The Future of the Global Metropolis: The Case of Karachi and Its Importance in the Region

His Excellency Syed Mustafa Kamal served as mayor of Karachi, Pakistan, from October 2005 to March 2010. He is a member of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, the country"s third-largest political party. Karachi is the world"s largest city and sister city of Houston. With more than 18 million people, Karachi generates more than 68 percent of Pakistan"s revenue. Both of Pakistan"s seaports are operated in Karachi.

Born to a middle-class family, Kamal has improved Karachi"s basic water and sewer service, and revolutionized medical facilities by building a state-of-the-art trauma center, new hospital and advanced heart care center that offer services to the poor. Under Kamal"s leadership, the city launched its first-ever "Command and Control Center" to help smooth traffic flow, maintain public safety and reduce crime. Karachi now has a compressed natural gas-fueled public transport system with 75 environmentally friendly and efficient buses. Citizens can call 1339 to file civic complaints, and Kamal"s "I Own Karachi" initiative encourages citizens to contribute their time and ideas for bettering the city.

Kamal has also worked extensively to promote Karachi overseas, and, as a result, the city has seen a significant influx of foreign investment. He has supported technology investment, laying the groundwork to build a 10,000-seat call center that will also be the tallest building in Pakistan. Kamal also partnered with the World Memon Organization to start a technical institute that will help youth get the training and certification they need for employment in Pakistan and abroad. He is working with Drug Free Pakistan to combat addiction and improve drug treatment options.

Kamal completed his undergraduate studies in Malaysia and received his M.B.A. from the University of Wales.

Speaker His Excellency Syed Mustafa Kamal


Tue, April 27, 2010
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
(GMT-0500) America/Chicago