Roomi S. Hayat

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Roomi Saeed Hayat
CEO at work.jpg
Roomi Saeed Hayat at IRM Head office in Islamabad
Residence Pakistan
Education Master's in Rural Sociology, Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME)
Occupation Institutional and Rural Development Expert
Known for Capacity Development
Notable work(s) Founding Chairperson of the Human Resource Development Network, CEO of Institute of Rural Management
Board member of
Human Resource Development Network, Rural Support Programme Network, Akhtar Hameed Khan Resource Center, Executive Committee Member of PNC-IUCN,

Roomi Saeed Hayat is a renowned management and institutional development expert, trainer and facilitator. He is the CEO of Institute of Rural Management and founding Chairperson of an international think tank Human Resource Development Network.[1] Hayat is also serving as the Vice Chairman of Akhtar Hameed Khan Resource Center (AHKRC) and is a member of Board of Directors of the Rural Support Programmes Network (RSPN) and Executive Committee of the Pakistan National Committee of the IUCN. For the last two decades, Hayat has been associated with the field of Capacity Development and is an expert on Management, Institutional and Rural Development as well as Employable Skills for Youth.[2] In recognition of his HRD services, Training Need Analysis,[3] Material Development,[4] Evaluation Mechanism and Post Training Utilization,[5] Hayat was awarded the HRD Award by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP) HRD Award.[6]

Hayat holds a Masters Degree in Engineering from NJIT- USA, Rural Sociology from Agriculture University Peshawar and a Post Graduate Diploma in Improving Training Quality from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign- USA and AIT- Thailand. He regularly represents Pakistan on international forums regarding youth,[7] education and employment.

Early life[edit]

Hayat was born to a Pathan family of Kohat, Pakistan. He attended St Mary's High School for ten years and PAF College Peshawar for 2 years. He completed his Bachelors in Engineering from Peshawar University and later joined the Pakistan army for three years. He went on for Masters in Mechanical Engineering with major in Robotics from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA.[2]


Early career[edit]

Roomi S. Hayat with the participants of Team Building Workshop in Bhutan(2001)

He started his career with the Pakistan Army in the rank of Captain and worked as Technical Adjutant and Company Commander. He remained involved in organizational, management and training from February 1983 to December 1985.

In 1986 he joined Small Industries Development Board, Government of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, as Joint Director – Training and Research Department. He was also associated with the Rural Support Programme Network as the HRD Specialist during Oct 1998 – July 2002.

He joined the National Rural Support Programme in 1992 to take-up the task of building the capacities of marginalized communities across the rural areas of Pakistan. As a Training Specialist he was directly involved in social mobilization, developing right based innovative programmes, career planning and development, recruitment and formulating training policy.[8][9] He developed over 500 short and long term training programmes, and conducted them in over 20 countries. He managed and executed many donor funded projects[10] including UN, ILO,[11] USAID, Asian Development Bank and World Bank.

Institute of Rural Management: Evolution and Growth[edit]

CEO IRM during the Annual Training of Trainers (TOT)

Established in 1991, NRSP is the largest rural support programme in the Pakistan in terms of outreach, staff and development activities. As a Programme Manager,[12] Hayat set up a one-room human resource development (HRD) unit at NRSP which later on took the form of a specialized training institute known as the Institute of Rural Management (IRM).[13][14] This unit has evolved into Pakistan’s premier human resource development training institute having trained more than 1 million people [1] with an annual turnout of over 50,000 trainees. Programmes offered by IRM includes vocational and technical training, management development programme, social mobilization training, micro-finance training, social sector services training, education, health and academics.[15]

Briefing Cherie Blair about Relief & Rehabilitation activities undertaken by IRM in Azad Jammu & Kashmir after 2005 Earthquake

With the expansion of its training portfolio and outreach, he decided to give IRM a new identity in 2010. As a result in April 2010, IRM was registered as a separate legal entity[16][17] and subsequently it has undergone many strategic transformations. As a leader he formulated new systems and procedures to provide framework for sustainable growth of the organization.

Today IRM has 15 offices all across Pakistan including 6 Vocational and Technical Education Centers[18] in Punjab, Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. In the early years of its inception, IRM focus was mainly to support the development agenda of Rural Support Programmes in Pakistan by providing human development services however with time it expanded its range of training services. Presently it caters to capacity building needs of the public as well as private sector.[19][20]

Foundation of HRDN[edit]

Roomi S. Hayat with Mr Shaukat Aziz, Ex Prime Minister of Pakistan at HRD Congress

He founded Human Resource Development Network in 1997.[21][22] HRDN originated as a platform where a network of professionals [23] could share ideas and concepts. The idea was also to set up a network that works as a bridge between development professionals and organizations.[24][25]

The HRDN is recognized as a capacity building platform and one of the leading network of trainers.[26]

Notable work[edit]

Hayat is well known for his adult literacy programmes under which he set up an Innovations Center for Education and a Center of Executive Education to provide high quality education to university students and professionals from all across Pakistan. He is a strong proponent and advocate of women leadership at workplace and has pioneered innovative programmes such as the Women Leadership Programme and the Young Professionals Leadership Programme to enable women professionals to take up high level managerial positions in their organizations. He is a foremost capacity building expert and has received high acknowledgement from various international donor organizations for designing innovative livelihoods programmes for the members of marginalized and impoverished communities of Pakistan. After the 2005 earthquake, Hayat established numerous Field Training Centers in the disaster struck areas to help the earthquake affected people to generate decent livelihoods. Hayat is also a renowned master trainer and carries a portfolio of designing and conducting over 500 innovative and versatile training events both domestically and internationally. He has also authored many training manuals and modules including “Training of Trainers” module for United Nation ESCAP training. His Post literacy Programme has received explicit international recognition.


  1. ^ a b Roomi Hayat speaking about the Role of HRDN, Press Coverage in Dawn News, September 08, 2007
  2. ^ a b Profile: Training to Win, Interview of Roomi Hayat in Dawn News, January 15, 2012
  3. ^ Adult Learning Principles, excerpts from Roomi S. Hayat's "Report of Thematic Workshop on Training Needs Assessment" (1997)
  4. ^ Training Module of Training of Trainers
  5. ^ Trainer's Life Saver by Roomi Hayat Page 6
  6. ^ UNESCAP HRD Award for IRM
  7. ^ Training of youth from rural areas stressed, Interview of Roomi Hayat in The Frontier Post, July 21, 2012
  8. ^ Quality Conscious Training Institutes, views of Roomi Hayat published in NGORC Journal 2003
  9. ^ ESCAP HRD course on Poverty Alleviation- based on Roomi Hayat's publications
  10. ^ Monthly Report of UCBPRP published by Government of Sindh
  11. ^ ILO Report featuring experience of the ILO-TREE project in Pakistan, Page 10
  12. ^ Roomi Hayat as Programme Manager NRSP
  13. ^ IRM History
  14. ^ Realising the Potential
  15. ^ "IRM Imparting Training to One Million People", news report published in "The News"
  16. ^ IRM Registration with SECP
  17. ^ Securities & Exchange Commission of Pakistan Grants Registration license to the NPOs
  18. ^ Vocational and Technical Education Centers of IRM
  19. ^ ILO Skills and Employability Network-IRM Profile as a Partner Organization of ILO
  20. ^ Third batch of Leadership Programme graduates, Roomi Hayat speaking on the graduation ceremony of WLP, Press Coverage in “The News” November 19, 2009
  21. ^ HRDN Founder Members
  22. ^ HRDN List of Members and Staff
  23. ^ “Civil society organizations key to improvement”, Roomi Hayat speaking on International conference on Human Security and Social Development, Press Coverage by Daily Times, November 26, 2006
  24. ^ 7th Annual Trainers Retreat
  25. ^ List of Certified Non-profit Organization published by Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy
  26. ^ Roomi Hayat participated in HRDN Activities, Press Coverage in "Dawn News" February 23, 2006

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