Abid Gulzar is an advocacy campaign professional originally from Pakistan, has been working with World Vision East Asia Region since March 2006. Under his leadership, World Vision has been recognized as one of the key organizations in the region advocating for the protection of child victims of trafficking and implementation of Agenda 2030 (the Sustainable Development Goals).
He is providing technical leadership and support in development and implementation of regional advocacy plan that is appropriate for the programmes and context of the East Asia region. His role is to ensure the integration and delivery of advocacy services that is in alignment with WV regional and partnership strategies, policies, standards and priorities, in order to achieve the child wellbeing outcomes. He is serving as a champion and focal point for Advocacy line of Ministry through strategic leadership and active involvement with regional planning. He is providing leadership in developing strategic partnerships with key regional organizations/CSO networks and engagement with regional bodies in order to influence policies in the East Asia Region.
He has M.Sc. Degree in Rural Sociology from the Agriculture University of Faisalabad, Pakistan and attended the Community Development course at the Asian Social Institute (ASI) Manila, Philippines. He has also completed Postgraduate Course on Victimology, Victim Assistance and Criminal Justice, organized by the MONASH University, South Africa, where he delivered a lecture on the issue of human trafficking. Recently, he has also completed online course, “the Age of Sustainable Development”, offered by the Colombia University.