Dr. Erfa Iqbal, a Harvard Graduate is a civil servant by profession for more than 20 years. Presently working as Commercial Counsellor of Pakistan in Beijing. Earlier served in the same capacity at Berlin. Major focus of her work is to promote bilateral economic ties.
As Director, Trade Development Authority of Pakistan, organized special projects for support of female entrepreneurs and medium enterprises. During her tenure as Additional Principal Staff Officer to the Prime Minister of Pakistan from 2008-2011, she managed and coordinated the Prime Minister’s development program for Southern Punjab with the aim of addressing religious extremism by improving the social and economic conditions in the poorest regions
Also served in the Federal Board of Revenue and Punjab Health Department. She received her master’s in Public Administration from Harvard University and master’s in Public Health from Leeds University UK. While completing MPA, also took urban development courses from MIT, served with the Women Leadership Forum, Kennedy School, was vice president of Social Enterprise in Action (SEA), and authored a case study on political empowerment of women in Pakistan. During Eisenhower Fellowship in spring 2011, her prime focus was to develop linkages between USA and Pakistan through people to people contact.