Mr. Yousaf Naseem Khokhar


Mr. Yousaf Naseem Khokhar is a senior civil servant, currently posted as Chief Secretary, Punjab Government. Previously he had held the positions of Secretary Interior, Ministry of Interior and Secretary, Power Division, Ministry of Energy.

Mr. Khokhar holds a Master’s degree in Social Policy and Planning in Developing Countries from London School of Economics, United Kingdom.

He has a rich experience in public sector development management of Pakistan spanning over more than thirty years. At mid-career level, he was instrumental in implementation of public policies and rural development. At senior and top management levels he is directly involved in formulating and spearheading public policy for country’s overall development portfolio and energy sector initiatives.

In Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) he extended strategic direction, technical advice, expertise to develop and expand micro, small, and medium enterprises through innovative financing programs for funding enterprises that have become too large to tap traditional microfinance but are unable to access conventional bank funds.

In support with multi-national lending and non-lending organizations he placed mechanisms for ensuring compliance and safeguards for Prime Minister’s Southern Punjab Development Package with financial outlay of USD 1.2 billion Aim of the program was socio-economic uplift of the backward and neglected region of Punjab.

In Energy sector, he served as Secretary, Power Division and was over-seeing power sector management with a portfolio of more than USD 36 billion under China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) for power generation in private sector, upgradation of transmission and distribution networks, minimization of losses and inefficiencies. He has provided leadership for a paradigm shift for providing net-metering through distributive generation based on solar resource and advancement of automatic metering infrastructure in collaboration with the Asian Development Bank as well as through public-private partnerships.

As Secretary Interior, Ministry of Interior, he coordinated with relevant stakeholders to improve the security situation through policy measures and effective implementation to create a more enabling environment for better economic growth.