Special Assistant to Prime Minister on
National Security Division and Strategic Policy Planning
Prior to his appointment, Dr. Yusuf was serving as Chairman, Strategic Policy Planning Cell (SPPC) since October 2019. Before joining the government, Dr. Yusuf was the Associate Vice President for Asia at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C., U.S.A. He was previously a Fellow at the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future at the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, and concurrently a Research Fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center at Harvard University’s Kennedy School. He has also worked at the Brookings Institution. In 2007, he co-founded Strategic and Economic Policy Research, a private sector consultancy firm in Pakistan. Dr. Yusuf has also consulted for a number of Pakistani and international organizations including the Asian Development Bank, World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme and the Stockholm Policy Research Institute, among others. From 2004-2007, he was a full-time consultant with the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) in Islamabad. He has published widely in national and international journals, professional publications and magazines. For several years, he wrote regularly for Dawn newspaper. He also frequently appeared as an expert on Pakistani and international media. He is the author/editor of multiple books. His latest book, Brokering Peace in Nuclear Environments: U.S. Crisis Management in South Asia, was released by Stanford University Press in May, 2018. His other books South Asia 2060: Envisioning Regional Futures (co-edited) and Getting it Right in Afghanistan (co-edited) were published by Anthem Press, UK and U.S. Institute of Peace Press respectively in 2013. He is also the editor of Pakistan's Counter-terrorism Challenge (Georgetown University Press, 2014) and Insurgency and Counterinsurgency in South Asia: From a Peacebuilding Lens (U.S. Institute of Peace Press, 2014).
Captain (R) Abid Hussain
Capt (R) Abid Hussain hails from district Rawalpindi and is a member of Pakistan Administrative Service (PAS). Presently, he is at the senior level of “policy making” in the bureaucracy of Pakistan and is holding the post of Additional Secretary, National Security Division, Islamabad.
As a civil servant his career started as Assistant Commissioner, Shahdadpur, Sindh after completing training from Civil Services Academy, Lahore in 1990. Later on he dedicated more than 9 years of his prolific career to the historic province of Sindh where he served on various physically and mentally challenging assignments such as Deputy Commissioner, Deputy Home Secretary, and Additional Secretary. During this tenure useful services were also successfully tested on executive posts in other provinces such as Executive District Officer (F&P), Punjab, Director (F&D) in the Office of Chief Commissioner ICT and Secretary Finance, AJ&K.
In 2007, he attended the Senior Management Course at National Management College, Lahore and since then has remained posted on major strategic posts at the Federal level, such as Director General (M&E/Audit) NAVTEC, Islamabad, Director General (Planning) ERRA, Islamabad, Joint Secretary in Ministry of Education, Ministry of Industries & production, Additonal Secretary Ministry of Science & Technology, DG National Commission for Human Development and Member NACTA. He also has to his credit attending of the National Security Course 2013-14 at National Defence University, Islamabad.
Prior to his joining of National Security Division, Islamabad, he was serving as Additional Secretary in Wafaqi Mohtasib Secretariat, Islamabad.