Air Commodore Khalid Banuri, SI, SI (M) (Retd)
Air Commodore Khalid Banuri is a practitioner and a scholar with diverse interests and experience spread over 44 years in public service, in four broad realms – aviation, training, education and outreach. He commenced his career as a fighter pilot and flight instructor from the PAF, rising to the rank of Air Commodore. He is a graduate of the F-16 squadron of Combat Commanders’ Course, Flying Instructors’ School, Air War College and UK’s Joint Services Command and Staff College.
He was the first Director General Arms Control & Disarmament Affairs (ACDA) Branch at the Strategic Plans Division (2012- 17) and Advisor on Arms Control & Diplomacy (2017-21), wherein he contributed to policy making in nuclear, missile, space, chemical and biological control, strategic export controls, South Asian security & policy and international law. Along with partaking in Pakistan’s official delegations for bilateral dialogues with countries of Pakistan’s interest, he has also represented Pakistan on multilateral forums. With postgraduate qualifications from three Pakistani and two British Universities, in security, strategic, defence, international law and war studies, he has taught at three public sector universities in Pakistan.
He is also Member, Expert Oversight Board for Strategic Controls, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Pakistan; Advisor Training Project Phoenix PAF; Member Administrative Advisory Board, Pakistan Nuclear Society; and Member Board of Advisors Arms Control & Disarmament Centre (ACDC) and Institute of Strategic Studies.