Niaz Khandir, Pakistan
Before joining this course, I worked as Program Manager with the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) for more than five and half years. I worked on the programs related to strengthening political parties, women’s political participation and elections. Prior to this I also worked as a journalist for print media and radio for more than seven years.
I am passionate about this program because it combines the experiences from the field with the academic discourse around the ongoing struggles for democracy, human rights and rule of law with particular focus on the Asia Pacific region.
I am keen to learn the skills that will broaden and complement my experience in this field. I am interested in researching the role of civil society in transitional democracies, with particular focus on Pakistan.