Mr. Saifullah Mahsud is the President of FATA Research Centre (FRC).He is from village Shaga in South Waziristan. He is among the founding members of the organization. Mr. Mahsud carries enormous experience in working in academia, journalism and social development sector. Before co-founding the FRC, Mr. Mahsud worked as a Research Analyst with the S.Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore from 2007-2008. He had also worked as a researcher with the Research Society of International Law (RSIL) and as Social Organiser with the Islamic Relief UK in 2001-2002. He was also associated with the English daily The Nation from 1999-2001.
Since joining the FRC, Mr. Mahsud has conducted field research in Paktika, Helmand and Oruzgan provinces of Afghanistan, FATA, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan and Southern Punjab in Pakistan. He regularly appears on the national and international print and electronic media on various topics concerning Pakistan and the region. Mr. Mahsud holds M.A. in Political Science from the University of Peshawar.
Mansur Khan Mahsud
Mr. Mansur Khan Mahsud belongs from Ladha in South Waziristan Agency of FATA. He is among the founding members of FRC. Mr. Mahsud carries wide experience of working in academia and social development sector. Before founding the FRC, Mr. Mahsud worked at the Pakistan Institute of Peace Studies (PIPS) as well as a field research for International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research in Singapore. He has also worked with the Islamic Relief UK. Mr.Mahsud has authored many research papers which have been published in PIPS, FRC and the New American Foundation in Washington DC in USA.
Dr. Syed Adnan Ali Shah Bukhari
Senior Fellow & Director Programmes
Dr. Syed Adnan Ali Shah Bukhari has earned his PhD on the Talibanization of FATA and N.W.F.P. from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore. He belongs to Peshawar, provincial capital of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province (KP). His areas of interest include terrorism and insurgency, governance and development in post-conflict societies and Afghanistan. Dr. Bukhari carries rich experience of working in academia, journalism and social-development sector.
Before joining the FRC, Dr. Bukhari served as an Associate Research Fellow and Team Leader of South and Central Asia Desk at the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research (ICPVTR), S.Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) at the Nanyang Technological University. He is also associated with the Geneva Centre for Training and Analysis of Terrorism (GCTAT), Switzerland. He has also served as a Research Fellow at the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI). Dr. Bukhari has attended numerous international conferences as a paper-reader and published widely in academic journals, local and international newspapers, and regularly contributes to Jamestown Foundation, Washington DC, USA. Apart from research, Bukhari has served as a Master Trainer in various capacity building workshops organized for law enforcement and security agencies in Singapore, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Dr. Sadia Sulaiman
Dr. Sadia Sulaiman is a PhD in failure of post-conflict reconstruction and development in Afghanistan from the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. She has rich experience in both teaching and research. Apart from advising the FRC on its various programmes, She teaches international politics and development at the Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU) in Islamabad. Dr. Sulaiman has also worked for six years at the Terrorism and Insurgency Unit (TIRU) of Thomson Reuters in Singapore. She has also served as a Research Fellow at the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI). Her areas of interest include studying security sector reforms, civil wars, post-conflict reconstruction, insurgency and counter-insurgency, terrorism and counter-terrorism, Afghanistan and US foreign and defense policies. Dr. Sadia has the distinction of being a Fulbright Fellow.