Mr Zamir Akram

A graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science, Ambassador Zamir Akram joined the Foreign Service of Pakistan in July 1978. Zamir Akram has held the position of Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva since October 2008. Throughout his career, he held various diplomatic assignments in Pakistan’s Missions abroad:
  • Moscow: 1982-1984
  • Geneva: 1984-1986
  • New Delhi: 1989-1994
  • Washington: 1994-1998
  • Washington: 2000-2002
  • Served as Pakistan’s Ambassador to Nepal from August 2002 to March 2005.
Amb. Akram also served at the Headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad:
  • Section Officer (Soviet Union): 1979-1982
  • Director (Afghanistan): 1987-1989
  • Director General (South Asia): 1998-2000
  • Additional Secretary for Foreign Affairs in the Prime Minister’s Office: 2005-2008
  • Additional Secretary for (Disarmament and Arms Control): 2008

Courses Taught

  • Theories of International Relations
  • Afghanistan, Pakistan: The Struggle for World Peace
  • Contemporary International Relations – Framework and Issues
  • Diplomacy: Theory & Practice
  • From Globalisation to Confrontation?


  • Establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area: institutional arrangements. Framework paper, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, May 2015.

  • Expert panel member, Global ethics and integrity benchmarks. By J. E. Dubinsky and A. Richter, 2015.

  • Increasing the transparency of export restrictions: benefits, good practices and a practical checklist. With B. A. Fliess. Ch. 6, Export restrictions in raw materials trade: facts, fallacies and better practices. Paris, France: OECD, November 2014.

  • Export restrictions: benefits of transparency and good practices. With B. A. Fliess. OECD Trade Policy Paper No. 146, 27 March 2013. DOI 10.1787/5k49czl4c5kh-en.

  • Ethics in politics: why it matters more than ever and how it can make a difference: a declaration, with B. Girardin and S. Sharma., March 2012. ISBN 9782940428359.

  • Corruption not an end. Management Decision (United Kingdom). Special issue: Daring to care: a basis for responsible management. Vol. 48:10, 2010. DOI 10.1108/00251741011090270.

  • The world is one and all things are in it. Management Decision (United Kingdom). Special issue: Why and how green management matters, Vol. 47:7, 2009. DOI 10.1108/00251740910978296.

  • Ethical governance: beyond good practices and standards. Management Decision (United Kingdom). Special issue: Questions we ask about ethics in a global marketplace, Vol. 46:8, 2008. DOI 10.1108/00251740810901345.

  • Is South-South trade the answer to alleviating poverty? Management Decision (United Kingdom). Special issue: Alleviating poverty through trade, Vol. 45:8, 2007. DOI 10.1108/00251740710819023.

  • Unleashing entrepreneurship: nurturing an enabling environment for SME development in Afghanistan. Background paper for the Conference on the Enabling Environment for Private Initiative in Afghanistan, Aga Khan Development Network and Government of Afghanistan, Kabul, Afghanistan, 3 – 5 June 2007.

  • CSR and trade: informing consumers about social and environmental conditions of globalised production. With B. A. Fliess, H. J. Lee and O. L. Dubreuil. OECD Trade Policy Working Paper No. 47, 10 January 2007. DOI 10.1787/246322000033. Part I – Part II (case studies).

  • Ethical issues in developing capital markets. Ch. 13, Focus on capital: new approaches to developing latin American capital markets. Edited by K. Dowers and P. Masci. Washington, DC, United States: Inter-American Development Bank and Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003. ISBN 9781931003490