Dr Ghazy Mujahid has a Masters in Economics from the University of Karachi (Pakistan) and a Doctorate in Economics from the University of Cambridge (UK). He has more than 40 years of experience of working in the area of population and development in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. He started his career at the Institute for World Economics in Kiel (Germany) and during the 1980s served as an Advisor to the Ministry of Planning of Saudi Arabia. For more than 20 years, he worked for the United Nations International Labour Organisation and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). He served as Population Advisor to the Governments of Jordan, The Gambia and then Malawi. His last assignment was as UNFPA Advisor on Population Policies and Development for East and Southeast Asia based in Bangkok (Thailand). In recent years he has been working increasingly in the area of population ageing. He has several publications in the area of population policy, migration and ageing. Dr. Mujahid worked closely with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs in developing the Guidelines for the National Implementation of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing. Since retiring from the UN, his research and consultancy work have focused increasingly on population ageing and issues relating to seniors. He has contributed articles in The Hill Times (Ottawa) on seniors’ issues and in March 2018 initiated a petition in Parliament calling for the appointment of a Minister for Seniors issues at the Federal level. In July 2018, the Prime Minister appointed Ms. Filomena Tassi as the Federal Minister of Seniors. He serves on the Board of the Ontario Coalition of Senior Citizens Organizations (OCSCO) and as an Advisor to the Asia Pacific Population Journal of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.
Keywords: Population policy; migration; ageing; Asian Diaspora; East Asia; Southeast Asia