Dr. Allah Bakhsh Malik is an academic, researcher, development economist, social scientist, management and institutional development specialist. He is a member of Pakistan Administrative Service, Central Superior Services of Government of Pakistan, Pakistan. He has also led the professional teams in development sector in inter-sectoral, multi-temporal and cross-disciplinary fields. Malik was conferred United Nations's UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy with the title of The Honourable and a Degree in recognition of leadership role for the promotion of Literacy and Skill Development in the Punjab province on September 8, 2011. In 2011 he was decorated with the UNESCO Confucius Award and the title of Honourable Mention for his leadership role in promoting education and skills development for the less-affluent and disenfranchised. Dr. Malik has this unique distinction since he is the first Pakistani and Muslim who has been conferred the prestigious Confucius Award by UN-UNESCO. Malik in his early career served as Deputy Commissioner Chilas - Diamer, Gilgit, Muzzaffargarh and Pakpattan.
Dr. Malik has worked as Managing Director Punjab Education Foundation, Secretary to the Government/Chairman BISE at Government of Punjab, Pakistan,. As MD/CEO PEF Malik introduced Public Private Partnership - PPP in Education Sector in Pakistan for the first time. His model of PPP has been accepted as the world's best replicate model by the lead journal Economist, for low cost schools for affordable quality education. He introduced programs like Foundation Assisted Schools - FAS, Education Voucher Scheme - EVS, Teaching in Clusters by Subject Specialists - TICSS and Continuous Professional Development Program - CPDP. By now more than two million children are benefiting from PEF initiatives pioneered by Malik.
He is considered as the 'god-father' and Educator to the Poor for affordable quality education in public private partnership for the low income and less-affluent families. Dr. Malik served as Programme Director Directorate of Staff Development - DSD restructured and renamed in 2017 as Quaid e Azam Academy for Educational Development - QAED, Programme Director Punjab Education Sector Reforms Programme - PESRP, Secretary to the Government, School Education Department, Government of Punjab, one of the largest education system in the world, Federal/Additional Secretary to the Government of Pakistan, Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training, Director General, Academy of Educational Planning and Management (AEPAM) and Director General, National Commission of Human Development. Malik has been recognized as a passionate educator for the less-privileged at national and international level because of his passion and services for affordable quality education for the less-affluent and disenfranchised sections of society in Pakistan and around the globe. Malik is Charles Wallace Trust Fellow of SOAS University of London UK and was appointed as Ambassador of British Alumni Association Pakistan.