Roomi S. Hayat
|Roomi Saeed Hayat|
Roomi Saeed Hayat at IRM Head office in Islamabad
|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. 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. In recognition of his HRD services, Training Need Analysis, Material Development, Evaluation Mechanism and Post Training Utilization, Hayat was awarded the HRD Award by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP) HRD Award.
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, education and employment.
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.
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. 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 including UN, ILO, USAID, Asian Development Bank and World Bank.
Institute of Rural Management: Evolution and Growth
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, 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). This unit has evolved into Pakistan’s premier human resource development training institute having trained more than 1 million people  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.
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 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 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.
Foundation of HRDN
He founded Human Resource Development Network in 1997. HRDN originated as a platform where a network of professionals  could share ideas and concepts. The idea was also to set up a network that works as a bridge between development professionals and organizations.
The HRDN is recognized as a capacity building platform and one of the leading network of trainers.
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.
- Roomi Hayat speaking about the Role of HRDN, Press Coverage in Dawn News, September 08, 2007
- Profile: Training to Win, Interview of Roomi Hayat in Dawn News, January 15, 2012
- Adult Learning Principles, excerpts from Roomi S. Hayat's "Report of Thematic Workshop on Training Needs Assessment" (1997)
- Training Module of Training of Trainers
- Trainer's Life Saver by Roomi Hayat Page 6
- UNESCAP HRD Award for IRM
- Training of youth from rural areas stressed, Interview of Roomi Hayat in The Frontier Post, July 21, 2012
- Quality Conscious Training Institutes, views of Roomi Hayat published in NGORC Journal 2003
- ESCAP HRD course on Poverty Alleviation- based on Roomi Hayat's publications
- Monthly Report of UCBPRP published by Government of Sindh
- ILO Report featuring experience of the ILO-TREE project in Pakistan, Page 10
- Roomi Hayat as Programme Manager NRSP
- IRM History
- Realising the Potential
- "IRM Imparting Training to One Million People", news report published in "The News"
- IRM Registration with SECP
- Securities & Exchange Commission of Pakistan Grants Registration license to the NPOs
- Vocational and Technical Education Centers of IRM
- ILO Skills and Employability Network-IRM Profile as a Partner Organization of ILO
- Third batch of Leadership Programme graduates, Roomi Hayat speaking on the graduation ceremony of WLP, Press Coverage in “The News” November 19, 2009
- HRDN Founder Members
- HRDN List of Members and Staff
- “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
- 7th Annual Trainers Retreat
- List of Certified Non-profit Organization published by Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy
- Roomi Hayat participated in HRDN Activities, Press Coverage in "Dawn News" February 23, 2006
- Human Resource Development: Choices and Opportunities
- HRD Course on Poverty Alleviation published by United Nations ESCAP, Bangkok, Thailand
- HRD Course on Human Dignity Initiative published by UN ESCAP, Thailand
- Paper on “Role of Community Participation in Environment Management” at Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad. Pakistan
- Paper on “Poverty for World Summit on Sustainable Development” (WSSD) in Johannesburg, South Africa.