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Humphrey Fellowship - Kanwal Ali


Deputy Director Directorate General of Training & Research

Pakistan Customs Service, Lahore

Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow


University of Washington

Bureaucracy is often termed as rigid, inefficient, insensitive and anti-democratic. It is a giant mechanism that requires many days of work to change a light bulb, let alone change the system. However individuals like Kanwal Ali are a ray hope within the bureaucratic world. Being a very accomplished officer from the Pakistan Customs Service, she has qualified the CSS exam and holds a Master’s degree in English Literature from University of Punjab and an MBA from Institute of Business Administration, Karachi. In 2012, she was nominated as an exchange visitor on International Visitors Leadership Program by the US Department of State. Later, she was awarded the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship for the year 2014-15. She successfully completed her fellowship in Public Policy Analysis and Administration at the University of Washington.

She has administered key assignments in KPK as the first female officer from Pakistan Customs. She has volunteered at orphanages and child protection centers in Pakistan and with the International Rescue Committee (U.S.). She has a passion for community development through the spirit of volunteerism.

In 2013, she was recognized as the ‘The Best Customs Officer’ for her outstanding performance. In January 2017, she was awarded a Certificate of Merit by the Secretary-General, World Customs Organisation (WCO), Brussels for her dedication to work and contribution to the academic field in Customs related matters.

In spite of being a high achiever she applied for the Humphrey program to “rediscover her abilities and challenge her own self.” During the program she achieved what she wanted and returned to Pakistan with a greater personal and professional acumen. She is presently working in the Training and Research wing of the Pakistan Customs and is an inspiration for many.