Prof. Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed
Professor Dr Mukhtar Ahmed has been the executive director of HEC since February 2013. The HEC executive director serves as the chief executive officer of the organisation. He was also the principal accounting officer of the commission. Being the HEC ED, Dr Ahmed was responsible for the implementation of reforms initiated by the Government of Pakistan in higher education sector.
Before joining the HEC, Dr Ahmed was deputy director general of Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Isesco) in Rabat, Morocco, and was responsible for the Directorates of Education, Science, Culture and Communication, ICPSR, CPID (Planning and Strategic Division) and Isesco regional centers. He persuaded Isesco’s agenda in all OIC conferences, conventions, including the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers and also various ministerial conferences in specified various areas of Isesco’s mandate.
Dr Ahmed was also responsible for preparing short-term and long-term programs, including three-year action plans for the Isesco. He was also the Editor-in-chief, Isesco Journal of Science and Technology.
With a Bachelor and Master of Science from the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, and Masters in Business Administration and PhD from the University of California, Riverside, USA, he has over 25 years of educational development and management experience at national and international levels, including teaching, research, academic administration, policy development, linking educational research to industry, commercialization, introducing entrepreneurial approaches to education and a diverse range of educational development programs.
His career is enriched with diverse academic, research and administrative experience, both in public and private sectors of higher education in Pakistan. He has worked with numerous educational and other institutions in different capacities at national and international levels as lecturer, associate professor, professor, chairman/head of departments, dean, consultant, coordinator, project director, director student affairs, director campus, rector, acting executive director HEC, member (Operations and Planning) HEC, deputy director general Isesco and the executive director of HEC.