Nuclear & Space Technologist, Government Official, Diplomat, Global Visionary
Dr. Tariq Mustafa is an accomplished senior-ranking Pakistani government official, diplomat to the United States (by special commission of the President of Pakistan), a space technologist, World Bank Advisor, and honorary Naval Commander educated across three continents; N. America, Europe and Asia.
He is a consummate professional with the unique distinction of having contributed to five different government ministries as Federal Secretary of Defense, Science & Technology, Public Sector Industries, Petroleum and Natural Resources and Privatization. He served under six Prime Ministers and Presidents of Pakistan, during both democratic and military rule, notably brought in as an outside technocrat into the senior civil service, a rare act in Pakistan.
He has lived, studied, and worked in 8 cities across 4 countries, including London, Paris, Washington DC, Oakridge Tenn., and Islamabad and visited over 50 countries. In his official capacity, he has dealt with officials from across the Western and Eastern worlds. He has engaged with heads of states, including President Nixon, Ayatollah Khomeini, Hafiz-Al-Assad, Col. Gaddafi, and Shah of Iran. Over a career spanning 40 years, he has led successful negotiations, mediations, dialogues and speaking events covering defense and security along with science and technology.
His dedication extends to the not-for profit world and he is currently serving as an honorary President of Pakistan and South Asia Paralympics Committees. He organized the participation of Pakistan in the Paralympics games in Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016 – with their team winning over 50 gold, silver and bronze medals.
He has been appointed a member of the Governing Council of the Institute of Religion in the Age of Science (IRAS) and is a published author in the peer-reviewed Science and Religion journal Zygon (Chicago).
After his fellowship under Eisenhower’s Atoms for Peace Program at Oakridge National Laboratories (US), Dr. Mustafa was asked by the Nobel Physics laureate, Prof. Abdus Salam, to lead the establishment of Pakistan’s rocket range and space program in cooperation with NASA, which was the first of its kind in the developing world.
He was awarded an honorary doctorate degree (DSc) in 2013 by his alma mater in the United Kingdom, the University of Greenwich, in recognition of his services rendered in space technology, nuclear energy and the Paralympic movement to act as an inspiration to their alumnae.
A global visionary with a solid scientific tract and significant public service contribution, Dr. Mustafa garners an insightful perspective across multiple cultures and proven capability to mediate differences lending him a unique approach to dialogue that inspires hearts and minds amid colliding worldviews. His unique gift is his breadth of knowledge, ability to synthesize difficult concepts and connect the dots across history, science, politics and the future.
He is currently pursuing, “Envisioning the Future of Humankind”, a project focused on coming up with an effective response to the existential challenges facing humankind by engaging with notable universalist intellectuals and world leaders.