Allah Bakhsh Malik

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Honourable Dr. Allah Bakhsh Malik |اللہ بخش ملک' UNESCO Confucius Laureate is an academic, researcher, development economist, social scientist, management and institutional development specialist. He is a member of Pakistan Administrative Service, Central Superior Services of Government of Pakistan, Pakistan. He has also led the professional teams in development sector in inter-sectoral, multi-temporal and cross-disciplinary fields at national and international level. Malik was conferred United Nations's UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy with the title of The Honourable and a Degree in recognition of leadership role for the promotion of Literacy and Skill Development in the Punjab province on September 8, 2011. In 2011 he was decorated with the UNESCO Confucius Award and the title of Honourable Mention for his leadership role in promoting education and skills development for the less-affluent and disenfranchised. Dr. Malik has this unique distinction since he is the first Pakistani and Muslim who has been conferred the Confucius Award by UN-UNESCO. Dr. Malik represented Pakistan and Asia Pacific nations on the Board of Global Partnership for Education - GPE, The World Bank for three years.

Malik in his early career served as Deputy Commissioner Chilas - Diamer, Gilgit, Muzzaffargarh and Pakpattan.

Dr. Malik has worked as Managing Director Punjab Education Foundation, Secretary to the Government/Chairman BISE at Government of Punjab, Pakistan,.[1] As MD/CEO PEF Malik introduced Public Private Partnership - PPP in Education Sector in Pakistan for the first time. His model of PPP has been accepted as the world's best replicate model by the lead journal Economist, for low cost schools for affordable quality education. He introduced programs like Foundation Assisted Schools - FAS, Education Voucher Scheme - EVS, Teaching in Clusters by Subject Specialists - TICSS and Continuous Professional Development Program - CPDP. By now more than two million children are benefiting from PEF initiatives pioneered by Malik. He is considered as the 'god-father' and Educator to the Poor for affordable quality education in public private partnership for the low income and less-affluent families.

Dr. Malik served as Director General & Programme Director Directorate of Staff Development - DSD restructured and renamed in 2017 as Quaid e Azam Academy for Educational Development - QAED, Programme Director Punjab Education Sector Reforms Programme - PESRP. Dr. Malik served as Secretary to the Government, School Education Department, Government of Punjab, one of the largest education system in the world. His performance was highlighted as exemplary education leader by The Economist in February 2018. He served as Federal/Additional Secretary to the Government of Pakistan, Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training, Director General, Academy of Educational Planning and Management (AEPAM) and Director General, National Commission of Human Development. Malik has been recognized as a passionate educator for the less-privileged at national and international level because of his passion and services for affordable quality education for the less-affluent and disenfranchised sections of society in Pakistan and around the globe. Malik is Charles Wallace Trust Fellow of SOAS University of London UK and was appointed as Ambassador of British Alumni Association Pakistan.

He is son of Late Haji Malik Ghulam Hussain Awan of Khara Chakwal.

Malik was Adjunct Faculty at Civil Services Academy, Iqra University and Government College University.

Dr. Malik is the former Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) (2004 to 2008). He revamped and restructured PEF as an autonomous organization established to forge public-private partnerships for the promotion of quality education for the less affluent and under-served marginalized sections of society at affordable cost. He developed and introduced for the first time in Pakistan, new instruments for affordable quality education through innovation. The Economist declared these instruments as the best designs and replicable model in the world. Recently LUMS has published a study, 'Candles in the Dark' and PEF is one of them. He served as Secretary Literacy and Basic Education Department with Skill Development Programmes and Secretary Youth Affairs (2009 to 2012) Government of Punjab Pakistan. He served as Federal/Additional Secretary to the Government of Pakistan for National Tariff Commission, Commerce and Textile Industry. Malik has several decades of experience in various aspects of the education sector and skill development: policy and situation analysis, assessment, policy formulation, strategic interventions, planning, implementation and monitoring and evaluation. He has vast experience in implementing social development projects focusing social and human development.

Malik was elected Alternate Member of the Board of Global Partnership for Education - GPE for Asia Pacific Region. The Global Partnership for Education supports developing countries to ensure that every child receives a quality basic education, prioritizing the poorest, most vulnerable and those living in fragile and conflict-affected countries. He is also Member of the Steering Committee and Drafting Group of Framework For Action beyond 2015 by UNESCO Paris. He is the founding trustee of Pakistan Alliance for Girls Education (PAGE).

Malik is a Chevening Scholar and Charles Wallace Trust Fellow at SOAS, University of London. His work has been extensively published. He was conferred Global Excellence Award of Management in 2013. He was the first Chairman of National Curriculum Council, Government of Pakistan.

Malik formulated Punjab Youth Policy 2012, National TVET Policy 2015, Punjab Early Childhood Education and Development (ECED) and supervised the revision of National Education Policy 2009.


  • UNESCO Diploma for Leadership Role for Promotion of Education and Skill Development with title of Honorable Mention and Confucius Award 2011
  • Charles Wallace Trust Fellow (2010-2011). Public Policy, Governance and Economic Development in Pakistan: Issues and Challenges - SOAS London UK
  • Post-Doc Visiting Scholar (2006-2008). Privatization of Education in Public Private Partnership: Freedom of Choice: Affordable Quality Education in Public Private Partnership. Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, USA
  • PhD (2003). Development Economics: Public Finance and Resource Mobilization, Punjab University Lahore Pakistan.
  • MPhil (1993–94) Chevening Scholar: Economics and Politics of Development:, Cambridge University –United Kingdom.
  • LLB (1996) Punjab University Lahore Pakistan.
  • MA (1985) Punjab University Lahore Pakistan .
  • Post Graduate Diploma (1981) Economics, Development and Financial Management, HBL Training Institute Karachi Pakistan.
  • Graduation (1980) Punjab University Lahore Pakistan.


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