Zeba Sathar

Senior Associate and Country Director

Dr. Zeba Sathar is a senior programme associate with the Poverty, Gender, and Youth programme and the Country Director of the Population Council in Islamabad, Pakistan, where she manages one of the largest Council offices, overseeing a diverse program of technical assistance, research, and capacity building. She has over 25 years of experience, specialising in social science research with immediate application in programme planning and policy formulation. Her expertise includes formative research, large cross-national comparative studies, advocacy for policy change, analysis of demographic trends and patterns, and evaluations of health service delivery systems.

Prior to joining the Council, Dr. Sathar was chief of research–demography at the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, a consultant with the World Bank in Islamabad, and chief of research in the Demography Division with the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics.

In 2005 she was named a recipient of the Tamgha-i-Imtiaz award in recognition of her public service in Pakistan. She is also the first Pakistani to be elected to the governing council of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population.

Dr. Sathar has a PhD in Medical Demography from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and an MSc in Demography from the London School of Economics.