People at Seed

Our Team

Dr. Omar Mukhtar Khan
Team Leader
Omar is the Team Leader for SEED. He has extensive public sector experience primarily within public

Omar is the Team Leader for SEED. He has extensive public sector experience primarily within public financial management and revenue domains and has remained Governance Advisor with Department for International Development (now FCDO) for over eight years.

Omar has done his Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University besides trainings in management, revenue efficiency and leadership from Civil Services Academy. Omar is also an alumni of International Anti-Corruption Academy Vienna and has done assignments in various countries, including the United Kingdom, Tanzania and Ukraine.

He also writes frequently on public policy issues, including devolution and public sector reforms. Trekking and exploring Pakistan is a passion for Omar, and he has written extensively on sustainable tourism and heritage.

Nazish Afraz
Programme Economist
Nazish Afraz is Program Economist for SEED and Teaching Fellow at the Department of Economics

Nazish Afraz is Program Economist for SEED and Teaching Fellow at the Department of Economics at the Lahore University of Management Sciences. She also teaches BCURE, a Harvard University designed training program to equip civil servants to become more effective commissioners and consumers of evidence.

She has over fifteen years of experience in teaching, and in conducting research to support evidence based public policymaking in the UK and in Pakistan. Nazish is an affiliate at the Consortium for Development Policy Research. Her research interests include industrial development, skills and trade.


Nazish has completed an MPhil in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, an MSc in Economics and Finance from the University of Bristol, and has an undergraduate degree from the Lahore University of Management Sciences.

Vardah Malik
Deputy Team Leader
Vardah Malik is the Deputy Team Leader for SEED. She has over fifteen years of diverse professional

Vardah Malik is the Deputy Team Leader for SEED. She has over fifteen years of diverse professional experience in investment strategy, policy and development finance.

She has worked across a wide range of public and private sector initiatives including investment climate reforms, public-private partnerships, education, TVET, and public investment management.

Vardah has spent a large part of her career working with multiple donors including World Bank and International Finance Corporation as a finance and governance professional channelizing public and private investments for sustained economic growth in priority sectors on pro-poor reform programs. Vardah holds an MBA and post-graduation qualifications from University of Oxford.

Usman Khan
Intervention Manager
Usman Khan is Intervention Manager for SEED. Usman did his BSc in Business and Economics

Usman Khan is Intervention Manager for SEED. Usman did his BSc in Business and Economics from London School of Economics and Political Science. Furthermore, he holds a master's degree in Program and Project Management from the university of Warwick, UK.

He has diverse professional work experience of 10 years both in the corporate sector as well as the development sector having worked with international organizations like Nestle, USAID and Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as consultant/advisor in different capacities with senior political leadership.

Tufail Khan Yousafzai
Revenue & Public Finance Advisor
Tufail is Revenue & Public Finance Advisor for SEED. He looks after the component of fiscal space

Tufail is Revenue & Public Finance Advisor for SEED. He looks after the component of fiscal space within SEED. Tufail has more than eighteen years of experience of working in public sector, development sector as well as doing independent consulting work.

He has substantial experience in public finance management, sub-national taxation, sales tax policy and administration and public sector reforms. Tufail holds a PhD in Economics and a Masters in International and Development Economics from Australian National University. Besides, he has a training from Civil Services Academy.

Tufail has authored several reports and papers on public sector in Pakistan and has his academic research work published in peer reviewed journals.

Sahar Zafar
Communications Advisor
Sahar is a recognized leader for her extensive work with non-profits internationally.

Sahar is a recognized leader for her extensive work with non-profits internationally. She has successfully managed strategy, communications, and campaign execution for several developmental projects across Asia, including conflict zones.

Having worked with national media in Pakistan, Sahar is also a passionate digital story teller. She believes in the power of human spirit and has extensively documented stories of resilience, persistence, and true grit that emerge in the face of adversity.

Sahar is passionate about progressive solutions and sustainability in the developing world. She has a BA (Hons.) degree in Liberal Arts and is an Atlas Corps Alumna.

Zain Rahman
Project Manager
Zain is the project manager for SEED. He has over 6 years

Zain is the project manager for SEED. He has over 6 years of management experience of working
under a range of roles within the development, corporate, and engineering sectors and
has hands-on experience in leading and managing successful delivery of large team projects,
particularly those involving global and cross cultural teams. Zain has also previously served as a
project manager on Justice Sector project, Business integrity project, and led short business
development/scoping exercises for Adam smith international. He has also worked as a
researcher alongside Energy market consultants like HIS, Wood Mackenzie, and supported
assignments for the ET team of a multinational petrochemical company. He holds an MBA
degree from LUMS and did his Bachelor of Science (B.S.) focused in Mechanical
Engineering from GIK Institute. Zain is a motorsport-racing enthusiast, a tough SIM-racer to beat,
and has taken part in vehicle design and racing projects under Shell.

Guleena Khan
Project Manager
Guleena Khan is the Peshawar project manager for SEED.

Guleena Khan is the Peshawar project manager for SEED. She has more than three years of experience, working nationally as well as internationally primarily with Ashoka, Global Innovators before joining ASI in April 2020. Guleena holds a master’s in economics from George Mason University, U.S.A and did her bachelor’s in economics from Comsats Islamabad.  

Sponsors & Stakeholders

SEED is funded by United Kingdom’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), and implemented by Adam Smith International Pakistan in partnership with  Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.