Mr. Aazar Ayaz is the Executive Director of “The Researchers” & Managing Director of “THRIVE”; both the organisations are based in Islamabad, Pakistan and work in the areas of Policy Research and
Integrated Area Development.
He holds Master’s Degree in Economics.36 years of diversified working experience for public sector, private sector, donors and civil society organization at national and regional level. Democratic Governance focusing electoral & political reform and election observation, Gender and integrated rural livelihood project planning, implementation and evaluation are his core area of competence. His major research areas are ‘Women’s Political Empowerment’, ‘Electoral Processes’, ‘Decentralization in Pakistan’, Democratisation and Gender.
Mr. Azar has 16 years of hands on experience in leading a National Civil Society Organization "The Researchers" (TR), managing national CSOs consortium (PLSC, THRIVE, Women Economic Empowerment), Board of Directors of Sindh Rural Support Organization (SRSO), team lead of one of largest multi sectoral integrated community development project in Khyber Pukhtunkhwa – CIADP and convenor for “Women & Politics in Asia Forum” (WPAF www.wpaf.org) with its Secretariat with TR. He has diverse portfolio of consulting as team lead and team member for Government, INGO, national NGOs and international donor community such as Delegation of European Union, UNDP, National Democratic Institute (NDI), SDC, Norway, UNESCO, and Dutch Development Agency, USAID and UNDP, TAF, GIZ, SFCG, etc.
Mr. Azar has 11 years experience in Banking & Financial Sector with Muslim Commercial Bank (Pre privatization) and also worked in National Development Finance Corporation at senior policy level focusing planning and implementation of specialized projects.
He has 10 years experience of the sector as Vice President Planning, Business Development & PR for MOBIL Pakistan, the biggest Oil & Gas MNC in the world. Presently, he is the Managing Director “THRIVE Energy Solutions” specialized in turnkey solutions in Alternate & Renewable Energies like solar, wind and solid waste.