Faiysal AliKhan

Visiting Research Fellow


Faiysal AliKhan is a Research Associate at the Centre for International Studies of DPIR, Oxford and an Associate Fellow of the Asia Society. He is also an International Security Fellow at New America, having previously served there as a Carnegie Fellow focusing on Afghanistan and Pakistan. He is the Managing Director of both the PESCO Group and Telelink Gulf, which are involved in trading, critical communications, security, transportation and contract logistics in Pakistan and the MENA region. He has served on the boards of DHL Pakistan and SHV Energy and worked as Commercial Director & Senior Advisor Public Policy for DHL Pakistan.

He is a member of the Pakistan National Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce and previously chaired their Customs and Trade Regulation Commission. He recently established a task force on Trade Facilitation and Regional Connectivity in the Planning Commission, Government of Pakistan, mandated to expedite implementation of legislation pertaining to the Pak-Afghan and Pak-China Economic Corridors.

Since 2006, he has served on the board of the Rural Support Programmes Network (the largest development network in Pakistan) and is also the co-founder and CEO of FIDA, a non-profit organization based in Dera Ismail Khan, which has been working throughout the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province since 2004. One of FIDA’s cross-cutting themes is the empowerment of youth, particularly those from Tribal Areas, and is currently working closely with FATA Parliamentarians on governance of post civil/military operations.

He was a member of the US/Pakistan Working Group at Stanford University’s Hoover Institute and has facilitated workshops at the Center for Reconstruction and Stabilization Studies at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. He is an alumnus of the National Security Workshop (NSW-10) at the National Defence University, Islamabad and holds a Masters’ in Public Policy from the Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford.