Between 2012 and 2013 Wasim was Deputy Director responsible for introducing a new flexible way of operating in the FCO through the establishment of the Projects Task Force. Prior to this Wasim was seconded to the United nations Secretariat where he worked was the senior advisor to the President of the United Nations General Assembly where he led a cross-cutting UN team to bring together Governments from across the globe and set the global agenda for tackling HIV over the next 5 years. He also advised the President of the General Assembly on Peacekeeping Finance, Humanitarian Affairs, Cultural Dialogue and UN Reform.
Wasim joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1998 and has spent most of his career focussing on multilateral issues and institutional reform. Between 2006 and 2010 he worked at the United Kingdom Mission to the United Nations heading a team responsible for Management Reform and Finance. He worked at the UK Representation to the European Union from 1999 – 2001 focussing on issues around EU Institutional Reform and Governance and again in 2005-06 during the UK Presidency of the EU when he was responsible for Counter-Terrorism and Counter Proliferation. He has also worked in the FCO in London on Sanctions Policy, as Secretary to the FCO Board and Head of Internal Communications.
Prior to joining the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Wasim worked for 3 years for the Department for Education and Employment where he was responsible for, amongst other things reform of the UK’s approach to employment services and pre-school education. He then spent a year on secondment to the European Commission taking a lead in pushing through reforms in the way employment services work together across the EU.
Wasim studied economics at the London School of Economics, graduating in 1993. He subsequently obtained a Master’s Degree in Law from the University of Manchester, graduating in 1994. While working in Brussels, Wasim undertook an executive Masters in Business Administration from the University of Leuven, specialising in Public Sector Reform.
Wasim was born and brought up in Bradford, West Yorkshire.
Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy Brasilia
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