Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed (Keynote Speaker)

A versatile and enlightened journalist by profession, Mushahid Hussain Sayed served as the Minister for Information and Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee in the Senate of Pakistan and now serves as Chairman of the Defence Committee. Earlier, he was Member, Directing Staff/Course Coordinator, at Pakistan Administrative Staff College at Lahore, in-charge of training new Foreign Service Officers.

The Senator writes regularly on national and international affairs and his areas of specialisation include the media, politics of the Muslim world, Pakistan’s foreign policy and regional security issues. During 1982-87, he was Editor of ‘The Muslim’ – a major national English daily published from the Federal Capital. He is also author of three books on Pakistan’s foreign policy and domestic politics. His articles have been published in various international publications, including The Washington Post, The New York Times, Asia Week, Far Eastern Economic Review, Jane’s Defence Weekly, International Herald Tribune etc.

Senator Sayed has a Master’s degree from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C, USA, and taught Politics and International Relations at Punjab University, Lahore before leaving academia for the media in 1979. He was elected as member of the Senate of Pakistan in March 1997.

Senator Sayed has also served as Leader of Pakistan’s Delegation to the UN Human Rights Commission at Geneva and is currently Practitioner-in- Residence at Georgetown University serving as Mentor to senior graduate students on foreign affairs.