Dr. Allah Nawaz Samoo (Director)
Mr. Allah Nawaz Samoo is Chief Executive Officer of Thardeep Rural Development Program (TRDP). He has experience of over 20 years in development sector, corporate sector and government organizations in senior leadership role across the country.
His key areas of expertise include building and managing public‐private partnerships and leading ‘community‐driven‐development’ process. Prior to joining TRDP, he worked as ‘Managing Director’ at ‘Elementary Education Foundation’ Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Peshawar. In this capacity, he led successfully the process of ‘reform and change management’ in a challenging environment. Prior to this, he worked with the Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund, Islamabad, as General Manager, Institutional Development, managing a partnership with 85 development organizations in 70 districts across the country. The partnerships resulted in the formation of over 70,000 inclusive community institutions, which are continuously facilitating the provision of civic services to the poor communities across the country. Mr. Samoo also worked in World Bank supported technical assistance on Thar Coal and Power Project.
Along with a team of international experts, he provided technical support to Government of Sindh in preparation for, and early supervision of, firms contracted to undertake a strategic environmental and social assessment and study in preparation of resettlement plan and regional development plan. Prior to that, Mr. Allah Nawaz Samoo managed NCHD multi‐sector program that supported district governments in improving primary enrollment through participation of community groups in school management.
He also contributed in the transformation of TRDP from a relief and rehabilitation project to ‘Thardeep Rural Development Program’
His research studies have been published by renowned institutions including Oxford University Press.