|Mr. Fazal Abbas Maken (the Federal Secretary, Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of Pakistan), has assumed charge as the interim Executive Director of COMSATS on 19th October 2016. Mr. Maken is also the ex-officio Chairperson of COMSATS Consultative Committee being the focal point of COMSATS in the host country, Pakistan.
In his present position in the Government of Pakistan, Mr. Maken is using his diverse expertise in policy making and trade promotion, to create linkages amongst R&D institutions, academia and the industry of Pakistan. He is endeavouring to re-orient the existing R&D paradigm in the country towards industry-focused and need-based research, with a view to contribute towards technological advancement of the industrial sector. Moreover, he is also supervising the administering of distinctive trade-related services for standardization, accreditation and conformity assessment being provided through MoST.
Mr. Maken joined the Pakistan Administrative Service (formerly known as District Management Group) in 1983, after graduating in Economics and Statistics from Government College, Lahore, Pakistan. Apart from undertaking district-level administrative assignments on law & order and revenue collection, he has held during his career mid-management and senior management positions related to planning & development, project management, policy making and promotion of Pakistan’s international trade.
During his tenure as Secretary, Irrigation and Power Development, Government of NWFP (now Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) (2000-2002), Mr. Maken led the formulation and implementation of the Development Plans, and various policies for these sectors.
As the Minister (Trade) at the Pakistan High Commission, New Delhi (2005-2009), Mr. Maken liaised with the Indian Government to address issues pertaining to bilateral economic relations.
Later serving as the Federal Secretary, Commerce & Investment Department, Government of Punjab (2009-2011), he was responsible for undertaking initiatives for attracting investment in the province and played a pivotal role in the provincial government’s efforts for raising funds for rehabilitation work during the 2010 floods.
Between 2011 and 2014, Mr. Maken served the Ministry of Commerce, Government of Pakistan, as an Additional Secretary. The job involved negotiations with bilateral and multilateral trading partners and formulation of Pakistan’s stance regarding various WTO agreements. He also worked towards building consensus amongst domestic stakeholders on multiple issues related to Pakistan’s trade relations with other countries. Mr. Maken also led the Ministry’s team that formulated the Strategic Trade Policy Framework 2012 - 2015.
As Additional Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Government of Pakistan (2014-2015), he oversaw issues pertaining to immigration policy and registration of citizens for smooth and effective implementation of the National Action Plan to counter terrorism. He played an instrumental role in formulating policies regarding immigration, arms control, and regulations of private security companies. He also launched a project to introduce e-filing in the Ministry.