Syed Anwar Mahmood

Syed Anwar Mahmood, who retired as a Secretary to the Government of Pakistan in 2008 after heading the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, now
heads his own consultancy, media and government relations firm. He also publishes and edits a monthly magazine titled Health & Pharma.

He graduated with honors in Economics and later obtained a Master’s degree also in the same discipline. Mahmood joined the Central Superior Services (CSS) of Pakistan in November 1971. After training at the Civil Services Academy, he was assigned to various positions and responsibilities during which he earned varied experience both in media and management, including hands-on experience of media relations and conceiving and executing media and communications strategy for the Federal Government at the highest level. He has served for nearly six years, spread over two terms, as the Federal Information Secretary and the government’s chief spokesman. He has headed many media organizations as Chief Executive or as Chairman of the Board, including PTV, PBC, SRBC, APP, and the Press Information Department.