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As senior advisor, South Asia Poverty Alleviation Programme, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Shoaib Sultan Khan has undertaken since August 1994, setting up of demonstration pilots in the six countries of the SAARC region, on the pattern of the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP), a highly successful rural development programme, whose evolution has been overseen by Mr. Khan since its inception in December1982, which has been internationally recognized for its innovative and effective approach.

Mr. Khan obtained his Master of Arts degree in English from Lucknow University. He joined the Civil Service of Pakistan in 1955, and subsequently completed a Public Administration Course at the University of Cambridge. Mr. Khan has a Bachelor of Laws degree from Peshawar University, in addition to which he has also done academic work at Birmingham University and at Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford. .During the tenure with the Government, Mr. Khan served as Deputy Director of Civil Service Academy. Deputy Commissioner Kohat and Peshawar, Commissioner of Karachi Division: Secretary of Health, education and Social Welfare, Government of North West Frontier Province and Director of the Pakistan Academy of Rural Development.

Mr. Khan's career in rural development dates back to 1959 when he came in contact with Dr. Akhter Hameed Khan. On the pattern of Comilla Project, he established the Daudzai Pilot Project of the integrated Rural Development Programme in Pakistan in 1972. In 1978, he went to Nagoya, Japan, as a consultant to the United Nations Centre for Regional Development. Between 1979 and 1982, he worked in Sri Lanka as the UNICEF consultant on the Mahaweli Ganga Development Project.