Roomi S. Hayat

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Roomi Saeed Hayat
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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 Trainer
Notable work(s) Founding Chairperson of the Human Resource Development Network, CEO of Institute of Rural Management

Roomi Saeed Hayat is a businessman and CEO of the Institute of Rural Management. Hayat is the founding chairperson of the international think-tank Human Resource Development Network.[1]For the last 20 years, he has been associated with the field of capacity development on institutional and rural development, and on employable skills for youth.[2] He was awarded the HRD Award by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.[3] He has conducted over 500 short- and long-term training programmes in over 20 countries, as well as various donor funded projects[4] for the UN, ILO,[5] USAID, Asian Development Bank and World Bank.[citation needed]


Hayat was born to a Pathan family in Kohat, Pakistan. He attended St Mary's High School and then PAF College Peshawar. He completed his Bachelors in Engineering at Peshawar University and then joined the Pakistan Army for three years. He later studied for a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.[2][6]


Hayat served in the Pakistan Army as a captain, working as a technical adjutant and company commander from 1983 to 1985.[citation needed]

Leaving the army, he became director of training and research of the Small Industries Development Board of the Government of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, He joined the National Rural Support Programme in 1992 and took up the task of building the capacities of marginalised communities[clarification needed] in the rural areas of Pakistan.[7][8] He set up a one-room human resource development which later became the Institute of Rural Management; and initiated a range of programmes including vocational and technical training, management development programme, social mobilisation training, micro-finance training, social sector services training, education, health and academics. Under his leadership, IRM evolved into Pakistan's leading training institute having trained more than 1 million people with an annual turnout of over 50,000 trainees.[1][9]

In 2010, IRM was registered as a separate legal entity and underwent several strategic transformations. Hayat was appointed as the first CEO of the IRM.[10][11]

IRM continued to grow and today has 15 offices across Pakistan, including six Vocational and Technical Education Centers in Punjab, Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.[12] In the early years, it focused mainly on supporting the development agenda of Rural Support Programmes in Pakistan by providing human development services. It now also caters to the capacity building needs of the public as well as private sector.[13][14]

Human Resource Development Network[edit]

In 1997, Hayat started an international think-tank, the Human Resource Development Network.[15][16][17] The network was intended to bridge the gap between development professionals and organisations.[18][19]

Hayat still serves as the chairperson of the HRDN, which is now recognised as a capacity-building platform and one of the leading networks of trainers.[20]

Other activities[edit]

Hayat is also vice-chairman of Akhtar Hameed Khan Resource Center, a member of board of directors of the Rural Support Programmes Network, and a member of the executive committee of the PNC-IUCN[clarification needed] and CEC-IUCN[clarification needed], Geneva.[citation needed]


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

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