Dr. Raja M. Ali Saleem, a former civil servant, has degrees from four reputable universities and has more than twenty years of diverse experience.
Dr. Saleem did his masters in Pakistan Studies from Quaid-i-Azam University. Later, he graduated from the University of Manchester (Master in Economic and Social Studies) and the University of Calgary (Master in Business Administration). Finally, in 2015, he was awarded a Ph.D. degree in Public Policy by George Mason University.
He joined Civil Services of Pakistan (23rd Common) in 1995. After completing training, he served in the Ministry of Finance. During his stay in the ministry, he assisted in the federal budget preparation, took part in the IMF negotiations and compiled three budget books.
After resigning from civil service, Dr. Saleem was associated with various national/international organizations. He advised numerous federal and provincial departments/agencies while working on projects sponsored by the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Department for International Development (UK), Canadian International Development Agency and United Nations Development Program. He also served as a UNDP project manager and as deputy program director for an ADB-financed program (Punjab Resource Management Program) with the Government of Punjab.
Dr. Saleem research interests include religious nationalism, politics of Pakistan and Turkey, Islamist politics, financial management, public policy, etc. His peer-reviewed articles/chapters/book reviews have been published by Party Politics, Journal of International Commerce, Economics and Policy, Journal of Church and State, Oxford University Press, Durham University, etc. His newspaper articles have appeared in Globe and Mail(Canada), Dawn, The News, and Express Tribune. His first academic book State, Nationalism, and Islamization: Historical Analysis of Turkey and Pakistan was published by Palgrave-Macmillan in July 2017. Two book chapters were also published in 2017. He also writes a blog on religious nationalism.