountaineering Badge, Governor of Punjab Academic Distinction Shield, Bolan Award for Culture (Military Music), 7th Gulf Award for Outstanding Pakistanis (Research & Writing) and his name has recently been recommended for Sitara e Imtiaz too.
Dr Khan was a Fulbright Scholar at Institute of Training & Development, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA; alumnus of International Academy of Leadership (IAF), Kottenhiede, Germany, an alumnus of prestigious Maritime Security Workshop (MARSEW) from Naval War College, has done course at the world-renowned Ecole Nationale l’Administration, Paris, France, and has been a Cambridge-OSI Trust Scholar at the University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK. He is an active member of Oxbridge Forum in Pakistan. He has traveled worldwide extensively.