Dr. Zafar Iqbal Qadir


Dr. Zafar Iqbal Qadir – the founding Chairman of ‘Taaleem Foundation’ has been a senior professional in the public sector with significant diversity in roles and experience from philanthropy to private sector support, corporate sector facilitation, and public sector service delivery. In the public sector, he worked as Federal Secretary in the Ministry of IT & Telecom, Chairman National Disaster Management Authority, and Economic Minister to the World Trade Organization at Geneva, Switzerland.


Dr. Qadir holds a Doctorate in Development Studies; and Master degrees in Business, Economics and Political Science. He attained the management, law and trade-related skills at the University of Connecticut (USA), and University of Manchester (UK).


As a civil servant, he initiated a quality school in the most deprived district of Kohlu, which soon led to expansion under the umbrella of Taaleem foundation. The initiative is being continuously led by the civil servants in Balochistan and is proudly owned by the relevant stakeholders, including the political leaders, tribal elders and local clergy.