Dr. Humayun Khan is the Chairman of Institute of Rural Management. He was educated at the prestigious Bishop Cotton School in Simla, India and later at Edwardes College Peshawar and at Trinity College, Cambridge. He holds an honours degree and an MA from Cambridge University. He was called to the Bar from Lincoln’s Inn, London in 1954. Later, he earned another MA and a Doctorate from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He joined the then Civil Service of Pakistan (CSP) in 1955 and served as Assistant Commissioner, Tank; Assistant Commissioner, Nowshera; Deputy Commissioner, Bannu; Political Agent, North Waziristan and Political Agent, Malakand.
He was Home Secretary, NWFP in the NAP-JUI Government in 1972-73, after which he moved to the Pakistan Foreign Service. He served in the country’s missions in Moscow and the UNO at Geneva before he was appointed Ambassador to Bangladesh in 1979. In 1984 he became Ambassador to India and served there for four and a half years. He returned as Foreign Secretary of Pakistan in 1988 and held the post till 1989, when Benazir Bhutto made him an OSD. On the dismissal of her first Government in 1990, he was appointed High Commissioner in London. He retired from government service in 1992 but was immediately selected as Head of the Commonwealth Foundation, an inter-governmental international organization with its headquarters in London. He held this position from 1993 to 2000, when he returned to Peshawar. He has since served on the National Finance Commission and on the Board of the National Rural Support Programme. He also works with the Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy and on a number of committees dealing with relations between the countries of South Asia. He has written extensively on Indo-Pak relations and is co-author of DIPLOMATIC DIVIDE published in India.